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Tampa Bay Rays: Opposing manager impressed by Joe Maddon's star power

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.

The dish

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TV: ESPN

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

Heads-up

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.

On deck

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

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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 Desmond Jennings

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Opposing manager impressed by Joe Maddon's star power 03/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:20pm]

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