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Ruggiano & Rays Walk-Off Against Red Sox

Anytime you can beat the Red Sox and Yankees on consecutive days it's a good thing regardless of what the calendar says.

The fifth spot in the rotation is technically a battle between Andy Sonnanstine and Wade Davis. Sonnanstine started the game, but made a quick exit after throwing 30 pitches in the first inning. Sonny walked the bases loaded with no outs and had five counts go to three balls. An innning-ending double play limited his damage to just two runs allowed.

Wade Davis got in the game to start the third inning and didn't do much better than Sonny. Davis lasted 1.2 innings allowing one run on two hits and three walks. He was also the benefactor of a double play with the bases loaded and no outs.

Joe Maddon said Sonnanstine was working on "something" today. If they deem whatever that was to be successful than it doesn't really matter what his box score says. Same thing for Davis. I still think Davis will be the fifth starter with Sonny in the Bullpen or Durham regardless of their March performances. 

Offensively, the Rays got three home runs from players not named Sean Rodriguez. In the fourth inning, Ben Zobrist, playing second base once again, blasted a home run over the Rays' bullpen. B.J. Upton followed up with a single to center field and was brought home when new catcher, Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run blast. Justin Ruggiano walked us off with a two-run home run of his own and the Red Sox went home losers.