Rays beat the Red Sox, Again


The Rays have played four games (including a split squad on opening day) and already they have beaten their arch nemesis, the Boston Red Sox, twice. Unlike previous spring training games so far, the Rays lineup is similar to an actual lineup during baseball season, one in which Evan Longoria is hurt…

Rays Lineup

  • Ben Zobrist (RF)
  • Desmond Jennings (CF)
  • Matt Joyce (Left Field)
  • Yunel Escobar (SS)
  • Luke Scott (DH)
  • Kelly Johnson (2B)
  • Jose Molina (C)
  • James Loney (1B)
  • Ryan Roberts (3B)
  • Alex Cobb (P)

Red Sox Lineup

  • Jason Ellsbury (CF)
  • Dustin Pedroia (2B)
  • Shane Victorino (RF)
  • Jonny Gomes (LF)
  • Stephen Drew (SS)
  • Ryan Sweeney (DH)
  • Drew Sutton (3B)
  • Mike Carp (1B)
  • David Ross (C)
  • Alfredo Aceves (P)
Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Today marked Alex Cobb’s spring training starter debut. Cobb was told last week that he is starting pitcher number four, which means he won’t be competing with four other pitchers for the limited starting positions. Cobb allowed four hits and two runs. “I was trying to throw a little too hard, keeping the ball up, rushing a little bit. When I did control myself, I had good results. Obviously the home run isn’t very good, and the RBI double isn’t very good. But I got a lot of ground balls, which is what I’m looking for, and it shows me I’m getting the angle I’m looking for” said Cobb. Another pitcher contending for a spot on the roster was Jamey Wright. The 38-year-old is looking for a spot in the Rays bullpen.

The Red Sox quickly took a lead in the 1st inning when Dustin Pedroia hit a homerun. The Rays answered back after Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce drew walks, followed by newcomer Yunel Escobar hitting a double to score two runs. The Red Sox tied the game up in the 2nd due to Mike Carp hitting a double, bringing Ryan Sweeney home. The Rays did most of their damage in the 4th thanks to Ryan Roberts hitting a double, driving Jose Molina and James Loney home.  Ben Zobrist hit a single, causing Roberts to score and making the score 5-2. In the 7th, the Rays score their last run of the game after Cole Figueroa scores on Jose Lobaton’s groundout. The Red Sox manage a run in the 8th, but lose 6-3.

Side Notes:

  • Red Sox had a split squad today; the other half of the team beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
  • David Price makes his pitching debut Tuesday February 26 against the Houston Astros.
  • Evan Longoria will be making his debut  Tuesday February 26 against the Houston Astros.
  • In five years since becoming the Rays in 2008, Tampa Bay owns the third-best record in the Major Leagues behind the Yankees and Phillies. Also during this span, the Rays have won five major Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards, more than any other team. David Price (2012 AL Cy Young Award), Joe Maddon (’08, ’11 AL Manager of the Year Awards), Evan Longoria (’08 AL Rookie of the Year Award) and Jeremy Hellickson (’11 AL Rookie of the Year Award).
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