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Starters to Begin Pitching Saturday

James Shields will be the Rays’ first starter of their top four to start a spring game when he goes against the Red Sox Saturday in Port Charlotte.

Wade Davis will make Sunday’s road trip to Fort Myers to start against the Red Sox then Scott Kazmir will start Monday against the Twins at home. On Tuesday the Rays will roll out Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine, and David Price against the Blue Jays at home.
–Bill Chastain

Shields to be Opening Day Starter

Rays manager Joe Maddon surprised reporters Wednesday afternoon by announcing that James Shields will be the Rays’ Opening Day starter April 6 in Boston.

Maddon said Shields’ work the past two seasons earned the right-hander the honor.

Scott Kazmir is slotted to start the Rays’ second game, April 8 at Boston, and will be followed by Matt Garza and Andy Sonnanstine.
–Bill Chastain

Head Games

Rays manager Joe Maddon had friend and sports psychologist Ken Ravizza at camp Saturday.

Ravizza helped Matt Garza with his composure last summer and Maddon would like him to work with the team on an ongoing basis. On the front burner, Maddon would like Ravizza to help players “debrief” from 2008, or helping them remember things they were thinking about when critical moments occurred. By doing so, they might be able to repeat or avoid certain behaviors or feelings.

During the offseason, Madden served as a guest lecturer at the Cal State-Fullerton professor’s stress management class and marveled at how well Ravizza’s students related to their professor.

“This is something we’d like to have for years to come,” Maddon said. “We want to have this available to players that need it, both Major and Minor leagues.”

–Bill Chastain