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Rays pick up first spring win, beat Yankees 4-0



After the Rays picked up their first spring win Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field - coming off their first-ever 0-4 Grapefruit League start - manager Joe Maddon was quick to jokingly celebrate:


"The Gatorade's on me, boys," he said.

Maddon did have a lot to like about the 4-0 win over the Yankees, Tampa Bay's first spring shutout since March 2010.

*RHP James Shields, the likely Opening Day starter, looked sharp and felt good in his first spring outing, throwing two perfect innings.

*C Stephen Vogt had a banner offensive day, with three hits, including a two-run stand-up triple. Maddon said Vogt, the Rays minor league player of the year last year, is among the "contending group" for the second catcher job, battling Chris Gimenez, Jose Lobaton and Robinson Chirinos.

"We've done awkward things in the past, so we're not afraid to do something like that," Maddon said. "I told him in the meeting, 'He's playing for this job."

The Rays got some good defensive plays, with Ben Zobrist up the middle and OF Jesus Feliciano making a nice running catch in left to rob Andruw Jones of extra bases.

'That's who we've got to be," Maddon said. "We've got to pitch well, and catch it well, and get the hit in the right moments."


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[Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:40am]


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