Spring game report: Rays vs. Red Sox (7-3 win)
UPDATE, 10:25: The Rays finish it off with a 7-3 win to improve to 9-10-1, with wins in eight of their last 10. Maddon was pleased with the bullpen, the power and the hustle, noting among other things how Matt Joyce ran hard to first after a bouncer to the mound.
UPDATE, 9:53: Rays take a 7-3 lead to the ninth with Juan Cruz on the mound.
UPDATE 8:37: That was it for Sonnanstine, and then Kyle Farnsworth came in and walked J.D. Drew to make it 6-2.
UPDATE, 8:32: Sonnanstine loaded the bases, on a single, hit batter and single to Ellsbury, then walked Crawford to force in a run and cut the lead to 6-1.
UPDATE, 7:55: Manny Ramirez follows with a massive blast to left the clears the berm and the boardwalk area beyond the LF fence.
UPDATE, 7:54: Longoria joins Rays power show with a high homer just over the LF fence, it's now 5-0.
UPDATE, 7:51: It's Super Elliot to the rescue, as he starts an inning-ending double play.
UPDATE, 7:49: Crawford walks in his second at-bat, as Sox have a 3rd-inning rally brewing vs. Sonnanstine.
UPDATE, 7:43: After Elliot Johnson walks and steals second, Zobrist follows with a two-run homer deep to right as Rays take a 4-0 lead in 2nd.
UPDATE, 7:39: Ripped and ready, Kelly Shoppach crushes a Wakefield knuckler for a two-run homer as Rays take a 2-0 lead, after Matt Joyce opened the inning with a double.
UPDATE, 7:27: Lots of boos for Manny from the large number of Red Sox fans at the game, as he pops out to end Rays first vs. knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Zobrist did lead off with a double.
UPDATE, 7:15: Crawford lines out to RF Matt Joyce, who fights a vicious sun to make the catch. The Sox get one hit off Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine, a single back up the middle by J.D. Drew.
UPDATE, 7:06: Large Boston contingent among the sellout crowd here in Port Charlotte, or Sox leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury has a lot of family in town. And a mixed reaction of cheers and booes for ex-Ray Carl Crawford.
UPDATE, 4:24: Red Sox lineup:
UPDATE, 4:15: Rays manager Joe Maddon gave yet another strong endorsement of RHP Juan Cruz's chances to make the team, saying: "He's doing really well. He's doing really well right now. He just needs to stay healthy and I think everything's going to work out pretty good for him.'' ... RHP James Shields worked in a Triple-A game in Fort Myers against Boston minor-leaguers on Friday, throwing 89 pitches over 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, one walk and one hit batter while striking out seven.
DEVELOPING: The Rays have a 3:30 workout before tonight's soldout game againt the rival Red Sox that will feature their second meeting with longtime former teammate Carl Crawford.
Here is the lineup posted in the clubhouse:
S. Rodriguez 2b
E. Johnson ss
On Saturday, not many of the name players are going to Fort Myers, with SS Reid Brignac, C John Jaso, DH Dan Johnson and 3B Sean Rodriguez the main ones.