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Rays Split Day With Win Over Tigers, Loss To Yankees

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays split their squad Thursday and ended up splitting their day, defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-3 at Charlotte Sports Park and dropping a 7-1 decision to the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.

The home squad saw Tyler Glasnow work a scoreless first inning in his Grapefruit League debut before getting on the board in the bottom of the inning, as Hunter Renfroe doubled with one out, scoring on a base hit by Yoshi Tsutsugo, one of his two hits on the afternoon. Diaz then singled Tsutsugo to third, and Jose Martinez made it 2-0 on a sacrifice fly.

Willy Adames doubled Tampa Bay's lead in the second with a two-run blast into the visiting bullpen in right, his first home run of the spring.

Tsutsugo and Adames combined to make it 5-0 in the fifth with Adames scoring on an opposite-field double by Tsutsugo.

Wander Franco, the 18-year-old top prospect in all of Major League Baseball, played the final four innings and grounded back to the mound in his only at bat.

Along with Glasnow, the Rays got perfect innings on the mound from Aaron Loup and Oliver Drake, and another scoreless inning of relief from Pete Fairbanks.

In Tampa, Ji-Man Choi got the Rays off to a good start, following up a double by Daniel Robertson with an RBI singlefor a 1-0 lead. But Aaron Slegers allowed a two-run homer to Tyler Wade in the bottom of the first, and Clint Frazier went back-to-back with Wade for a 3-1 advantage.

Zack Granite and Brett Gardner each drove in runs off Josh Fleming in the fourth, and Mike Ford's two-run blast off Deck McGuire in the eighth set the score at 7-1.

Robertson and Ronaldo hernandez each had two hits against the Yankees.

Tampa Bay will head across the state Friday, heading to West Palm Beach. Ryan Yarbrough will get the start, with first pitch from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches scheduled for 1:05.

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