October 3, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) is congratulated by right fielder Matt Joyce (20) after he hit a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays Notes: Everything Great With Longoria Baby, Torres Joins Venezuelan WBC Team, Photo Day

It was a little nerve-wracking for everyone when labor was induced as Evan Longoria‘s girlfriend Jaime Edmondson six weeks ahead of schedule, but thankfully everything turned out fine. Joe Maddon told reporters about a text he had received from Longoria saying that the baby and Edmondson were both doing great. Time to officially congratulate Longoria on becoming a father, and you know that they’ll be a big celebration around Rays camp when Longoria makes it back.

After Cesar Ramos joined the Mexican World Baseball Classic team a couple of days ago, another Rays lefty will get the opportunity to represent his home country as Alex Torres has been named to the Venezuelan World Baseball Classic roster. Torres is coming off an extremely enigmatic season, striking out 108, 12.1 batters per 9 innings, but walking 67, a scary 7.5 BB/9 in 80.1 IP at Triple-A Durham, but he finished the season strong before blowing by hitters in Winter Ball, and now Torres has an opportunity to really build his confidence back up getting the chance to pitch for his country. Best of luck to Torres, and hopefully a strong WBC performance is what gets him on track for a big bounce-back season in 2013 that ends with him in the major leagues.

The Rays’ photo day was yesterday, with each of the 66 participants in the Rays’ major league camp (sans Longoria) getting their picture taken. Cork Gaines over at Rays Index had a gallery all of their pictures, and here were a few of the good ones courtesy of USA Today Sports.





















Instant reactions from these pictures that probably mean nothing: Chris Archer is confident, David Price is ready for primetime, Matthew Joyce is primed for a huge year, and Tim Beckham knows the pressure is on. And of course, we have to show the picture of Wil Myers.

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