Banda Debuts, Gomez Added To Roster, Rays Defeat Tigers

Rays Fans Get To See Banda’s Electric Arm 

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland Florida.

Chris Archer started for the Rays and required 41-pitches to get four outs, departing the game after walking Sergio Alcantara with 1-out in the second. “Obviously, I didn’t throw any breaking balls, which I had four or five two-strike counts which I typically would.” said Archer. “I was working on throwing some other things.”

Archer was happy with his crispness and fastball. “That’s the thing, I actually felt better today, but got worse results and that’s spring training.”

The big blow against Archer was a two-run homer off the bat of Nick Castellanos that cut through the wind in left.

Adam Moore homered to cut the Tigers lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second. The Rays took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 3rd on a RBI double by C.J. Cron who scored on a RBI single by Joey Wendle.

Jose De Leon allowed a 2-run homer to Victor Martinez in the fourth inning, it was the only inning he worked. The 4-3 lead was the last time the Tigers would hold the lead.

Banda On His Debut:

Anthony Banda made his Rays and Grapefruit League debut. He was sharp in an inning of work sitting 95-97 miles per hour on his fastball.

Banda was followed to the mound by Jose Alvarado, Hunter Wood, Adam Kolarek, and Ian Gibaut. Each worked a scoreless inning.

The Rays got RBI singles from Willy Adames and Justin Williams and a RBI double by Peter Maris. Christian Arroyo brought in another run on a fielders choice error.

Gomez Signing Official:

The Rays officially announced that Carlos Gomez had been signed to a 1-year/$4MM deal. The contract also includes incentives for $100K for each 80, 90, 100, 110, and 120 games played.  To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays have designated Ryan Schimpf for assignment.

Gomez, will garner most of the starts in right field. Last year he hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers and 51 RBI with the Texas Rangers.

Schimpf, 29, was acquired from the San Diego Padres on December 12 in exchange for minor league infielder Deion Tansel. He began last season as the Padres starting third baseman and hit .158/.284/.424 (26-for-165) with 14 home runs and 25 RBI in 53 games



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