Taking his hacks ...
Japanese infielder Akinori Iwamura took his first swings as a Devil Ray Thursday during a light and informal morning batting practice. As interesting as what he did was what he used to do it - a specially batting made green, gold and black bat.
Veteran infielder Greg Norton, pitcher Edwin Jackson and non-roster outfielder Dustan Mohr joined the group of players going through early workouts. None of the rostered catchers - Dioner Navarro, Josh Paul or Shawn Riggans - have shown up yet.
The Rays are planning to make a big splash this weekend in Orlando to promote ticket sales for the May regular-season series they will play at Disney. Delmon Young, Ty Wigginton, Iwamura and senior adviser Don Zimmer are among those scheduled to sign autographs at the Mall at Millenia on Saturday from 11-1.