Twins 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: The Crime Cat. Carlos Pena made his Rays re-debut. He only played three innings, and was 0-2. But how awesome is that picture at right?…Well. The starting lineup had five hits, which all things considered is not that bad compared to how the have been doing. But when you consider that the starting lineup included names like Salazar and Gimenez and Rhymes and Mangini and Feliciano, it is hard to get too worked up…The Giraffe. Other than his own throwing error on a pick-off attempt at second base, Jeff Niemann pitched well, working 2 innings and allowing 2 hits and no walks…Ryan Reid. Reid is a minor league reliever with strikeout stuff. And while he won’t make the opening day roster, there is a good chance we will see him at some point. And yesterday he tossed 2 shutout innings, striking out 1.
THE BAD: Shortstops. It was Sean Rodriguez’ turn to commit an error at shortstop, with an errant toss that led to a pair of Twins runs. It was telling when Joe Maddon later said “he had other options and he just chose the most difficult play to make.” It’s one thing to make an error. It’s another when the manager thinks you made a mental error and a physical error.
THE TELLING: This is the first time the Rays have ever started 0-4 in Spring Training…The Rays announced their first concert, featuring ZZ Top, Gretchen Wilson, and 3 Doors Down. The show will follow the June 17 game.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- This is why you should join Twitter and follow us. In addition to pics like the one above, you also get fun stuff like this while you are at work. [@CorkGaines]
- Guess we can scratch off the Gateway area for a possible new Rays stadium. That land has been purchased by a beer distributor. [TampaBay.com]
- Here’s another Rays preview. [Baseball Nation]
- Would the Bucs draft Trent Richardson? [JoeBucsFan]