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Spring game report: Rays at Jays



Update 4:05 pm. Manager Joe Maddon was pleased overall with how his team played - and pitched - in a 5-4 loss to the Jays Wednesday.

Maddon thought LHP David Price looked good, just overthrew a bit in the second inning. But Maddon liked how Price was incorporating some breaking balls into the game. He also said RHP Wade Davis and several of the relievers pitched well, pointing out De Los Santos got a little tired in the ninth inning.

Update 4:00 pm: The Rays lose 5-4 on a walk-off, two-run single by the Jays' Jon Diaz, hit off of reliever Richard De Los Santos. Tampa Bay falls to 1-4.

Update 3:32 pm: The Rays still lead 4-3 going into the ninth, as reliever Richard De Los Santos strands a runner on third in the bottom of the eighth

Update 3:13 p.m. Price, who gave up three runs over two innings, said that was "the best I've felt all spring for sure, arm-wise, body-wise." 

"I still got a long way to go before the first of the season, so I still got a couple more starts to work on some things," Price said.

After a clean 1-2-3 first, Price had a rough second, with the big damage coming on a two-run homer by Edwin Encarnacion, which the ace lefthander called a "great piece of hitting."

"I'm not pressing right now, I feel fantastic," he said. "That ball (Encarnacion) hit out of the yard, if I throw that same pitch again he probably doesn't hit it out. He hit a very good pitch and that's part of it."

Price said he was working on his changeup, which he threw in situations he normally wouldn't in a real game, but said they were "pretty good."

Update 2:21 p.m. RHP Wade Davis cruised in a 1-2-3 fourth inning, his first inning of work today.

Update 2:09 p.m. RHP Jonah Bayliss threw a scoreless inning, and now RHP Wade Davis will pitch the fourth.

The Rays added a run in the top half of the fourth, with a Dan Johnson triple and a Felipe Lopez infield single.

Jays 3, Rays 1

Update 1:46p.m. Price had a rough second inning, giving up a double and two-run homer. Then Price walked the next to hitters, including making a throwing error on a pickoff throw and tossing a wild pitch.

Overall, Price has given up three runs on two hits, and thrown 41 pitches over two innings.

Update 1:32 p.m. The Rays started to put a rally together, thanks to a great at-bat by Felipe Lopez, who worked a 3-2 count before slapping a single the opposite way to put runners on first and third with one out. But both Joe Inglett and Nevin Ashley struck out to thwart the threat.

Update 1:25 p.m. Price breezes through a 1-2-3 first inning, partly thanks to a nice defensive play by himself on a comebacker by Yunel Escobar. RF Matt Joyce also made a great catch, diving to grab a Corey Patterson blooper.

Update 1:12 p.m. Jays slugging 3B Jose Bautista was scratched due to quad tightness. Rays go out in order in the first against Jays righthander Brandon Morrow.

Update 11:39 a.m. Rays manager Joe Maddon said both OF Sam Fuld (right elbow) and INF Elliot Johnson (left quad tightness) will be out for a couple days, but mostly as a precaution, and nothing serious.

Both Fuld and Johnson are competing for Opening Day spots, with their main competition (OF Justin Ruggiano and INF Felipe Lopez) both starting today against the Jays.

"They're both in the same boat, just had to back off to make sure it didn't become anything serious," Maddon said. "A couple more days and they'll be back out there."

In other injury news, Maddon said RHP Joel Peralta will play catch today with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, and still could appear as scheduled tommorrow against the Yankees.

*Maddon said LHP David Price could throw 2-3 innings today, depending on pitch count, with the possibility he may throw some more breaking balls. RHP Wade Davis, who will follow, likely will throw 1-2 innings.

*Maddon said what he'd like to see from his group in the coming games is less mental mistakes.

"I believe hitters will get sharper, I believe pitchers will get sharper," Maddon said. "But mental mistakes, we've made several already, I don't like those things. I just want to see us become a little more sharper playing the game as we go down the road."

Update: The Jays, who will also play a "B" game in Clearwater today, will line up a few regulars against the Rays, including slugging 3B Jose Bautista, and 1B Adam Lind

Patterson lf
Escobar ss
Lind 1b
Bautista 3b
Rivera rf
Encarnacion dh
Arencibia c
Gose cf
McCoy 2b
Morrow p

The Rays left early this morning for Dunedin and their 1:05 game with the Jays. AL Cy Young runner-up David Price will be on the mound for his second start, and Wade Davis, the projected No. 4 starter, will follow in his spring debut. Several of the big name position players, such as Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez are not on this trip, having played the last two days.

Here is the Rays lineup posted in this clubhouse this morning in Port Charlotte:
Jennings cf
Brignac ss
Zobrist 1b
Joyce rf
D. Johnson dh
Lopez 3b
Inglett 2b
Ashley c
Ruggiano lf
Price p


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