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Tigers rough up Ramirez in 6-5 win over Rays

Erasmo Ramirez gets the start for the Rays today in Lakeland.


Erasmo Ramirez gets the start for the Rays today in Lakeland.




In the wake of Ramirez's rough outing, a trio of relievers -- Matt Andriese, Jacob Faria and Jaime Schultz -- combined to hold the Tigers to one run in the final six innings. The only glitch: veteran John Mayberry Jr.'s two-out homer to left off Faria in the seventh for the decisive run.

"(Ramirez) threw strikes but he kind of worked behind the count a little bit and when you do that to that type of lineup, you're gonna see some hard-hit balls," Cash said. "No concern whatsoever. He got his pitches in, that's the priority right now. The fine tuning, we're still weeks away from that."

Tim Beckham, Kyle Roller and Nick Franklin each had two hits for the Rays, with Roller -- a non-roster invitee -- homering to left in Tampa Bay's three-run second.

UPDATE, 2:20: RHP Erasmo Ramirez's rough day ends after 51 pitches and nobody out in the third. Ramirez allowed five earned runs on seven hits, striking out one, walking none and throwing a wild pitch. Four of those runs came in a five-hit second in which he faced eight batters.

UPDATE, 12:51: Manager Kevin Cash reaffirmed set-up guys Alex Colome and Xavier Cedeno will make their formal spring debuts Wednesday. Their respective workloads have been intentionally lessened to this point.

"Colome threw 10 or 11 innings in winter ball, and then he stopped...just because we felt it was smart for him to stop," Cash said.

"And Cedeno, he had  a huge workload for us last year (66 appearances). So when they came into camp, we kind of factored that in saying, let's slow them down a little bit. We know they're gonna be huge pieces at the back end of our bullpen."

UPDATE, NOON: Steven Souza Jr. just wrapped up his batting practice at Marchant Stadium with a couple of shots into the berm beyond the left field wall.

Limited since straining an intercostal muscle on the left side of his rib cage on Feb. 21, he said he'll definitely make his spring debut Wednesday against the Jays. Whether he plays in the field though, is unclear.

"The intercostal wasn't even a thought in the back of my mind," he said. "So to be out of Port Charlotte and taking BP at an away stadium feels good, too, so we're ready to go for tomorrow."

UPDATE, 9:38: The Tigers have most of their big hitters in the lineup to face the Rays.

Kinsler 2B
Upton LF
Cabrera 1B
V. Martinez DH
J. Martinez RF
Aviles 3B
Iglesias SS
Holaday C
Bernard CF
Greene P

DEVELOPING: The Rays left early this morning for Lakeland to take on the Tigers, with Erasmo Ramirez starting.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Mahtook cf,
Beckham 3b,
Jennings lf,
Loney 1b,
Conger c,
Franklin 2b,
Motter rf,
Roller dh,
Robertson ss,
Ramirez p

[Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:32am]


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