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Maddon gets White House invite

Posted Dec 8, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Dec 8, 2008 at 03:40 PM

LAS VEGAS—Joe Maddon will have his media briefing later today, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times ran into him in the lobby last night and the skipper passed along an interesting tidbit.

Maddon has been invited to the White House for a small dinner with President Bush and his wife on Jan. 4. Hopefully we’ll hear some more about that this afternoon, along with everything Maddon has been up to in the five or six weeks since the season ended.

Also from the Times comes another indication that free-agent outfielder Juan Rivera might be on the Rays’ radar. His name has come up in connection with Tampa Bay in the past, including way back in spring training when there was some thought that the Angels might have to shed an outfielder to clear out some room. As it turned out, they ended up putting Nathan Haynes on waivers and the Rays claimed him for a short stint with the big-league team.

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