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The Rays 411
By TIMES STAFF
Published March 5, 2007
RHP Jae Kuk Ryu was a late addition to the fifth-starter field, but he made an impressive two-inning start, allowing one hit. "He was kind of interesting," manager Joe Maddon said.
(Six) thumbs down
The six errors were the most by the Rays in any game in their 10 seasons. They made five in a March 25, 2003, spring training game and five in two regular-season games, April 15, 2001, and May 12, 2000. For what it's worth, all were against Toronto.
Quote of the day
"Believe me, I'm not even close to being worried."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager, in response to repeated questions from Japanese reporters about 3B Akinori Iwamura's 0-for-4 spring start
LHP Jeff Ridgway is from the logging community of Port Angeles, Wash., where lumberjacks are more common than baseball players. "I've been a lumberjack," Ridgway said. "I've had a full beard, flannel shirts, steel-toed boots."
Number of the day
1,708 Spring and regular-season games played by the Rays before Sunday, when they made a team-record six errors.
The Rays plan to move B.J. Upton around this spring as a super utilityman. Sunday, he played four innings at 3B. His innings totals so far:
2B: 4. 3B: 4. SS: 3. CF: 2.
Today: Rays vs. Twins
When/where: 1:05; Progress Energy Park, 180 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Gates open 11 a.m.
Tickets: $7-$20, box office starting at 10 a.m., through devilrays.com and Ticketmaster.
Pitchers: Rays - RH Jae Seo, LH Chris Seddon, RH Shawn Camp, RH Scott Dohmann, RH Edwin Jackson, LH J.P. Howell, RH Tim Corcoran, RH Ruddy Lugo. Twins - RH Carlos Silva, RH Matt Garza, RH Kevin Slowey, RH Pat Neshek, RH Jesse Crain, RH Joe Nathan.
Info: (727) 825-3250
Weather: Sunny with winds of 15-25 mph, high 64 degrees.
Watch for: Jonny Gomes, who hit two homers Saturday, should be back in the starting lineup.
Tuesday: Reds at Progress Energy Park, 1:05. Rays - James Shields; Reds - Eric Milton
Wednesday: Indians at Progress Energy Park, 1:05. Rays - Dan Miceli; Indians - Jeremy Sowers
Thursday: Pirates at McKechnie Field, Bradenton, 1:05. Rays - Scott Kazmir; Pirates - TBA
Friday: Yankees at Legends Field, Tampa, 7:15. Rays - Tim Corcoran; Yankees - TBA