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Rays welcome Astros to the American League

Waterspout photo in Downtown Tampa taken by Robert Siegel

Today the Tampa Bay Rays played the Houston Astros in Port Charlotte.   After being one of the worst teams in the National League for years, the  Astros hope a move to the American League will turn things around. Good  thing the game was not being played in Tampa because Tampa spent the morning in a Tornado Warning. Today was the Spring Training debut of third baseman Evan Longoria and pitcher David Price.

Rays Lineup

  • Ben Zobrist (SS)
  • Ryan Roberts (2B)
  • Evan Longoria (3B)
  • Leslie Anderson (LF)
  • Shelley Duncan (1B)
  • Wil Myers (RF)
  • Jack Cust (DH)
  • Sam Fuld (CF)
  • Jose Lobaton (C)
  • David Price (P)

Astros Lineup

  • Marwin Gonzales (SS)
  • Brandon Barnes (LF)
  • Justin Maxwell (CF)
  • Chris Carter (1B)
  • Nate Freiman (DH)
  • Matt Dominguez (3B)
  • Jimmy Paredes (RF)
  • Jason Jaramillo (C)
  • Jake Elmore (2B)
  • Jordan Lyles (P)

David Price had a 19-pitch inning, 10 of which were strikes. When Price reached for a ground ball with his bare hand, the ball hit his wrist but luckily he was fine. At the bottom of the 1st, Shelley Duncan hit a single, bringing Ryan Roberts home while Evan Longoria was called out at home. Longoria, who singled at his first at-bat of spring training, was not running at full speed and was trying to score from second base. After missing at least half of the 2012 season due to his hamstring, Rays fans are hoping the hamstring will not be a problem this year.

At the bottom of the 2nd, the Rays scored five runs, making the game 6-0. One of baseball’s top prospects, Wil Myers, singled to start the inning. Though a few singles and a sac-fly scored a few runs, it was the triple by Leslie Anderson that scored two runs. At the moment, Anderson is the top RBI leader in the Grapefruit League (with 7, ahead of Miguel Cabrera’s 4)  and is currently batting a .556. Anderson has had a hit in every Spring Training game he has played in so far.

In the 4th, Ryan Roberts hit a homerun to make the game 7-0. The Astros manage to put 2 runs up on the scoreboard in the 6th inning, but the game is called right after the inning ends due to the heavy rain. The other Rays pitchers invovled in the game were: Fernando Rodney, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Matt Buschmann, and Alex Colome.

Side Notes:

  • Jeff Niemann will now be starting Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates instead of Jeremy Hellickson.  Hellickson will still be pitching. 
  • Alex Rodriquez’s Yankees 2009 World Series Ring is being cold by his cousin. Must be to pay off a certain doctor…
  • Manny Ramirez will play for a team in Taiwan if no Major League Baseball team offers him a job this year.
  • Johnny Damon doesn’t understand why the Rays re-signed Luke Scott instead of him.

Spring Training Game 2: Rays v. Twins

The Tampa Bay Rays headed to Fort Myers to play the Minnesota Twins. Since most of the regular Rays were not in the line-up today, the focus would be on the pitchers competing for a bullpen spot, Sam Fuld’s defense in the outfield, Chris Gimenez behind homeplate, and if Stephen Vogt can hit a ball. Ben Zobrist was scratched from the game because coach Joe Maddon is concern about not over-working him due to the World Baseball Classic.

Rays Line Up:

  • Sam Fuld (CF)
  • Sean Rodriquez (2B)
  • Ben Zobrist Stephen Vogt (DH)
  • Shelley Duncan (1B)
  • Chris Gimenez (C)
  • Rich Thompson (RF)
  • Jason Bourgeois (LF)
  • Mike Fontenot (3B)
  • Tim Beckham (SS)
  • Chris Archer (P)

Twins Line Up:

  • Aaron Hicks (CF)
  • Jamey Carrol (2B)
  • Joe Mauer (C)
  • Josh Willingham (LF)
  • Justin Morneau (1B)
  • Chris Parmelee (RF)
  • Jeff Clement (DH)
  • Ray Olmedo (3B)
  • Pedro Florimon (SS)
  • Liam Hendricks (P)
Chris Archer

Chris Archer (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The Rays got the first hit of the game in the 1st inning by Stephen Vogt…the guy who still does not have a Major League hit. Hopefully his double is a sign of good things to come. Rays pitcher Chris Archer retired three batters while walking one; he was working on his change-up and was falling behind the batter. The Rays put up the first run in the 2nd inning. With two outs, Jason Bourgeois walked, stole second base, and scored on Mike Fontenot’s double. The next Rays pitcher was Jake Odorizzi, a pitching prospect traded along with Wil Myers from Kansas City Royals. He retired three batters while walking one.

The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd when Juan Sandoval pitched. Sandoval lost sight in his right eye in shooting incident in Dominican Republic. He was the innocent bystander of a fight between a restaurant customer and a security guard. After bouncing around the Major Leagues and the Mexican League, he met Joel Peralta during Dominican Winter League. Peralta called Andrew Friedman and now Sandoval has a chance at the majors again. Though Sandoval allowed a run (a double that was almost foul) he was able to regain his composure and get the next two batters out.

The Twins took the lead in the 5th inning while Frank De Los Santos takes the mound. The leadoff man’s walk turns into a run after a ground out and a single. Rays answered back in the 6th inning due to Chris Gimenez’s single, Myers’ double, Jason Bourgeosis’ single, and Mike Fontenot’s single. Rays now lead 4-2.

The Rays blew the game open in the 9th when Twins pitcher Anthony Slama walks the leadoff batter, Kevin Kiermair. The next batter Shawn O-Malley reaches on a fielding error then steals; Robinson Chirinos walks and then Leslie Anderson singles, scoring two runs. Anderson was the hero in Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, hitting a 2-run homerun to win the game for the Rays. The Rays entered the bottom of the 9th leading 7-2. The Twins came back and scored 5 runs due to a walk, single, and a 3-run homerun off of Pitcher Jim Patterson, plus several more singles. In the 10th, O-Malley singled, stole second, and scores on Anderson’s single. Mark Thomas hits a homerun, making it 10-7. The Rays win 10-7.

On a side note…

  • Evan Longoria will not be playing on Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Longoria missed three days of practice due to the birth of his daughter. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday, but that could also be postponed.
  • Former Rays Pitcher Scott Kazmir goes two scoreless Indians for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Yankees Outfielder Curtis Granderson is out for 10 weeks due to a fractured right forearm. He was hit by a pitch by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ at his first at-bat on Sunday afternoon. Yankees don’t have many outfielders so this could be a big factor into creating the roster at the end of Spring Training. Also, Granderson was supposed to play his first game in left field with Brett Gardner moving over to center field. Now Granderson will not be able to practice for a month in left field.
  • Tampa ends boil-water alert Sunday morning. No longer will locals have to brush their teeth with bottled water.

Spring Training Game 1: Rays v. Red Sox

While half of the team was in Port Charlotte playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the other half was battling the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. The lineup:

  • Ben Zobrist (RF)
  • Desmond Jennings (CF)
  • Matt Joyce (LF)
  • Jack Cust (DH)
  • Ryan Roberts (2B)
  • Sean Rodriquez (3B)
  • Shelley Duncan (1B)
  • Jose Lobaton (C)
  • Hak-Ju Lee (SS)
  • Alex Colome (P)

Though it is only Spring Training, the Red Sox are the Ray’s #1 Rival so it is always a good game between the two, especially when the Rays win. The Rays scored the first run against John Lackey (who I am told did not look good). Ben Zobrist walked, Desmond Jennings singles, Matt Joyce was hit by pitch, and Ryan Roberts hit a sac-fly to take the lead. In the 3rd, Jennings doubled, stole third base, and scored due to a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Rays Pitchers were Alex Colome  (1 IP), Brandon Gomes (1 IP), Felipe Rivero (1 IP), Josh Lueke (2 IP), Marquis Fleming (2 IP), and Matt Buschmann (2 IP). Fleming gave up a homerun, leading to the Red Sox tying the game. Fleming also hit Daniel Nava – two hit batters in a game between the Rays and the Red Sox is always good entertainment. With Shawn O’Malley on 2nd, Leslie Anderson homers to bring the game to 4-2. Buschmann would give up a run in the 9th, but holds onto the win to earn a save. Rays beat Red Sox 4-3.

Desmond Jennings was the most impressive player of the day, scoring a run all by himself. Also happy to see a Red Sox player get hit after Joyce was hit by a ball. The hero of the game, Leslie Anderson, is a left-handed first baseman/outfielder from Cuba.