RAYS 5, Blue Jays 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Zorilla struck out twice, but that’s OK. It was just good to see him in the lineup after missing time with a sore back and a sore neck. Those type of injuries aren’t serious but can linger. That he was back in the lineup so quickly suggests that won’t be the case here…Nate Karns. About 3 arms would have to detach from bodies before Karns would make the opening day roster, but that hasn’t stopped the Rays from saying he is a candidate. And in his start yesterday he looked good. He faced 13 batters, giving up no runs on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out 1, had 3 ground outs and 3 flyball outs…Jeremy Moore. If you haven’t seen his home run yet, we put it up yesterday. It’s a bomb, his third of the spring. Only two players have more home runs this spring. There is a red flag though. Moore has 6 strikeouts and no walks in 20 at bats.
THE BAD: None
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb, Grant Balfour, and Joel Peralta pitched in minor league games…Cal Ripken Jr will throw out the first pitch today and will be signing his book, Squeeze Play.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- 10,000 flex packs tickets have been sold already and the Rays are using a new marketing slogan that they have been keeping in their back pocket for a few years. [BizJournals]
- Desmond Jennings is so scared of snakes that he is now staying in a different home after seeing a snake in his backyard. [TampaBay.com]
- Here’s video of prospect Richie Shaffer…