Spring Game 15: Rays 2. Pirates 1
The Rays only scored two runs yesterday, but they came from promising sources. Luke Scott, who lead-off in this game, went 2 for 3 with a solo homer to account for one of the runs. The other was from Carlos Pena, who hit a triple off the top of the wall and scored on a wild pitch. The hit was his first of the spring. Jose Lobaton was the only other starter to get a hit.
We also got a promising start from James Shields in this one. Shields went six innings in this one, one more than his expected five. His only blemish was a solo homer by Andrew McCutchen in the sixth. Shields allowed four hits and no walks while striking out seven. Just like another day in the office for Shieldsy, but it is good to see in spring training. From there, Jake McGee, Brandon Gomes, and Ryan Reid each threw a scoreless inning.
Spring Game 16: Red Sox at Rays
TV: Sun Sports
Matt Moore will get his first start of the spring in this one, facing the Red Sox. It will be interesting to see how he does, considering he will be seeing a lot of the Red Sox this season.
Rays News and Notes
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times takes a look at the Joe Maddon’s new catch phrase “moRentum.” My favorite Maddon catch phrase is still 9=8.
- Topkin also looked at Luke Scott’s big day yesterday.
- One final thing from Topkin. He analyzed some of the big position battles the Rays have going on in camp. Some good names are going to be heading down to Durham after this spring. The good news is the Rays will have great depth should they lose someone due to injury.
- Bill Madden of the New York Daily News looks at the Rays rotation depth.