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Spring game report: Rays vs. Yankees



UPDATE, 4:16: The Rays and Yankees finished the 10 inning game tied 1-1.

Manager Joe Maddon liked the way all his pitchers threw, including starter James Shields and reliever Juan Cruz.

UPDATE, 3:20: The Yankees tie the game at 1 in the top of the eighth as Rays LHP Jake McGee struggles. New York scores thanks to a fielding error by SS Ray Olmedo.

UPDATE, 3:04: RHP James Shields said he felt good in his three scoreless inning stint, throwing mostly fastballs while working on his direction to the plate.

And picking off a runner at second base was just icing on the cake.

"It was the first pickoff to second I've had since the minor leagues," Shields said. "It worked out pretty good."

UPDATE, 3:01: The Rays scored the game's first run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk by Yankees RHP Dellin Betances.

SS Tim Beckham worked a 3-2 count, fouled off a pitch and then took the walk, driving in the run for a 1-0 Rays lead.

Rays 1, Yankees 0

UPDATE, 2:33: No score through 6 innings - Cesar Ramos now pitching for the Rays, rest of the Rays regulars are out of the game.

UPDATE, 2:21: Still 0-0 in the sixth, Swindle still pitching for Rays. Some of the regulars are now out.

Update 2:13 p.m. RHP Juan Cruz pitches a clean, 1-2-3 fourth inning, retiring Swisher, Granderson and Russell Martin, in his spring debut. Threw hard, good command.

DH Manny Ramirez picked up another hit, a single up the middle, in the bottom half.

Rays 0, Yankees 0 (top fifth)

Update 1:53 p.m. The Rays nearly get a run in the third off Yankees RHP Ivan Nova. SS Tim Beckham hit a one-out double down the leftfield line. But he was thrown out at home trying to score on a single to left by B.J. Upton.

Upton's single bounced off Brandon Laird and into shallow left, but third base coach Tom Foley waved Beckham home and Brett Gardner threw him out with several yards to spare.

Shields is done, having thrown three innings, giving up one hit, one walk (40 pitches). RHP Juan Cruz, a veteran reliever vying for one of the final bullpen spots, is in now for his spring debut.

Update 1:36 p.m. Yankees RHP Freddy Garcia, making a bid to earn one of the final spots in their rotation, throws two scoreless innings against the Rays, including striking out Evan Longoria.

Only hit by Rays came from RF Matt Joyce.

RHP James Shields has given up two hits, no runs, over two innings and is back out for the third.

Update 1:19 p.m . RHP James Shields opens the game with a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner, who stole second base. But Shields made a nice pickoff move to get Gardner at second, and Dan Johnson had a couple good plays defensively at first to end the inning.

Update 10:25 a.m. With home games Wednesday and Friday, the Yankees didn't bring all their main position players today to Port Charlotte, like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, but there's a few regulars lined up today.

Gardner lf
Swisher rf
Granderson cf
Martin dh
Chavez 1b
Montero c
Nunez 2b
Laird 3b
Pena ss
Garcia rhp

Update 10:06 a.m. Manager Joe Maddon said C John Jaso has been dealing with some stiffness in his hip, but he should be back in the next day or two and there's no real concern.

In other injury news, Maddon said it'll be another couple days before OF Sam Fuld (elbow) returns to game action, with INF Elliot Johnson (left quad) returning by mid next week at the latest.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, still in line to make his first spring exhibition appearance Mar. 11.

Developing: The Rays are hosting the Yankees this afternoon in the first of four spring training meetings, and will have James Shields on the mound and most of their big-name players are in the lineup, with B.J. Upton batting leadoff.

Here is the lineup posted in the clubhouse this morning:
Upton cf
Damon lf
Longoria 3b
Ramirez dh
Joyce rf
D. Johnson 1b
Rodriguez 2b
Shoppach c
Beckham ss
Shields p



[Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 12:15am]


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