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Rays: News and notes
By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer
Published February 17, 2008
Quote of the day
"I don't even know nothing about the old Rays - all I know is that they didn't do well."
Cliff Floyd, new outfielder/DH
Number of the day
1 Player (David Price) who beat Troy Percival to the clubhouse Saturday despite his 6:15 a.m. arrival. "I didn't like that," Percival said.
2B Akinori Iwamura's first official act after returning from Japan was to be the grand marshal in the opening day parades Saturday for the Central Sarasota and Venice Little Leagues, and he made a $500 donation to each.
Did you know?
RHP Andy Sonnanstine is double-jointed. And he plays pingpong well. He shows off both, um, skills in a pair of videos he made and posted on YouTube under the titles The Double Jointed Wonder Part 2 and Part 3. Why? "Boredom," Sonnanstine said. Part 4 of the series, featuring ex-Rays prospect Jason Pridie, is in the works.
Who's on third?
A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:
Longoria came in early and is working to impress. Neither Joel Guzman nor Willy Aybar has arrived.
The dish ...
Today's workout for pitchers and catchers will start about 10 a.m. and continue until about 12:30 p.m. at the Naimoli complex, 7901 30th Ave. N. Pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions, starting about 10:55, include James Shields, Jeff Niemann and Matt Garza. Admission and parking are free.
List of the day
Closer Troy Percival ranks 12th on the all-time saves list and has an impressive 85.9 percent conversion rate:
Trevor Hoffman-x 524
Lee Smith 478
Mariano Rivera-x 443
John Franco 424
Dennis Eckersley 390
Jeff Reardon 367
Billy Wagner-x 358
Randy Myers 347
Rollie Fingers 341
John Wetteland 330
Roberto Hernandez 326
Troy Percival-x 324
Source: Rays; x-active
Rays exhibition schedule
Games at Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg
Tickets: Field box ($20), loge box ($17), grandstand ($15), general admission berm ($7). Available at raysbaseball.com, through Ticketmaster and at Tropicana Field box office. All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.