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Spring Game 18: Everett Teaford States Case for Rays Roster

By Robbie Knopf

The Tampa Bay Rays’ starting rotation competition has gotten significantly larger after the team’s recent injuries. Everett Teaford began the spring as a seemingly sure bet to head to Triple-A while Mike Montgomery was converted to relief. Instead, both are possibilities–though certainly not favorites–for a starting job with the Rays and attempted to maintain that on Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In this game, Everett Teaford went 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 2 while walking none. He allowed two leadoff doubles that each came around to score, but he was sharp otherwise. His groundout to flyout ratio was an outstanding 7-0 as not one of his outs came through the air.

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At least in terms of earned runs, Mike Montgomery got the better of Teaford in this contest. He went 2.2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit, striking out 2 while walking none. His groundout to flyout ratio was 5-1. A Russell Martin solo homer was his only imperfection. Montgomery has the ability to be a late-inning reliever, but could he also be a solid back-of-the-rotation option for the short-term?

In other news from this game, Jim Miller tossed 2 innings allowing a hit and nothing else and Desmond Jennings was the only Rays who did anything on offense, going 2 for 2 with a walk. The 3-0 loss drops the Rays to 9-8-1 this spring and they will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday afternoon.

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