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Live from Port Charlotte, Day 3: Upton reports, ready for big year; Longoria, Burrell too

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UPDATE, 2:18: DH Pat Burrell also showed up at the complex this afternoon, so now it's down to six who haven't.

UPDATE, 1:20: 3B Evan Longoria also reported this afternoon and right after unpacking immediately sought out new hitting coach Derek Shelton and headed to the batting cage. The only position players who haven't shown up yet are Pat Burrell, Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Sean Rodriguez, Ben Zobrist, Elliot Johnson and non-roster INF Angel Chavez.

UPDATE, 12:12: Upton said he has put his losing arbitration case behind him and is mentally and physically (from having a normal off-season) ready for a big year. He said he was prepared for what he heard in the arbitration hearing, and it was much of the same things he had told himself during the season: "For me it was a pretty easy process. Go in there deal with it - like, I said, it's a business - you walk out of the room and obviously you don't know what side is going to win, but whatever the case may be I feel like I won anyway.''

He said he didn't have specific statistical numbers in mind, just "better than last year. A lot better than last year.''

 UPDATE, 11:42: CF B.J. Upton and INF Willy Aybar also reported, meaning all but 8 positions players have shown up early. Upton, who lost his arbitration case, looked good and seemed happy.

DEVELOPING: The sun is actually out and the temperatures comfortable as the Rays go through their third pitchers and catchers workout of the spring. LHP Jake McGee rejoined the group after spending most of Saturday at an area hospital with his wife, Morgan, who has since been released and was resting at their apartment.

Otherwise, it's been an uneventful morning thus far, with the possibility that some of the remaining 10 position players who have yet to report in advance of Wednesday's first full-squad workout may show up.

 

 

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