Twins 5, RAYS 3(boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jeremy Hellickson. We are not going to say Hellboy was in mid-season form. It was just two innings. But in those two frames, he needed just 22 pitches (only 6 n the 2nd inning), and Sean Rodriguez. There are not a lot of questions to be answered with the roster this spring. One exception is shortstop with Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez battling for playing time (although we would be surprised if they weren’t platooning to start the season). Well, Rodriguez got off to a good start singling twice and reaching on a hit-by-pitch in three plate appearances…JP Howell. A nice 1-2-3 inning including a swinging strikeout.
THE BAD: Bullpen Battles. Two guys with an outside shot at making the opening day roster are Burke Badenhop and Josh Lueke. Both served up 2-run home runs in their spring debuts. Not exactly the start either needed…David Price’s Pre-Start Routine. David Price said yesterday that he felt like he “got run over by a truck” despite pitching just one inning. He blamed the soreness on playing “six hours of paintball” with Kyle Farnsworth on Friday. Needless to say, King David is probably going to scratch paintball from his between starts routine this season.
THE TELLING: Luke Scott and Sam Fuld are both expected to make their spring debuts later this week…Carlos Pena could be in the lineup as soon as tomorrow…Also, there is a small chance Evan Longoria will play today, but more likely, he will make his debut tomorrow…Matt Moore said he felt “normal” during his bullpen session…Today’s game is not on the radio.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Easy people, it was just two at bats. [TBO.com]
- It turns out JP Howell was pitching in pain since he was drafted, but he just thought the pain was normal. Speaking as somebody who tore the labrum in my shoulder, I can tell you I still have trouble throwing a baseball today. So it is pretty amazing Howell is back at all. [TBO.com]
- Johnny Damon remains unsigned is “waiting for the right team.” you know, the right team being any team that will sign him. [MLBTR]
- Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago notes that the signing of Andy Sonnanstine (pouring a little out for our homey) shows Theo Epstein is now more Rays than Red Sox. [CSNChicago.com]
- Jesus Feliciano’s story is a good one. [TampaBay.com]
- Marc Topkin spoke with Joel Peralta bout how he lied about his age and how Peralta has no regrets for doing so. [TampaBay.com]
- Apparently Stephen Vogt, a minor league catcher, does a mean Joe Maddon impersonation. Unfortunately, no video yet. [The Heater]
- A Broncos receiver might be on the Bucs’ radar. [JoeBucsFan]