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.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 16, 2014
Here is the Logan Forsythe diving grab.