USATSI_7808334_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 8, Red Sox 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price. After his last start, Price said he hasn’t felt this good in March in 4-5 years and this start was even better. In fact, it was so good that it looked like a regular season line: 6.2 innings, 7 strikeouts, 3 hits, 1 walk. He was charged with 2 runs that came in after he left the game and one of the hits and the one walk came in an inning he shouldn’t have been in the game…Logan Forsythe. He has now played all four infield positions and left field this spring. Forsythe has just 9 career starts in the outfield and yet on Sunday he made a nice diving catch in left field moving towards the foul line (see below).

THE BAD: Jim Hickey. The original plan was for David Price to pitch 6 innings and about 90 pitches. But Price’s pitch count was still low so Hickey let Price talk him into going back out there for a 7th inning and Price started to look a little shaky that inning. The irony is that after his last start, Price was asked if he lobbied for an extra inning after saying he felt so good. Price laughed at the question and said “no, there was no need to.” It’s spring training. There was no need to deviate from the plan and push things.

THE TELLING: Wil Myers fouled a ball off his right quad (how does a right-handed batter foul a ball off his right thigh?) and suffered a bruise…According to Joe Maddon, the Rays players and coaches will yell “Wichita! Wichita! when they think a play should be challenged. Maddon said this is in honor of Peyton Manning and his now-famous “Omaha!” audible…The Rays wore their light blue alternate spring training caps for the first time…MLB’s regular season starts in less than 5 days with a pair of games in Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks…The Rays are off today. It is the third time in six seasons since ditching the green uniforms that the Rays had a scheduled off-day on St. Patrick’s Day.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Wil Myers says he has fouled balls off his back leg before. [TBO.com]
  • Evan Longoria is the fifth betting favorite to win the AL MVP at 14-1. Mike Trout is the favorite at 5-1. Wil Myers is 25-1. David Price is the second favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award at 9-1, behind only Yu Darvish (7-1). [Bovada]
  • Now, THIS is a rally cap. [MLB Fan Cave]
  • Recently acquired prospect Maxx Tissenbaum has a blog. [Minor League Ball]
  • Here is video of Joe Maddon and a few players getting their heads shaved.

And Here is Joe Maddon and Stuart Sternberg after they had their heads shaved for pediatric cancer research.

 

Here is the Logan Forsythe diving grab.

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  1. Gus says:

    The Dave Parker "me and the boys boppin" shirts Longoria bought for the team are surely a good indication of a championship season. Those things are outstanding.

    I'd also note that after watching the Rays sleepwalk their way through last spring, they look a lot better this year. Spring matters -- not every game or every result. But I do think you set a tone, particularly with all the division games we play in spring when the AL East moves to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  2. Dave L says:

    plus our 2 division titles followed 2 grapefruit league titles in the spring, right?

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    • Gus says:

      I know 2008 the Rays changed the culture and won Grapefruit League title for sure.

      Now if Price blows out his arm in April eveyone will second guess going 7 innings in March; but it was Boston, a team the Rays struggled with last year. I like winning in March.

      For Tampa Bay sports fans, this feels a little like 2002, when the Bucs had first gotten it turned around in 1997, then stayed good but by 2002 you knew they had changed enough offensively and the window was starting to close on defense that a title with that 1997 bunch had to probably happen then, now or never. I feel very much that way with this team. Very good; ready to win it all.

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      • Sarah says:

        Agree with you on everything except leaving Price in so long yesterday. Really? Over 90 pitches in mid-March?

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