The story of this game was Phil Hughes. He continued his strong spring by allowing just two runs in five innings against the Rays. Both Tampa runs came on one swing, a Matt Joyce two-run homer deep to center field. It was a cutter that cut right over the heart of the plate, and Joyce destroyed it. Outside of that, though, Hughes was great. He featured an 89-93 MPH fastball along with the best changeup and curveball he's had all spring.
Clay Rapada, Cesar Cabral and Mike O'Connor (all southpaws) finished out the contest with four scoreless frames. FYI, Rapada has a 0.00 ERA over 6.1 innings so far.
Starters Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and A-Rod doubled, as did back-ups Jorge Vazquez, Justin Maxwell and Cole Garner.
It's too bad there's not really a spot on the team for him, because Maxwell is playing his heart out. His double today increased his average to .435 on the spring.
Gustavo Molina put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth when he cracked a two-run homer over the left field wall.
Rual Ibanez went 0-3 (though he did hit an RBI groundout), dropping his average to .059.
David Phelps will start tomorrow against Aaron Cook and the Red Sox.