Tim Beckham, Austin Pruitt help Rays get off to strong start in spring training


At Fort Myers, Florida, Austin Pruitt struck out three in two scoreless innings and Tim Beckham had two extra-base hits for Tampa Bay.

Beckham, the top pick in the 2008 amateur draft, had a double and a triple and scored the Rays’ first run on Daniel Robertson’s single off Brandon Kintzler.

Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, hoping to rebound from an injury-plagued season, threw 22 of 29 pitches for strikes and gave up a pair of hits in 1 2/3 innings.