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Minnesota bashes Tampa Bay Rays in spring training game

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For a day, Drew Smyly had little to smile about.

Smyly gave up five earned runs in six innings of work Friday as the Tampa Bay Rays lost 6-2 to the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota’s Ervin Santana worked six innings and gave up only three hits, walking one.

For Tampa Bay, outfielder Brandon Guyer had two hits, one of them a home run, to bolster his argument to make the team. Guyer is hitting .500 with five home runs.

Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki each hit two home runs for the Twins.

Right-hander Jake Ordizzi will make his fourth spring start for Tampa Bay in Bradenton against Pittsburgh in a 6:05 p.m. game Saturday. He has a 1.59 ERA with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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