Aki in the house
Akinori Iwamura reported to camp on Sunday saying he welcomed the shift from third base to second and confident he was up to the challenge, invoking the name of former Rays teammate Ty Wigginton.
"I'm proud of my play at third base but at same time if the team needs me to be at second for team reasons I more than welcome it,'' he said through new interpreter Bori Uchibori.
"It's a challenge to me anyway. I know I can do it. Wiggy can do it so I can do it.''
He also said he was "not satisfied" with his offense, expecting to increase his average from .285 into the .300 range and add to his first-year totals of 7 homers and 34 RBIs.