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Rays’ Chris Archer not aggressive enough in 2nd defeat

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If Chris Archer is preparing for a lack of support, he’s in midseason form already.

Archer’s spring training record fell to 0-2 Monday after a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Archer gave up only two runs, and one of those was unearned, in absorbing the loss.

“The past two games I’ve started a little slow in the first inning,” Archer said. “I think I’ve been a little too passive. I’m not a passive pitcher. I have to be extremely aggressive in the strike zone. After I got out of that first inning, I felt like myself. I didn’t feel like myself in the last game, either. But the second, third and fourth innings I felt like myself.”

The Rays managed only three hits on the day.

Tampa Bay hosts Philadelphia at the Charlotte Sports Park. Drew Smyly will make his third start of the 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

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