Rays lose 3-1 to the Blue Jays Thursday
Despite another strong effort from RHP Roberto Hernandez, the Rays lost 3-1 to the Blue Jays Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Hernandez, making an impressive bid for the final spot in the rotation, allowed just one run on three hits and no walks over six innings.
“I told him in the dugout, everytime we send him back out there, he looks better,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Command has gotten better. Velocity has gotten better. Balls were on the ground. Everything you would expect of him keeps getting better.”
First baseman James Loney knocked in the Rays only run with a bases-loaded infield single in the sixth. Jays OF Jose Bautista delivered the go-ahead solo homer in the seventh off Rays reliever hopeful Jamey Wright.
On the backfields, OF Sam Fuld (hamstring tightness) had four at-bats, but didn't play the field in a minor league game, saying he felt good enough to do the same - and maybe get in some outfield work - Friday.
C Jose Molina, used sparingly with Puerto Rico in the WBC, had six at-bats, saying it went "okay." He plans to start behind the plate Friday at home against the Orioles.
LHP Matt Moore threw a 60-pitch simulated game before Thursday's regular game, with his Wednesday start in Fort Myers having been rained out. He said he felt good, with Maddon liking the way he finished.