• The Rays rallied from down 3-0 pull out just their third win of the Spring 5-4, in one of two split-squad games.
  • In the other game, the two pitchers that appear to have a leg up for the final spot in the rotation, each tossed three innings in the 6-0 loss. Edwin Jackson, who might have had a slight edge going into the game, gave up only two hits and one run while striking out four in three innings. However, for the first time this Spring, his command betrayed him, and he walked five. He only had one walk in seven innings prior to Sunday’s contest. J. P. Howell also allowed a single run in three innings, with three hits, but he did not walk a batter. It appears that the race for the final spot will go down to the wire.
  • Joe Maddon would like to see each of the pitchers one more time before narrowing the competitors for the final spot to two.
  • Scott Kazmir gave up three runs, but had his best outing of the Spring, striking out seven in 5.1 innings. In the same piece comes the best indication yet that Joe Maddon has already made up his mind concerning Al Reyes. Reyes will pitch in a minor league game on Monday. This is an indication that Reyes will be on the opening day roster as Maddon would only send a pitcher to work in minor league camp so that he can get a better look at pitchers still fighting for roster spots.
  • Dioner Navarro is still not ready to return to action with his sore hamstring. This is the first real indication that Shawn Riggans could be on the opening day roster. If Navarro, who has a history of hamstring problems, has to start the season on on the DL, Riggans would be on the roster and quite possibly could be the opening day starter, as Maddon would likely prefer that Josh Paul remain in his backup role, and allow the young prospect a chance to get some more Major League experience.
  • The Hardball Times mathematical projections of the AL East standings indicate this could be a long season for the Rays with a final record of 68-94. One problem is that they predict each of the other teams to finish at .500 or better.

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