Tampa Bay Devil Dogs (23 days until opening day)

DRG here again to get you through the weekend

Yesterday: Tampa Bay Rays 9, Phillies 1. The big news yesterday came from the Rays biggest player, Jeff Niemann. Niemann threw three hitless innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Ben Zobrist started in center and made three putouts. At the plate he was 0-2 with a walk. Joel Guzman started in left field and went 1-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Fernando Perez got the start in right field. This is something that Prof brought up earlier when he wondered if Perez might be considered at some point to be the 4th element in the RF/DH “triangle”. Specifically he wondered if Perez would get PT in RF this spring. Elliot Johson continues his strong spring, going 2-2. He is now 4-8 with 2 walks, 2 steals and 7 runs scored. Jason Bartlett was 2-3 with 2 steals.


  • There is a new Rays blog in the neighborhood and they are looking for a name. How about Ghosts of Adam Sisk (the first Devil Ray) or Free Tim Laker (named in the Mitchell Report). [Sports Indeed]
  • Jeff Niemann was a different pitcher in his second spring start compared to his first. [The Ledger]

“I was a lot more confident out there. I wasn’t searching for things. Wasn’t wondering if my mechanics were right, if my hips were doing the right thing,” Niemann said. “It was more just go out there and pitch. You know what you need to do. Keep the ball down, throw and have fun…But it’s still really early in spring. There’s a lot of games to be played, and there’s a lot of guys in the running,” he said. “There’s no guarantees for any of us that are out there fighting for those two spots. We’ve just got to go out there and play ball.”

  • David Price will make his professional debut today against the Yankees. [Tampa Bay Rays]

“Just get out there, have a good old time and throw strikes,” Maddon said, when asked what he wanted to see from his young hurler. “Just be a Ray and get his pro career going.”

  • Brittany Ghiroli gives us a lesson in geometry with regards to the Rays right field/DH “triangle” which now looks to have more than three sides. [MLB]

With Baldelli’s health progressing slower than the Rays expected and veteran Floyd expressing a desire to maintain the designated hitter slot, the Rays have taken long looks at Gomes, Justin Ruggiano, John Rodriguez, Joel Guzman and Jon Weber to help fill the void.

  • The Rays may also look outside the organization for a replacement for Rocco Baldelli including a free agent such as Kenny Lofton. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Joe Smith takes a look at Wade Davis as Jake McGee take in their first big league spring training as others wonder aloud about their ceilings. [St. Pete Times]

“With prospects, everyone thinks they’ll be the next Hall of Famer, the next Tom Glavine,” veteran reliever Trever Miller said. “But it comes down to three things: work ethic, ability and blessing – a little bit of luck. If (McGee and Davis) can accomplish those three things, they have no ceiling. They’re masters of their own destiny.”

  • Rays Anatomy explores the possible replacements for Rocco Baldelli should he not be on the opening day roster. [Rays Anatomy]
  • The Bradenton Herald profiles JP Howell. [Bradenton Herald]
  • The Love of Sports names the Rays as one of five teams that could surprise in 2008. [The Love of Sports]

1 Comment

  1. Brad says:

    DRG --

    Thanks for the link and the suggestions. What are your thoughts on "Wade Bloggs" as a name, with a picture of Wade in an old school Drays uniform as the logo?

    I like the Curse of Chuck Lamar.


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