Luke Scott ran his hand across the light stubble of a beard he's been wearing this spring and admitted Tuesday that there is just one more thing he has to do before he'll feel like he's ready for Opening Day. Grow back his Wolverine chops. Beyond that, Scott says he feels good enough physically to start the season right now and when you consider the way the Rays designated hitter has been hitting the ball of late you can see why. With the shoulder problems that plagued him all of last season now gone, Scott has clearly regained the power stroke that once made him one of the most productive power hitters in the game. Further evidence of that was presented on Tuesday when Scott ripped the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning from good friend Doug Fister for a grand slam during the Rays 11-5 victory over the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Scott, who averaged 23 homers between the 2007 and 2010 seasons while playing for the Orioles, drilled Fister's pitch into the Tigers bullpen in right-center field to spark a Rays attack that knocked out 12 hits on the day. "Yeah, I think I'm pretty close to being ready,'' Scott said of the season opener against Baltimore that is now less than two weeks away. "I really just need to get into a groove as far as my swing path and rhythm goes.''
Tampa Bay Rays' Scott turning on power
Tampa Tribune | Mar 20