For starters, Rays vs Cardinals in Jupiter

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March

4:16 .pm. The Rays hold on to win 8-5. Evan Longoria had two hits, including an RBI double. Ray Olmedo had two hits too.

And Wade Davis continued to open some eyes, throwing 3 2/3 innings of scoreless work.

3:27 .pm. Wade Davis, coming off a second straight impressive outing, said today's game was another confidence boost, having to shut down hitters like Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel.

Davis lasted into the fourth, and said he actually felt looser as the game wore on. Though he said he'll likely start out in Triple-A, he's confident with improvement he'll be given a chance at some point.

3:26 .pm. Cardinals LHP Trever Miller, an ex-Ray, made a relief appearance and was impressive: striking out three Rays batters. Three up, three down.

Rays are still up 6-4 in top of the eighth.

2:55p.m. Sorry about that, the internet connection was throwing us off.

The Rays have tagged on three more runs. Gabe Gross had an RBI double and Fernando Perez had a sacrifice fly. Ruggiano added a double off the wall.

Rays are up 6-3 in the sixth.

Trever Miller is warming up for the Cards.

1:53p.m. Davis just finished his third clean inning, and has just given up that one hit in the second inning. The Rays prospect is likely done for the day, but has been quite impressive so far this camp, admitting he's a lot more confident than last year.

1:40 p.m. RHP Wade Davis, coming off his impressive spring debut against the Yankees, is doing well so far against the Cardinals.

Davis has given up just one hit, here in the second inning, and the Cardinals have a runner on second (after a sac bunt) with two outs.

Kennedy just made an error, which kept the inning alive and put runners on first and third. But Davis got a popout to end the threat.

Manager Joe Maddon said before the game Davis would be a "longshot" to make the fifth spot in the rotation, but he could continue to open some eyes.

It's still 3-0 Rays, heading into the top of the third. Josh Kennedy is replacing Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who gave up three runs on five hits. 

1:37 p.m. Justin Ruggiano reached on an error, and that allowed Jon Weber to score, making it 3-0.

1:29 p.m. Adam Kennedy just came through with an RBI single, scoring Chris Richard to give the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second. Kennedy is having a great day so far, with two singles, an RBI and run scored.

Maybe a little extra motivation?

1:13 p.m. Evan Longoria one of the few Rays regulars on the trip, just ripped another double down the leftfield line, scoring Kennedy from first base.

Longoria now has three doubles in the last two games, a good sign this early in spring.

Rays up 1-0.

1:09 p.m. Adam Kennedy, an ex-Cardinal, led off the game with a bloop single to center for the Rays.

Kennedy, who was the opening day and primary second baseman for St. Louis last year, said part of the reason he was released by the Cardinals in the offseason was because he fell out of favor with manager Tony LaRussa.

But LaRussa said this morning that couldn't be further from the truth, adding he's "not mad" at Kennedy at all. LaRussa said he likes and respects Kennedy, but couldn't promise Kennedy an everyday role because of the emergence of Skip Schumaker, their leadoff hitter - and an outfielder - whom he put at second so he could get him into the lineup.  We'll see if Kennedy and La Russa they share handshakes after this one...

The Rays made the three-hour bus ride to Jupiter, and will take on the Cardinals.

With the Dominican team here for the World Baseball Classic, there's a media circus by the clubhouse waiting for you-know-who (A-Rod).

Not many regulars here for the Rays, but Evan Longoria is batting third and ex-Cardinal Adam Kennedy is batting leadoff.

Former Ray  and now Cardinal Trever Miller spent a lot of pre-game chatting with old friends.

RAYS
Kennedy, 2b

Ruggiano, cf

Longoria, 3b

Zobrist, ss

Gross, rf

Richard, 1b

Ensberg, dh

Riggans, c

Weber, lf

Davis, RHP

CARDINALS
Schumaker, 2b

Thurston, lf

Pujols, 2b

Ankiel, cf

Mather, 3b

Jay, rf

Barton, dh

LaRue, c

Greene, SS

Wainwright, rhp

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:45am]

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