Rays End Spring With 2-1 Loss At Trop

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Jake Faria finished his Spring Training with six no-hit innings, and Wilson Ramos hit an RBI double, but the Tampa Bay Rays ended the 2018 exhibition season with a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

On the mound: Faria allowed just two Detroit batters to reach base in his six frames of work: Christin Stewart, who was hit by a pitch in the fifth, and Danny Pinero, who drew a sixth-inning walk.  He struck out five in an 85-pitch performance, with 51 strikes.

Detroit got both of their runs off closer Alex Colome, with Daz Cameron breaking up the no-hit bit by leading off with an infield single.  Jake Rogers singled Cameron up a base and Stewart singling him in to tie the game.  Cam Gibson then doubled off R.J. Alaniz to bring in Rogers to break the tie.

Sergio Romo worked a scoreless eighth while minor-leaguer Cody Hall pitched a perfect ninth inning.

At the plate: Tampa Bay's lone run came when Ramos doubled over the head of Victor Reyes in right with two out in the first, scoring Kevin Kiermaier, who had singled two batters earlier.

Tampa Bay did not get another hit until the eighth, when Taylor Walls singled to begin the inning, but loaded the bases in the ninth before Walls struck out looking to end the game.

Roster moves: After the game, the Rays reassigned catcher Curt Casali, and outfielders Johnny Field and Brandon Snyder to minor-league camp.  In addition the team acquired infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.

Refsnyder, who turned 26 on Monday, was selected off waivers by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays back in November.  He hit .191/.298/.362 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 26 spring games.  The fifth-round pick by the Yankees in 2012 out of the University of Arizona (where, coincidentally, he was teammates with Field in winning the College World Series that year) has started games in left field, right field, first base, and second base in his big-league career.

The Rays spring roster currently stands at 27 players, but the team still has to resolve the situation with reliever Daniel Hudson, who was told over the weekend that he would not make the team, and place starter Jose De Leon, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, on the disabled list


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