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Rays’ starting pitching off to good start in spring training

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The Tampa Bay Rays’ starters are starting off well in spring training.

Chris Archer ran the scoreless streak to five Friday when he shut out the Red Sox for the first two innings in a 7-2 defeat. James Loney and Logan Morrison each had two hits for Tampa Bay.

For the Rays, the bright spot has been the starting pitching during  the team’s 1-2 beginning.

“I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish and that was to be over the plate as much as I possibly could with everything,” Archer said.

The Rays’ Drew Smyly works for the Rays today against the Orioles.

The Rays have 35 hits in their three games. Tampa Bay had a 2-1 lead in the sixth until the game got away from them.

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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