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Sunday game report: Rays beat Twins 6-3



The Rays scored their first win of the spring Sunday, beating the Twins 6-3.

No, 2 starter Alex Cobb was sharp in his first spring outing, striking out three over 1 2/3 innings, saying he felt great and was pleased with everything but the consistency of his fastball command. Manager Joe Maddon said he thought Cobb looked great, noting the movement on his pitches.

RHP Grant Balfour made his first appearance since re-signing with the Rays, throwing 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 innings. The native Australian did bounce a curveball, joking, "If you're playing cricket, that's a pretty good ball."

3B Evan Longoria hit a long home run, saying it felt good to get the first one out of the way. Manager Joe Maddon praised Longoria's overall solid camp so far and noted his smooth, effortless swing and said, "That's what he's supposed to look like.''

The Rays are home again Monday, hosting the Phillies and former teammate Roberto Hernandez.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 4:31pm]


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