Tampa Bay Devil Dogs (30 days until opening day)

DRG here again to get you through the weekend

Just the links for now. I have a few things coming up later.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays are at home today against the Jays. One surprise in the lineup as Cliff Floyd will be in right field. The game will be aired on AM 1250. Not sure if that will be blacked out on the internet. [The Heater]
  • James Shields will make the start for the Rays. Although it is certainly early and changes could be made, Shields is now on pace to be the opening day starter is Maddon sticks to a spring rotation of 4 days rest for Shields. [MLB]
  • Edwin Jackson said his plan for 2008 is to throw strikes and make batters get themselves out. He got off to a good start, striking out two and walking none in his first spring appearance. [Tampa Tribune]
  • To hear Joe Maddon speak about Edwin Jackson one would think there really isn’t much of a competition for the rotation, or at the very least Jackson is going to have to fall on his face before he loses the job. [Tampa Bay's 10]

Joe Maddon: “He’s got one of the best arms in the American League, maybe in all of baseball. Velocity on his fastball, consistently 95 plus, he’s got one of the better sliders in the American League right now. Then the pitch nobody talks about is his changeup, he’s got a really good, straight changeup.”

  • After finding out his suspension would not carry over into 2008, James Houser picked up the victory in his first games wearing a major league uniform in front of numerous friends and family. [Herald-Tribune]
  • Baseball Digest Daily takes a closer look at Dioner Navarro’s 2007 numbers and wonders what we can expect from the catcher in 2008. They are predicting a .770 or .780 OPS. This is lightly higher than most mathematical projections which have Navi between .670 and .720. [Baseball Digest Daily]
  • Baseball Crank names Evan Longoria as the third worst name in the minors. [Baseball Crank]
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