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Tsutsugo Hits First Spring Homer In Tie With Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- Yoshi Tsutsugo's eye for strikes continues to be perfect.

The Japanese sensation reached in both of his plate appearances for the second straight day, including hitting his first home run of the spring, but the rest of Tampa Bay's bats stayed largely silent, managing just a 2-2 tie with the Boston Red Sox Monday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Tsutsugo drew a walk off Red Sox starter Tanner Houck to lead off the bottom of the second inning, then hit a solo home run off reliever Jeffery Springs with two out in the fourth.

Boston scored a run in the top of the first against Rays starter Yonny Chirinos, with Kevin Plawecki driving in Jose Peraza with a base hit, then took the lead back in the sixth, when Dylan Covey's pickoff throw sailed wide of Tristan Gray scored Jarren Duran.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, as Miles Mastrobuoni doubled with one out, and after a pair of wild pitches by Daniel McGrath, made it 2-2.

Austin Meadows was scratched from the starting lineup after having to be evacuated from his Spring Training residence because of a nearby brushfire.

Tampa Bay used nine different pitchers, each going one inning, and got scoreless frames from Aaron Loup, Oliver Drake, Nick Anderson, D.J. Snelten, John Curtiss, Brooks Pounders, and Deck McGuire.

The Rays travel to Sarasota Tuesday to face off with the Baltimore Orioles. Charlie Morton will get the start, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05.

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