March 24: Rays 6 Yankees 2 — Postgame News and Notes
Evan Longoria homered for the second straight Spring Training game he’s played on Thursday, and Steve Pearce had three hits in Tampa. The Rays (10–9–1) beat the Yankees (9–11–2) 6–2.
Longoria homered in the first inning off the left-center field scoreboard against C.C. Sabathia. Longoria has hit .414 with 6 HR against Sabathia in the regular season. Tampa Bay tacked on a run in the second inning when Kevin Kiermaier singled to center field, scoring Desmond Jennings, who had doubled to right to start the frame.
Those were the only runs Sabathia allowed over five innings. Tampa Bay opened up the game in the sixth with four runs against lefty reliever Tyler Olson. Pearce singled home a run, Logan Morrison drove home two with a single, and a Rene Rivera groundout scored the other tally. Tim Beckham did leave the game that inning after being hit by a pitch on the right shin. Beckham said it was precautionary, and that he should be back in the lineup on Saturday. Beckham was not scheduled to play on Friday.
On the mound, Matt Andriese started with Chris Archer pitching in a minor league game earlier in the day. Andriese was sharp, allowing just a run on four hits, while striking out one. Andriese threw 30 of 39 pitches for strikes. Enny Romero and Danny Farquhar combined to throw shutout baseball the next three innings. Romero was especially sharp, striking out three of the four batters he faced.
Steve Geltz allowed a single run in the seventh on a wild pitch and Andrew Bellatti followed with two scoreless frames. Manager Kevin Cash was impressed with all five of the pitchers who threw on Thursday, especially Romero.
Tampa Bay will host the Twins on Friday at 1:05 with Drew Smyly on the mound. Neil Solondz will call the game on mlb.com with Andy Sonnanstine beginning at 1 p.m. Below is audio from Cash and Andriese, with Cash discussing Romero’s outing first:
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