Spring game report: Rays at Orioles (12-6 loss)
UPDATE, 3:57: Rays lose 12-6. Maddon liked the hitting, but said they didn't pitch well.
UPDATE, 3:07: Rays have closed gap to 10-6 in the seventh. Sonnanstine wasn't that upset, saying it was a learning experience and that if anything he threw too many strikes, but also, "I'm glad it's in spring training and not in the regular season.''
UPDATE, 2:42: And B.J. Upton follows with his first homer as Rays put on their own power show, but still trail 10-4.
UPDATE, 2:40: Manny Ramirez hits his first homer for Rays, to the left of center. Rays trail 10-3.
UPDATE, 2:25: The Orioles ran the lead to 10-1 with more heavy hitting off Rob Delaney, and Kelly Shoppach homered for the Rays to make it 10-2.
UPDATE, 1:54: Rays get on the board when S-Rod singles and steals second to start the fourth and Longoria doubles him in, now 6-1.
UPDATE, 1:35: Sonnanstine allows a FIFTH homer and Markakis gets him again. And the inning is finally over, 6-0 O's after 2.
UPDATE, 1:33: Sonnanstine comes out to work second inning, allows his fourth homer, this to No. 9 hitter Jake Fox. ... Former manager Lou Piniella is in the scout seats here, in his new role as a special assistant for the Giants.
UPDATE, 1:22: Rough start for Andy Sonnanstine, who allows homers to three of the first six O's batters - Markakis, Vlad and A. Jones. Rays down 4-0 after one.
UPDATE, 1:07: Hellickson threw a 35-pitch bullpen session in Port Charlotte this morning and "felt great," the team said, and will throw another on Thursday, then progress to live BP.
UPDATE, 11:35: RHP Jeremy Hellickson remains on track to be ready for the start of the season, manager Joe Maddon said, and is targeted to make his exhibition debut, assuming no setbacks from his prviously strained right hamstring, on or around March 11. ... RHP Joel Peralta, hit on the left calf by a ball Monday, said he was a little sore and swollen this morning, but shouldn't miss much, if any, time. "It could have been been a lot worse,'' he said. ... Ben Zobrist will play first base Wednesday and Friday as the Rays try to get him more comfortable with all the responsibilities.
UPDATE, 11:29: Here are a couple photos of the new look to Ed Smith Stadium as part of the $31-.2-million renovation - it looks like a whole new place:
And of the stands:
And in the concourse:
And from a staircase above the main entranceway:
The Rays are heading to Sarasota today for the first game at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium, and they are bringing most of their big names.
One thing to watch is Sean Rodriguez playing shortstop, an option the Rays like to have as they consider various depth options. Also, among the relievers, Matt Bush, Cesar Cabral and Chris Archer.
Here is the lineup posted in the clubhouse this morning: