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Rays rail: Maddon praises Hooters girl for mistake; big Sunday in Port Charlotte

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Published Mar. 10, 2013

Remaining exhibition games

Ticket into: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $10/12. Available through and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

All games 1:05 unless noted


14: at Orioles

15: vs. Phillies

16: vs. Red Sox

17: at Red Sox, 1:35

18: Off

19: at Tigers

20: at Twins, 7:05

21: vs. Jays

22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates

23: vs. Twins

24: at Yankees

25: vs. Pirates, 7:05

26: at Phillies

27: vs. Jays

28: at Orioles, 7:05

29: at Tigers

30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10

Play of the day

Hooters girl Priscilla — we tried but that's all we could get, as she declined comment — drew manager Joe Maddon's praise for her inadvertent "play" on a fair ball down the leftfield line by Shelley Duncan, who was given a double. "She moved her feet well," Maddon said . "I thought she presented her hands to the ball very well also. The overall package was very, um, efficient."

And there's a game

Today will be busy in Port Charlotte, in addition to the Rays-Red Sox game. Among the activities: a free pregame concert by the B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute group; Cal Ripken throwing out the first pitch and signing his children's book, Wild Pitch; Cecil Fielder in a Rays uniform in the Adopt-a-Legend program; principal owner Stuart Sternberg making his first spring appearance; and Sun Sports' first telecast.

Number of the day

11,022 Bright House Field record crowd on Saturday.

Family affair

INF Sean Rodriguez is a family man and has shown it this spring in the two games that his three children — Sofia, Sean Jr. and Vanelope — have attended, homering both times.

Who is this Ray?

He was a kinesiology major at Rice before being a first-round pick. Was cut from his middle school basketball team in favor of NBA-er Emeka Okafor. Recently turned 30.

The dish

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 11 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 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Josh Lueke, Juan Sandoval, Enny Romero; Red Sox — John Lackey, Clayton Mortensen, Chris Carpenter, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa, Daniel Bard, Steven Wright


Matt Moore has not been sharp in his first two outings, showing flawed mechanics and slightly reduced velocity.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Monday: vs. Twins, 7:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Twins — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Yankees — TBA

Wednesday: Off

Who is this Ray? RHP Jeff Niemann