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Tampa Bay Rays: The King's neighbor, Thoughtful Tweeter

The King's neighbor

INF Joe Inglett, who lives in Akron, Ohio, in the offseason, said his house is down the street from one owned by LeBron James. "If I walk there, it's probably 10 minutes," he said. So what's the difference between the two homes? "There's security in front of his," Inglett said. "Every time I go by, there's someone out front trying to check out his place. Of course, he's never there."


RHP Jeremy Hellickson, the expected fifth starter in the rotation, is scheduled to make his second spring appearance, getting the start and throwing 2-3 innings.

Thoughtful Tweeter

RHP Chris Archer, the key prospect acquired in the Matt Garza trade this offseason, is very thoughtful and engaging — and that includes on his Twitter account. Archer, or ChrisArcher42, says he'll get up each morning and try to tweet something that will make followers "think a little differently, even if it's for just two minutes." Some are his own thoughts, others things he has read or seen. Like his tweet Monday: "Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind" — Bruce Lee

Rays vs. Marlins

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

TV/Internet radio: Sun Sports; audio

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $10., Ticket­master, Tropicana Field and Charlotte box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), right 2 miles, complex on the left.

Parking: $10; lots open at 10.

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

Pitchers: Rays —Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Farnsworth, Juan Cruz, Joel Peralta, Adam Russell, Andy Sonnanstine; Marlins — Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn, Randy Choate

Who is this Ray?

He led AL rookies in wins last year with 12 and tied for the AL rookie lead in ERA (4.07, with the Mariners' David Pauley). The avid hunter and fisherman shot and bagged a 300-pound black bear with a crossbow in September on an off day in Toronto.

On deck

Wednesday: at Marlins, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Marlins — Chris Volstad

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05. Rays — Chris Bootcheck; Yankees — TBA

Friday: Red Sox, 7:05, Rays — Andy Sonnanstine; Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — TBA, Twins — TBA

Who is this Ray answer: RHP Wade Davis


20: Orioles

21: Yankees, 7:05

22: at Red Sox, 7:05

23: Phillies

24: at Astros

25: Pirates

26: Orioles

27: at Pirates

28: at Yankees, 7:05

29: at Red Sox

30: vs. Blue Jays at Tropicana Field, 4:10

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: The King's neighbor, Thoughtful Tweeter 03/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:16pm]
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