Twins 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: James Shields. The starters are already starting to ramp it up a bit. Shields tossed 4 shutout innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2…Matt Moore. The best prospect in baseball will make his spring debut today. Interestingly, this will be Moore’s first spring training appearance despite having already pitched in the majors….Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsville made his first appearance of the spring. He allowed an unearned run (his own throwing error) in 1 inning. But considering it was his first outing, it was nice to hear he was 93-94 with the fastball.
THE BAD: The Twins Again? This is getting ridiculous. We know teams are leaving Florida for Arizona, but we didn’t realize the Twins and Rays were the only two teams left.
THE TELLING: With a lefty on the mound, Ben Zobrist made his first start of the spring in right field and Jeff Keppinger was at second base. This will likely be the opening day scenario with CC Sabathia pitching for the Yankees…Carlos Pena will hit second again today…Sean Rodriguez is expected to play today…The number of players that will join Joe Maddon in shaving their heads on Thursday is now 20. And in his typical forward-thinking Maddon said he may hold hatless workouts so that the players can adjust to their new shaved heads…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you want a fun place to go and hang out and chat with some fellow Rays fans, check out OTTOTD.com. Those guys pretty much hate this website, but that’s cool. We get a kick out of it. Although we do warn you, if you have a heart condition or think you might be pregnant, you should consult a doctor first. [OTTOTD.com]
- Alex Cobb talks about the disappointment of being sent down so early in camp. [TampaBay.com]
- When we first read this headline, we thought Matt Joyce was “dedicated to not being left-handed.” And as you can imagine, we were confused. [FoxSportsFlorida]
- If you are filling out your brackets today, you might want to keep this chart handy. [BI Sports] Or this list. [BI Sports]
- Free agency hits the NFL today. Be sure to keep checking with JoeBucsFan to see what the Bucs are doing. [JoeBucsFan]