Gameday Live: Rays at Orioles
Well, here we go. The Rays open their spring training schedule today against the Orioles here at Ed Smith Stadium, and we'll be giving updates here on the Heater.
Some things to watch for will be C Kelly Shoppach's first game action as a Rays (though he'll be DH), and touted prospect OF Desmond Jennings is on the trip as well. Rays regulars in the lineup include Jason Bartlett, Dioner Navarro, Ben Zobrist, B.J. Upton, along with Matt Joyce, who is competing for the spot in rightfield.
Right-hander James Shields will start, with RHP Matt Garza following for a couple innings.
FINAL SCORE: Orioles 12, Rays 2
UPDATE 3:20 The game is getting a bit out of hand here, thanks to the longball on this windy day. Rhyne Hughes, the ex-Rays prospect, ripped his second two-run homer of the day, here in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 11-2 lead.
UPDATE 3:02 p.m INF Sean Rodriguez made a quick impression, ripping a solo homer in his first at-bat (his first swing) as a Ray, during the seventh inning of today's exhibition off RHP David Hernandez.
The only two Rays runs so far have been knocked in by the two players who are competing for the second base job (Rodriguez and Brignac).
Orioles 7, Rays 2
UPDATE 2:54 p.m. How about this? Ex-Ray prospect Rhyne Hughes just blasted a two-run homer off Phillips to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead.
Hughes, if you remember, was the player to be named later in the trade that netted the Rays C Gregg Zaun last year.
UPDATE 2:51 p.m. Nick Markakis ripped a solo homer off LHP Heath Phillips in the bottom of the fifth to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
UPDATE: 2:35: The Rays scored their first run of spring, thanks to an RBI single by Reid Brignac.
Orioles 3, Rays 1 - Bottom fifth
UPDATE 2:32 p.m. Garza, who gave up one homer in two innings, said he had some nerves before his first start, but was happy with how he felt throughout.
He said he kept it simple, throwing mainly fastballs (and just one changeup). "It was a situation where I could have threw a slider to put a guy away, but we face the Orioles 18 times a year, so no reason to show them anything right now," Garza said.
Update 2:28 Shields said he felt good after tossing a scoreless inning - his first of the spring, "A little shaky my first hitter, my rhythm was a little bit off, probably going a little faster than I wanted to," he said. "Once I got in the stretch, I kind of settled down a bit."
Shields said he'll probably throw 2-3 innings Sunday against the Phillies, and just hopes to build off the first outing.
UPDATE 2:25 RHP Dale Thayer relieved Garza. The Orioles scored two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Thayer gave up two runs on four hits.
UPDATE, 1:53: Garza gave up a home run to Josh Bell to start the third, then got the next three in order.
UPDATE 1:42 p.m. RHP Matt Garza took over in the second for the first of his two innings, and gave up just a walk before getting out of it with a 4-6-3 double play.
The Rays had a baserunner, Matt Joyce (walk), but he got thrown out trying to steal second.
Rays 0, Orioles 0
Up next for Rays: Shealy, Ruggiano, Bartlett
UPDATE 1:26 p.m. We're through one scoreless inning here, with RHP James Shields givin up just one walk, then retiring the side.
The Rays got a hit from C Dioner Navarro, who slapped an opposite field single with one out, but was stranded. Shields bounced back after a leadoff walk, and nearly picked off Adam Jones at first.
Rays 0, Orioles 0
Up next for Rays: Joyce, Shoppach, Johnson