March 11 at Charlotte Sports Park
David Price looked sharp today while striking out eight in five innings against the Twins. He noted that his cutter and curve were particularly good.
David DeJesus returned to action Tuesday and became part of an interesting play on a day when instant replay wasn’t available. DeJesus tried to score from third on a bunt to the pitcher in the fifth, subsequently he was called out at home, without a collision.
After the ruling, DeJesus was on his way back to the dugout when he suddenly tip-toed back to touch the plate. Had the replay rule been in effect the call might have been interesting since DeJesus said he had not previously touched the plate, nor had he been tagged. While DeJesus’ action appeared to be a veteran move, he said he could not take credit since the message he received from the dugout was to go back and tag the plate. Maddon and company are trying to condition the team to go one step farther just in case the replay can make a difference.
Grant Balfour got pushed back a day, but he was simply missing a day. He did not have any physical issues according to Maddon. The Rays closer is slated to pitch Wednesday.
The Rays reassigned the following players to Minor League camp: Right-handers Santiago Garrido and Sam Runion; left-hander Braulio Lara; and catcher Curt Casali.
Speaking of Casali, he went out with a bang, knocking a double to left in the ninth inning that scored Brandon Guyer from first.
Finally, Jeremy Moore’s power continues to be something to behold. Last week he hit an opposite field homer; Tuesday he crushed a two-run homer to right field.