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Rays’ Curtis Mead ready to bring the thunder

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Having made a big leap in prospect status, the native Australian aims to be an impactful big-league hitter. Curtis Mead knows the jokes about shrimp on the barbie and Outback Steakhouse usually are coming. I’ve heard them all, the Rays minor-league infielder said. I can promise you that. Then there are the questions about the animals indigenous to his Australian homeland, which he addresses by clarifying that while kangaroos, koalas, dingoes and wombats can indeed be fascinating, it’s not like they’re hanging out on the streets of the big cities. You don’t really see them, Mead explained. They’re not, like, in the downtown area. But you go 45 (minutes) to an hour in any direction, they’re all over the place.