The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Saturday, March 2nd in Port Charlotte, FL. The Rays’ bats were on fire as Yunel Escobar and Ryan Roberts hit back-to-back HRs–with Sean Rodriguez following a few innings later. Ben Zobrist looked like he was ready to help team USA have a successful run in the World Baseball Classic. This was the last game Jose Molina, Fernando Rodney and Ben Zobrist were taking part in before heading out to join up with their respective teams for the WBC. Alex Cobb went three innings; striking out five and giving up one hit.
Chen looked pretty solid as he made his first outting of the Spring, and Machado looked impressive in both his offense and defense.