Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's all about the green...

(photo by John Lembo)

- Not a fan of these green bases. I know it's St. Patrick's Day (which has suddenly become the word's most participatory holiday) and it's a one-off thing. But bases should be white. Is this day almost over?

- Carlos Pena got a rousing ovation prior to his first at-bat here at McKechnie Field. Funny, I remember everyone wanting to run this guy out of town on a rail back in 2010, his last year in St. Petersburg. Now everyone loves him again. Let's see how long that lasts.

- The Rays are bit banged up, with guys such as Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings working their way back from early-season injuries. So not too many starts today, though Pena, Sam Fuld, Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez and James Shields made the trip.

- Shields is good. He breezed through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing three hits. Pitching coach Jim Hickey is making his way toward the Rays' bullpen, so Shields' day may be done.

- Rays lead 1-0 after five on Luke Scott's first home run of the spring, a long arc job to left field.

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