Postgame Notes and Interviews – Game one – Rays vs Baltimore

The Rays dropped a 4-2 decision on Friday to Baltimore in their exhibition opener in Port Charlotte.  The position players were in the field for three innings, and shortstop Yunel Escobar went 2-for-2 with a double to left and a single to right.

Baltimore scored all of its runs in the first two innings.  The Orioles picked up three runs in the first off Erik Bedard, the last two out of a pair of two-out walks.  Heath Bell was charged with a second inning run on a wild pitch.  He allowed just one hit, and that was an infield single.

Here are Joe Maddon’s thoughts afterward, which also included his take on the delivery of the ceremonial game ball by the US Special Operations Command Parachute Team:

As mentioned, former Orioles starter Erik Bedard made his Rays debut against his original team. Bedard,  who’s vying for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed three runs in the first inning, two after a pair of two-out walks.  Bedard obviously wasn’t pleased with the results, but as a veteran understands Spring Training is a process, and took the outcome in stride:

Bedard threw 25 pitches in the inning, 15 for strikes.  Jake Odorizzi is the front-runner for the fifth spot, and appeared to be working on his change-up in his one scoreless inning.  Heath Bell made his Rays debut and allowed a run in the second inning.  As Joe Maddon mentioned, Bell was working on his splitter, and was fairly upbeat afterwards:

The Rays are back in action on Saturday in Bradenton to take on the Pirates.  It’s our first broadcast of the Spring.  Dave and Andy will have the play by play with coverage beginning at 1 p.m.  Join us on the Rays Radio Network.  David Price will start for Tampa Bay.



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