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Rays SPRING TRAINING
By MARC TOPKIN
Published February 20, 2008
Quote of the day
"I had to let it go. At least for now."
LFCarl Crawford, on giving up Taco Bell as part of a new diet.
Number of the day
82 Projected wins by Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projection system.
Did you know?
Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, 52, was born in Calabazar de Sagua, Cuba, in 1955, four years before Fidel Castro began his half-century autocratic rule as president, a reign that ended Tuesday when Castro announced his resignation. Ramos moved to Miami when he was 13 and started a baseball career in its 35th year.
Who's on third?
A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:
The competition starts today, and Evan Longoria remains the leader in the house as Joel Guzman, upper left, and Willy Aybar, upper right, haven't arrived and Eric Hinske, lower right, is a long shot.
The dish ...
Today's first full-squad workout will start around 10 a.m. and continue until about 1 p.m. at the Naimoli complex, 7901 30th Ave. N. After five days of pitching and catching, the pace will pick up with actual batting practice, starting around noon. It's off the coaches, so the balls should be flying. Admission and parking are free.
The most important word in manager Joe Maddon's welcoming speech to the full squad today won't be about bats or balls but about trust. "This whole thing can't work out without trust," he said. "This has been a low-trust organization and I think it is now turning into a high-trust organization."
List of the day
Rays reliever Trever Miller ranks among the major-league leaders in appearances by a left-hander over the past five years:
Pitcher, team Games
Ray King, Nats 377
Scott Eyre, Cubs 372
J.C. Romero, Phils 354
Steve Kline, Giants 352
Damaso Marte, Pirates 351
Jamie Walker, O's 351
Trever Miller, Rays 346
Rays exhibition schedule
Games at Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg
Tickets: Field box ($20), loge box ($17), grandstand ($15), general admission berm ($7). Available at raysbaseball.com, through Ticketmaster and at Tropicana Field box office. All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.