Rays play long ball after CC's strong debut

March 7th, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- logged a solid Grapefruit League debut and the Rays hit three homers before the Yankees prevailed, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Sabathia worked two scoreless innings in his first spring start, scattering two hits and a walk. Sabathia stranded the bases loaded in the first inning, then worked a perfect second inning, freezing and Daniel Robertson on breaking balls for called third strikes.

"The first inning, I was a little nervous," Sabathia said. "I told Joe [Girardi], 'I wasn't expecting that.' It felt good to get back out there and get through a couple of innings. The cutter was better in the second inning, the backdoor slider was good. It's something I can build on, for sure."

The Rays' and Corey Dickerson connected for back-to-back home runs off in the fifth inning. Rays starter Jake Odorizzi permitted a run on five hits over two innings of work, striking out four without a walk as he completed his second start of the spring.

"I got my pitches in and it's nice to work out of jams in Spring Training rather than April," Odorizzi said. "Good to pitch out of the stretch because I didn't get a chance to pitch out of the stretch in the first outing."

doubled and scored on a Chris Carter single to give the Yankees a first-inning lead. had a third-inning RBI single and hit a two-run homer off in the bottom of the seventh.

tied the game with a solo home run off in the top of the eighth inning. The Rays added a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, but the Yankees responded with three in the home half.


Rays: Right-hander will get the start in the Rays' exhibition game against Team Colombia at 6:35 p.m. ET Wednesday evening in Port Charlotte, Fla. , and Jose de Leon are among the other pitchers scheduled to throw for the Rays, while Rays right-hander is among the pitchers expected to throw for Team Colombia.

Yankees: will make his third spring start on Wednesday as the Yankees host Team Canada in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Right-hander will start for Canada.

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