by Steve Carney

Manager Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays had a couple of surprises in store for the players Tuesday when they arrived at Tropicana Field.

First, the local Latin band Sol Caribe was in the clubhouse, playing salsa and merengue music.

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Reliever Joel Peralta used the opportunity to show off his dance moves!

In addition, the relievers found bunches of plantains hung up above their lockers as well!

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The surprises helped keep the clubhouse loose as the Rays start a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox.  Matt Moore (6-0, 2014 ERA) gets the start against John Lackey (1-3, 2.82 ERA).

Rays Starting Lineup

Jennings CF
Joyce LF
Zobrist RF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Scott DH
Johnson 2B
Molina C
Escobar SS

Red Sox Starting Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Lavarnway C