Saturday’s game was rained out, but the GBT for Friday’s game can be found after the Webtopia.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Today’s Grapefruit League matchup between the Rays and Yankees will be broadcast on the MLB Network at 1:00pm.
- With yesterday’s rainout, the Rays shuffled their starting pitchers, with David Price working against the Yankees and James Shields pitching in a minor league game so that he can stay on normal rest. [Tampa Tribune]
- BJ Upton was hit in the hand with a pitch, but x-rays were negative. Certainly missing any time will hurt Upton’s chances of being in the opening day lineup. [St. Pete Times]
- Marc Topkin talks to career minor league Jon Weber, who is 31 and still looking for just one day in the major leagues…In the same piece, Topkin notes that the Rays may soon add Chad Bradford and/or Fernando Perez to the 60-day DL. Doing so would open one or two spots on the 40-man roster for somebody like Jason Isringhausen. [St. Pete Times]
- Roger Mooney notes that the Rays are drawing big crowds this spring everywhere they go. [Bradenton Herald]
- Marc Topkin looks at how the Rays have given other teams hope to accomplish the impossible. [St. Pete Times]
- Marc Lancaster wonders if the Rays will be the “next Rays” in 2009 and become a model franchise that is mimicked by other organizations for years to come. [Tampa Tribune]
- Gabe Kapler thanks the local Jewish community for welcoming him to the area…Also, a good example of how missing one word can completely change the meaning of a title. [Gruntig!]
- This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but Jonny Gomes has made the Reds opening day roster. [Pearls of Wisdom]
THE GOOD: Carl Crawford. CC hit a 2-run home run in the first inning…Morgan Ensberg. Ensberg had maybe his best offensive game this spring, going 2-2 with a double and an RBI
THE BAD: Matt Garza. 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings is not good, even in the spring…Jeff Niemann. Niemann may have put the nail in his own coffin as far as the starting rotation goes and any hopes of seeing meaningful innings in the bullpen as a relief pitcher are slowly fading also after giving up 9 runs in two-thirds of an inning. Niemann faced 12 batters, and gave up 5 singles, 2 doubles and 3 walks.
THE TELLING: Gabe Kapler got the start in center field and Morgan Ensberg started at third base with Evan Longoria gone to the WBC.