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Rays’ Steven Souza drives in 4 in spring game against Baltimore

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The Tampa Bay Rays showed a little pop in their lineup Sunday afternoon.

Steven Souza hit a bases-loaded home run, Evan Longoria a three-run home run and Logan Morrison a two-run home run as the Rays tied the Baltimore Orioles, 8-8, at Ed Smith Stadium.

For the Orioles, Pedro Alverez and Mark Trumbo homered. Alvarez’ was a grand slam and Trumbo’s a two-run shot.

The game was called with the score tied at 8 so the Rays could complete their travel schedule to Cuba.

Morrison had three hits and Longoria two for the Rays.

The Rays play against the Cuban national team on Tuesday afternoon.

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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