Right now Rays manager Joe Maddon is enjoying what he's seeing from the offense. Yes, it's spring training and early spring training at that. Still, the Rays carried a .285 batting average into Saturday's game with the visiting Orioles. What makes it even more impressive for Maddon is the 13 position players expected to make the Opening Day roster were hitting a combined .297. Maddon said Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist and Luke Scott have looked sharp. He likes the hits Matt Joyce has gotten against left-handed pitchers. Likes how Desmond Jennings is being more selective at the plate, laying off pitches out of the strike zone. For a team that struggled for much of 2012 at the plate, the first week of spring training has been a welcomed sight to Maddon. "The guys that had not done well last year look really good this year to the point of a nice bounce back. I like that," Maddon said. "I like the way it's lining up."
Tampa Bay Rays bats alive in camp
Tampa Tribune | Mar 3