Marc Topkin has the Rays 2011 Spring Training schedule. The Rays will play their first game at home on February 26 against the Pirates and will conclude Spring Training on March 30 against Toronto at The Trop. The schedule also includes a split-squad game at Al Lang Field against the Dutch national team.

Oh, and for those keep score at home, there are 93 days until pitchers and catchers report.


  • Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles need a first baseman, and Carlos Pena is one of the names on their list. [Baltimore Sun]
  • According to Buster Olney, other teams believe BJ Upton is available, and that the Rays “wouldn’t have to be overwhelmed” to trade him. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • We have been arguing this for a while…Unless a team blows the Rays away with an offer, there is no need to trade James Shields (or Matt Garza) until at least the trade deadline. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Experts debate who is the better free agent outfielder: Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. [Boston Herald]
  • Mark Simon writes that Carl Crawford fills some of the Angels’ biggest needs statistically. However, among the needs listed is a leadoff hitter, something Crawford has often said he does not like doing. Of course, for $100 million, he could be enticed to give it a shot. [ESPN]
  • River Ave. Blues explains why Carl Crawford is not a good fit for the Yankees. [River Ave. Blues]
  • Hardball Talk writes about Tim Beckham and what it means that he is no longer one of the Rays top prospects. [HardballTalk]
  • Hardball Talk rates the different uniforms that the Rays have worn in their short history. [Hardball Talk]
  • As we expected, Aki Iwamura is returning to Japan. [MLB Trade Rumors]



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