Orioles 3, Rays 1
Wade Davis is off to a strong in his campaign to keep his spot
in Tampa Bay’s rotation.
The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings Monday in a 3-1
loss to a split-squad of Baltimore Orioles, striking out one in a
”Sharp, real sharp. Aggressive in the strike zone,” manager
Joe Maddon said. ”He went right after hitters, was not messing
around. I like that.”
Alfredo Simon and three other Orioles pitchers combined to limit
the Rays to one hit until the ninth inning, when Pedro Strop
allowed a leadoff single to Jeff Salazar and Stephen Vogt’s one-out
Nick Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk off Alex Cobb in the fifth
to drive in Baltimore’s first run. Ryan Flaherty added a two-run
triple off Matt Torra in the eighth.
”We played a lot of young kids and did well,” Orioles manager
Buck Showalter said before returning to Sarasota, where the rest of
the Orioles played their spring training home opener Monday night
against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Simon allowed a two-out double to Ben Zobrist in the first
inning and retired the Rays in order in the second. He was replaced
by Brad Bergesen, who yielded a walk and struck out two in two
innings to get the win. Miguel Socolovich and Zach Phillips each
worked a pair of scoreless innings, too.
”A good way to start it out,” Bergesen said.
”Everybody pitched well today,” Showalter said, ”including
Davis led AL rookies with 12 wins in 2010 and won 11 more games
last season, helping Tampa Bay to its third playoff berth in four
But with as many as eight pitchers likely to get a shot at
starting games some time this season, the 26-year-old’s spot in one
of baseball’s best rotations could be at stake in the coming
Davis yielded one hit and struck one in a crisp spring
”I thought it was good. I think I stayed under control. Threw
all my pitches, and I threw everything for strikes,” Davis said.
”I’ve still got to get better at some things, but that was a good
The Rays entered spring training with a surplus of candidates
for the rotation after addressing their top offseason priorities –
adding power to the middle of the batting order and bolstering the
bullpen – without having to trade any of the team’s established
pitchers or promising minor league prospects.
In addition to returning last year’s rotation of David Price,
James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann and Davis, Cobb and
left-handers Matt Moore and Alex Torres all figure to get an
opportunity to start games for the Rays this season.
Cobb, who made eight starts over three stints with Tampa Bay
last season, allowed one run and three hits, walked two and struck
out two in 1 1-3 innings in his first significant appearance since
undergoing season-ending surgery to remove a blood clot and
blockage in the area of one of his right ribs.
The 24-year-old right-hander also pitched in an intrasquad game
”My major concern was that he felt well and he did,” Maddon
NOTES: Showalter said minor league INF Travis Adair was hit in
the head by a batted ball during batting practice. Precautionary
tests were negative, and the manager said Adair was returning to
Sarasota with the team. … Moore, who’s been slowed IN camp by a
mild lower abdominal strain, threw a bullpen session and said he