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For starters, Rays beat Pirates 5-1 with Smyly pitching

Drew Smyly, who slots in as the No. 2 starter, will be on the mound for his second spring appearance.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Drew Smyly, who slots in as the No. 2 starter, will be on the mound for his second spring appearance.

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UPDATE, 4:24: The Rays had a good day at the plate against the Pirates, notching 12 hits in a 5-1 victory. OF Desmond Jennings hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and 2B Logan Forsythe led the way, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and two singles. On the mound, LHP Drew Smyly started, throwing 3 ⅓ scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.

INF/OF Steve Pearce remained sidelined by the right calf tightness that forced him to be scratched from Wednesday's game. "He's getting better," manager Kevin Cash saidr. "Still has some soreness in there, so we'll continue to take it slow."

UPDATE, 8:42: Former Rays Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez are both in the Pirates lineup today against their old team:

Harrison 2b
Mercer ss
McCutchen cf
Stewart c
Rogers 1b
S-Rod lf
Joyce rf
Diaz 3b
Liriano p

DEVELOPING: After a players-only "meeting" featuring rookies doing karaoke, the Rays play the Pirates today at 1:05 in Port Charlotte.

LHP Drew Smyly, who slots in as the No. 2 starter, will be on the mound for his second spring appearance.

Here is the Rays lineup, without Steve Pearce, who was scratched on Wednesday with tightness in his right calf:

Forsythe 2b,
Jennings lf,
Longoria 3b,
Dickerson RF,
Beckham SS,
Loney 1b,
Kiermaier cf,
Rivera c,
Franklin DH,
Smyly p

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:26pm]

    

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