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Rays make it home, finally, and win a spring game over Minnesota

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As far as the regular season goes, minor league catcher Mayo Acosta is ready.

Acosta is not being counted on by the Rays this season, but he drove in three runs in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday.

Most of the Rays had the day off because of their Cuba trip, and a flight delay that didn’t see them land in the U.S. until 5 a.m. But Erasmo Ramirez entered and pitched six innings, allowing one run and striking out eight.

Acosta finished the game two-for-two with two doubles and three RBI.

Tampa Bay’s Matt Andriese will start on Thursday night when the Rays play against the Yankees. The game game is 6:35 a.m.

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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