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Rays: News and notes
By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer
Published February 18, 2008
Quote of the day
"No, it's not a stretch. At some point this year, that is not a stretch."
Manager Joe Maddon on the possibility of first-round draft pick David Price making it to the majors this season
Number of the day
0 Professional innings Price has pitched since being drafted out of Vanderbilt.
Did you know?
Outfield prospect Fernando Perez has a degree in American studies and creative writing from New York's Columbia University and considers Hermann Hesse's 1927 novel Steppenwolf his favorite book.
Who's on third?
A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:
Evan Longoria has been in camp, but the competition should start this week as Joel Guzman and Willy Aybar arrive.
The dish ...
Today's workout for pitchers and catchers start around 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 around 10:55, include Scott Kazmir, David Price and Troy Percival. Admission and parking are free.
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List of the day
2B Akinori Iwamura did all right as a left-handed hitter against left-handed pitchers, ranking third in the majors:
Hitter, team Avg.
Ichiro Suzuki, M's .331
Robinson Cano, Yanks .328
Akinori Iwamura, Rays .323
Carl Crawford, Rays .318
Chase Utley, Phillies .318
So what goes into a uniform change? For equipment manager Chris Westmoreland, quite a lot. He essentially had to get rid of everything green (a lot went to the team facilities in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela), then replace it with the new blue stuff. "It was a process," Westmoreland said.
For example, just in each player's spring locker the team provides:
1 jersey 4 pairs of pants
4 pairs of socks 2 T-shirts
2 long-sleeve shirts
1 pair of shorts 1 belt
1 pair of underwear 1 hat
1 equipment bag 1 helmet
1 pullover top
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.