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This date in Rays History!

In 1973, Tomas Perez is born. He spent 99 games with the Rays in 2006, and was pretty terrible as he slashed .212/.224/.286 good for 2 wRC+, and remarkably he walked just five times (2.0%) over 254 plate appearances. Perez however has cemented himself in the team's record book for hitting the most doubles in one game as he mashed four of them during five hit game and a 19-6 rout of the Yankees on July 29th, 2006.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Pat Burrell.

Today's prospect:

"[Prospect's] lively fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range and gets on hitters quickly thanks to his tremendous extension. He also throws a hard curveball in the 75-79 mph range, and he has shown considerable improvement with his changeup. He has the best command in the system."

Hint: he was the team's third best prospect following the 2005 season.

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There are 96 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of times that Carl Crawford crossed home in 2009.

One of those times was a go-ahead home run off of Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium

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Links!

- Damn Yankees. They went and got 2015's best reliever in baseball, whose price had dropped after domestic violence charges came to light.

- The Yankees were already scum, now it's just more so.

- Our friends at Pinstripe Alley wonder what's next for the Yankees

- Brisbee says there's an incredible amount of parity in the AL, and he's right.

- Neil Solondz writes that the Rays should be more likely to hold on to Boxberger and McGee, now Boston and New York have greatly upgraded their bullpens.

- Beyond the Box Score: No one wants Cespedes?

- Hardball Times: Civil War baseball beards | Great WARs forgotten

Random Ray of the Day!

Petition Regarding the Team's Original Uniforms