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Rays get another strong starting job in a spring win over Orioles

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Starting pitching: check.

Solid hitting performance: check.

Big lead: check.

The Tampa Bay Rays took a 9-1 lead, then coasted to a 10-6 victory over Baltimore on Saturday night. Drew Smyly pitched two innings and gave up no hits, the fourth straight impressive start for the Rays.

Tampa Bay also had 17 hits, including three each by Kevin Kiermaier and Curt Casali.

Baltimore fell to 0-6 on the spring.

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