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Rays rack up hits, rally early in win

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs, on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Brad Miller and Rickie Weeks Jr. opened the inning with back-to-back doubles against Detroit left-hander Matt Boyd, followed by consecutive singles from Tim Beckham, Mallex Smith -- who dropped a bunt down the third-base line -- and Luke Maile. A two-out single by Corey Dickerson ended Boyd's outing.

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs, on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Brad Miller and Rickie Weeks Jr. opened the inning with back-to-back doubles against Detroit left-hander Matt Boyd, followed by consecutive singles from Tim Beckham, Mallex Smith -- who dropped a bunt down the third-base line -- and Luke Maile. A two-out single by Corey Dickerson ended Boyd's outing.

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Weeks went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored, Miller went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Evan Longoria went 2-for-3. Miller recorded his first hits of the spring, while Weeks is now 7-for-10 with six RBIs in five games. He would not say he is locked in at the plate, however.

"I don't like that word, 'locked in.'" Weeks said. "Obviously, it's Spring Training. Come in early, get your work done, you try to work hard, perfect your craft and keep going."

Ryan Yarbrough, acquired with Smith in the January trade that sent Drew Smyly to Seattle, went two scoreless, hitless innings with five strikeouts. A fourth-round pick by the Mariners in 2014 out of Old Dominion, Yarbrough reached Double-A Jackson this past season. The only baserunner he allowed was Nicholas Castellanos, who reached when Smith dropped a two-out fly ball in the first.

"Good win," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "I thought Ryan Yarbrough was pretty impressive. Set the tone early. He even got a lot of compliments form the home plate umpire, Brian O'Nora. He kind of said, 'Who is that guy?' Just worked quick, efficient, had late action to his pitches. So that was good to see, I know his first outing probably didn't go as well as he would have liked, but nice to see him get a start and really just pound the strike zone.

"Offensively, a lot of guys, [Tim Beckham] and Rickie Weeks continues to hit. Longo's swinging the bat really well, which really doesn't matter much, but it's better to swing good now than to not to be, which is good to see."

Boyd, competing for the fifth spot in the Tigers' rotation, went 1 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits with no walks and a strikeout.

"I've just gotta not be too fine, is really the main thing," Boyd said. "Just kind of picking corners in that second inning, and I fell behind in the count, and then you just give them a pitch to hit. Just got to be a little, essentially, aggressive in the zone, just early in the count."

Castellanos drove in prospect Dixon Machado and Alex Presley on a two-out double in the third, accounting for all of Detroit's runs.

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Tigers: 
Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to make his second spring start on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio against the Yankees in Lakeland, Fla. The right-hander allowed a run and struck out two in two innings against the Braves on Monday.

Rays: The Rays host the Orioles on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Right-hander Chris Archer is scheduled to make his second spring start, followed by Tommy Hunter, Blake Snell, Dana Eveland and Danny Farquhar.

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Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com.

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