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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Bucs' coaches turning to baseball

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

People always point to Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin as the mentor for Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

There’s plenty of truth in that. The two spent time together as assistants on Tampa Bay’s staff and you frequently will hear Morris quoting Tomlin's philosophies or sayings. But Tomlin isn’t the only guy Morris looks up to or quotes.

In fact, Morris frequently steps outside the football world and points to his baseball counterpart on the other side of Tampa Bay. That’s Rays manager Joe Maddon.

The two talk frequently and they’ll get together Tuesday as the Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays. Morris won’t get to take batting practice because has a morning obligation that won’t allow him to arrive until close to game time.

But Tampa Bay receivers coach Eric Yarber will arrive earlier and the Rays plan to put him in uniform, let him take batting practice and get a little pre-game work at shortstop.