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Spring Game 16: Rays Avert Crisis After Steven Souza Injury

By Robbie Knopf

Friday afternoon’s game certainly could have gone better for the Tampa Bay Rays. They lost 11-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays, with Burch Smith allowing 6 runs in 3.2 innings and Ernesto Frieri allowing 3 more in an inning of work. However, it could have been so much worse.

In the fourth inning, it looked like Steven Souza had made a tremendous catch to get Smith out of the inning. Instead, it was ruled that he did not come up with the ball, but he did end up with something else: a wrist injury. Souza came out of the game after his next at-bat and underwent an MRI. Luckily for everyone, it came back clean. A spring training loss means nothing, but a Steven Souza loss would have meant a lot.

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The Rays did get a run in the first inning on an Evan Longoria sac fly and four more in the game’s final three innings. Joey Butler drilled an RBI double, Tim Beckham smacked a two-run double, and Luke Maile reached on an error to make it 10-5. The contest would be 11-5 at its conclusion. Beckham made two errors in the field, but he did go 2 for 5 with those 2 RBI. Brandon Guyer and Alexi Casilla also had multi-hit games for the Rays.

The loss drops the Rays to 8-7-1 on the season. Tomorrow, they will take on the Minnesota Twins in a game that will be broadcast on 620 WDAE.

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