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Tampa Bay Rays notes and notes: Long Beach State alum gets best of Longoria, this time; coach claims bragging rights in intrasquad game

Good cause

Rays LHP David Price is raising money to support the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization, encouraging fans to join his Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraising team. Top fundraisers can win a chance to meet Price at a VIP party. Join his fundraising team by going to bbbsfl.org or call Amy Hollington at (813) 769-3636.

Hustle award

INF Jeff Keppinger ripped a drive off LHP Alex Torres to the warning track in left-center, then stretched it into a triple, an aggressiveness the Rays preach. "I loved it," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're not worried about making the first or third out at third base, we want to get to third base with less than two outs as often as possible. That's the mind-set we want to create."

Who is this Ray?

He has lived with Type 1 diabetes since he was 10, and hosted a sports camp for 100 young diabetes patients this past February with USF Diabetes Center.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts about 9 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road ) and lasts until 10:30 a.m. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road, go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (State Road 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left. For details, call (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

The workout ends earlier as the Rays will hold their Charity Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Bradenton.

On deck

Saturday at Twins, 1:05. Rays — LHP David Price. Twins — RHP Carl Pavano

Sunday vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RHP Jeremy Hellickson. Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: $9/$12-$27, available at box office, via raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster

Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

5: Orioles*

6: Twins

7: at Yankees

8: Tigers (ss)

at Twins (ss)

9: Orioles

10: at Red Sox (7:05)

11: Pirates

12: Twins

13: at Orioles

14: Marlins

15: Phillies

16: at Jays

17: at Pirates

18: Red Sox

19: Off

20: at Marlins

21: Yankees

22: at Pirates

23: Jays (7:05)

24: at Twins (3:05)

25: Marlins

26: at Twins

27: at Red Sox (1:35)

28: Pirates (7:05)

29: at Phillies

30: at Pirates

31: Red Sox

APRIL

1: at Orioles

2: Twins*

3: at Twins

4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Trop

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer:

OF Sam Fuld

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Bragging rights, part I

LHP Cesar Ramos, who roomed with 3B Evan Longoria while at Long Beach State, hadn't faced him since they both played there. That is, until Thursday, when Ramos, left, struck out Longoria swinging in an intrasquad game. "It was kind of fun," Ramos said. "He didn't look too happy after that at-bat. I guess in pro ball, he's 0-for-1 against me. I'm sure it won't be the last. I got bragging rights for one at-bat."

Bragging rights, part II

Bullpen C Scott Cursi said there were no side bets made with video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez over Thursday's intrasquad game, when "Cursi's Crushers" beat "Chico's Shiners" 2-1. "I'll tell you what, Chico did a lot of chirping late in the game," Cursi quipped. "Talking the guys up."

Tampa Bay Rays notes and notes: Long Beach State alum gets best of Longoria, this time; coach claims bragging rights in intrasquad game 03/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:56pm]
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