Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Manny now in left field today
Posted Mar 4, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 4, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Check out the flags. They are blowing toward left field at Hammond Stadium.
BY ROGER MOONEY
FORT MYERS – There is a lineup change for the Rays this afternoon. Apparently, Manny Ramirez made the trip to Hammond Stadium and will be in left field when the Rays play the Twins.
Manager Joe Maddon wants Ramirez to play the field this spring just in case he’s needed there during the regular season.
“Manny came up to me during yesterday’s game and said he wanted to come down and get some extra at-bats,” Maddon said. “I think he’s feeling pretty good. He’s liking what he’s doing, and he wants to stay on top of it.”
It could be interesting today.
The wind is blowing from right to left, which will make things a little dicey for fly balls hit toward left.
This is a tough stadium for wind on most days. You might recall Pat Burrell had an interesting day in right field on a windy afternoon during the spring of 2009. James Shields does.
Here are the lineups:
Denard Span CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B
Jason Kubel RF
Jim Thome DH
Luke Hughes 3B
Jeff Bailey 1B
Rene Rivera C
Jason Repko LF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Kevin Slowey P