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It may seem more like winter is in the air, but the Devil Rays will open spring training on Saturday morning.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex, 7901 30th Ave. N.

Despite not making many changes to a team that finished with a major-league worst 61-101 record, Rays officials are optimistic they will be improved this season, citing the continued development and increased experience of their promising young players, such as LF Carl Crawford, LHP Scott Kazmir and CF Rocco Baldelli, along with the addition of Japanese INF Akinori Iwamura.

Daily spring training coverage starts Saturday in the Times.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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