Tampa Bay Devil Dogs (8 days until opening day)

DRG here again to get you through the weekend

Yesterday: Tampa Bay Rays. Rained out.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeremy Guthrie will be the Orioles opening day starter against the Rays on March 31. The O’s are yet to reveal the remaining rotation. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Jeff Niemann was not happy about his demotion. Joe Maddon sounds as if a major league debut in the near future is no guarantee for Niemann. [Tampa Tribune]

If he can get a little consistent roll in Triple-A and there’s a need, he could be very interesting.”

  • Rays of Light laments the decision to include Jason Hammel in the rotation, and wonders if the decision was based in part of the fear of seeing Hammel become a better pitcher somewhere else. [Rays of Light]
  • Joe Maddon hinted that Grant Balfour might have overtaken Scott Dohmann for the final bullpen slot, although he won’t make a decision until the end of the week. [Tampa Bay Rays]

“The location of the pitches have been much better,” Maddon said. “[Balfour's] throwing a strike when he needs to, and he’s been down [in the strike zone], and it’s really nice to see.”

  • DRays Bay interviews Keith Law. [DRays Bay]
  • Joe Maddon does not see any correlation between success in the spring and the regular season, although Carl Crawford says building a winning atmosphere has to start someplace. [Tampa Tribune]

“I’m just so cognizant of the regular season, how different it is from spring training,” he said. “And then you also have to guard against this sense of ‘We’re so much better because we’ve had a good spring training.’

“It depends on who you ask,” left fielder Carl Crawford said. “If you ask a team on the other side, they might say, ‘It’s just spring training, it don’t mean nothing.’ But a team like us, where we’re trying to build some momentum going into the season, it’s a good thing.

  • When the Rays drafted Fernando Perez, they converted him to a switch-hitter. The team wanted him to bunt a lot from the left side to utilize his speed. Perez had other ideas. He refuse to bunt a lot preferring to become a good hitter from both sides of the plate. [Herald-Tribune]
  • While the Rays have made significant efforts to reach out to fans in other markets, especially Orlando, little effort has been made in the Gainesville area. The Rays say they are waiting to see if their is demand for the Rays in the area before making an effort, which seems the opposite of other areas. [Gainesville Sun]
 
 

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