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Rays’ new shortstop Brad Miller homers in victory over Boston

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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.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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