The Tampa Bay Rays (0-3) lost to the Baltimore Orioles (1-0) on Monday, 1-3 -- not that anything after the 5th inning really matters this early in Spring Training.
RHP Wade Davis started the exhibition game for the Rays, pitching 2.0 innings with a decent line: 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K and 3 ground outs. Davis is looking cement a spot in the 2012 Rays rotation after an underwhelming performance in 2011 in which he sported a 4.45 ERA and 4.67 FIP.
Starter RHP Alex Cobb also played today, pitching in the fourth and fifth innings, but accruing less impressive numbers: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K and 2 ground outs. Cobb spent parts of 2011 as the fifth and -- before getting injured -- sixth starter for the MLB club. With the ascendancy of LHP Matt Moore, however, Cobb is likely to start the season at Triple-A until an injury or trade opens the door for him.
The Rays only managed two extra base hits on Monday -- doubles from 2B Ben Zobrist and C Stephen Vogt -- and altogether only collected three hits and three walks. The team altogether struck out 14 times, including a pair of strikeouts from prospect SS Tim Beckham, and went a collective 3 for 29 without the likes of 1B Carlos Pena, 3B Evan Longoria or DH Luke Scott.
Tampa Bay will be in action again on Tuesday, facing the Minnesota Twins in Charlotte.
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