RAYS 9, PHILLIES 1
at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Rays at the plate: RBI singles from Jason Bartlett and Joel Guzman in the third inning helped the Rays get up early, 3-0. Dioner Navarro had a single and run scored, and Bartlett was 2-for-3 on the day with two stolen bases. Chris Richard had a two-out double, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh. John Rodriguez walked to score a run and Eric Hinske had a two-out double and two RBIs. The Rays totaled four runs in the inning to go up, 9-1.
Phillies at the plate: Jimmy Rollins started the sixth inning with a double to left field and Pat Burrell singled to drive in the Phillies' lone run.
Rays on the mound: Jeff Niemann made his second spring outing and the righty delivered a solid statement in his case for a spot in the rotation. He pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing no hits. After giving up a leadoff double, Al Reyes retired the next three batters in order in the fourth inning. Trever Miller was one walk from a perfect inning. J.P. Howell was charged with four hits and one run in three innings with a strikeout.
Phillies on the mound: Cole Hamels threw the first three innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Fabio Castro had one strikeout and no hits, retiring the first six batters he faced before issuing a walk to Carlos Pena. Castro allowed no runs in three innings. Carlos Carrasco was charged with five hits and four runs in two innings pitched.
Grapefruit League records: Rays 6-1, Phillies 4-6-1
Travis Blackley will start as the Phillies travel to Cleveland's home in Winter Haven, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Chain of Lakes Park on Saturday. Also scheduled to pitch for Philadelphia are Lincoln Holdzkom, Clay Condrey and Joe Savery. The Indians will start right-hander Fausto Carmona.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.