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Spring game report: Rays at Red Sox



Update 10:25 p.m The Rays beat the Red Sox 7-4 here in Fort Myers.


LHP David Price felt good in his 6 1/3 inning outing, facing the Red Sox regulars, striking out seven. He said he was encouraged with how he was able to make the big pitch in key situations, when he got in jams. "When things got hot," manager Joe Maddon said. "(Price) got better."

The Rays had a good lead and RHP Cory Wade gave up a three-run homer to make it closer.

Dan Johnson had another good day at the plate, hitting a homer for the second straight day. "I'm starting to kind of feel it out there."

Maddon really liked Manny Ramirez's at-bats, with two walks and a single.

Update 8:49 p.m Reid Brignac hits a bloop single to left which scores pinch-runner Sam Fuld from second, giving the Rays a 5-1 lead. Fuld had stepped in for Manny Ramirez, who singled.

Update 8:28 p.m The Rays add another run on an RBI ground rule double by Ben Zobrist. But Lackey strikes out Longoria on a check swing with runners on second and third to thwart the threat.

Rays 4, Red Sox 1

Update 8:12 p.m David Price gets in a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, thanks to walking two hitters and a ball that got under the glove of Ben Zobrist at first.

But after falling behind 3-1 to David Ortiz, Price struck him out swinging. And 2B Sean Rodriguez makes a great play to end the inning, racing up the middle on a J. D Drew grounder, knocking it in the air with his glove, bare-handing it and throwing to Brignac at second for the force-out.

Rays 3, Red Sox 1  

Update 7:54 p.m The Red Sox score a run off LHP David Price in the third. They were helped when a chopper down the first base line by Jason Varitek bounced off the glove of Ben Zobrist and into foul territory, allowing runners to be at first and third. Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in a run with a groundout.

You can tell Zobrist, ever so valuable as a versatile player, is still getting used to playing first base, a position he's not totally comfortable with - yet.

Update 7:48 p.m C Jose Lobaton his a solo homer off John Lackey in the third to make it 3-0 Rays.

Update 7:21 p.m Manny Ramirez gets booed as he enters the batters box in the top of the second to face his former team. Then he works a great at-bat, with a 3-2 count before working a walk.

Dan Johnson then rips a two-run homer over the leftfield wall, his second homer in as many games.

Rays 2, Red Sox 0

Update 7:14 p.m LHP David Price gets the start against what looks like the Red Sox Opening Day lineup, which should be a good test. He'll likely throw around 90 pitches.

He started with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Dustin Pedroia and getting ex-Ray Carl Crawford to ground out to first base.

Update 2:55 p.m RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who hyperextended his left knee in Monday's game, went through pitcher's fielding practice today and said everything felt fine, and he's on track to make his next scheduled appearance Thursday, the first of a back-to-back.

"Everything is good," he said.

C John Jaso, still recovering from getting hit in the groin area by a foul ball Saturday, said he's feeling better, but will be back into game action soon. He said doctors told him it could be weeks before he feels no pain, but it'll be just a matter of tolerance.

Update 2:34 p.m. The Rays made three roster moves today, reassigning RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Mike Ekstrom and LHP R.J. Swindle to minor league camp.

Developing: The Rays will head on the road tonight for a game against the Red Sox, with Manny Ramirez set to face his former team and play leftfield.

Left-hander David Price will be on the mound for Tampa Bay, and will likely throw around 90 pitches in one of his final tune-ups for an Opening Day start. LH Cesar Cabral, R.J. Swindle and Cory Wade will also make an appearance. John Lackey is scheduled to start for the Red Sox.

Matt Joyce, who was scratched with back stifness yesterday, is in the lineup tonight and will play rightfield. Ben Zobrist will play first, as the Rays want him to get more comfortable there.

Rays lineup
Zobrist 1b
Joyce rf
Longoria 3b
Ramirez lf
D Johnson dh
Upton cf
Brignac ss
Rodriguez 2b
Lobaton c


[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:15am]


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