The Rays fell to the Red Sox by a score of 9-2 Saturday afternoon, with most of the damage coming against Roberto Hernandez and Dane Del La Rosa. Hernandez, competing for the role of fifth starter, had a rough start, allowing three runs in the first inning. However, he settled down to go five innings while inducing six outs on ground balls.
Sean Rodriguez had a nice day offensively, accounting for the Rays two runs when he belted a two-run homer in the third. He was hit his next time up and some words were exchanged between he and Alfredo Aceves. The rays dugout began to empty but tempers were cooled and nothing escalated further. It's spring training. Calm down.
The team tended to some house cleaning today, sending down Wil Myers, Josh Lueke, Brandon Gomes, Juan Sandoval, Brandon Guyer, Will Inman, and J.D. Martin. The reassignment of Myers is no surprise. He has some work to do at Triple-A and the financial benefits are obvious.
Fernando Rodney picked up the save, his fifth, for the Dominican team this afternoon, locking up the top seed in the final pool of WBC play. Even though the US team is out I've enjoyed watching Rodney's teammates join in his arrow shooting celebration. They'll face the Netherlands Monday night.
-Aroldis Chapman wants to close for the Reds. That's interesting, since the team is working on making him a starter.
-In a slow news day comes word of Carl Crawford possibly DH'ing for the Dodgers today. That's big news considering he's coming off of Tommy John surgery.
-Don King is still a world class dirt bag. Don't forget that he once stomped a man to death.