THE GOOD: Mitch Talbot. After giving up 7 runs in his first 4 spring innings, including 4 home runs, Talbot looked solid against a very good Puerto Rico lineup. He did give up five hits, but allowed only one run and walked none in 4 innings…Fernando Perez. Perez started in center and stole two bases off of Cubs catcher Geovany Soto…
THE BAD: Gabe Kapler. Kapler finally got his first hit of the spring. But in the official stats sheet he is still hitless since this was not an official spring training game…Lance Cormier. If Cormier is going to have even a shot at one of the final spots of the bullpen he needs to be lights-out and so far he has just been meh. In 2 innings last night he gave up a run, but more importantly, he walked 2. The walks are what’s going to seal his fate.
THE TELLING: Last night’s game versus Puerto Rico will not count in the final Grapefruit League standings, nor will the stats count. This is because the game is an exhibition. Which makes perfect sense because, you know, the rest of the spring games are not exhibitions? Wait. What?…Morgan Ensberg started at first base last night, while Adam Kennedy got another start at second…How often do you see the 5-6-3 double-play? The Rays turned the feat to end the first inning when Carlos Delgado grounded into the shift to thirdbaseman Evan Longoria, who threw to shortstop Jason Bartlett who was playing to the right of second base.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- He has yet to pitch in any spring games, but Joe Maddon announced yesterday that James Shields will be on the mound in Fenwway Park on opening day. [Tampa Tribune]
- 6 Pound 8 ounce Baby Joba (great name for a blog) names the top 5 starting rotations in baseball. They have the Rays on top. Did we mention that is a Yankees blog?…By the way, we like to picture Joba in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says we want to be formal, but we’re here to party. [6 Pound 8 Ounce Baby Joba]
- Dave Scheiber has the details of JP Howell’s outing for Team USA in their tuneup against the Jays. Howell looked sharp. [St. Pete Times]
- Pat Burrell will miss the next couple of games to attend his sister’s wedding in San Francisco. [Rays Report]
- Troy Percival threw batting practice and was able to use all his pitches. Jim Hickey said he was surprised at how well Percy threw and insisted he would be “shocked” if Percival does not make his spring debut on the 12th. [MLB]
- Ken Davidoff of Newsday names the Rays as one of the 6 off-season “winners”. [Newsday]