As much as Monday's home opening loss may have seemed disappointing, the Rays were in good spirits Tuesday afternoon. Knowing the season lasts 6 months can have that effect on people.
Jason Hammel, the rookie called up to pitch Tuesday night, arrived in late afternoon and appeared pretty excited about the opportunity. Manager Joe Maddon said the one thing he told Hammel not to do was change the way he pitched.
2B Jorge Cantu remains sidelined by a bruised left foot but is available to pinchhit. Maddon hopes Cantu can start on Wednesday.
Since Tuesday is Joe Maddon retro glasses giveaway night, all the writers wore a pair for the pre-game interview session. "I don't think you've all ever looked so good," Maddon said.