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Tampa Bay Rays: Reactions to manager Joe Maddon's new look; DH Luke Scott on hitting second

Quote of the day

"There's no better place in the lineup. That's the ruby red slippers right there. Slide on in, get in and get comfortable because if you've got a guy that gets on base in front of you and he's got some speed, it's like why don't you just open up the gate and lead the lambs to the lion. Eat good."

DH Luke Scott on potentially hitting No. 2 in the order

Guests of the day

Manager Joe Maddon, a Lafayette College alumnus, hosted the school's baseball team Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park. And it gave Maddon a gift, a collage of photos that included the former catcher hitting a home run.

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: $15-$28, available at stadium box office, through or by phone at (727) 733-0429 or toll free 1-888 525-5297.

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — Jeff Niemann; Blue Jays — Ricky Romero


3B Evan Longoria, 2B/RF Ben Zobrist, INF Sean Rodriguez, C Jose Molina and LF Desmond Jennings will make the trip.

On deck

Saturday: at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Pirates — TBA

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — TBA

Monday: Off

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted


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


1: at Orioles

2: Twins *

3: at Twins

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

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer: SS Tim Beckham

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

"Love it."

— Maddon's wife, Jaye

"I honestly didn't recognize him."

— Pitching coach Jim Hickey

"After that look he had going on, great. That was a rough look he had."

— Principal owner Stuart Sternberg

Who is this Ray?

He was the top overall pick of the 2008 draft. His oldest brother, Jeremy, was selected by the Rays in the 17th round of the same draft out of Georgia Southern.

Tampa Bay Rays: Reactions to manager Joe Maddon's new look; DH Luke Scott on hitting second 03/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:18pm]
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