This post, which will appear before every game, will include starting lineups (when we learn them) and during the game will include a Game Graph that will constantly update the percent chance the Rays have of winning this particular game. And if you want, we can hang out and chat before (and during) the game.

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Playing A Little Pepper

There were many great and memorable moments from yesterday’s opener. What was the most pleasant surprise?

You had to love how Carlos Pena not only hit a grand slam and delivered the game-winning hit, be he was also using the entire field. That’s when you know he is locked in. And the of course, Evan Longoria was on base five times with his new swing, and his home run came on an inside pitch which is exactly the type of pitch his new swing should destroy. You also had to love Ben Zobrist’s triple, which was the true game-winning hit (the scoreboard just didn’t know it yet) and Sean Rodriguez playing solid defense at shortstop. But the most pleasant surprise was the offense in general. The Rays had Jeff Keppinger and Rodriguez hitting 4th and 5th, and still scored 7 runs, 5 off of CC Sabathia. And there were another 3-4 runs the Rays should have had…Good Start For The Offense

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Matt Joyce, LF
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Luke Scott, DH
  7. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Reid Brignac, SS
  10. David Price, SP

Song to get you pumped up

Here’s David Price’s new intro song. Let’s all embrace it…

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13 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new feature. And I'm totally digging Price's new song.

    GO RAYS!!

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  2. Martin B says:

    Why is Keppinger playing today? I thought he was only supposed to face lefties?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      I'm guessing because Maddon wants a good contact guy behind the middle of the order. Gotta figure people will be on base, and one thing this team struggled with in 2011 was too many strikeouts with men on base. Those are unproductive outs versus outs that move a runner.

      Also, Keppinger's splits weren't as pronounced last year, so he has gotten better against righties.

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    • Swede says:

      Maddon always has to do at least one thing that nobody expects and somthing no other manager would do. That way, when it works once a week, everybody will worship him.

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  3. Cork Gaines says:

    Anybody notice the Red Sox are now 0-2? Normally that wouldn't mean much. But with Bobby Valentine running the ship, he is destined to do something stupid in the very near future.

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  4. Cork Gaines says:

    Here's Luke Scott's first hit with the Rays, a 2-out, 2-run single.

    http://www.raysindex.com/4712-game-2-vs-new-york-yankees

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  7. Cork Gaines says:

    So, guy reaches over and catches Evan Longoria's HR. Call changed to a double. Check out the outfit the guy is wearing...

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