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Rays open spring training schedule with 6-2 loss to Washington

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, spring training sprang on Wednesday afternoon.

Now, all that remains is to dissect the results.

Yes, the Rays lost, 6-2 to Washington. But in the spring, games are about performances, right? And so there were things to take from the game, as well.

For instance:

Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was perfect in one inning of work. He struck out one.

The Rays led 2-1 after five innings and five pitchers. They fell behind only when rookie Blake Snell gave up a three-run homer with two outs to Scott Sizemore.

Tampa Bay had nine hits, including two by Johnny Field, a nonroster guest. Desmond Jennings and Daniel Robertson each had doubles. Jennings had both RBI for the Rays.

Two of the more promising pitchers in the system, Snell and Taylor Guerrieri, gave up five of the runs.

Tampa Bay is home again Thursday.

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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