Gameday live: Rays vs. Orioles
UPDATE, 4:05 Rays win 6-5 as Matt Joyce singles in E. Johnson after Dan Johnson walks, Joe Dillon lines out and J.J. Furmaniak is intentionally walked - yes, in the 9th inning of the second spring game.
UPDATE, 3:55: Elliot Johnson leads off ninth with triple.
UPDATE, 3:51: Orioles tie it in ninth.
3:41: It's 5-4 Rays going to the ninth.
3:24: Orioles INF Miguel Abreu hit an RBI triple in the seventh off Rays RHP Lance Cormier to cut the Rays lead to 5-4. But Cormier bounced back and got the next two outs to strand Abreu at third.
3:00: Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning to give the Rays a 5-3 lead.
2:43: Grant Balfour had to deal with a comebacker ticking off his glove, and didn't respond well, and the defense behind him lapsed a bit too, as the Orioles rallied allowing two runs after that so it's 4-3.
2:32: Reid Brignac delivers another hit to expand the Rays' lead to 4-1, and four of their regulars are done for the day - Kapler, Crawford, Longoria and Pena.
2:23: One out later, Pat Burrell comes up with a big hit, doubling to right to score Longoria.
2:18: Longoria doubles to deep right off former Ray Mark Hendrickson to open the Rays fourth.
2:02: It's still 2-1 Rays after three. Joaquin Benoit allowed a triple to Felix Pie in the top of the third, but got Robert Andino to pop up for the third out. Dan Wheeler is on to pitch the fourth for the Rays.
1:46: Niemann's day is done after two innings, allowing just the leadoff homer to Felix Pie.
1:39: Sean Rodriguez is pretty good at this first impression thing - he homered in his first at-bat as a Ray on Wednesday, and in his first home at-bat on Thursday, giving the Rays a 2-1 lead in the second. He also knows how to play the wind well.
1:35: Carlos Pena has been confident there would be no residual issues from the two broken fingers which ended his 2009 season in September, and there certainly didn't appear to be any problems in his first at-bat - he laced the first pitch foul down the 1B line, then hit the next one hard to the right side and reached on an E-4.
1:23: Tremendous at-bat by Evan Longoria, who battled extensively through 13 pitches (and appeared to break two bats), but Rays all struck out in the first.
1:06: Well, that didn't start well for the Rays as Jeff Niemann allowed a home run to leadoff man Felix Pie on a 2-2 pitch. That's seven homers allowed by the Rays in one game and one batter.
1:03: The Rays and Orioles are about to start the second day of their home-and-home series, with Jeff Niemann on the mound for the Rays.
Here is the Orioles lineup:
And for the Rays: