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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Smyly dominates (again), while Forsythe exits after HBP

Smyly puts smiles on faces of Rays fans

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Drew Smyly has been absolutely filthy this Spring, showing exactly what he can do when healthy. Yesterday’s game was no different, as Smyly went 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out 4. His only real blemish on the day was a Cedric Hunter 3rd inning HR, ending Smyly’s scoreless Spring Training.

Drew Smyly’s line so far is: 10 IP, 10 Ks, 5 hits and 1 BB. A full season of Drew Smyly would be a really wonderful thing.

The Rays offense got off to a bit of a scary start, with Logan Forsythe getting hit by a pitch and coming out of the game. The good news is that the injury appears to be minor.

A Logan Morrison 2-out RBI double and a Kevin Kiermaier solo shot was the extent of the Rays offense. Later in the game, Mikie Mahtook added a wall banging double and Johnny Field speed to a triple.

(Thanks to Steve Kinsella for the highlight)

Tyler Goeddel faced the Rays for the first time since being selected in the Rule 5 draft, finishing the day 0-3 with 2Ks.

David Carpenter, who recently signed on for a minor league deal with the Rays, got his first action of the Spring, pitching a scoreless inning.

Xavier Cedeno did not have his best stuff/was working on stuff, and faced quite a few righties, which lead to a 3 hit, 2 walk, 4 run 8th.

Phillies would hold that lead, and win 5-2.


- After the game, the Rays announced the roster for their Cuba trip, and started their first roster cut down, with no real surprises: sending down Snell, Guerrieri, Faria, and others.

- It was also announced that Matt Moore will get the start against the Cuban National Team. Listen to Moore talk about getting tabbed to start.

- It was a brief appearance, but Logan Forsythe got the start as the Rays leadoff hitter, a position we might see often this season.

- Rays Radio's Getting to Know series next player is one of the most promising prospects in the Rays system: Daniel Robertson

- 12-year MLB veteran, and current Chicago White Sox 1B Adam LaRouche announced his retirement.

- New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada, who might be best known as the player injured by Chase Utley's slide leading to a new baseball rule, has been placed on waivers.