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    Tampa Bay actually wins a game...
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    Topkin reports about the Rays...
    March 17, 2012...
    Mostly good news, for a change...


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    Luke Scott actually gets two hits...
    Talks about his progress...


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    Rays taking batting practice today before the game with the Pirates...
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    Joel Peralta hopes to have another good year...

    From 2010-2011 Peralta's wFB is +24 and his wFB/C (value of his fastball per 100 pitches) is +2.47, good for the second best mark in all of baseball with a minimum of 110 innings pitched.
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    is the only player who has had more fastball success and no other pitcher over that time has a wFB/C over 2.0.His success with the fastball is largely thanks to his location of the pitch and the fact that he is throwing his splitter more often than ever before with a career high 24.8% of the time last year after posting a career high of 23.8% in 2010.He makes his living working the fastball away from both right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters.

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    Rays lose another one...
    March 18, 2012


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    Joe Smith reports on Rays for March 18, 2012...
    Several players sent down...


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    Joe Maddon talks about the players sent down today...
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    Matt Moore talks about his struggles today vs Boston...
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    Matt Moore was not sharp today vs Red Sox...
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    Carlos Pena stretches to make a play at first...
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    Matt Joyce dives back in safely...
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    Wow...I hope Miguel Cabrera will be O.K.


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    Hellickson has a bad day at a minor league start...
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    The Rays with another rare victory...
    March 20, 2012...
    Wade Davis has a good effort on the mound...


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    Reid Brignac has a really bum foot...

    MARCH 20, 2012
    Brignac out at least a few days with "nasty" foot issue

    Reid Brignac's chances to win back the shortstop job may be derailed, or at least delayed, with news that he will be sidelined at least a few days due to a painful condition in his right foot that manager Joe Maddon described as "a plantar fasciitis kind of a thing.''
    Brignac will be out at least several more days, manager Joe Maddon said, and his chances to be ready for the start of the season could be impacted. "He'snot going to be able to play for a couple more days at least,'' Maddon said. "I don't know exactly how long it's going to take. ... I'm not sure yet, that's really one of those things as I said, the next couple days are going to tell that tale. He'll start moving around, walking around, (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) will come back to me and say exactly what he sees with that and how long it's going to take. It's truly one of those things you don't know the answer to right off the bat.''
    Further, Maddon said: "That's just a nasty little injury. You've just got to treat it, and eventually, I guess, it rips, and when it rips then you have to treat it at that particular moment, too. But for right now that's what he's got going on. It's awkward, it's one of the most


    awkward injuries I've ever heard about. There's no definitive way to treat it, you're going to be in pain, you can still run on it, it's still going to hurt, you know that. And then you have to wait for the sheath to rip, for it to heal itself. So it's just a weird position.''

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    Joe Namath was a special guest of Joe Maddon...
    March 20, 2012...




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    Every now and then, someone will write something worth reading...
    About Spring Training and wanting to get an autograph...
    And something that a kid will remember for a long time...

    How was I supposed to respond to that?The game ended. The Red Sox had defeated the Rays 5-0. The teams had begun to file off the field. The Rays moved quickly from the dugout and the bullpen, not embarrassed by their meaningless loss, but wanting to get back to Port Charlotte and into bed. The Red Sox stayed a couple minutes longer, slapping each other five, but they soon grabbed what they needed from the dugout and bullpen and departed from the field as well. Five and a half minutes after the game ended, there were three players left on the field: ironically, two Rays and one Red Sox.Rays catcher Stephen Vogt was standing on the other side of the screen so I walked over and started chatting. I congratulated him on his hit in the 9th inning and passed another minute of typical disconnected fan-player conversation before he began walking towards the field exit. I followed him, baseball and pen in hand, before approaching him when he stopped just past the Red Sox dugout. I shouted out his name but quickly a security guard came over and told me I wasn’t allowed to be where I was. Suddenly, Vogt seemingly motioned me to come forward. But it wasn’t directed towards me- it was for a couple of family members who were walking behind us. I left, understanding the situation but nevertheless annoyed. I smiled as I walked out of the stadium with my dad. I was lucky enough to have flown down to Florida to catch a couple of games and I was disappointed because I didn’t get an autograph?It was 12:30, 35 minutes before game time on Sunday. Thus far, I had gotten one autograph in two games. But I didn’t mind. I had been in the press box before the game on Friday and got to chat with scouts and journalists. And I had great seats to all three games. That was good enough for me. But there was no point of sitting idly by when I could get a few more autographs and make this trip of lifetime just little more special. So my dad and I started walking down the right line, where else saw players passing by and signing baseballs for fans.One nice thing about being a blogger is that there are no defined rules. You’re a writer, but not quite officially, and while you don’t get the access to the clubhouses that the real members of the media receive, you also don’t have to be as professional. I was in Charlotte Sports Park as a fan who happened to be a blogger. And standing by the field down the third base line as the players slaked by, I was a kid in a candy shop.Things happened very quickly. I got an autograph from one Ray then another. There were a couple Rays running and after I called out one’s first name, he came over and signed my baseball. After my dad quickly bought another baseball. I got two more signatures before they game began. At that point, I went over to my seat in the first row right next to the Pirates dugout at the very edge of the screen and eagerly awaited the start of the game. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about myself.After the Pirates finished fielding practice midway through the first inning, one of their coaches tossed me the ball. Despite having attended over a hundred games previously, it was the first ball I had ever gotten at a game.The game itself was very exciting. It featured just about the perfect combination of big leaguers and prospects, and it was 3-2 Pirates heading to the bottom of the 9th before John Shelby beat out an infield single, Matt Mangini doubled to the gap, and Chris Gimenez won it with a 2-run single as the Rays won 4-3. The game, which would be the final one my dad and I attended was over. But we decided to stick around for a little while, take in the scenery one final time, and… see if we could get a couple more autographs. We walked over to the side of the Ray dugout and got Mangini, one of the game’s heroes, to sign my game-used ball. Then we started walking towards the exit. I was beaming on my face but part of me started crying. As we’re about to exit the field, we see a player signing autographs. It’s Vogt. I walk over, ball and pen in hand.He finishes signing another fan’s ball and takes my ball and pen. Then he looks up.
    “Hey! You’re the kid from yesterday! How are you doing? How’s school?”
    I was stunned. He actually remembered me? And not only that, he asked me how school was going! How was I supposed to respond to that! “Everything’s great.” is all I could muster.“I’m really sorry I couldn’t sign your ball yesterday.”
    “It’s fine, it’s fine.”
    “Really nice to see you again.”
    “Thanks. Good luck making the team this year. You have a good chance. You have a nice bat and like seemingly everyone else on the team, you play everywhere, but it’s especially nice that you can catch.”
    “Thanks man. I try.”
    “See ya.”
    “See you soon. Good luck in school.”
    “Thanks.”
    My dad shook his hand.
    I have a new favorite Rays minor leaguer.

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    Namath and Maddon...
    March 20, 2012...


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    Today's game is on ESPN against the Yankee's, seems like ESPN's C Crew
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuNk42AE View Post
    Today's game is on ESPN against the Yankee's, seems like ESPN's C Crew
    It was worse than that. The dugout reporter was awful.

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    Rays lose another one...
    March 21, 2012...


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    Marc Topkin reports on loss to Yankees...
    Also reports on injuries...
    March 21, 2012...


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    Rays beat the Pirates...
    Score 8 runs, the most this spring...
    Shields stinks up the place...
    Does not look sharp...
    March 22, 2012...


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    Matt Bush in serious trouble again...Arrested again...
    DUI, Leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, Driving with a suspended License
    He hit a motorcycle and knocked a 72 year old man off, causing serious injuries...
    I suspect this will be it for Bush, looking at his past record...
    Not good at all...


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    Matt Bush...
    This is about as bad as it gets...
    I don't want to see this guy with a MLB uniform on, ever...

    Eye On Baseball - CBSSports.com Rays' Matt Bush, former first overall pick, arrested

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    Motorcycle hit by Matt Bush...
    The wheel of Bush's SUV actually ran over the head of the 72 year old guy on the motorcycle...
    The guy was wearing a helmet, which saved him from instant death...


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    Matt Bush Mugshot after arrest...


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    Anthony Tufano...
    Victim of accident involving Matt Bush...
    Now in serious condition in hospital...
    March 23, 2012...


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    Orioles announcers bash the Tampa Bay area...


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    Joe Maddon talks about the Matt Bush situation...
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    James Shields talks about his game vs the Pirates on March 22, 2012...


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    Marc Topkin reports on game on March 22, 2012...
    Updates on injuries...
    Nagging injuries are continuing...


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    Rays lose again and they do not look good doing it...
    March 23, 2012...
    I hope this is not a sign as to how the season will go...
    Things are not looking good this spring, overall...


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    Carlos Pena fouls off a ball...
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    Pena is not having a good spring...


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    Tampa Bay fans looking for an autograph...


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    Jeff Keppinger with a good swing on the ball...
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    Joe Maddon congratulates a player...


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    Ben Zobrist with a catch in the outfield...
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