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4:01 p.m. Elliot Johnson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, but the Rays lose 12-5 in what turned out to be a stadium-record crowd of 10,270 at Bright House Field.

Maddon said Talbot - who gave up five runs in the first inning - "pitched better than the numbers looked," adding the righthander just didn't make an adjustment in the first but bounced back with two more scorless innings after. Maddon said he liked the defense, up until the eighth when they had a couple errors, and felt the effort was great.

3:37 p.m. The Phillies have added four runs (all unearned) in the bottom of the eighth, with the Rays defense not exactly helping out RHP Dewon Day. Reid Brignac bobbled a grounder to short, and Ray Sadler dropped a fly ball to left field that would have ended the inning.

Phillies are now up 12-3

2:55 p.m. Back from the clubhouse, where Pat Burrell talked about how much he appreciated the response he received from Phillies fans, who were "pretty amazing."

"You gotta be prepared for anything, but the response I got I thought was very special, and obviously it's something I won't forget."

Burrell got a large ovation before his first at-bat, and signed tons of autographs by red-clad fans by the visitors dugout.

Burrell added he does plan to attend the Phillies ring ceremony in Philadelphia April 8 (it works out because the Phillies play a day game at 3:05 p.m., and he'll take a flight that afternoon back to Boston, where the Rays play at 7:10 after an off day).

In the game, it's 7-3 Phillies in the bottom of the seventh, as Jon Weber picked up an RBI.

2:14 p.m The tough day continues for Rays pitchers. RHP Lance Cormier just came in for Talbot and gave up a double to Cairo and then a single to Jason Donald before hitting Ronny Paulino.

2:01 p.m Burrell just doubled down the leftfield line in his second at bat, receiving cheers from the crowd. But he was stranded at second, as the Rays still trail 5-1.

1:51 p.m Justin Ruggiano ripped a two-out triple in the third, but was stranded. Ruggiano got to third when RF John Mayberry Jr dove and missed on a liner, with the ball rolling all the way to the wall. Aybar grounded out to end the threat.

Phils are still up 5-1

1:40 p.m. Talbot had a much smoother second, retiring the Phillies with a 1-2-3 inning.

1:30 p.m.  LF Ray Sadler just got the Rays on the board with a solo homer in the second inning, hitting the first pitch from Kyle Kendrick.

5-1 Phils.

1:25 p.m. Miguel Cairo hit a home run, the Phillies third homer (and fifth extra base hit) of the first inning.

Talbot just got out of the inning, but it's 5-0 Phils right off the bat.

1:19 p.m. RHP Mitch Talbot is getting roughed up a little in the first inning. Talbot, vying for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, gave up  back-to-back doubles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, and then a two-run homer to Ryan Howard (on the first pitch).

John Mayberry Jr then followed up with a solo homer of his own.

Phillies up 4-0.

1:14 p.m. Pat Burrell just came to the plate in the first and received a nice (mostly standing) ovation from the crowd here, welcoming the former long-time Phillies outfielder back for the first time since signing with the Rays in the offseason. Several chanted, "Let's Go Pat!"

Burrell flied out to rightfield, stranding Willy Aybar (who doubled) on second.

The Rays are coming to Clearwater today to play the Phillies for the first time since the World Series.

But the bigger story will be Rays DH Pat Burrell facing the team he had spent his entire career with, before signing with Tampa Bay as a free agent in the offseason.

RHP Mitch Talbot will make the start, trying to make an impression as the Rays continue to take a look at potential No. 5 starter candidates.

LHP J.P. Howell is scheduled to pitch today, which will be his last appearance before joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. The same goes for 2b Willy Aybar, who will join the Dominican Republic team after today's game.

Kapler, rf
Ruggiano, cf
Aybar, 2b
Burrell, dh
Richard, 1b
Ensberg, 3b
Sadler, lf
Riggans, c
Olmedo, ss

Talbot, rhp

Rollins, ss
Victorino, cf
Ibanez, lf
Howard, 1b
Mayberry Jr, rf
Dobbs, dh
Cairo, 2b
Donald, 3b

Paulino, c

Others scheduled to pitch for Rays: J.P. Howell, Lance Cormier, Dewon Day, Neal Frontz


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


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