RAYS 5, Twins 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Cesar Ramos. Ramos is probably not going to be fifth starter when the season starts, but his performance yesterday gives the Rays something to think about and there is a good chance he will be in the rotation at some point this season. Ramos pitched 4.2 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and just 1 walk. Of his 64 pitches, a whopping 46 were strikes.
THE BAD: Jake Odorizzi. On the other hand, Odorizzi did not add any doubt to the idea that Erik Bedard will be the fifth starter. Giving up 3 runs in 4 innings is not the end of the world in the spring. But giving up 6 hits and a walk against 19 batters that won’t be in the big leagues in 2 weeks is not good.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 14-4-2, the best record in the majors…The latest round of cuts includes relievers Brad Boxberger, Steve Geltz, Juan Sandoval, Adam Liberatore, as well as Justin Christian, Cole Figueroa, Jerry Sands, Ali Solis…Matt Joyce is still out with a sore neck. Joe Maddon is hoping Joyce will be back in the lineup tomorrow…David Price will pitch a simulated game today rather than face the Blue Jays.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon on Cesar Ramos’ performance: “It’s the best I’ve ever seen him pitch.” [TampaBay.com]
- Sounds like Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t be on the opening day roster. Joe Maddon says they don’t want to rush him and have him get hurt. [MLB]
- I doubt this will become an issue, but Erik Bedard says he will opt-out if he is not on the opening day roster. A number of other teams have lost starting pitchers to injuries. [TampaBay.com]
- Alex Cobb is kind of “angry” that the new protective caps are not available yet for players to try. [TBO.com]
- Evan Longoria’s little girl looks like a little Evan Longoria. [BRaysball Talk]
Here’s a short clip on prospect Mike Montgomery…