The Legend of Helliot Takes Coincidental Turn, Hinske Makes Team

From Lancaster:

Elliot Johnson won the 2008 Al Lopez Award as the Rays' top rookie in spring training. He'll accept the award from Al Lopez III before the April 14 Rays-Yankees game.

I'm sure all of you recall that Elliot made national headlines after colliding with Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli, but his strong spring and versatility in the field - taking reps at third, short, second, and center - have essentially guaranteed roster spot.  For our own sake can we please have more Rays fans at the 4/14 contest than Yank fans, having the majority of the "home" crowd boo Elliot might give him the wrong impression.

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Also Eric Hinske has won the final roster spot, beating out Joel Guzman. As you'll remember Hinske was a non-roster invitee with a Rookie of the Year award in his trophy case and a poor 2007 season.

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