August 6, 2011; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

What's Important Now: Cobb Impresses

Spring Game 8: Orioles 3, Rays 3

Despite some control issues that sent Nolan Reimold to the hospital, Alex Cobb had a good outing in yesterday’s 3-3 tie. Cobb went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk while allowing no runs. Alex Torres followed Cobb and was a bit more wild, allowing 3 walks, 1 hit, and 1 run in his 2 innings.

On offense, Will Rhymes, Chris Gimenez, and Jose Molina each picked up hits. Matt Mangini drove in two runs with a single and Brad Coon hit a solo homer to account for the other run. Hak-Ju Lee had a good game from the bottom of the order, going 2 for 4.

Spring Game 9: Rays at Red Sox

Time: 7:05

TV: MLB Network

Radio: 620 WDAE

Pitchers: Rays- Wade Davis, Burke Badenhop, Josh Lueke, Albert Suarez, Romulo Sanchez, Dane De La Rosa

Red Sox- Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Clayton Mortensen, Brandon Duckworth, Matt Albers

Notables: BJ Upton, Reid Brignac, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, and Ben Zobrist are all expected to play under the lights tonight.

Wade Davis will get his second start of the spring, looking to back up his good performance his last time out. I would expect him not to have his full arsenal tonight, considering the Rays will not want to show the Red Sox too much of Davis, since they could see a lot of him this season.

Rays News and Notes

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times writes about Alex Cobb’s reaction to hitting Nolan Reimold in the head. Thankfully Reimold is not seriously injured.
  • Marc Topkin looks at Joe Maddon’s choice to name James Shields the Opening Day starter. That means David Price will fall into the second spot and Jeremy Hellickson at number three. Matt Moore will likely get four and it is still up in the air as to who will pitch five.
  • Topkin also gives us an injury update on Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez.
  • Joe Maddon will shave his head for charity next Thursday. This is great news if you ask me. Joe’s hair had been getting a little ridiculous lately, especially after he dyed it brown.
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