On Thursday the Rays found themselves in the top spot on Bloomberg's Businessweek's list of the "Smartest Spenders in Sports," the second annual ranking of 122 MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL franchises. The study measures money spent per win over the last five seasons (including 2012 for MLB), with extra credit given for records above .500, playoff wins and championships. The Rays were followed by the Texas Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
On Wednesday night, exactly two weeks after Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Rays, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, were on the wrong end of a perfect game by Palm Beach Cardinals right-hander Chris Corrigan.
Sam Fuld enjoyed celebrity status among the Toronto media on Thursday, who asked him about his discussion with Jose Bautista. The Toronto slugger revealed that he had sought advice from Fuld when considering whether to have surgery to fix a problem with the tendon in his left wrist. Bautista's problem is similar to the one Fuld experienced in his right tendon.