Joe Namath quote of the day
"That's the way Joe Maddon rolls — he walks in with (Joe) Namath, I walk in with (bench coach) Joey Cora. … If we win this year, I'll walk in with Gloria Estefan."
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen
Neighborhood stroll of the day
OF Sam Fuld plays like he's still a kid, and that was even more the case Tuesday when he walked to Roger Dean Stadium from his offseason home. Though his parents are in New Hampshire, Fuld's father-in-law was planning to pick him up after the game. "And he's bringing the orange slices," Fuld said.
Who is this Ray?
He was a three-sport star (baseball, basketball, football) in high school, then a junior college All-American receiver. He has a cousin in the NFL, Andre Smith. He likes to bowl.
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Limited amount remaining. Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 10:30 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Kyle Farnsworth, Burke Badenhop, Brandon Gomes, J.P. Howell, Jake McGee, Cesar Ramos; Yankees — Phil Hughes, relievers TBA
Farnsworth is starting so the Rays can avoid having Jeff Niemann face the AL East rival Yankees; he'll pitch in a minor-league game.
Thursday: at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. Rays — James Shields; Pirates — Jeff Karstens
Friday: vs. Jays, 7:05 p.m. Rays — David Price; Jays — Brett Cecil
Saturday: at Twins, 3:05 p.m. Rays — TBA; Twins — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
26: at Twins
27: at Red Sox (1:35 )
28: Pirates (7:05 )
29: at Phillies
30: at Pirates
31: Red Sox
1: at Orioles
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Trop.
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this answer: OF Desmond Jennings
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer