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Williams beat OBJ in high school ... twice

Rays prospect played wide receiver vs. NFL star in 2011; OF scored two TDs in 7-on-7 game
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Justin Williams wasn't on the cover of Madden '16, but the Rays prospect took it to the house -- twice --against Odell Beckham Jr., the guy who graced the 2016 cover of EA Sports' popular video game.

In 2011, Williams was a sophomore at Terrebonne (La.) High School when he took part in a Red Bull 7-on-7 tournament at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Justin Williams wasn't on the cover of Madden '16, but the Rays prospect took it to the house -- twice --against Odell Beckham Jr., the guy who graced the 2016 cover of EA Sports' popular video game.

In 2011, Williams was a sophomore at Terrebonne (La.) High School when he took part in a Red Bull 7-on-7 tournament at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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"[Beckham] was playing for Newman High School, the same New Orleans school where Peyton and Eli Manning went," Williams said. "It's an all-boys school. He was playing on both sides of the ball."

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"When we walked out on the field that day and I saw him, he stuck out. I'm like, 'He's really good.' You could just tell he was an athlete."

Williams was the "Z" receiver, which is a slot back.

"My brother, Michael Williams, Jr., was the quarterback, which was really cool," Williams said.

Beckham covered Williams, and the Rays' outfielder beat him twice for touchdowns.

So what was the secret to beating the future LSU and NFL star?

"Honestly, it was just running crisp routes," Williams said. "Obviously, he's more of an offensive standout. But he was just that much of an athlete that he played both sides of the ball."

Williams and his Terrebonne teammates won that contest and advanced to the next competition at the Cotton Bowl.

"I didn't know who he was at the time," Williams said. "But then he went to LSU and became who he is and I always think back, 'This guy was guarding me.'

"I don't know if he remembers it, but it's definitely online. You can go look at it. That was a great experience."

Rays vs. Twins -- wives
Following the Twins-Rays game on Friday, the Rays' wives will participate in a charity softball game against the Twins' wives. The game will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Grapefruit League game on the main stadium field. Fans must have a ticket for that day's game in order to attend the wives' game.

In response to the recent tragedy in Parkland, Fla., the game will be played for the Broward Education Foundation's Official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund. The Rays and Charlotte Stone Crabs have each committed $5,000 to the Broward Education Foundation. The 50/50 raffle at Charlotte Sports Park on Friday will also benefit the Broward Education Fund.

Worth noting
• The Rays released right-hander Evan Scribner on Wednesday. Scribner pitched to a 6.00 ERA in three outings this spring. The Rays also released right-hander Dustin McGowan

Christian Arroyo was dazzling in the field during Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Orioles. Playing third base, he made a diving backhanded stop in which he threw out the runner at first. Later he made a nice backhanded stop to start a 5-4-3 double play.

Video: BAL@TB: Arroyo dives to rob Santander of extra bases

Blake Snell continued to pitch well. On Wednesday, Snell started against the Orioles and allowed no runs on two hits while striking out four in his third spring outing.

Video: BAL@TB: Snell, Gomez discuss strong performances

Camp battles
Ryan Schimpf got designated for assignment on Saturday, then traded to the Braves, which slightly whittled down the numbers in the second-base competition. However, the battle remains competitive, with a handful of candidates in the hunt.

"It's still the same guys, obviously [Schimpf is] not involved in [the battle] anymore," Cash said. "We're going to get Micah Johnson in at second base here now. I'm sure we have some pending roster decisions coming up. So, once that takes place, Micah will get some reps in at second base. ... Willy [Adames] is going to play there tomorrow or the next day."

Daniel Robertson started at second base on Wednesday. Other candidates include Joey Wendle and Brad Miller.

Injury Update
Miller (broken right pinky toe) will be shut down for the next several days while he waits for his injury to heal. Miller played in a sim game on Tuesday, but there are concerns that if he favors the opposite foot while playing, it will cause him to injure other parts of his body while compensating for his injury. On top of that, Miller is returning from offseason core-muscle surgery.

"Probably won't see him for a couple of days, try to let it heal completely," said Cash, who also noted Miller will likely return following Monday's off-day.

Up next
The Rays travel to Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday afternoon to play the Red Sox in a 1:05 ET contest, live on MLB.TV. Chris Archer will make his third start of the spring and the Rays' ace will be followed by Ryan Yarbrough, Matt Andriese, Jose Mujica, Colton Murray, Cody Hall, and Ruben Alaniz.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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