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Rays’ split squads win one, lose one in spring training play

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The good was there for the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

In a split-squad victory, the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 13-5. The Rays jumped ahead early with a six-run inning and coasted as Erasmus Ramirez earned the win.

Ah, but the bad was there, too.

In a split-squad defeat, the Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1. The Rays fell behind early by giving up a four-run third and never caught up as Taylor Guerreri took the loss.

Guerreri gave up a three-run home run to Jose Bautista of the Jays. The Rays had only four hits in their defeat.

In their victory, however, the Rays had 16 hits, including two each by Logan Forsythe, Hank Conger and Willy Adames. Conger and Patrick Leonard each had home runs.

The Rays travel to Orlando to face the Atlanta Braves Monday.

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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