RAYS 3, Orioles 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Standing O. As reported by Dave Wills, Rays on the bench gave Robert Andino a standing ovation. Who is Andino? He was the Orioles player that delivered the game winning hit against the Red Sox in their Game 162. Classy and awesome move by the Rays…Super Sammy. Sam Fuld was back in the lineup and immediately delivered one of his classic diving grabs in the first inning…Hak-Ju Lee. The prized prospect played all nine innings at shortstop and added two hits in four at bats…Alex Cobb. He gave up 2 hits, walked 2 and hit a batter (in the face), so it wasn’t pretty. But he didn’t give up any runs in three innings…Ryan Reid. It was late in the game, but Reid worked 2 scoreless innings and struck out 3 of the 6 batters he faced.
THE BAD: Offense Still Warming Up. Starters not named Hak-Ju Lee went 3-19.
THE TELLING: Sean Rodriguez was pulled from Thursday’s game with an injured finger. He is expected back in 2-3 days…Evan Longoria took batting practice today.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon and other Rays (it is not clear who yet) are going to shave their heads next Thursday for pediatric cancer research.
- It is now official, James Shields will indeed be the opening day starter.
- David Price makes the “strange injuries” list. [SI.com]
- Jose Molina says he feels like he can play 180 games. [Bradenton.com]
- Matt Joyce isn’t worried about whether or not he will be the everyday right fielder. [TBO.com]
- Former Rays DH Jose Canseco was kicked out of the Mexican League for doing Jose Canseco things. He has now taken another step towards being the real-life Kenny Powers. [BI Sports]
- The Hardball Times tackles the Rays with Five Questions. [The Hardball Times]
- USF’s bubble burst in the most craptastic way last night. Check out the lowlights here. [BI Sports]