RAYS 6, Red Sox 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jamey Wright. Wright seems like a good candidate for the bullpen and his first outing was impressive, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 inning…Bonus Yunel. If Yunel Escobar plays gold glove-caliber defense, anything he does with the bat will be bonus. So it is nice to see him picking up extra base hits early in the spring, stroking a double yesterday…Enough Glove To Go Around. Ryan Roberts diving stop at third base was the highlight of the game and is just the latest sign that the Rays are getting their defensive swagger back. Not many veteran players are making that play in the fourth game of the Spring.
THE BAD: Alex Cobb. Cobb may have the fourth spot in the rotation locked up, but that grip might slip with a few more outings like yesterday. Cobb worked two innings and gave up 4 hits and a walk. He got rattled early, giving up a homer run to Dustin Pedroia. He then followed that up by walking the next hitter and then giving up two hits the next inning for another run.
THE TELLING: There is rain in the forecast for today’s game against the Astros. Evan Longoria is scheduled to make his spring debut, David Price and Kyle Farnsworth are expected to pitch, and Ben Zobrist will play shortstop.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Are Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi legit candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation? [MLB.com]
- Troy Renck of the Denver Post is not surprised the Rockies are interested in Jeff Niemann, but thinks they will wait a week or two before making a decision to trade for another pitcher. [DenverPost.com]
- Of course the Rays want Wil Myers to be a complete player. But comparing him to Matt Joyce is not what most Rays fans want to hear. Joyce is a productive player, but if Myers is just a platoon outfielder in three years, that won’t be good. On a side note, it is interesting to read Joyce’s comments on the Tigers’ (lack of) approach to the little things, like baserunning and defense. [TampaBay.com]
- David Price, who has a dog named Astro, will pitch against the Astros today. Astro sounds concerned. [David Price]
- Kelly Johnson discusses the decision to accept a role as a utility player as he is expected to play first, second, and left this Spring. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon and the pitchers sound excited about this year’s defense. [TBO.com]
- The fake-to-third pickoff move is now illegal. Joe Maddon disagrees with the notion that the play had no value. [MLB.com]
- Greg Schiano likes Honey Badger? Uh oh. Is there enough room in the Bay Area for two Honey Badgers? [JoeBucsFan]
- And here is Leslie Anderson’s home run from Saturday.