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Tampa Bay Rays: Team reacts with bemusement to Don Zimmer doll giveaway

End zone celebration

LHP David Price took a "victory lap" with the crystal trophy he got, teaming with clubhouse staffer Ryan Riddle, for winning the team's fantasy football league. "I took it everywhere," Price said. "It was heavy. It made me stronger. I felt like I worked harder because I was carrying it around."

Clubhouse living

Rookie LHP Matt Moore's locker is next to veteran RHP James Shields. Similarly, prospect RHP Chris Archer is paired with Price. … 1B Carlos Peña has the corner locker occupied previously by Pat Burrell and Johnny Damon. … C Jose Molina got the three-locker suite, used in the past by Troy Percival, Rafael Soriano and Manny Ramirez.

Quote of the day

"Are you talking about the Rev. Molina, the one they are starting to flock to over there?"

Manager Joe Maddon, on new catcher Molina

Who is this Ray?

He is the nephew of a former Rays pitcher, with the same last name. His 12 wins in 2011 tied for second most among Rays minor-leaguers. He is ranked among the team's top five prospects.

Promo schedule

Single-game tickets go on sale Saturday via raysbaseball.com, Monday at all outlets.

4/6, Yankees: Schedule magnet

4/8, Yankees: Raymond cowbell

4/20, Twins: Collectible T-shirt

4/21, Twins: Longoria walk-off figurine

4/22, Twins: Recycled youth hat

5/4, A's: Collectible T-shirt

5/6, A's: Maddon sunglasses

5/18, Braves: Collectible T-shirt

5/20, Braves: Farnsworth bobblehead

6/1, Orioles: Hellickson rookie of the year figurine

6/3, Orioles: Jennings bobblehead

6/14, Mets: Cheer sticks

6/15, Marlins: Maddon bobblehead

6/16, Marlins: Drawstring backpack

6/17, Marlins: Price jersey wallet

6/29, Tigers: Zim Bear

7/1, Tigers: Shields bobblehead

7/13, Red Sox: Burst koozie

7/15, Red Sox: Ice cream bowl set

7/19, Indians: Cheer sticks

7/20, Mariners: Collectible T-shirt

7/22, Mariners: Moore bobblehead

8/3, Orioles: Collectible T-shirt

8/5, Orioles: DJ Kitty bobblehead

8/9, Blue Jays: Cheer sticks

8/24, A's: Collectible T-shirt

9/7, Rangers: Collectible T-shirt

9/9, Rangers: Longoria mini drum set

9/21, Blue Jays: Collectible T-shirt

9/23, Blue Jays: TBD bobblehead

The dish

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts around 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and lasts three hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 South to Toledo Blade Road, go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. More information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

Scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today are RHPs Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann and Josh Lueke, starting around 10:05.

Key dates

Saturday: Position players report

Sunday: First full-squad workout

March 1: Intrasquad game

March 3: Exhibition opener vs. Twins in Fort Myers

April 6: Season opener vs. Yankees at Tropicana Field

Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Who is this answer: Alex Colome

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Zim Bear reactions of the day

The bear, in honor of senior adviser Don Zimmer, will be given out June 29:

"It's Zim — it's cuddly, it's warm, it's cute. It's something you definitely don't want to take to bed with you."

— Rays manager Joe Maddon

"I don't want my 2-year-old putting that in the crib — that could be life-altering right there. … I think it's more appropriate on a grown-up's desk." — Maddon

"It looks like he's in his pajamas, his Onesie."

— LHP J.P. Howell

"What can I say? … Wait till my kids see this."

— Zimmer

Tampa Bay Rays: Team reacts with bemusement to Don Zimmer doll giveaway 02/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:59pm]
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