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Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Luke Scott takes a swing at Red Sox fans

Luke Scott

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Luke Scott has never been one to shy away from his opinions, and Wednesday the former Oriole and current Ray took aim with his tongue, not his 7 1/2-foot spear.

Scott. who was injured and didn't play in the Orioles' victory over the Red Sox on the final day of the season, said his teammates were pulling for the Rays to take the final playoff spot from the Red Sox.

The reason, Scott's not a fan of the Red Sox fans. From MLB.com's Bill Chastain:
"Just their arrogance," Scott said. "The fans come in and they take over the city. They're ruthless. They're vulgar. They cause trouble. They talk about your family. Swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them. Then when things like [the last game of last season] happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis -- classiest fans in the game. You do well, there's no vulgarity. You know what? You don't wish them bad."
He added that the team's celebration went up a notch moments after the Orioles won when the Rays' Evan Longoria homered to knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs.
"Everybody's giving high-fives, then all of a sudden [Longoria] homers," Scott said. "Everybody's in the clubhouse and it's like, Bam! And we're like, 'Go home Boston! Pack your bags. See you next year.'"
Then on his way home, Scott even taunted Boston fans.
"It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I'm like, 'Ah, hah, sucks doesn't it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren't going your way.'"
I'm guessing when the Rays and Red Sox play this year, the Sox fans may ratchet up their "ruthless" and "vulgar" ways.

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:39 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 9:26 pm
 

Braves' Freeman could miss two weeks

Freddie FreemanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Spring training always has its share of bumps and bruises, along with legitimate injuries, but it often takes a little time to figure out which is which.

Here's a brief roundup of some of Tuesday's injuries from around baseball.

• Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman could miss two weeks after his right knee popped out of place as he tried to scoop a low throw at first base.

"I was just doing pick drills and the knee gave out," Freeman told reporters (via MLB.com). "The kneecap went this way and I came back in. When I did this when I was playing in Triple-A, it took me two weeks. So that is what we are going on."

Freeman said he had a similar injury in 2010 and he could have come back after a week, but the team didn't want to push it.

• Speaking of the Braves,right-hander Tommy Hanson will retake his concussion test on Thursday and could throwing to live batters again that same day if he passes it. Hanson has been cleared for conditioning and throwing, but not for full workouts yet. He suffered a concussion in a car accident on Feb. 20. (MLB.com)

• Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who has been dogged by injuries and illness each of the last two seasons, left Mariners camp on a cart Tuesday.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge told reporters Gutierrez hurt something in the pectoral region and had an MRI. The Mariners are still waiting on word of the results of the MRI. (Seattle Times)

• Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was held out of Tuesday's workout due to back spasms.

"I'm not worried," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters. "There's plenty of time."

Johnson said he didn't expect Werth to play in either of the Nationals' first two exhibition games, but he didn't plan on using too many of the Washington regulars in those games anyway. (NatsInsider.com)

• Rays rookie left-hander Matt Moore missed a second day with an abdomen strain, but Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters the team isn't worried, they're just being cautious.

"It's an over-conservative thing we're doing right now," Maddon told reporters. "I really believe the next day or two, he should be fine." (St. Petersburg Times)

• Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is expected back in camp on Wednesday after having his Achilles tendon examined in Baltimore on Monday. The Phillies said they wouldn't have word about his status until he returns. (CSNPhilly.com)

• Joba Chamberlain, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, threw off the mound for the first time Tuesday since the surgery. He threw 16 pitches and said he felt good afterward. He hopes to return in June. (Star-Ledger)

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Report: Danys Baez retiring

By Matt Snyder

Obviously this isn't nearly the same magnitude as the announcement that Jason Varitek will retire, but pitcher Danys Baez will retire from baseball as well, FoxSports.com reports.

Baez, 34, may have been forced into retirement by a lack of interest from big-league clubs. He had a 6.25 ERA and 1.56 WHIP last season for the Phillies. He also coughed up 43 hits while striking out only 18 in 36 innings.

Baez is a one-time All-Star, as he made the game as a member of the then-Devil Rays in 2005. He saved 41 games that season. For a three-year stretch, Baez was a quality closer. He averaged 32 saves per season with a 3.42 ERA from 2003-05.

Over the course of his 10-year career, Baez pitched for the Indians, Devil Rays, Dodgers, Braves, Orioles and Phillies.

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Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Mike Aviles has not been traded

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Twitter is an amazing tool that can deliver news quickly and efficiently. But sometimes things aren't as they seem on Twitter.

Saturday afternoon, a Twitter account that claimed to be from Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles said he'd been traded to the Rays. It was assumed, by many, to be real and retweeted. Really, what could be better word than from the horse's mouth?

Mike Aviles

Except, it's not the right horse.

According to several reporters, including Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, confirmed with Aviles that the account doesn't belong to him. Aviles is not on Twitter, he told reporters.

With Twitter, as in everything else, let the buyer beware.

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Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:38 am
 

Don Zimmer meets the Zim Bear

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Perhaps the most anticipated day of the 2012 season is June 29, when the Tampa Bay Rays will be giving the first 10,000 fans at the game with the Tigers the Zim Bear. A teddy bear with the face of Don Zimmer. Yep.

Anwyay, how does the bear compare with the real thing? Luckily Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has a camera and can put our imaginations at ease. Here it is:

Don Zimmer

So what does Zimmer think of the bear?

"I don't know what to think," Zimmer told Mooney. Zimmer did note that Tigers manager Jim Leyland has called him several times to give him a heard time about the bear.

Aug. 5 is also going to be pretty awesome, with the DJ Kitty bobblehead.



I haven't done my usual preseason look at all the best giveaways for the season ahead, but it looks like the Rays may be the leader in the clubhouse, or at least until the Brewers do the Ryan Braun specimen bottle giveaway.

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Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:26 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 11:02 am
 

Report: Elijah Dukes arrested again

By Matt Snyder

Elijah Dukes was once a third round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays and at one point was considered one of the better prospects in baseball. Unfortunately, he's become an illustration that God-given talent doesn't guarantee success in life. Dukes, 27, has reportedly been arrested again.

According to RaysIndex.com, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office arrested Dukes at 1 a.m. Thursday on several charges, including possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and attempt to destroy evidence.

And with this being Dukes, it couldn't just be a boring, run-of-the-mill arrest. No, his "attempt to destroy evidence" was actually him trying to hurry and eat the bag of pot before the cops saw it (via TBO.com).

Dukes has now been arrested many times. A few of those have been for driving with a suspended license, while he's been charged with failure to pay child support and also for assaulting a pregnant girlfriend. Most notorious, though, was when he threatened to kill his wife and children, leaving his wife a voice mail that said, among other things, "you dead, dawg."

Dukes hasn't played in the majors since 2009. He played for the Newark Bears in Independent ball in 2010, hitting .366 in 28 games.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Arbitration season ends, owners win 5-2

Garrett Jones

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Pirates wrapped up arbitration season on Thursday, beating Garrett Jones and settling with Casey McGehee on a one-year deal before heading to the arbitration room.

Jones was the seventh and final player to head to his arbitration hearing this winter, with owners taking a decisive 5-2 victory in 2012. Last season only three cases went to arbitration, with the players winning two (both against the Marlins -- the arbitrators must have felt sorry for them having to wear those new uniforms).

In a nutshell, the way arbitration works is that the player and team swap demands and after both sides make their cases, three arbitrators pick one number or the other -- in Jones' case, the arbitrators picked the team's offer of $2.25 million instead of Jones' demand of $2.5 million. Or, at any point before the door closes on the hearing room, the two sides can compromise. That's what the Pirates did with McGehee, settling at $2.5375 million, more or less between his request of $2.75 million and the team's offer of $2.35 million.

Because the hearings are so late in the offseason, most teams budget for the worst-case scenario with their arbitration-eligible players and the final result really on effects the guy signing the check and the guy cashing the check.

But hey, what's the fun of having winners and losers if you don't have a scoreboard. So here's looking back at this year's arbitration cases.

Team victories
The Brewers ($2 million) beat Jose Veras ($2.35 million)
The Nationals ($5 million) beat John Lannan ($5.7 million)
The Orioles ($800,000) beat Brad Bergesen ($1.2 million)
The Rays ($2.75 million) beat Jeff Niemann ($3.2 million)
The Pirates ($2.25 million) beat Jones ($2.5 million).

Marlins lossesPlayer victories
Emilio Bonifacio ($2.2 million) beat the Marlins ($1.95 million)
Anibal Sanchez ($8 million) beat the Marlins ($6.9 million)

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Rays, Maddon agree to 3-year extension

Joe Maddon

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Rays have signed manager Joe Maddon to a three-year extension, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports.

Maddon's three-year contract was set to expire following the 2012 season, making $1.4 million this season. It can be assumed he's getting a well-deserved raise.

Maddon, 58, has a 495-477 record with Tampa and has twice been named the American League Manager of the Year, including last season when the Rays captured the wild card on the final day  of the season. He also won the award in 2008 when the Rays won the American League pennant.

The Rays, who were 61-101 in Maddon's first season, have been to the playoffs three of the past four seasons and won two American League East titles, something some thought impossible before his reign.

Maddon's been a popular name in high-profile managerial searches, but he's repeatedly said he prefers to stay with the Rays -- and he's backed it up with not just his words, but his actions.

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