Odds and Ends
Scott Kazmir made his first start of the spring and allowed a run on three hits while striking out one in two innings worked against the Twins. The southpaw threw 33 pitches and looked healthy on the mound.
Grant Balfour’s right arm is black and blue with stitch marks from where a drive hit by Boston’s Nick Green struck him in Saturday’s game. Balfour was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but has been moved back to Thursday. The Australian native still maintained a little bounce in his step Monday after Australia’s 17-7 win over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
The Rays announced that Brad Matthews has been named the Rays Scout of the Year and Xavier Hernandez the Player Development Man of the Year.
Finally, the Rays Golf Tournament scheduled for Wednesday at The Ritz Carlton Members Club in Bradenton is sold out; the tournament benefits the Rays Baseball Foundation.