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    Tampa Bay Rays
    ' Matt Joyce, right, rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the
    Minnesota Twins
    , Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Fort Myers, Fla. Minnesota won 7-3.


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    Tampa Bay Rays
    pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the
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    on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Fort Myers, Fla. Minnesota won 7-3.


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    Spring Training Game #2
    Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins
    March 4, 2012


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    The Rays lost for the second straight day, a 5-3 decision to the Twins...
    Manager Joe Maddon said he was pleased with the overall play, noting four of the Twins runs came on two-run homers...
    Maddon singled out LHP J.P. Howell for his crisp 1-2-3 inning and said nothing was wrong with OF Matt Joyce when he was lifted for a pinch-runner, it was just a matter of giving him rest after starting him for a second consecutive day...
    With so many players sidelined with minor issues, the Rays needed Joyce to meet MLB rules regarding the number of frontline players in a spring lineup...

    Hellickson started today for the Rays...

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    Former Ray, Carl Crawford, had surgery on his wrist on Jan. 17th...
    Now he has inflammation in the wrist and is unable to play so far...
    Crawford struggled last year and the injury, surgery and now inflammation is not good news...

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    Rays LHP Matt Moore (lower abdominal strain) took the day off after throwing a 32-pitch bullpen session on Saturday...
    He's expected to throw another bullpen session on Monday. ...
    Rays RHP Kyle Farnsworth will throw live batting practice to Pena, Scott and possibly Sam Fuld on Monday morning...

    Matt Moore

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    Elliott Johnson, Rays player, mimics Kurkjian...
    Good Job...


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    Interview With Joe Maddon...
    March 5, 2012...


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    Daily Report on Spring Training by Marc Tompkin..


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    Longoria is not ready to play...
    His hand is still swollen from being hit this last week...
    Hopes to be ready in the next two or three days...


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    Tampa Bay Rays lose third Spring Training game in a row...
    Baltimore wins 3-1...
    March 5, 2012


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    Meeting before practice session...
    Spring Training 2012...


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    David Price with the bubble gum working...


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    Kyle Farnsworth seems happy...
    At Spring Training 2012...


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    B.J. Upton reacts after a couple of inside pitches...
    March 5, 2012 vs Baltimore Spring Training game...


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    Matt Joyce flips back after strikeout...
    March 5, 2012


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    Wade Davis has two good innings...Only one hit...
    March 5, 2012 vs. Baltimore...


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    Alex Cobb, pitcher for the Rays, struggles with control...
    Pulled in 5th inning...Walks a runner home...
    March 5, 2012...


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    Reid Brignac gets back to first base...
    March 5, 2012 Spring Training...


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    MLB Network will televise the Rays vs. Twins...
    Tuesday, March 6, 2012...
    1:00 p.m. Eastern...

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    ESPN Projected 2012 Lineup for the Rays...


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    Something went wrong. Please make sure you added the video correctly. Click here to see how YouTube videos should be embedded. There could also be a technical issue that's not your fault. Click here to view the video on YouTube's site. If this link doesn't work, you did something wrong.

    Edit: Sorry, missed it above. Absolutely hilarious though. Better than Arencibia's, IMO.
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    I am a fan of the Rays and Joe Maddon but am severely dissappointed in the fan support they get down there. Many people blame the location of the stadium but I found it fairly easy to get to a few years ago watching the Tigers open the season down there. There are severtal other new markets that probably would support a team better than TB/St. Pete.

    Ray - what is your opinion of the support they receive?

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    Rays lose again...Now 0-4 to start Spring Season...
    Minnesota wins again on March 6, 2012...


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    Most of the experts seem to think the location in St. Petersburg is a significant part of the problem with fan support...
    I have been to Tropicana Field several times and I do not like the location that much...
    The dome is probably a turn-off for many fans, but I live the air-conditioning and the good sight lines in the park...
    The analysts seem to think that if a new ballpark was built in a more central location, such as up in the Tampa area, that attendance would improve...
    I would hate for them to move to another market...
    It's my only chance to see the Tigers, other than Spring Training in Lakeland...
    Right now, The Rays are really not receiving as much support as they deserve by the fans in this area...
    Maybe it will change...Not sure...

    Quote Originally Posted by davidsb View Post
    I am a fan of the Rays and Joe Maddon but am severely dissappointed in the fan support they get down there. Many people blame the location of the stadium but I found it fairly easy to get to a few years ago watching the Tigers open the season down there. There are severtal other new markets that probably would support a team better than TB/St. Pete.

    Ray - what is your opinion of the support they receive?

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    Rays off to worst start EVER...

    The Rays fell 3-2 yesterday to the, dropping their spring record to 0-4. In the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal because, hey, it's spring. Lots of the guys playing won't make the big league roster this year. Then you're hit with the fact that at 0-4 it's their worst spring start ever. Let me repeat that; Ever. This is a franchise that didn't have a winning season the first 10 years of it's existence. The terrible players, both of the minor and major league variety, managed to scrape together a better start.
    The poor start isn't indicative of future performance. We saw last year's team start the regular season 0-6 and make the playoffs. Stuff happens. It would be nice to get a win, though.
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    Broadcasters Ratings for MLB Teams by FanGraph for 2012... (Radio Only)


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    The Rays game vs the Yankees will be played today (March 7)
    But it will not be on MLB TV until 9:00 a.m. Eastern on March 8th on MLB TV...

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    Topkin reports about loss to Minnesota on March 6th...
    Other news topics discussed...


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    Summer Concert Series...

    Rays set June 17 concert with ZZ Top, Gretchen Wilson, 3 Doors Down

    The Rays announced the first date of their summer concert series, a three-act event following the Sunday, June 17, game against the Marlins featuring ZZ Top, Gretchen Wilson and 3 Doors Down.
    Other dates to be announced soon...

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    Celebrating the Red Sox Collapse in 2011...


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    Evan Longoria on Baseball Tonight...
    Talks about his health issues...
    And about the team for this season...


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    This chart shows how David Price did against lineups in 2011...
    Interesting...


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    The Rays win their first Spring Training Game...
    March 7, 2012 vs Yankees...
    Now 1-4...


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    Carlos Pena takes the field for the first time this spring...
    He seems really happy to be back with the Rays...


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    Maddon spends a lot of time with the press...
    Almost too much, according to some observers...


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    James Shields throws two great innings vs the Yankees today...
    March 7, 2012...


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    B.J. Upton makes it look easy in center today...
    March 7, 2012...


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    Stephen Vogt has started off HOT in Spring Training...
    Had a three hit game today vs the Yankees, including a triple...


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    The Detroit Tigers savaged the Rays today 8-1 in Spring Training...
    March 8, 2012...


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