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Rays Lose David Price (Temporarily), But Beat Red Sox for 7th Straight Win

The good news is the Rays defeated the Red Sox 8-6 today on the way to their seventh straight victory. The Rays offense was led (literally) by leadoff man Jason Bartlett, who went 2-2 with a double. For more on Bartlett leading off, check out this article by an old friend who just can't let go.

Other position player notes include: B.J. Upton hitting a double, and Reid Brignac (starting at third base) adding another hit to his total. Ben Zobrist made his right field debut while Sean Rodriguez started at second base. This comes on the same day that Joe Maddon hinted at both positions, second base and right field, being platooned come the regular season.

The bad news came on the mound in the second inning. After working the first inning and two batters in the second, David Price was taken out of the game after he was hit by pieces of Adrian Beltre's broken bat. Price suffered cuts on his right palm and thumb, but did not require stitches and x-rays were negative. Price declared himself ready to go for his next scheduled start.

Joaquin Benoit was also hit around, but in a more traditional way. The right-hander allowed three hits in his one inning of work.

In other news, phenom prospect, Desmond Jennings will be sidelined once again this spring. Jennings missed a few days earlier in camp with a sore elbow after he was hit by a pitch against the Orioles. This time "Deezy" will miss up to a week of action with a strained left wrist. He suffered the injury sliding in Monday's game against the Pirates