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Tampa Bay Rays spring training: roster report

Rays power index

2008 rankings

1. B.J. Upton, CF

2. Scott Kazmir, LHP

3. Carl Crawford, LF

4. Evan Longoria, 3B

5. David Price, LHP

6. Andrew Friedman, exec VP

7. James Shields, RHP

8. Michael Kalt, senior VP

9. Carlos Peña, 1B

10. Ron Porterfield, trainer

2009 rankings

1. Evan Longoria, 3B

2. B.J. Upton, CF

3. James Shields, RHP

4. Andrew Friedman, exec VP

5. David Price, LHP

6. Matt Garza, RHP

7. Joe Maddon, manager

8. Scott Kazmir, LHP

9. Carl Crawford, LF

10. Jeff Lyash, ABC chairman

2010 rankings

1. Evan Longoria, 3B

2. Stuart Sternberg, owner

3. Matt Garza, RHP

4. B.J. Upton, CF

5. Andrew Friedman, exec VP

6. David Price, LHP

7. Joe Maddon, manager

8. James Shields, RHP

9. Jason Bartlett, SS

10. Bill Foster, SP mayor or Ken Hagan, Hills Co. commissioner

Quote of the day

"The aim is good; stage fright is always an issue."

LHP Randy Choate, on getting used to regular MLB drug tests

Roster report

Our weekly guess on the 25-man opening day roster:

Pitchers (12): Grant Balfour, Lance Cormier, Randy Choate, Wade Davis, Matt Garza, J.P. Howell, Jeff Niemann, David Price, James Shields, Andy Sonnanstine, Rafael Soriano, Dan Wheeler

Catchers (2): Dioner Navarro, Kelly Shoppach

Infielders (6): Willy Aybar, Jason Bartlett, Evan Longoria, Carlos Peña, Sean Rodriguez, Ben Zobrist

Outfielders (5): Pat Burrell, Carl Crawford, Matt Joyce, Gabe Kapler, B.J. Upton

Disabled list (1): OF Fernando Perez

Tattoo details of the day

So what does Carl Crawford's new full-sleeve tattoo — on his left arm — look like? Here's a description from Junk Roxxx, the Miami artist who did it (see junkroxxx.com for more of his work):

"He just gave me artistic freedom to do what I want with the small elements he gave me, so I went off and did his last name in script wrapped around his forearm, a skull with a baseball head, a lion in his bicep, and I fixed up an older tattoo that he had and placed his home state of Texas as a background to it all."

Drill of the day

It's called the firing squad, and with good reason. One catcher squats behind a plate, and five others, in rapid sequence, throw balls at him, forcing quick reactions and adjustments. "It's a tactical practice," C John Jaso said. "You build trust, and you build enemies."

List of the day

Active career leaders, opponents batting average.

Pitcher Avg.

Carlos Marmol .181

Billy Wagner .189

F. Rodriguez .191

Rafael Soriano .199

Joe Nathan .201

Jose Valverde .208

J. Broxton .208

Trevor Hoffman .208

Huston Street .211

Mariano Rivera .211

Min: 1,250 batters faced

The dish

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (North Port/Port Charlotte). Turn right (west) on Toledo Blade Road. Go about 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Turn right. Go about 2 miles, complex is on the left. Workouts usually last 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking are free.

Heads-up

Four-fifths of the projected rotation — James Shields, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis — are among those scheduled to throw bullpen sessions, starting around 10:20.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays spring training: roster report 02/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 20, 2010 9:26pm]

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