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Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:48 pm

Of all the commutes that ballclubs must make for Spring Training, the Rays have the easiest one of all, heading just one mile east from Tropicana Field to Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field.
As Rays fans prepare for the trip to check out the club up close at camp, here are some questions and answers that should help:

When do the Rays arrive at camp?
The Rays' pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 16, with the position players following on Feb. 21. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 22.

When do games start?
The Rays open their 30-game Grapefruit League schedule on March 2, when they host the division-rival Yankees at Progress Energy Park.

Other highlights of the home schedule include visits on March 10 and 13 from National League MVP Ryan Howard and the Phillies, a pair of games against the defending American League Central champion Twins on March 5 and 22, and a meeting with the reigning AL champion Tigers on March 12.

After a week on the road, the Rays wrap their Spring Training slate on March 31, when they host the NL East champion Mets at Tropicana Field.

The Rays have two exhibition games at Progress Energy Park, on March 22 against the Twins, and March 23 against the Reds.

How do I get tickets?
Individual tickets for games at Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang Field, are on sale via the Rays' official Web site at http://www.devilrays.com, at the Tropicana Field Box Office, the Devil Rays Dugout at WestShore Plaza, all Ticketmaster locations, and via Ticketmaster Phonecharge. The numbers to call are 727-898-RAYS in Pinellas County and 813-282-RAYS in Hillsborough County. Advanced tickets will not be sold at Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field.

Progress Energy Park holds 6,759 fans, including about 300 on the berm along the right-field line and 150 along the left-field line, always popular spots for families. The stadium also has some seating in the shade, as well as a fully stocked concession stand on the outer concourse.


The Raymond A. Naimoli Baseball Complex is located at 7901 30th Ave. North. From I-275, take the 22nd Ave. North exit (No. 12) and proceed 5.4 miles to 80th St. North. Make a right on 80th St. North and proceed a half-mile to the complex, which is located on the right where 80th St. North intersects with 30th Ave. North.

To get to Progress Energy Park from Tampa, take I-275 to Exit 9 and follow that east to the ballpark.

How can I watch the team work out?
There is no admission to see the Rays work out at the Raymond A. Naimoli Baseball Complex. Detailed rosters of the Major Leaguers will be available for no charge; the Minor Leaguers will report to the complex in early March.

Before the start of the Grapefruit League schedule -- while the Major League team is still working out at the complex -- the players hit the field at 9:30 a.m. ET. Workouts last until early afternoon. Once the games begin, the Rays will take batting practice until 11:20 a.m. before home day games and up until 5:20 p.m. before home night games.

Where can I get some autographs?
If they're finished with their work for the day, you might catch players heading back to the clubhouse. Once games start, the seats down the right-field line and around the home dugout and on the first-base side are prime autograph spots. Players can sometimes be caught heading to the parking lot.

What else is there to do in St. Petersburg?
There is plenty to do in St. Petersburg, from visiting the Salvador Dali Museum to the many beaches and restaurants. Visitors can also travel north to Clearwater or east to Tampa to find hundreds of shops, restaurants and hotels.

For more information on St. Petersburg, visit the city's Web site, http://www.stpete.org

When do the Devil Rays open the regular season?
On April 2, the Devil Rays will open their season against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York at 3:05 p.m. The home opener at Tropicana Field takes place on April 6 against the Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:51 pm

Projected batting order
1. CF Rocco Baldelli:
.302 BA, 16 HR, 57 RBI in 2006
2. RF Delmon Young:
.317 BA, 3 HR, 10 RBI in 2006
3. LF Carl Crawford:
.305 BA, 18 HR, 77 RBI in 2006
4. 1B Ty Wigginton::
.275 BA, 24 HR, 79 RBI in 2006
5. DH Greg Norton::
.296 BA, 17 HR, 45 RBI in 2006
6. 2B Jorge Cantu::
.249 BA, 14 HR, 62 RBI in 2006
7. 3B Akinori Iwamura:
(Did not play in the Major Leagues in 2006)
8. C Dioner Navarro:
.254 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI in 2006
9. SS Ben Zobrist:
.224 BA, 2 HR, 18 RBI in 2006

Projected rotation

1. Scott Kazmir, 10-8, 3.24 ERA in 2006
2. Casey Fossum, 6-6, 5.33 ERA in 2006
3. James Shields, 6-8, 4.84 ERA in 2006
4. Jae Seo, 3-12, 5.33 ERA in 2006
5. Brian Stokes, 1-0, 4.88 ERA in 2006

Projected bullpen
Closer: Seth McClung, 6 saves, 6.29 ERA in 2006
RH setup man: Dan Miceli, 3.94 ERA in 2006
RH setup man: Shawn Camp, 4.68 ERA in 2006

The new guys
3B Iwamura: Iwamura was a five-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove recipient with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. He is a career .300 hitter, amassing 188 home runs and 570 RBIs in eight seasons with the Swallows. He has hit at least 30 home runs and batted .300 or better in each of the last three seasons. He should step in to become the team's starting third baseman.

INF Brendan Harris: Harris split time between the Nationals' and Reds' organizations during the 2006 season when he posted a .238 average in 25 Major League games. He has 110 career at-bats over parts of the last three seasons appearing in 52 games with the Cubs, Expos, Nationals and Reds. He will compete for a utility infielder spot.

Prospects to watch
OF Elijah Dukes: Dukes' talents are unquestioned and he has shown improvement every year. He underwent knee surgery in November, but he is expected to be ready to play by Spring Training. The big question is whether he can curb his off-the-field problems and quell some anger issues on the field. He has been suspended five times for various confrontations with coaches and teammates.

RHP Jeff Niemann: The Rays' top pick in the June 2004 First-Year Player Draft had a tough 2005 season when he struggled with right shoulder problems that eventually prompted surgery. On the comeback trail during 2006, Niemann pitched well for Double-A Montgomery at the end of the season. If he's healthy in the spring, he will contend for a spot in the starting rotation.

Returning from injury
Kazmir: After posting a 10-8 record with a 3.24 ERA, the 22-year-old left-hander had to shut down his 2006 season with shoulder tightness. He still struggles with using too many pitches in the early innings, which led to his being removed after the fifth or sixth inning in some games, but he remains the staff ace and will be the team's No. 1 starter in 2007.

Fossum: Once again Fossum had a season where he showed quality stuff mixed with outings where he could not find the plate. Three times in his last 10 starts of the season he did not make it out of the second inning, which makes his 5.33 ERA deceptive. He had surgery to his left shoulder in September, but is expected to be ready to pitch in the spring.

On the rebound
Cantu: After leading the club in home runs (28) and RBIs (117) in 2005, Cantu battled with injuries in 2006 and his production declined as he hit just .249 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs. He has worked hard to get into top shape in the offseason, and he will be the Rays starting second baseman in 2007.


Long gone
RHP Travis Harper: Harper, 30, was 2-0 with a 4.93 ERA in 30 appearances last season with the Rays before his season was cut short on Aug. 2 with a right shoulder impingement. His 240 career relief appearances, all with Tampa Bay, are the second most in club history behind Esteban Yan's 266.

OF Damon Hollins: Hollins hit 15 home runs in 333 at-bats in 2006, but saw his average drop from .249 in 2005 to .228. He did not play much after Young took over in right field the last month of the season. He will play in Japan in 2007.

RHP Brian Meadows: Meadows, 30, went 3-6 with eight saves and a 5.17 ERA in 53 relief appearances for the Rays last season. Meadows provided a steady, veteran presence in the clubhouse while pitching well in spurts. Injuries forced Meadows into the closer's role and he pitched well when given steady use. His performance fell off once Seth McClung was given the closer's role and his appearances became less frequent.


INF Tomas Perez: Brought a veteran presence to the Rays' clubhouse while serving as a backup at all the infield positions and even filled in occasionally in the outfield. He signed with the Cubs for 2007.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:38 am

5 days until Pitchers and Catchers report
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Postby deerayfan072 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:46 pm

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Postby deerayfan072 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:24 am

Pitchers and Catchers Report Today ;-D
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Postby deerayfan072 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:58 am

I will see if i can get any reports to you guys about our boys today ;-D
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Postby raiders_umpire » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:30 am

deerayfan072 wrote:Pitchers and Catchers Report Today ;-D




Tis the greatest day of the year. ;-D ;-D Finally after a 4 1/2 month layoff, it is time to get to work. 76-86 here we come. ;-D
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Postby jlm53089 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:29 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:
deerayfan072 wrote:Pitchers and Catchers Report Today ;-D




Tis the greatest day of the year. ;-D ;-D Finally after a 4 1/2 month layoff, it is time to get to work. 76-86 here we come. ;-D


what a great day,
a week from tomorrow= fanfest too!
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Postby deerayfan072 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:51 pm

Some Updates:

Aki will be our starting 3rb Baseman

Casey's Arm is better than expected and he will actually be throwing tommorow.

Kaz feels fine and is ready to throw

Maddon wants BJ to concentrate on hitting and wants to take some of the pressure of him of his D, so look for him to move around and to play some DH
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Postby deerayfan072 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:06 pm

Our rotation starting ST is a Follows

Kaz
Fossum
Shields
Seo

5th is up for grabs with EJAX being the leading candidate and Hammels right behind ;-D
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