Spring training report: Rays tee off on Red Sox

Tampa Bay’s David DeJesus (right) is welcomed at home plate by Logan Forsythe after scoring on a single by Matt Joyce in the first inning. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Tampa Bay’s David DeJesus (right) is welcomed at home plate by Logan Forsythe after scoring on a single by Matt Joyce in the first inning.

SCORE: Rays 8, Red Sox 0.

RECORD: 1-4.


BREAKDOWN: Eight Red Sox pitchers allowed 16 hits (six for extra bases) and seven walks. James Loney homered deep to right field off Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning. Sean Rodriguez launched a ball off a red table umbrella atop the faux Green Monster in the fifth. Brayan Villarreal gave up that one. Jose Molina was 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and two runs for the Rays.

THUMBS UP: This took some digging. But Alex Hassan was 2 for 3. Francisco Cordero had two strikeouts in the sixth inning.

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THUMBS DOWN: De La Rosa allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in two innings. Villarreal gave up three runs on three hits in one inning.

MEDICAL REPORT: Catcher David Ross was scheduled to play but missed the game with a sore left foot. An MRI was negative and Ross should start Friday. It’s a tendon issue . . . Righthander Matt Barnes has what manager John Farrell described as “stiffness in the back of his shoulder.” Tests in the training room were negative. “He’s a highly valued prospect and we’re not going to push him too soon,” Farrell said. “We’re just being overly cautious.”

AROUND THE BASES: The Sox have been outscored, 35-18, in their first five games . . . It may be spring training, but the Rays employed their usual defensive shift when David Ortiz came to the plate . . . The Sox were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position . . . The game drew a sellout crowd of 9,809.


NEXT GAME: The Red Sox travel 190 alligator-infested miles across the state Wednesday to face the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter. The World Series rematch will be on FoxSports1. Chris Capuano faces Shelby Miller.


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