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Spring Training By:Scott Puffer


The Tampa Bay Rays dropped another spring training game today for their second straight loss in as many days losing 9-6 to the Detroit Tigers. In Saturday's loss the Marlins "out duelled' the Rays 8-5 to give Tampa Bay a(MLB Best) record of 9-3 this spring.

The biggest surprise for me this spring has been the play of second baseman Sean Rodriguez who was acquired int the Scott Kazmir deal last season. Rodriguez is batting .400 this Spring with 4 HR's and 9 RBI's and 4 walks with a OBP of .483 in only 10 games so far.

The Ray's seem to be playing very consistent baseball so far and I am extremely happy with the fact that our starting pitchers have been involved from the beginning the year ,unlike last spring where the starters didn't pitch consistently until the very end of of the exhibition season. I truly believe that the extremely slow start that the club got off to last season that put them in a hole too deep to climb out of, was because of the year long "babying' of pitchers.

It is still fairly early in Spring Training ,but this exhibition season has the feel of two seasons ago when the Ray's won 19 Spring games and they seem to have the same "fight" in them to go out and win every game!

We all know what happened two seasons ago... I'm just saying... The Ray's are built to win and some experts have picked them to win the AL East again.

What are you thoughts and comments?
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