Tuesday February 01, 2011 | 04:23 PM

While Manny Ramirez did his Manny thing, saying, "we're baaaack," Johnny Damon told the crowd what Tampa Bay Rays fans want to here:

"Absolutely, this team can win the American League East."

See the story and video on the St. Petersburg Times website.

Just got my Baseball America Prospect Handbook in the mail. In case you haven't seen the list, the Red Sox top 31 is below (will have more on the list during my snow day on Wednesday):

1. Jose Iglesias; 2. Anthony Ranauldo, RHP; 3. Drake Britton, LHP; 4. Josh Reddick, OF; 5. Felix Doubront, LHP; 6. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP; 7. Garin Cecchini, 3B; 8. Lars Anderson, 1B; 9. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B; 10. Oscar Tejeda, 2B.

11. Will Middlebrooks, 3B; 12. Yamaico Navarro, SS/3B; 13. Sean Coyle, 2B; 14. Xander Bogaerts, SS; 15. Derrik Gibson, SS; 16. Ryan Lavarnway, C; 17. Bryce Brentz, OF; 18. Brandon Workman, RHP; 19. Alex Wilson, RHP; 20. Kyle Weiland RHP.

21. Tim Federowicz, C; 22. Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF; 23. Junichi Tazawa, RHP; 24. Madison Younginer, RHP; 25. Che-Hsuan Lin, OF; 26. Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP; 27. Brandon Jacobs, OF; 28. Juan Carlos Linares, OF; 29. Miguel Celestino, RHP; 30. Ryan Westmoreland, OF: 31. Henry Ramos, OF.



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