Rays Spring Training Update - Week 4
It ended up being a light work week for the Rays, with the biggest news coming that Evan Longoria joined team USA in the World Baseball Classic and BJ Upton is okay after getting struck in the hand by a fastball.
Upton was struck in the left pinkie during a conditioning stint against Boston’s Triple-A club (conspiracy anyone? Just kidding). X-rays were negative and it appears to just be a deep bruise.
Longoria joins Team USA after Chipper Jones was injured and could not play. USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler told the St. Pete Times, ”We’re so very fortunate to add a player as talented as Evan Longoria. With the opportunity to make a roster change, Evan is too valuable not to have on our club.”
Now to the Week’s performance -
Sunday, Tampa Bay 7, Pittsburgh 7 (11 innings-Tie) - Ties don’t happen in the regular season in baseball but during Spring Training, games are called when they go deep into extra innings to protect the players. Matt Garza went three solid innings allowing no runs while #1 draft pick Tim Beckham led the Rays with 2 rbi.
Monday, Tampa Bay 6, Pittsburgh 4 - Andy Sonnanstine got his first start of the spring, getting three good innings, allowing one run off three hits while Jason Bartlett and Pat Burell rallied the Rays in the 6th with a run scoring double and bases loaded walk respectively.
Wednesday, Tampa Bay 7, Cincinnati 3 - After an offday, the Rays pounded the Reds behind Reid Brignac’s 3-run shot. Jason Hammel made another bid for the 5th spot in the Rays rotation, pitching four innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits.
Thursday, St. Louis 9, Tampa Bay 7 - It was a rough day for Rays All-Star Scott Kazmir as he gave up 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) in a 9-7 loss to St. Louis. Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two rbi and Pat Burrell added a homer and 2 rbi. Rays Free Agent signing made his second spring training appearance of the season, working one inning and allowing a hit.
Friday, Toronto 15, Tampa Bay 4 - Arms may be getting tired for Tampa Bay as for the second straight game, they had a miserable day on the mound. Matt Garza started but gave up 4 runs and six hits in four and 2/3 innings. Jeff Niemann came in relief but was destroyed, giving up a whopping 9 earned runs and 7 hits in just 2/3rds of an inning pitched.
Saturday, Tampa Bay vs. Orioles, ppd. - Rained Out
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