THE GOOD: Locked In Relievers. Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta, 2 of the 4 relievers with guaranteed jobs combined for 2 scoreless innings, striking out 2. Even Cesar Cabral, the Rule 5 pick that has never pitched above single-A, looked good. He retired 5 of the 6 batters he faced, striking out 2. It was his second straight solid outing. As a Rule 5 pick, Cabral must be on the opening day roster or offered back to the Red Sox…Elliot Johnson. Fighting for a bench spot, Johnson got back in the lineup for the first time in over a week and reached base twice via walk…Dan Johnson. The Great Pumpkin homered.
THE BAD: Adam Russell. Russell was a little shaky, giving up 2 hits and walking a pair. He has now allowed 9 hits and 4 walks in 4.1 innings…James Shields. It took Big Blast Shields 25 pitches to get out of the 1st inning, and one of those pitches cleared the fence. He also gave up a run in the 2nd inning and reached his pitch limit in the middle of the 4th.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford is expected to make the trip to Port Charlotte tomorrow and play against the Rays…Bucs head coach Raheem Morris served as “manager” for the day. He even went to the mound to make a pitching change in the 4th inning…The Rays will play 2 games today, with some players playing in St. Pete against the Netherlands…Ben Zobrist is expected back today.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it last night, Evan Longoria had his ’67 Camaro stolen near Phoenix. [Rays Index]
- Read about the fan that will travel to 106 different minor league ballparks this summer. [Business Insider]
- Joe Maddon and Raheem Morris talk about Morris’ managing debut. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon talks about facing Carl Crawford on Thursday. [The Heater]
- Sam Fuld is “shorter than his officially listed height of 5-10…is hopelessly likable, [was] an economics major at Stanford, [and ] has Type 1 diabetes.” [Tampa Bay.com]
- “The Mets, who are not officially for sale, would have to qualify as a buy-low candidate.” [SB Nation Tampa Bay]