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Rays Triple Play: Here they come!

Position players report to camp today, thought most are already in town.

2B Ben Zobrist and INF Logan Forsythe reported Tuesday. That leaves SS Yunel Escobar and INF Wilson Betemit as the only position players yet to report.

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo and RHP Juan Sandoval are the only pitchers who have yet to report. They are dealing with visa issues.

The first full squad workout is Thursday.

Going, going, gong

There is talk this year of replacing “Bang A Gong,” the T-Rex song played last season when the Rays took the field before every game. No word on what might take its place, but manager Joe Maddon said lately he has been listening to a lot of Grateful Dead.

Don’t go

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he wasn’t surprised by last week’s announcement that Yankees SS Derek Jeter will retire after this season.

“He’s going to be a real loss to the game,” Sternberg said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing him out there for the Yankees for another five-eight years.”

Key dates

Feb. 28: Spring training opener against Baltimore

March 31: Season opener against Toronto

Spring schedule


28: ORIOLES, 1:05


1: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05

2: TWINS, 1:05

3: PHILLIES , 1:05

4: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05

5: YANKEES, 1:05

6: at Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05

7: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05

8: PIRATES, 1:05

9: at Yankees (Tampa), 1:05

10: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 7:05

11: TWINS, 1:05

12: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05

13: PIRATES, 1:05

14: at Braves (Lk. Buena Vista), 1:05

15: BLUE JAYS, 1:05

16: RED SOX, 1:05

18: at Twins (Fort Myers), 7:05

19: at Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05

20: TWINS, 7:05

21: BLUE JAYS, 1:05

22: ORIOLES, 1:05

23: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05

24: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05

25: RED SOX, 1:05

26: ORIOLES, 7:05

27: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05

28: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05

29: Montgomery (AA affiliate), TBA

(Home games in CAPS)

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