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Rays’ ace Chris Archer struggles in spring loss to Toronto

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Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Chris Archer struggled in his spring training start against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon.

Archer gave up two hits, walked two and threw two wild pitches in a 32-pitch inning, falling behind 2-0. He did pitch a scoreless second inning. In all, Archer threw 50 pitches, and 23 of them were balls.

“I think the biggest thing was when I got a few guys on base I was trying to do a little too much, obviously, like spiking my offspeed,” Archer said. “I had some glitches against a couple of batters, then I felt like I was back to myself.”

Toronto increased its lead to 4-1, partially on Brad Miller’s third throwing error in three days.

Taylor Motter had two hits for Tampa Bay.

Drew Smyly will make his second start of the spring on Thursday when the Rays host the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. contest at Charlotte Sports Park.

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

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