ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Pitcher Wade Davis #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays checks on Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers at first base in the second inning during game 4 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Rays Over Astros, 11-3

The Rays began the final week of Spring Training in grand fashion, tearing into the Houston Astros for 11 runs.

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Rays Scored 11, Astros Did Not

In their only Spring match up, the Rays took it to the Astros today in an 11-3 victory.

Number three starter Wade Davis was on the mound, allowing six hits over six innings in what proved to be a strong spring outing. Davis allowed one home run on his final pitch, his only earned run.  Astros starter Bud Norris gave up six hits in only four innings and four earned runs.

In bullpen news, Kyle Farnsworth and Neil Schenk paired up to face the 7th. Farns with a ground out, and Schenk following with a ground out and a walk. The third out was on an attempted steal at second.

Jake McGee closed the game, pitching a shut out 8th and 9th. McGee gave up one hit and two walks. Only one of his 9 batters faced was called on strikes.

Notes:

  • Davis tallied 5 K's today. He had only two strikeouts coming into this week.
  • Rodriguez, Damon, and infield bench hopeful Felipe Lopez hit doubles today.
  • C Jose Lobaton, IF Elliot Johnson, OF Chris Carter, C Stephen Vogt all had two hits.
  • Sam Fuld, also hoping to make the roster as 4th outfielder, had a homerun in sixth with one man on.
  • Casey Kotchman was left on third three times today. Poor Casey. =(
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Wade Davis, Rays Take On The Houston Astros

The MLB Spring Training schedule enters its final week of games as Wade Davis and Bud Norris toe the rubber today. Thus far in Grapefruit League action, the Rays have gone 12-12-1, pulling just above .500 (technically) in yesterdays win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

What to Expect Today
Manny Ramirez did not travel with the club to Kissimmee today, despite expectations he would. According to Marc Topkin, Joe Maddon decided to let Manny rest, who has played a lot and played well this spring.

Today, the Rays plan to feature bullpen candidates Kyle Farnsworth, Cesar Ramos, and Jake McGee in addition to the starter Davis. The lineup will include a lot of hopefuls for the Rays 2011 roster, including Elliot Johnson, fighting for a bench role, Sam Fuld, looking for a 4th outfielder position, and Casey Kotchman, who is reportedly trailing Dan Johnson for the first base role. The lineup, per MLB.com:

Elliot Johnson, 2B
Johnny Damon, LF
Matt Joyce, RF
Sean Rodriguez, 3B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Reid Brignac, SS
Joe Lobaton, C
Chris Carter, DH
Sam Fuld, CF

Fans can follow the game on MLB Audio today, or follow the light version of Gameday here.

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