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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Spring is for experimenting

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Mike Zunino (leading off) is good

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s silly to take anything real from spring training numbers you see, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little fun. In Thursday’s matchup with Philadelphia, Rays manager Kevin Cash slotted catcher Mike Zunino into the leadoff spot, a unique lineup choice that may well not repeat itself come regular season but sure was fun to watch in spring.

Mike Zunino Is Good (his full, God-given name) seemed to enjoy the move too, as he slammed a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

After the game, Zunino joked that he’ll probably only ever lead off in Spring Training:

Indeed, that’s what the spring is for—messing around with lineups, trying out funky stuff that might not be applicable come April.

But hey, you never know.

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  • What do you think? Look like that turf has some faster grounders in it?
  • Lineups for Friday’s games:

Other Links

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