Scottsdale 8, Team USA 6.
Reid Brignac
continues to struggle in the AFL. Against Team USA, Brignac went 1-5 with a strikeout and is now hitting .193. Evan Longoria played third and hit clean-up for Team USA, going 1-5 with a run scored. He is now 3-12 with 3 singles in 3 games with Team USA. Justin Ruggiano went 0-2 for Team USA playing left field and batting sixth.


  • The Rays claimed another player off waivers. This time it was pitcher Kurt Birkins from the Orioles. To make room on the roster, they DFA’d Raul Cassanova. There is a good chance that Cassanova will be retained by the club once he clears waivers. []
  • Everybody wants Carl Crawford on their team…until they realize what it will cost to get him there. This time it is the Cubs. Listen Cubs fans…it will take 1) Pitching; 2) Major League Pitching; 3) A young stud Major League Starter; 4) And then throw in a prospect or two. And honestly, we do not see any players on the Cubs roster that fits the criteria. Good luck with the Torii Hunter negotiations. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Bugs & Cranks has more YouTube footage of Elijah Dukes in the Dominican Winter League in their latest installment of “The Redemption of Elijah Dukes”. [Bugs & Cranks]
  • Martin Fennelly compares the Rays to the Ugly Duckling now that they are the only franchise that has never made a postseason appearance and they are the only one of the last four expansion teams to not make it to the World Series. [TBO]
  • The Austin American-Statesman takes a look at the only four teams never to reach the world series and wonders which one of “The Final Four of Bad Baseball Teams” will be the first to break the drought. They compare the Devil Rays to the Mets of the late 60’s. [Austin American-Statesman]
  • The Rays front office released a statement indicating that Jim Hickey will remain with the club as the team’s pitching coach. [TBO]
  • Rotoworld ranks the Devil Rays as the 21st most likely destination for Alex Rodriguez. [Rotoworld]

It’d be something if the Rays could upstage Tampa’s other team by bringing in Rodriguez, but there’s been nothing to suggest they’d be willing to double their payroll.


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  1. Evan says:

    Call me nuts, but as long as they get an effective reliever or two (which sounds hard given the history of this franchise, but still is relatively easy compared to filling needs elsewhere) I do not think the pitching is at all a weakness on this team. Most of the problem this past season with the pitching WAS the defense.

    They need people who can field their positions adaquately in the infield, it is as simple as that to me. Iwamura, Harris, Wilson, Zobrist etc. just didn't cut it defensively this year, but thankfully they have room to grow. The Rays had a historically bad season on defense, and we can expect them to "regress" to a better performance next year, but if they can upgrade at those positions defensively, we can really see these pitchers blossom (and I am including Howell and Sonnanstine here, who had about the most impressive 5.85 and 7.59 ERA seasons one could have).


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