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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Spring Sparks

Plus: early impressions of the team, understanding Tommy Pham, and Snell makes a pitch for Kimbrel

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Rays News

Rays journal: Why Kevin Cash was yelling at the Pirates - Marc Topkin, TB Times: Some spring fireworks, both with the bats and the Pirates bean balling.

5 things we know about Rays after 10 games - Juan Toribio, Early impressions from Juan.

Glasnow adjusting to new hitch in delivery - J. Scott Butherus, Glasnow using spring to continue to develop his new delivery, and reach that next level.

Why we can’t all relate to Tommy Pham’s fire - Marc Topkin, TB Times: A profile on the tremendously talented and constantly scrutinized Rays star.

The move Blake Snell wants the Rays to make - Marc Topkin, TB Times: It might seem crazy, but we’ve heard the old, “there’s no $8M Closer walking through that door” before. Perhaps there is a $15M Closer that could walk through that door...

Sounds of Spring

Around the League

Sunday Notes: Scouting Put Brock Burke on the Rangers’ Radar - David Laurila, Fan Graphs: The scouting side seemed to be the dominate voice over data in the decision to target former Rays prospect Brock Burke in the Pagan-Profar-Burke three team swap.

MLB players love our caps. The people who make them for us deserve fair wages. - Sean Doolittle, The Washington Post: Washington Nationals RP and overall pretty great guy Sean Doolittle makes his case for keeping union factory laborers employed.

Bryce Harper May Already Be Past His Prime - Travis Sawchik, FiveThirtyEight: Fascinating read from Sawchik. Earlier peaks for the best players puts Harper in some interesting company, and potentially scary comps for Phillies fans.

‘The Sandlot’ Sequel Series Has a Two Season Order With the Original Cast Returning - Ethan Anderton, SlashFilm: I’m almost certain that this TV series sequel to a classic movie from my childhood will be not good, but I’m very certain I will watch it.