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Rays win spring game behind power of Mikie Mahtook, Richie Shaffer

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The future went deep for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

Both Richie Shaffer and Mikie Mahtook, late season call-ups last year, homered in the Rays’ 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite their successes, it figures to be tough for either to make the team with the additions of Corey Dickerson, Steve Pearce and Logan Morrison plus the return of Desmond Jennings.

The Rays beat the Phillies behind another good effort by Matt Moore, who struck out eight in his 4.2 innings. Logan Forsythe and Pearce also homered for the Rays, who improved their spring training record to 7-9 on the season.

Nick Franklin had two hits for Tampa Bay.

The Rays are home against the Red Sox today.

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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