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We caught up with Dirk Hayhurst, who was selected in the eighth round of the 2003 draft by the San Diego Padres and was a member of the organization from 2003 to 2008. After leaving the Padres Dirk played with the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays’ until retiring in 2011.

Shaved heads, generosity create buzz around Rays spring training

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- For a third consecutive spring, members of the Tampa Bay Rays gathered and hair fell, their generosity heard in the hum of razors and candid words spoken. "I'm feeling pretty special right now," said bench coach Dave Martinez, his locks falling to the boardwalk below. For a third consecutive spring, they gathered and good times were had, their...

Tampa Bay Rays continue strong Spring Training

There is plenty to smile about this season if you are a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays will be entering the 2014 season with arguably the strongest and most balanced roster that they’ve ever had.  Their main strength is their pitching; both the starting rotation and bullpen appear to be some of the league’s bests.  In addition to this, the Rays have a very good defense...

Rays provide Erik Bedard with run support, top Jays 6-3

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Erik Bedard pitched into the fifth inning in his bid to win a spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, helping a Rays split-squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Saturday. Bedard allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander is competing with Jake Odorizzi and Cesar Ramos to earn the fifth starter's job as a fill-in for the injured Jeremy...

Free of distractions, Rays' Price pushes for perfection

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Perfection is the destination. There's no gray area with David Price. He's 6-foot-6, 210 pounds of Type-A aggression that rolls in like waves from the Gulf of Mexico: He keeps coming and coming, and even the slightest error, the smallest impurity, will command his attention. That's why he has become one of Major League Baseball's best at his...

Rays shave heads raise awareness for cancer charity

It’s become a Spring Training tradition…the Tampa Bay Rays shaving their heads. But, unlike teams that have done the deed as a show of unity on the field, the Rays do it to raise awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. "For us, it's about being there for the kids and their families,” skipper Joe Maddon recently told the Tampa Bay Times.  "We want them...

Ben Zobrist propels Rays in win over Pirates; Myers leaves in third

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps, and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday. Myers, last year's AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times. "As soon as it happened, the initial pain kind of...

Rays' Wil Myers departs after fouling ball off leg

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers limped out of the Rays' win over the Pirates after fouling a ball off his leg. According to Tom Singer of, Myers has escaped with a bruised right quad. The 23-year-old didn't seem to think that the problem would keep him off the field for long.Nothing but a bad bruise. I'll be back in lineup asap!— Wil Myers (@wilmyers)...

Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend. Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. ”I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it, I was anxious to be here, but I didn’t know what was going on...

Bigger Than The Game

Dirk Hayhurst, the author behind the New York Times’ bestseller The Bullpen Gospels and its sequel Out of My League, returns with Bigger Than The Game, which chronicles his time on the disabled list with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010; his last year on a major league roster.

David Price, James Loney lead Rays past Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- David Price went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits, with seven strikeouts, as the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Sunday. Price will start opening day for the Rays. Allen Webster, who figures to start the season in Triple-A for the Red Sox, went four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks with three...

Notebook: Wil Myers fine, resting bruised quad

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The headline came early Sunday morning: There's no need to worry about outfielder Wil Myers. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year said he's fine after he left a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in Bradenton, Fla., with a bruised quadriceps in his right leg during the third inning. As expected, he was out of the lineup for...
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