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Updated: 03/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Cooking up a friendship

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SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Doug Amaral, left, served an honorary manager Sunday during the Rays-Red Sox Spring Training game at Charlotte Sports Park. Amaral watches the action beside Manage Joe Maddon from the dugout. For more Spring Training coverage, see Sports.


SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Doug Amaral served an honorary manager Sunday during the Rays-Red Sox Spring Training game at Charlotte Sports Park.


By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Doug Amaral, a Massachusetts native and lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, had a chance to visit with the team during Sunday’s game at Charlotte Sports Park. But now the town steeped in American Revolution history sees a turncoat.

Amaral, the 10-year owner of River City Grill in Punta Gorda, spent the game as honorary manager of the home team, wearing a Rays uniform and sitting in the dugout next to his friend, Rays skipper Joe Maddon.

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