Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rays pound BoSox

Outfielder Jon Weber drove in a spring training-record six runs as the Rays beat the visiting Red Sox 15-7 at Charlotte Sports Park.

Weber hit a three-run double in the fifth and drove a two-run, opposite field home run into the left field bullpen in the eight.

Rays reliever Grant Balfour suffered a bruise on the inside of the elbow of his pitching arm. He could miss an outing or two depending how much swelling is in the arm Sunday. Balfour was injured when he was struck by a line drive from former Rays Nick Green.

James Shields allowed a run in two innings during his spring debut.

Jason Hammel, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation or a spot in the bullpen, allowed four runs in his three innings. Pitch selection was his problem.

Outfielder Ray Sadler became the first player to hit a ball into the lake beyond the boardwalk in left field.

The game attracted a record crowd of 7,147 to Charlotte Sports Park. That's the largest crowd to see the Rays play at either Charlotte Sports Park or Al Lang Field.

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