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Scott Kazmir will celebrate his 32nd birthday, today

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This Date in Team History!

In 1984, Scott Kazmir is born. Kazmir would serve as the team's ace from 2005 to 2007, exciting fans with his blazing fastball, sweeping slider, and wildness on the mound. In 2007, he led the league in strikeouts, and then in 2008 he enjoyed an all-star year and was named the AL Pitcher of the Month in May. Kazmir would be traded in 2009 and the Rays are still reaping benefits from that.

Read much more on his career, here.

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Brandon Guyer, answered by Dbullsfan

Lone wrong answer was Kevin Kiermaier

The Rays’ 2006 minor league pitcher of the year. His lone plus pitch is a changeup. He mixes the changeup well with his upper-80s fastball and sneaky slurve, and few pitches in the minors throw more quality strikes. Managers rated his control the best in the Southern League last summer. Athletic and competitive, he is a durable workhorse who must continue to prove himself at every level.

Hint: he was never a top ten prospect in his organization

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There are 70 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of hits recorded by Rey Sanchez in 2004.

One of those hits was a walk-off inside-the-park home run.

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Links

- Marc Topkin states the Rays prefer Baez and Dickerson over Soler and Blackmon

Speculation of a possible seven player deal with the Cubs

Rays Colored Glasses looks into trade deadline acquiree, Chih-Wei Hu

The Process Report anaylized Steve Pearce and compared him to Brian Dozier

- New Jersey native, Mike Trout decided to add meteorology to his list of plus tools