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  • The Rays gave $1 million signing bonus to Cesar Perez, a 16-year old 3B from Venezuela. Jon Heyman says “kid can play.”…He is 6’2”, 180 and projects as a power hitter. [Twitter]
  • Want to know why the Rays are so inconsistent and continue to struggle at times? Look no further than the starting pitching. Of the 6 starting pitchers that the Rays have used, only James Shields (4.60) has a tRA less than 5.00. Scott Kazmir (6.22), Andy Sonnanstine (5.99) and David Price (6.93) are all north of 5.50.
  • Not everybody is happy with Joe Maddon’s decision to add Tim Wakefield to the AL All-Star roster…Of course, what is funny about that is that there is a good chance that Maddon passed over his own guy (JP Howell) for Wakefield. [Red Sox Monster]
  • Joe Smith takes a look at Jason Bartlett’s ascent from benchwarmer in high school to All-Star. [St. Pete Times]
  • Dioner Navarro is hoping for a second-half turnaround like he had in 2007. [St. Pete Times]
  • Tony Fabrizio breaks down the 2009 Rays and notes there are reasons for hope. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Rays Revolutionary breaks down exactly how the Rays have performed this season while wearing the red caps…It ain’t good. [Rays Revolutionary]
  • The Rays Party has updated their growing list of Rays blogs. [The Rays Party]




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