at Port Charlotte, Fla.
Thursday, March 4
Orioles at the plate: Felix Pie opened the game with a home run to right field off Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann. The blast gave the O's seven dingers in nine innings against the Rays dating back to Wednesday's 12-2 win. Pie tripled in his next at-bat before leaving for a pinch-runner. Lou Montanez hit a two-run double in the fifth. In the ninth, Justin Turner hit a solo home run to temporarily even the score.Rays at the plate: Evan Longoria struck out in the first, but the at-bat was of the ilk manager Joe Maddon is always quick to praise. By the time Longoria swung and missed for strike three, it was the 13th pitch of the at-bat. Sean Rodriguez hit his second home run in as many days when he connected off O's starter Brian Matusz for a two-run shot in the second. Longoria doubled off former Rays hurler Mark Hendrickson to lead off the fourth, giving the third baseman his first spring hit. One out later, Pat Burrell doubled to right to drive home Longoria with Tampa Bay's third run. In the ninth, Matt Joyce hit a walk-off RBI single, scoring Elliot Johnson, who had tripled to open the frame.
The Rays travel to Tampa, Fla., to play the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. The game will broadcast on MLB.TV. Lefty David Price will start for Tampa Bay. Also available to pitch will be righties Heath Rollins, Mike Ekstrom, Jeff Bennett, Jeremy Hellickson and lefties Carlos Hernandez and R.J. Swindle. Righty Phil Hughes will start for New York.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.