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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
Chadwick “Chad” Bradford was a relief pitcher who went to Southern Mississippi and debuted in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1998.
Before joining the Rays, Bradford spent several years with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a very successful pitcher, though he did allow Manny Ramirez’s 500th home run on May 31, 2008. Bradford was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays from Baltimore Orioles in August 2008 for cash. He made his first appearance with the Rays August 9th in Seattle. That nigt, he worked the 9th and 10th inning, winning the game. In 2008 with the Rays, Bradford made a total of 21 relief appearances, working mostly the 7th and 8th innings. With the Rays in 2008, his record was 1-0, his ERA was 1.42, and he pitched a total of 19 innings, giving up only 1 HR. Bradford was known for having a slow but successful fastball.
In 2009, he spent the majority of the year on the disabled list due to injuring his elbow during spring training. On February 5, 2009, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. When he went off the disabled list in June 2009, he injured his back and was sent back to the disabled list. In 2009, he made a total of 20 appearances with the Rays and became a free agent at the end of the year.
Bradford retired from baseball at the end of 2009 and is currently rumored to be coaching baseball. He was invited to play himself in the movie Moneyball, a movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Due to scheduling, he is being portrayed by Casey Bond.
Before the days I religiously followed baseball, I knew who Manny was. Manny played for the Red Sox. Manny wouldn’t run to first base if he knew he wasn’t going to make it. Manny would show up late to spring training. Manny would pee inside the Green Monster while the baseball game was going on. “Many was just being Manny” He was famous for his big ego and attitude, and even the Red Sox fans, who also have big egos and attitudes, grew tired of him. Manny won world series titles with the Red Sox, but that was not enough to stay with the Red Sox. Through several trades over the years, Manny arrived at the Rays’ doorstep in January.
The fact that ALOT of the Rays players were lost this past off-season due to money (or lack of) issues has many Rays Fans betting on who is going to make it on the roster and who is going to be starting. Hopefully Maddon doesn’t have 252 different lineups and 3 different shortstops this year, since consistency is pretty important. Here are my predictions: