THE GOOD: Jeremy Hellickson. Hellboy didn’t show any ill effects from his sore hamstring or the blister that caused him to leave his last start early. He worked 4 shutout innings, striking out 2 and walking 1…Power Up. Kelly Shoppach and Dan Johnson each hit their third home run of the spring. Their 6 combined home runs is already half of their combined total (12) in the regular season last year...Looking For Glove. BJ Upton did his best Willie Mays on a long Derek Jeter flyball. Upton caught the ball at the warning track with his back to the infield.
THE BAD: Juan Cruz. Cruz, who will likely be on the opening day roster if he can show that he can work back-to-back days, struggled for the first time with his control, walking 2 in 2 innings, giving up 1 run.
THE TELLING: Kyle Farnsworth hyperextended his knee fielding a bunt, but remained in the game…Matt Joyce was scratched from the lineup with a sore back…Ben Zobrist is now expected to be the leadoff hitter on most days versus righties…We will have more on this later, but several players made their longest outings of the spring, including Evan Longoria, who worked seven innings, and Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac, who both stayed in the game through eight innings.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays will donate $10 thousand to “Save the Children” to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Also, Red Cross volunteers will collect donations during the season-opening series against the Orioles with the Rays matching up to $15 thousand.
- How does Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” not include anybody from the Tampa Bay Rays front office? [SBJ]
- Joe Maddon sat down with Dewayne Staats for a one-on-one. [Sun Sports]
- Dewayne Staats also sat down with Johnny Damon. [Sun Sports]
- Hmmmm, Governor Rick Scott in Yankees gear? That’s not cool. [RaysRev.com]
- Jonah Keri on why the Rays bullpen overhaul was the smart move. [ESPN Insider]
- Ever wanted to see what a standard MLB contract looks like? Here you go. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Check out Rays Prospects for some pics of recent minor league games. Good stuff. [Rays Prospects]