Brad Miller is the new starting shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays because of his glove. Friday, however, it was his bat that made some noise.
Miller hit a two-run home run, his first of the spring, to lead the Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in spring training. For the Rays, Mikie Mahtook, Logan Morrison, Taylor Motter, Granden Goetzman and Miller knocked runs in.
Seven Rays pitchers combined for the victory, including starter Dana Eveland, who threw two innings and allowed an unearned run. Boston managed only five hits.
The Rays fell behind 1-0, but scored single runs in the second, third, fifth, sixth and eighth.
The Rays play against Baltimore today at Charlotte Sports Park. Chris Archer pitches.