Rays sweep split squad games, beat Pirates and Jays
The Rays swept their split-squad games Saturday, beating the Blue Jays in Port Charlotte and the Pirates in Bradenton.
Both were by the score of 6-3.
There was a bit of a scare in the Rays game in Bradenton, as RF Wil Myers left the game in the third inning after fouling a pitch off his right quad. But the Rays were enouraged it was only a bruise, and he's day-to-day. Myers said if it were a regular-season game, he would have stayed in.
The other big storyline was the fifth starter competition, with all three remaining candidates pitching Saturday. LHP Erik Bedard picked up the win in Port Charlotte, saying he pitched "okay," needing to be more consistent with his off-speed. RHP Jake Odorizzi started in Bradenton, saying he was happy how he bounced back from a two-walk first inning, believing he's made a solid case to be the fifth starter. LHP Cesar Ramos relieved Odorizzi and picked up the save after 5 1/3 innings.
Rays relievers Grant Balfour and Joel Peralta pitched well in their one-inning stints in Port Charlotte.
Offensively, Mikie Mahtook led the way in Port Charlotte with his grand slam. In Bradenton, Jerry Sands continued his hot spring with a two-run single.
The Rays return home to Port Charlotte Sunday to face the Red Sox in a sold-out game. It will be televised on Sun Sports.