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Rays beat Tigers 11-5 in Lakeland

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The Rays routed the Tigers, 11-5 in Lakeland Tuesday afternoon.

Luke Scott had the biggest day, ripping a tie-breaking grand slam and a double, while also playing solid rightfield.

Righthander Jeremy Hellickson had a strong start, allowing three runs over six innings (83 pitches) against the Tigers tough lineup. All three runs were scored in the first two innings, and Hellickson settled down from there, with manager Joe Maddon saying it was "by far" his best outing of the spring.

There were some good defensive plays, from Matt Joyce's running catch into the wall in left, to Chris Gimenez's sliding stop at first base. Maddon said there were a few small things they didn't execute, but overall was happy with the day.

RHP Brandon Gomes, whom Maddon has said may be having the best spring of anyone in camp, gave up his first runs, a two-run homer in the eighth.

Gimenez had two opposite field singles and Shelley Duncan hit his fourth homer of the spring.

The Rays will be on the road Wednesday in Fort Myers to play the Twins. Many of the regulars will be in the lineup, including Evan Longoria.

Luke Scott heads to the dugout with Desmond Jennings after Scott hit a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth inning.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Luke Scott heads to the dugout with Desmond Jennings after Scott hit a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth inning.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:44pm]

    

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