03/10/08 1:42 PM ET
Rays put up 10-spot in loss to Indians
Upton homers, prospect Davis impressive on Monday
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
at St. Petersburg
Monday, March 10
Indians at the plate: Travis Hafner flexed his offensive muscle in the first inning, driving his third double of the spring off the center-field wall to score Jason Michaels. ... The Indians' offense got busy in the fourth inning, rallying for nine runs. Highlighting the rally were three consecutive doubles by Jason Tyner, Franklin Gutierrez and Michaels, who connected for his second double of the game. ... Wyatt Toregas hit a solo home run off Rays right-hander Grant Balfour in the seventh.
Rays at the plate: Cliff Floyd stroked his second double of the spring in the first inning to drive home Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena and put the Rays up 3-2. ... B.J. Upton hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Paul Byrd in the third that cleared the 400-foot marker in center field.
Indians on the mound: Byrd overcame a rough start to exit his four-inning stint with an 11-5 lead. The veteran right-hander, who will enter the season as the Indians' No. 4 starter, allowed five earned runs on four hits, with two walks and two strikeouts while making his third "A-game" start of the spring.
Rays on the mound: Jason Hammel, who is in contention for one of the Rays' two open slots in the rotation, did not have a good outing Monday. The right-hander surrendered nine earned runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out two. Hammel's outing came a day after Edwin Jackson, who is also in competition for a starting spot, surrendered five earned runs in four innings. ... Highly touted prospect Wade Davis showed well in the eighth, facing the minimum, three batters, striking out one in the process.
Grapefruit League records: Indians 6-6; Rays 7-3
Up next: The Rays will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. on Tuesday afternoon to meet the Twins at Hammond Stadium in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. James Shields will make his third start of the spring and will be followed by Kurt Birkins, James Houser, Chris Mason, Calvin Medlock, and David Price.
With the initial rust shaken off, the Tribe wants the three pitchers competing for the final rotation spot -- Cliff Lee, Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Sowers -- to demonstrate that they're ready. Lee will get his chance Tuesday, when he starts opposite right-hander Yorman Bazardo in a 1:05 p.m. game against the rival Tigers at Chain of Lakes Park.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.