After going 0-1-1 to start the Grapefruit League season, the Tampa Bay Rays have won five consecutive games — including a 6-3 victory against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Friday. Kevin Kiermaier and Cameron Seitzer muscled the Rays past the Jays, each going yard and combining for four RBI. Of interest, Seitzer’s dad is the hitting coach for the Blue Jays, and his line drive shot came in front of him.
The Rays will head north to Dunedin Friday following Thursday’s rainout. And though Tampa Bay had to forego their seventh game of the season, all is not lost — Joe Maddon thanked the Orioles for making the decision early to call the game, allowing the Rays to get work done and avoid wasted travel time. David Price, Heath Bell, Josh Lueke and Alex Colome got their work in at the Rays Port Charlotte training complex. Price threw 61 pitches between the practice field and cages, and said things went well.
#Rays Maddon thanked the #Orioles for making decision early to call game, allowing them to get work done and avoid wasted travel time.
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Price, Bell, Lueke, Colome got their work in, which was most important part of today for Maddon.
A day after Joe Maddon announced Cesar Ramos as a candidate for the number five spot in the starting rotation, the Rays southpaw got the start against the Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. Tampa Bay eked out a come-from-behind victory, thanks to a trifecta of home runs by Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings, and Matt Joyce.
The Rays beat the Yankees by a score of 5-4, after being down by three runs. Ben Zobrist got his first hit of the spring — a solo shot, putting Tampa Bay on the board. Not to be outdone, Desmond Jennings hit a three run homer to knot the game at four, while Matt Joyce gave the Rays a lead they’d never relinquish with a solo shot, capping off a four-run fifth.
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DesJen and Matt Joyce with a pair of homers in the same inning to take a 5-4 lead? Yes! Go Rays!
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