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Versatile Rays Hold First Spring Workout

Versatility again will be key, and the bullpen has the experience necessary to win the final game of the year." All nine players who started defensively for the Rays in their final game of the 2013 postseason are back in camp this season. That's the first time that has been the case since Spring Training in 2002, and it includes all of the infield starters from Opening Day Shin Ohtake workouts 2013: James Loney, first base; Ben Zobrist, second base; Yunel Escobar, shortstop; and Evan Longoria, third base. All four were finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at their my website positions. On only two other occasions has Tampa Bay's Opening Day starting infield from one season been in training camp the next season: 1998-99 and 2008-09. This spring's 40-man roster has 21 players who have been acquired via trade. Price headlines the group of 40, which is a big surprise to many who thought the staff ace would be traded. "He's kind of been the man at the helm for us," pitcher Matt Moore said. "And he's definitely the leader in the clubhouse. So we're looking forward to getting behind him again." With Price returning, the rotation will be the same group except for Jeremy Hellickson, who recently underwent surgery to have loose bodies removed from his right elbow.
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