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Everett Teaford Gets in Before Rays-Orioles Rained Out

By Robbie Knopf

The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles certainly were hoping to play a full game on Friday afternoon, but for the first time this spring, nature intervened. From the Rays’ standpoint, though, the big thing they wanted to do was get both Everett Teaford and Mike Montgomery some time on the mound, and they managed to do just that.

Teaford went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit, striking out 1 while walking none. He allowed a leadoff home run to Nolan Reimold, but that was all the rest of his outing. The homer was certainly not what he wanted, but he managed to get four other outs through the air and homers are a part of his game. Everett Teaford entered the outing with a 2.79 ERA and a 7-1 K-BB ratio in 9.2 innings, looking solid but not quite good enough to be added to the Rays’ 40-man roster.

Montgomery has to be happy that this game was washed away because he had a rough outing. He allowed a double, a walk, and a three-run homer to Adam Jones in his one frame to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead shortly before the contest was halted. On the other hand, Montgomery struck out the side, showing a few good changeups. He was disrupted by the weather and came in earlier than expected, but he still achieved something positive.

Kevin Cash talked after the game about how Montgomery was still being considered both for the Rays’ rotation and their bullpen. Given his Triple-A results the last few years, relief seems to make more sense, but it is exciting that Montgomery is finally set to appear in his first big league game.

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In terms of the offense, Rene Rivera drilled a homer that wound have been his third of the spring while Jake Elmore and Tim Beckham also had RBIs. Steven Souza, meanwhile, went 0 for 0 with 2 walks, a stolen base, and a run scored. Souza has been working deep counts all spring, yet he entered this game with just two walks against 12 strikeouts. It was nice to see him finally use his approach to get on base, although of course those results will be wiped out.

The Rays remain 11-9-1 this spring and are set to take on the Boston Red Sox tomorrow at 1:05 PM. Nate Karns will go for the Rays and you’ll be able to watch the game on Sun Sports or listen to it on 620 WDAE.