09/19/10 1:54 PM ET
Rays announce postseason ticket presale
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Fans interested in registering should go to raysbaseball.com and register for the Postseason Ticket Opportunity. The on-sale date is to be determined.
"In anticipation of potential postseason games, we are excited to provide our fans an opportunity to register for the chance to be a part of these online presales," said Rays senior vice president Mark Fernandez. "While registering, we recommend that fans 'opt in' for future notifications, as that is the most efficient way for the team to communicate with fans regarding future ticket opportunities and all postseason updates."
There is no charge to register. Additional rules and information are available at raysbaseball.com. 2010 Postseason ticket packages may be guaranteed by placing deposits on 2011 season ticket plans.
Reserve role starting to agree with Brignac
ST. PETERSBURG -- Reid Brignac has had quite a week. On Monday night, he hit a walk-off homer in an 11-inning, 1-0 win over the Yankees. And on Saturday, he hit a two-run homer and a leadoff double that turned out to be the winning run in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Angels.
Brignac has been in a different situation this year. Groomed to be an everyday shortstop, he has instead served in a reserve role and has performed well. Heading into Sunday's game against the Angels, Brignac had a .265 average with eight home runs and 42 RBIs.
Since playing in reserve is new to Brignac, it has been an adjustment for him.
"I had some success early on that really gave me some confidence coming off the bench," Brignac said. "I just prepare myself mentally, not only physically. I hit and stuff before the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Just mentally, I'm staying in the games. And [you have to] really know what's going on every inning, paying close attention to detail. That way you feel like you were already in the game by the time you get into the game."
Rays manager Joe Maddon has praised Brignac's talents, and usually when he talks about him he speaks about how Brignac feels like he belongs.
"Yeah, absolutely," said Brignac, when asked if he felt he belonged in the Major Leagues. "I feel like I can help this team out. And I have in the past. I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks, months and my future here at Tampa. I love playing here."
When you're an everyday player, you can get into rhythm. Coming off the bench is much different.
"That was new to me," Brignac said. "I've never done anything like that in the past. I've been a starter and played every day. So it's been an adjustment, mentally more than anything. Always stay in the game and always pay attention. And just be ready for my opportunities when they come."
Maddon called Brignac "a big asset."
"He's played well all year," Maddon said. "Everybody talks about his bat, but I love his defense. This guy is one of the better young shortstops in the American League. Anything he can contribute offensively is icing on the cake."
The Rays' manager added: "He can play every day."
Jennings immediately back in the mix
ST. PETERSBURG -- The night after getting picked off at a crucial juncture of the game, Desmond Jennings served as a pinch-runner in Saturday night's 4-3 win over the Angels and scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.
"I was happy he put me back out there again," Jennings said. "[It shows] that he still has confidence that I can still run the bases and can help the team. It felt good to get back out there -- didn't feel any different."
Jennings said it is important that a baserunner doesn't lose his nerve or sense of daring.
"You've got to think aggressive," Jennings said. "If you play passive and when you do get a pitch to run on, if you're thinking about negative stuff, you're not going to be ready to make the next move."
Rays to kick off Loudmouth Pants trip
ST. PETERSBURG -- Following Sunday's game, the Rays head to New York for a four-game set at Yankee Stadium, and this is one of the team's themed road trips.
The theme for this road trip is the "Loudmouth Pants Rowland Trip," in honor of the 1917 skipper of the Chicago White Sox, who were the only team in Major League history to be no-hit twice in one season and go on to win the World Series. The Rays were no-hit on May 9 by Dallas Braden and June 25 by Edwin Jackson.
The team will be wearing colorful pants by Loudmouth Golf.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.