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Cash grasps the fact he may be demoted
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published April 1, 2005
TAMPA - When, as expected, catcher Charles Johnson shows up (he will be available Monday if he clears waivers), Devil Rays backup catcher Kevin Cash knows he likely will be sent to the minors.
The Gaither High graduate said he would be disappointed not to immediately play for his hometown team. On the other hand, he said, "I haven't exactly come in here and torn the cover off the ball."
Cash is batting .190 (4-for-21) in 14 games but hasn't played since March 25 because of a right shoulder injury that has caused him neck pain.
Cash, scheduled to travel with the Rays to today's game with the Nationals in Viera, said he always knew Tampa Bay was eyeing Johnson. The only way to change that was to hit.
Still, the career .173 hitter who last season saw spot duty with Toronto said a demotion might be for the best.
"I haven't played consistently in a year and a half," he said. "So if it does happen and if I go down to the minors and get to play every day, it could be the most beneficial thing for my career. I wish they would hurry up and do it, if that's the case."
PHELPS KEEPS PACE: Designated hitter Josh Phelps crushed his third home run in as many games in the second inning of Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Yankees at Legends Field. It was his fifth home run and 12th RBI, both team highs.
"I've hit the ball well all spring," said Phelps, batting .344 (21-for-61) in 21 games. "Now it's more fine-tuning your approach and having smarter at-bats and getting yourself ready for the season."
Phelps, a right-hander signed in December as a free agent, said he has not concerned himself with the Rays' so far fruitless search for a left-handed hitter who can assume some DH duties.
"Those things are out of my hands," he said. "If the powers that be want a left-handed power bat to share at-bats with me, they're going to get it. If it's not this week, it might be two months from now. All I can worry about is how I prepare myself, how I go about my job. I can control those things."
KAZMIR REGROUPS: Rays starter Scott Kazmir walked the Yankees' first two batters, then allowed run-scoring singles to Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui.
But the left-hander faced just nine batters in his final three innings, allowing Williams' leadoff single in the fourth but getting Jorge Posada to ground into an inning-ending double play.
"I just stepped back and tried not to get caught up in anything," said Kazmir, who struck out four and ended the spring with 13 in 162/3 innings. "Just trust my stuff and try to go after hitters."
GAME DETAILS: The Rays managed four hits, none after the fourth inning. Manager Lou Piniella, who has bemoaned the team's lack of offense (it entered the game tied for last in the AL with 117 runs), declined to speak to reporters. ... Rays relievers continued to be strong as Travis Harper, Bobby Seay, Lance Carter and Jesus Colome combined for four hitless innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
TINO SENDS REGARDS: Yankees first baseman and Tampa native Tino Martinez bent over backward to give the Rays respect.
"That's a young team with a bunch of good young players," he said. "They're going to be tough to beat. Hopefully, we can come out on top more often than not."
FINAL THOUGHTS: Reliever Jorge Sosa said he had mixed emotions about his trade to the Braves.
"I feel happy because of the opportunity to play with a contending team," he said. "But I also feel kind of sad because (the Rays) were good to me."
MISCELLANY: Utility infielder Shane Halter was released after batting .265 (9-for-34) in 24 games with five RBIs. ... Centerfielder Alex Sanchez had the day off so he could find a place to live. ... Hideo Nomo is scheduled to throw 80 to 90 pitches in a minor-league game Sunday at the Naimoli complex.