Thursday, March 31, 2011
Former Biscuits reliever Gorgen to miss 2011
“It stinks, but it happens,” Gorgen said. “I was throwing the ball really, really well. At the same time, they got to see what I could do, so I hope I get another shot.”
A-Rod makes Houston's Opening Day roster
Rodriguez, who is still just 23 years old, was 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 starts for Durham last year. He is in line to be the 47th former Biscuit to reach the major leagues and the second from the 2010 team.
Video of Matt Moore, other spring scenes
D.J. Jones only confirmed release
Wrigley set for late start
22 minutes in: in Double-A, Nommensen bunt single, Beckham walk, Vogt walk to start/load it. After an out, Fronk with an HBP RBI ends it. They rolled over the inning. In Triple-A, Hellickson is 6-up, 6-down so far.
38: Cipriano reaches on an error, steals second and scores on a wall-banging double by Sheridan. A Luna bloop single and wild pitch score Sheridan. Double-A Rays up 3-nil. In Trips, that Hellickson guy is still holding his own. A Chirinos RBI single and Furmaniak safety squeeze has it 2-0.
59: Vogt doubles in Beckham in Dubs. Hellickson gives up bunt to break up no-hitter, hit-and-run single and grounder to break up shutout in Trips.
1:11: Carter with a no-doubt homer to right in Trips. The wind is now lighter and, on that field, coming in from left, so it didn't help.
1:04: Helli gives up three-run double.
1:36: after another peel away to talk to some people, it's Newmann on in Double-A relief.
1:47: Mayora homers in Dubs. A few seconds later, Baker gives up one in Trips.
1:58: Canzler homers in Trips. Line shot to right-center.
2:21: Mayora homers again. This one also brings in Matt Hall.
2:50: Games are over, but I'll be honest: I don't know what the scores were. Rays won the Double-A game, though the Orioles scored in the ninth off Quate.
Rays, Davis agree on seven-year deal
The contract is worth $12.6 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $35.1 million. The team options cover Davis' final arbitration year and his first two years of free agency.
Davis, 25, was 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA last year and finished fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting. He was with the Biscuits in 2007-08.
Unofficial higher-level workout roster
Pitchers -- Baker, Bootcheck, Cobb, De La Rosa, Richard De Los Santos, Delaney, Ekstrom, Gomes, Gonzalez, Hall, Hayhurst, Swindle, Torres, Wade
Catchers -- Albernaz, Ashley, Chirinos, Lobaton
Infielders -- Canzler, Carter, Furmaniak, Kotchman, Lopez, Olmedo
Outfielders -- Anderson, Guyer, Jennings, Ruggiano
Pitchers -- Andujar, Archer, Barnese, Bush, Cruz, Frank De Los Santos, Dyer, Espinosa, Fleming, Moore, Newmann, Phillips, Quate, Reid, Satow, Schenk
Catchers -- Jefferies, Vogt, Wendt
Infielders -- Beckham, Cipriano, Davis, Hall, Luna, Mayora, Sexton, Sheridan, Sweeney
Outfielders -- Biell, Fronk, Nommensen, Shelby
Shelby quickly reaches Tampa Bay camp
Chirinos c (Lobaton in 6th)
Nommensen lf (Kang in 7th)
Beckham ss (Hall in 8th)
Vogt c (Jefferies in 7th)
Mayora 3b (dh in 6th)
Sexton dh (3b in 6th)
Lee ss (Estrada in 7th)
Guillen lf (Bryles in 6th)
Thomas c (Acosta in 7th)
Bortnick 2b (Price in 7th)
Kiermaier cf (Dixon in 7th)
Guevara 2b (Luis in 7th)
Dietrich ss (Querecuto in 7th)
Bailey c (Depew in 7th)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It's Joe Cruz starting in Double-A and Dirk Hayhurst in Triple-A. Paul Phillips and Neil Schenk are due up (maybe more) in Double-A.
Vicious wind today, too. Games are on opposite -- not adjacent -- fields. Wind going out to right in Trips and in from right on Dubs.
6 minutes in: Twins double and homer in the first in Triple-A. Cruz goes in order in Double-A. There is an extended/rehab intrasquad game, too (wind in from left). O'Connor, O'Malley and Velasquez are names I've seen so far. It's Jensen vs. James on the mound.
26: Vettleson with an opposite-field triple into the wind in the extended/rehab game.
51: Just witnessed my first bench warning for inside pitches in a spring minors game. Beckham was hit with a pitch in his first at-bat after a Twin was hurt going into second. Beckham's throw to first squarely hit the Twin in the
1:01: Andujar replaces Cruz, who looked good when I watched. He went four shutout innings. Cruz seems bigger than 6-3, 226, at least from a distance.
1:38: Had to peel off to talk to Justin Woodall and Scott Shuman and just getting back. Andujar is still on the Dub mound.
1:53: In Trips, Carter doubles to score Ashley, thrown out trying for a triple. Gomes was on the mound for the Rays, but Wade is coming in.
2:11: I don't know how many innings Phillips pitched in Double-A, but his final inning included a homer, a double and a wild pitch. Schenk is in now.
2:24: Kang hits an opposite-field homer. Rays up 5-2 in Dubs.
2:27: Kang HR was in extra time. Rays won 4-2, but the Twins had another pitcher.
2:49: Triple-A ended in a tie. Gomes retired eight of the nine batters he faced. Carter hit two doubles.
K king Moore, sans bone chip, excited about year
"I'm very excited," Moore said. "So far, the spring is going well and I'm going to try to carry it into the season."
The 21-year-old left-hander had a bone chip removed in October and says he feels great now. The bone chip had pestered him the last two years, though not enough to keep him from pitching.
"It never hurt me bad enough that I didn't want to throw," Moore said. "I guess I built a tolerance to it and almost expected it every day."
Moore, Montgomery's Opening Day starter, has gotten off to shaky starts the last two seasons, something he hopes to avoid this year.
Moore was 0-6 with a 6.63 ERA in his first 11 starts last year at high-Class A Charlotte. Over his final 15, he was 6-5 with a 1.79 ERA. Moore totaled 208 strikeouts.
In 2009 at low-Class A Bowling Green, he was 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA at the end of May. From there, he was 6-3 with a 2.67. Moore totaled 176 strikeouts.
"It was disappointing, but at the same time I understand you have to go through experiences like that," Moore said. "When I was 0-2, 0-3 (last year), I said I was going to rattle one off, but it seemed like one inning would get me."
Sweeney dh (1b in 6th)
Sexton 3b (Cipriano in 6th)
Sheridan 1b (dh in 6th)
Kang lf (Cohan in 6th)
Jefferies c (Wendt in 7th)
Lee ss (Estrada in 8th)
Bortnick 2b (Gonzalez in 8th)
Thomas c (Acosta in 7th)
Guevara 2b (Luis in 8th)
Dietrich ss (Querecuto in 8th)
Bailey c (Holloway in 6th)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Spring rolling through Red Sox camp
“We’ll see how it all plays out,” Spring said. “Wherever they tell me to drive, I’ll drive.”
Spring, with the Biscuits for at least parts of the last four seasons, was a free agent after last year. He signed with Boston on the second day of spring camp.
Shelby to be in center for Biscuits?
Shelby was traded for future considerations, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The 25-year-old is entering his sixth professional season and hit .249 with 63 runs, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 111 games last year for the Birmingham Barons. He has a .273 career average.
With Isaias Velazquez (unknown) and Emeel Salem (knee) currently nursing injuries and not expected to break camp on time, the Rays needed a potential Double-A center fielder.
Shelby is the son of 11-year major leaguer John Shelby, who was nicknamed T-bone. Shelby III is known as Trey-bone.
UPDATE:Velazquez has a shoulder injury.
Tuesday game thread
The Double-A pitching dance card is Chris Archer followed by Sergio Espinosa, Jeremy Hall and Ryan Reid.
In Triple-A, Alex Torres is starting. I see Mike Ekstrom, Chris Bootcheck and R.J. Swindle in uniform. There could be others.
45 minutes in: Dual shutout. Trips through 3. Dubs through 2.
46: Yep, a whammy. Olmedo doubled in Ruggiano in Trips. Rays had the bases loaded and one out in Dubs. Guyer struck out and Vogt flied out.
57: Sox up 2-0 in Dubs. Archer gives up consecutive RBI hits after a missed out. A runner stealing second should have been out. Instead, he went to third on an error. Vogt's throw appeared on target.
1:11: Torres just lost his shutout when he served up a home run to Linares. Rays lead 2-1. This will be Torres' last inning.
1:44: Double-A Rays just scored on an infield popup. Sox middle infielders both repeatedly screamed for the ball, hit each other and dropped it. Rays' first run scored on a wild pitch to Vogt, who soon walked. Sox up 3-2.
1:51: Nommensen makes a diving catch to save a run.
1:58: Jennings moved over to the Double-A game. He beat a potential double-play grounder and Matt Hall scored from second. (Who knew that Alabama and Auburn people could work together?)
2:08: Bootcheck gives up two-run double in eighth and Triple-A Sox lead 4-2. Bootcheck didn't get a strike call earlier in the count and showed some frustration.
2:20: Double-A Sox score once in the eighth on Reid for a 4-3 lead. Triple-A Sox added at least one more in the eighth against Bootcheck.
2:40: Sox win both, 4-2 in Dubs and 6-2 in Trips.
The major leaguers are playing the Red Sox in Fort Myers today. The minor leaguers are also facing Boston folks with the higher levels in Fort Myers -- thankfully at a separate complex -- and the Class A's in Port Charlotte.
Mayora, Albernaz, Guyer on bench
Vogt c (Wendt in 7th)
Figueroa 2b (dh in 6th)
Cipriano 3b (Davis in 6th)
Kang lf (Cohen in 6th)
Hall dh (2b in 6th)
Lee ss (dh in 6th)
Acosta c (Segovia in 7th)
Scelfo 3b (Price in 6th)
Bortnick 2b (Lawson in 7th)
Guilllen lf (Jones in 6th)
Estrada dh (ss in 6th)
Querecuto dh (ss in 6th)
Dietrich ss (dh in 6th)
Bailey c (Holloway in 6th)
Fogle rf (Diaz in 6th)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Kline still hopeful to have impactful career
"Baseball is still a game to me and I want to play again. I want to compete," Kline said. "I'm still battling issues, but I'm still putting the glove on every day. I love this organization and I've made a lot of good friends here. As long as they keep me around, I'll keep plugging along."
After reporting to camp feeling "great," Kline is again trying to work his way into game shape. He suffered a "minor setback" in his third throwing session this spring and felt something in his shoulder.
"Here we go again as far as slowing down," Kline said.
He's scheduled to throw a 25-pitch, fastball-only session this week. Kline was a second-round draft pick in 2007 out of Ole Miss and made nine starts that summer at low-Class A. He's yet to pitch again.
"I've been so hit or miss," Kline said. "When I'm hitting, it's like, 'OK, let's go.' When I'm missing, it seems like I miss three weeks here and there. I look up in late July and Kline is still in extended spring or the rehab program."
Moore with four no-hit innings
The Triple-A guys only put two balls in play: a Desmond Jennings flyout in the first and a Justin Ruggiano groundout in the fourth. Moore walked one.
No O's; intrasquad instead
Woke up to a steady rain this morning and the skies are still overcast. Since the Rays have had idyllic spring weather to this point, one bigwig has playfully accused me of bringing the showers with me.
The Rays play the Orioles in minor league exhibitions today (weather permitting, of course). The higher levels travel to Sarasota and the Class A's are in Port Charlotte. With the major leaguers around for just today, I may skip the Sarasota trip to get the few of those guys I still need.
Anderson, Mayora, Lobaton on the bench
Vogt c (Jefferies in the 7th)
Sweeney dh (1b in the 6th)
Cipriano 3b (Sexton 6th)
Sheridan 1b (dh in 6th)
Kand lf (Cohen in 6th)
Lee ss (Estrada in the 7th)
Bortnick 2b (Lawson in 7th)
Thomas c (Segovia in 7th)
Guillen dh (lf in 6th)
Jones lf (dh in 6th)
Guevara 2b (Luis in the 7th)
Dietrich ss (Querecuto in 7th)
Schwaner 3b (dh in 6th)
Bailey c (Holloway in 6th)
Rogers lf (Fogle in 7th)
Tinoco dh (3b in 6th)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Rays trade Inglett for player to be named
Cobb leaves early with blister
Triple-A starter Alex Cobb left early with a blister on his finger, but he should be OK. Double-A starter Nick Barnese looked solid. There was one first-and-second, no-out situation he escaped with a foul fly and two grounders.
Don't put too much stock in this, but here were the position players ...
TRIPLE-A -- C Jake Jefferies, 1B Mike Sheridan, 2B Omar Luna, 3B Cody Cipriano, SS J.J. Furmaniak, LF Kyeong Kang, CF Dustin Biell, RF Reid Fronk
DOUBLE-A -- C Alejandro Segovia, 1B Matt Sweeney, 2B Anthony Scelfo, 3B Greg Sexton, SS Matt Hall, LF Cody Robers, CF Chris Murrill, RF Gabe Cohen
There were two other games, but I focused on the Double-A/Triple-A. I did see Paul Phillips in a Class A game. Also, Jason McEachern started for one Class A team and seemed pleased with his outing.
Archer to Biscuits; Moore to start opener
Archer came to the Rays in an offseason trade from the Cubs. The right-hander was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 13 starts for the Tennessee Smokies last season, including two wins over the Biscuits in which he didn't allow an earned run.
Moore, a left-hander, has led the minor leagues in strikeouts in each of the last two seasons.
Roster changes on (my) first morning of camp
Right-hander Justin Garcia, who pitched in 18 games for the Biscuits last season, is among seven players no longer on Tampa Bay's minor league roster.
The roster is dated Thursday -- two days after the roster listed below -- and there could be additional moves that have already been made. The Rays on Saturday sent some players from major league to minor league camp, including catcher Craig Albernaz. Those names aren't on the minor league roster yet.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Biscuits open single-game ticket sales
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Grady's Wright, 2 former Biscuits to minors
Two former Biscuits also moved out of major league camps. Outfielder Fernando Perez was optioned to the minors by the Chicago Cubs. Catcher Robinson Cancel was reassigned to the minors by the Astros.
Auburn's Gabe Gross was reassigned to Seattle's minor leagues Wednesday.
(What's the difference in being "optioned" and "reassigned"? Optioned means the player is on the 40-man roster.)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tampa Bay minor league spring roster
It's Tampa Bay's minor league camp roster -- dated Tuesday -- with 78 pitchers, 19 catchers, 36 infielders and 24 outfielders.
This will not include those souls still in major league camp. Unless I immediately remembered that the player goes by another name, I used the name listed on the roster. (They mostly go with full first names. Ex: Nicholas Barnese, Alexander Torres, etc.) And I blame any typos on football OD and Emeel Salem.
Dane De La Rosa
Frank De Los Santos
Richard De Los Santos
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Spring to BoSox; X's Huskies pick up first win
Former Biscuits pitching coach Xavier Hernandez, now the first-year pitching coach at Houston Baptist, celebrated a win tonight. The Huskies picked a goodie to win, beating No. 7 Texas Christian 8-4.
Lastly, the blog will start warming up in two weeks, BUT there will be nothing over the next week. I am off and won't be allowed to post any information until March 20, at the earliest.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Dukes back in the news
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say former major leaguer Elijah Dukes is being held in a Florida jail after his pregnant ex-girlfriend accused him of slapping her in the face during an argument.
Hillsborough County Jail records show Dukes was being held without bond Thursday after his arrest a day earlier on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He also had been wanted on a contempt of court warrant
A sheriff’s office report said the ex-girlfriend told deputies Dukes slapped her in the face several times.
Dukes began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays and was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2008. He was released before the 2010 season.
Jail records did not indicate if Dukes had an attorney. Attorney Grady Irvin Jr. says he no longer represents Dukes.