For starters, Rays at Mariners, facing King Felix
UPDATE, 7:14: Talked to Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, who said he wanted to return to the Rays but they told him he was asking for too much money and never made an offer. Rodney said he would have taken $14-15-million over two years to stay. The Rays instead signed RHP Grant Balfour for $12-million over two years. Rodney, who said he also had 2-year offers from the Orioles, Indians and Mets (and a 1-year offer from the Yankees), got $14-million over two years from the Mariners.
UPDATE, 7:08: Rays lineup has the latest somewhat regular look to it:
DEVELOPING: As if things are going bad enough for the last place Rays, they are in Seattle tonight - facing Felix Hernandez for the first time since his August 2012 perfect game against them,
The Rays just completed a 1-5 homestand, then made the cross-country flight, in their Woodstock themed gear.
The Rays will have LHP Cesar Ramos on the mound.
Also, the game is not on TV in the Tampa Bay market, as Sun Sports chose to exclude it from coverage.
A couple of notes:
* RHP Heath Bell cleared waivers and was officially released, the Rays owing the remainder of the $5.5-million they were paying toward his $9-million salary.
* The Rays - as you may have suspected - have been playing the longest games in the majors, at least in terms of average time of nine-inning games. The Rays are averaging 3:17:45, more than seven minutes longer than the next team, at 3:10:35.\