THE GOOD: The Rays did not lose their first series of the year.
THE BAD: Successful teams win series, and the Rays blew their chance to win their first series of the year.
THE TELLING: Fitting that the Rays are .500 after their first series.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- After last night’s rain out, Joe Maddon will not skip Andy Sonnanstine as The Duke will go tonight in Yankee Stadium. Edwin Jackson will throw tomorrow afternoon and Jason Hammel will be pushed back to Monday with James Shields going Sunday on his normal 4 days rest.[The Heater]
- No make-up date has been scheduled…Scott Kazmir is scheduled to throw 65 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday….Also, in a bit of a surprise move, Grant Balfour accepted his assignment to the minors over becoming a free agent. Certainly the $150K minor league provision in his contract beats the minor league deal he would have received from another club. [Rays Report]
- The Sports Scribbler celebrates the Rays’ Grapefruit League Championship…which by the way is more championships than the Yankees have won in the past 7 years…and feels that it is a sign of things to come for the Rays. [The Sports Scribbler]
- Al Reyes says he was rushing his delivery and that caused his pitches to end up out over the plate…Also, Joe Maddon had planned to start Eric Hinske at third base on Thursday night in place of Willy Aybar who may not be 100% after recent struggles with a hamstring problem. [St. Pete Times]
- The Associated Press preview of the Rays-Yankees series. [Fox Sports]
- Rays of Light breaks down the Rays-Yankees series position-by-position. [Rays of Light]
- The Rays players and coaches feel like the bad blood with the Yankees is behind them and don’t expect any further incidents. [St. Pete Times]
- To say Nathan Haynes has a history of injuries would be an understatement. Marc Lancaster reviews exactly what Haynes has endured to get to the majors. [Tampa Tribune]