Pitching coach Mike Butcher majored in hotel and restaurant management at Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College and his family owns two restaurants in the Phoenix area - Aunt Chilada's (Mexican food) and Rustler's Roost (steaks).
Left-hander Scott Kazmir, excited by the results of a slight adjustment to his windup on Friday, is among the pitchers scheduled to throw a bullpen session this morning.
Manager Joe Maddon's talk about improving defense became tangible as catchers worked repeatedly over the weekend on a technique to better hold on to the ball during home plate collisions.
Though the Rays insist Mark Hendrickson's injury is not serious, it's never good when a veteran starter has to walk off the mound.
HE SAID IT
"I just got bored. I needed something to do."
- LF Carl Crawford, explaining why he had a zodiac sign tattooed on the right side of his neck. (He's a Leo, by the way).
CF Rocco Baldelli (left knee and right elbow surgeries) will be on a restricted workout program.
LF Carl Crawford (left wrist bruise) will be watched closely.
RHP Jeff Niemann (shoulder surgery) won't start pitching until mid April.