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2 TAMPA BAY RAYS
March 26, 2012
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March 26, 2012

2 Tampa Bay Rays

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB
LF DESMOND JENNINGS
R-R .259 .356 .449 10 25 20
CF B.J. UPTON
R-R .243 .331 .429 23 81 36
3B EVAN LONGORIA
R-R .244 .355 .495 31 99 3
1B CARLOS PEÑA
L-L .225 .357 .462 28 80 2
2B BEN ZOBRIST
S-R .269 .353 .469 20 91 19
RF MATT JOYCE
L-R .277 .347 .478 19 75 13
DH LUKE SCOTT
L-R .220 .301 .402 9 22 1
C JOSE MOLINA
R-R .281 .342 .415 3 15 2
SS SEAN RODRIGUEZ
R-R .223 .323 .357 8 36 11
BENCH
OF SAM FULD
L-L .240 .313 .360 3 27 20
IF REID BRIGNAC
L-R .193 .227 .221 1 15 3

ENEMY LINES

A rival scout sizes up the Rays

This is the best team I saw this spring. It's all about the starting pitching. One through five, this is the best rotation in the AL. They're just loaded with high-end guys, none of whom have reached their potential.... The difference for James Shields is that he's been able to refine his off-speed stuff—he's throwing changeups to both righthanders and lefthanders.... David Price was every bit as good last year, when he went 12--13, as he was when he won 19 games in 2010.... When Price came up, he had a fastball but otherwise was a work in progress. Matt Moore is the whole package. He's got the presence of a top-of-the-rotation guy.... The Cubs made a mistake when they traded Chris Archer for Matt Garza. Archer was throwing 95 in his first spring outing. He has the chance to be a difference-maker down the stretch. They'll break him in like they broke in Price and Moore, in the bullpen.... Every year we say there are doubts about the bullpen, and every year they have a good one. That's all Joe Maddon. He's a magician at putting a solid team on the field every day and maximizing everyone's ability.... They have a chance to hit a lot of home runs, with Evan Longoria, Carlos Peña and Luke Scott.... Desmond Jennings can fly—he could be Rickey Henderson. Their biggest weakness is behind the plate. Jose Molina should be a backup, but he's going to catch an awful lot of games.... The biggest question is B.J. Upton. He's never grown into what he can be. If he puts it together, it will be very difficult to stop them.

THE LINEUP

With 2011 Statistics

MANAGER JOE MADDON

7th season with Rays

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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