Spring Game 1 Recap: Rays at Twins
Even with the Rays 7-3 loss in the spring opener, the Rays showed promise. The runs didn’t come until later in the game for the pitchers and the Rays starting offense turned it on in the beginning. BJ Upton had a big game, going 2 for 2 with a double and a triple. Matt Joyce went 1 for 2 with a 2-run homer. Jose Lobaton and Elliot Johnson were the other two starters to get a hit.
Chris Gimenez continues to impress, going 1 for 2 with a double after replacing Jose Molina. Gimenez could be working his way into the backup catcher spot if he continues to show offensive potential. His flexibility to play corner infield and outfield spots as well as defending well at catcher is something Joe Maddon could look at to make his final decision.
David Price had a good showing in his first spring appearance, throwing a perfect frame in the first. Chris Archer backed him up with a scoreless second. Dane De La Rosa struck out the side in the fourth, allowing one hit. Alex Colome struggled a bit in the fifth, allowing 3 hits and 1 run. He did impress Joe Maddon, though, hitting 98 with his fastball.
Spring Game 2: Twins at Rays
If you are heading to Port Charlotte for game two of this home and home with the Twins, you will see a bunch of pitchers that could make the Opening Day roster. We will get our first look at Jeremy Hellickson as he looks to back-up his Rookie of the Year campaign. We will also get our first look at three offseason acquisitions, Fernando Rodney, Josh Lueke, and Burke Badenhop.
Rays News and Notes
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times talks to new ESPN analyst Terry Francona, who has some praise for the Rays now that he can actually say nice things about them.
- Topkin also takes a look at Joel Peralta’s decision to lie about his age when coming out of the Dominican Republic as a prospect. Peralta said he was 16 when he was actually 20. The age difference came out when he was with the Angels. Now Peralta is 35 and is entering his second season with the Rays.
- The Bradenton Herald writes about Carlos Pena‘s return to the Rays. Pena will certainly be the answer to the Rays first base void they had entering the offseason, and he will fill the role well if he can provide the power and clubhouse presence we have all come to love.