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The Rays Tank: A Major Scare In A Minor Game

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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 29:  Reid Brignac #15 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at the Charlotte Sports Park on February 29, 2012 in Port Charlotte, Florida  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 29: Reid Brignac #15 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at the Charlotte Sports Park on February 29, 2012 in Port Charlotte, Florida (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Steve wasn't able to get the Rays Tank up today, so I created this shortened version for him.

The big news yesterday was the Ray's four-inning intrasquad game. This was the first official "game" so far, and is the welcome sign of a new season coming upon us. Some highlights included Cesar Ramon striking out two batters in his first inning, Reid Brignac hitting a homer (yes, that actually happened), Alex Cobb throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts, and.... Evan Longoria getting hit in the hand by a Matt Bush fastball! Thankfully, the X-rays on the hand were negative. ST serves up numerous injuries this year, and the Rays managed to avoid a major one. After all, Matt Bush throws reeaallyy hard, and it is a wonder Longoria didn't hurt his hand worse.

On the other hand, Matt Bush might just be the most thankful out of all the players. Can you imagine being a guy competing for a spot and seriously injuring the team's star in a meaningless intrasquad game?

Onto some more links......

As a bit of a reminder, the Spring Training games (for the Rays) start tomorrow. I hope you are as excited as I am!