Rays encouraging despite losing spring opener

by Gary Shelton on March 3, 2016 · 0 comments

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Conger tags out Skole in the 6th./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Conger tags out Skole in the 6th./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Thursday, 6 a.m.

The final score turned out wrong. There's that.

Still, a lot of things turned out okay in the spring training opener of the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Washington Nationals 6-2 Wednesday.

For instance, starter Jake Odorizzi had an easy enough outing, retiring the order on eight pitches.

For instance, the team had nine hits, including two for two RBI by Desmond Jennings.

Snell gave up the only home-run of the game, a 3-run blast in the 6th/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Snell gave up the only home-run of the game, a 3-run blast in the 6th/ANDREW J. KRAMER

For instance, the Rays led 2-1 in the fifth.

All in all, it wasn't a bad first day in the sun. Rookie Blake Snell gave up a three-run homer to Scott Sizemore of the Nationals.

“It's all about getting better and learning,” Snell said. “I'm working on the changeup, so I have to throw it. None of it matters, so I don't worry about it. You're just trying to get better.”

The Rays play Baltimore today.

Kiermaier runs home off Jennings' double in the 3rd./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Kiermaier runs home off Jennings double in the 3rd./ANDREW J. KRAMER

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