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Rays cruise to an easy victory over Yanks as Longoria homers

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The Tampa Bay Rays took a decisive spring training victory over their division rival, the New York Yankees, Thursday night in Tampa.

Tampa Bay moved to 10-9 in their spring with a 6-2 victory. Evan Longoria hit a home run, Steve Pierce had three hits and Logan Morrison drove in two runs.

For the Rays, Matt Andriese pitched three innings and allowed only one run to lead the win. Enny Romero had three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay had six players in their lineup hitting .300 or better.

The Rays will start Drew Smyly in Friday’s game at 1:06 p.m. against the Twins at Charlotte Sports Park. Smyly has 10 strikeouts in 10 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

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