THE GOOD: Jake McGee. For really the first time this spring, Joe Maddon gave McGee some legit work, pitching the 4th and 5th inning against the Yankees. And McGee did not disappoint, facing the minimum number of batters and allowing just 1 walk. If you are still hoping McGee will be on the opening day roster, this was the best sign yet.
THE BAD: Mike Ekstrom. His horrid spring continues. After falling behind 3-0 to Nick Swisher, he gave up a go-ahead 2-run home run to Nick Swisher.
THE TELLING: David Price pitched 5 innings in a minor league game…Joe Maddon finalized the starting rotation, with Wade Davis #3, Jeff Niemann #4 and Jeremy Hellickson #5. Picking Davis over Niemann at #3 is more about which one Maddon likes against the Orioles in the opening series, than it is about talent…Yogi Berra took a stumble before the game, and Joe Maddon was there for the assist.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- On Monday at 6:30, Fox Sports Florida will premier the “2011 Tampa Bay Rays Season Preview” hosted by Todd Kalas.
- Several Rays worked out at the Trop on the new turf. The biggest concern is learning the speed, which apparently can be adjusted by changing the fill material. [TampaBay.com]
- Figure Filbert explores the idea of batting Manny Ramirez in the leadoff spot…If anybody would do it, it is Joe Maddon. Our initial reaction was that Tony LaRussa would try it also. But not before batting his pitcher leadoff. [Figure Filbert]
- “The Worst Sports Fans in America”? Philadelphia. Don’t worry, Red Sox and Yankees fans are also in the top 10 (thanks John). [GQ.com]
- Rafael Soriano had to remind the Yankees brass that he does not pitch against division rivals in the spring. [MLB]
- Joe Smith writes about newly acquired shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee. [TampaBay.com]
Johnny Damon (via TampaBay.com)
Prospect Hak-Ju Lee singing (via TampaBay.com)