Published: March 30, 2013   |
Updated: March 30, 2013 at 07:46 PM
1. David Price adorns a regional cover of Sports Illustrated's baseball preview issue, giving the Rays four SI covers. This is Price's second time as cover boy. The first Ray to make a cover was Carl Crawford in 2008. He was depicted as a cartoon character lifting a New York Yankee over his head with one hand. It did not go over well in the clubhouse. The other cover was Rocco Baldelli sliding home against the Phillies in the '08 World Series. 2. Josh Hamilton will be the second former Devil Ray to be featured in a movie. The first was pitcher Jim Morris, the subject of "The Rookie," the 2002 film starring Dennis Quaid as Morris and chronicling Morris's rise to the major leagues as a 35-year-old rookie. 3. As a Cubs prospect in 2007, Sam Fuld taught himself to throw right-handed while sidelined with a sore shoulder. He practiced by throwing a ball against the wall of an elementary school after his morning workout. 4. Joe Maddon actually admitted he likes "The Godfather: Part III." 5. Alex Cobb keeps his first right rib that was removed in 2011 to help alleviate a blood clot and blockage in the area in a glass display case. 6. According to PITCHf/x, Jake McGee's fastball last season averaged 95.7 mph, second in the majors among lefties with at least 50 innings behind Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, who averaged 97.7. 7. Rays pitchers had a 3.22 ERA when pitching to Jose Molina. That was the second lowest ERA for a catcher in the majors behind Cincinnati's Ryan Hanigan (3.04). During his career, pitchers have a 3.85 ERA when throwing to Molina. That's the fifth best among active catchers with at least 500 games caught. 8. Matt Moore's 8.88 strikeouts per nine innings in 2012 was the third-highest in major-league history by a rookie left-hander. 9. Fernando Rodney, who sends an imaginary arrow toward the sky (or roof) after every save, didn't use a bow and arrow until last summer when he shot one during a photo shoot for the Rays' game program. 10. Cesar Ramos is an 8 handicap golfer. 11. Ryan Roberts, who has more than 30 tattoos, received a tattoo machine from his wife, Kim, on his last birthday. 12. Joel Peralta and former Ray Juan Cruz, natives of Bonao, Dominican Republic, spearheaded a project that built 25 homes for impoverished families in the area. 13. Jeff Niemann was cut from his middle school basketball team in favor of Emeka Okafor, who at 6-foot-10 is now an inch taller than Niemann and plays for the Washington Wizards. 14. With the departures of B.J. Upton and James Shields, Ben Zobrist is now the longest-tenured Ray, having made his debut in August 2006. With the departures of J.P. Howell and Carlos Peņa, Zobrist is the last player in the organization to have been a Devil Ray. 15. During the period from June 11, 2011, until April 30, 2012, when he partially tore his left hamstring, Evan Longoria led the majors with 105 RBIs and led the American League with 31 home runs. 16. James Loney's career .306 average with runners in scoring position is 12th among active players with at least 1,000 plate appearances. 17. On Sept. 29, 2012, Matt Joyce became the first player in team history to hit two home runs in a game he didn't start and the first AL player with two home runs and four RBIs in a game after entering as a sub since Minnesota's Matt LeCroy did it Sept. 13, 2002. 18. Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar will become the first second baseman-shortstop tandem to play together on three teams (Braves, Blue Jays, Rays) since Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino did it for four teams (Mets, Indians, Giants, Astros). 19. Desmond Jennings's 51 steals since being recalled July 23, 2011, are tied with Rajai Davis for the fifth most in the majors. Michael Bourn leads with 66, followed by Coco Crisp (61), Ben Revere (61) and Mike Trout (52). 20. Jeremy Hellickson is tied with Justin Verlander for the most starts (50) over the past two seasons with three earned runs allowed or fewer.