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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.


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.