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    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Wade Davis is off to a strong in his campaign to keep his spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.

    The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings Monday in a 3-1 loss to a split-squad of Baltimore Orioles, striking out one in a 28-pitch outing.

    "Sharp, real sharp. Aggressive in the strike zone," manager Joe Maddon said. "He went right after hitters, was not messing around. I like that."

    Alfredo Simon and three other Orioles pitchers combined to limit the Rays to one hit until the ninth inning, when Pedro Strop allowed a leadoff single to Jeff Salazar and Stephen Vogt's one-out RBI double.

    Nick Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk off Alex Cobb in the fifth to drive in Baltimore's first run. Ryan Flaherty added a two-run triple off Matt Torra in the eighth.

    "We played a lot of young kids and did well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before returning to Sarasota, where the rest of the Orioles played their spring training home opener Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Simon allowed a two-out double to Ben Zobrist in the first inning and retired the Rays in order in the second. He was replaced by Brad Bergesen, who yielded a walk and struck out two in two innings to get the win. Miguel Socolovich and Zach Phillips each worked a pair of scoreless innings, too.

    "A good way to start it out," Bergesen said.

    "Everybody pitched well today," Showalter said, "including Pedro."

    Davis led AL rookies with 12 wins in 2010 and won 11 more games last season, helping Tampa Bay to its third playoff berth in four years.

    But with as many as eight pitchers likely to get a shot at starting games some time this season, the 26-year-old's spot in one of baseball's best rotations could be at stake in the coming weeks.

    Davis yielded one hit and struck one in a crisp spring debut.

    "I thought it was good. I think I stayed under control. Threw all my pitches, and I threw everything for strikes," Davis said. "I've still got to get better at some things, but that was a good first day."

    The Rays entered spring training with a surplus of candidates for the rotation after addressing their top offseason priorities - adding power to the middle of the batting order and bolstering the bullpen - without having to trade any of the team's established pitchers or promising minor league prospects.

    In addition to returning last year's rotation of David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann and Davis, Cobb and left-handers Matt Moore and Alex Torres all figure to get an opportunity to start games for the Rays this season.

    Cobb, who made eight starts over three stints with Tampa Bay last season, allowed one run and three hits, walked two and struck out two in 1 1-3 innings in his first significant appearance since undergoing season-ending surgery to remove a blood clot and blockage in the area of one of his right ribs.

    The 24-year-old right-hander also pitched in an intrasquad game last week.

    "My major concern was that he felt well and he did," Maddon said.

    NOTES: Showalter said minor league INF Travis Adair was hit in the head by a batted ball during batting practice. Precautionary tests were negative, and the manager said Adair was returning to Sarasota with the team. ... Moore, who's been slowed IN camp by a mild lower abdominal strain, threw a bullpen session and said he felt fine.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, RF3010000 .333
        Scott Beerer, RF2000010 .000
    Matt Antonelli, 2B3020110 .667
        Manny Machado, SS1000000 .000
    Nick Johnson, DH2001111 .000
       a- Cory Aldridge, PH-DH1000100 .000
    Wilson Betemit, 1B3000005 .000
        L.J. Hoes, LF2000001 .000
    Joe Mahoney, LF-1B4120005 .500
        Jeff Larish, 1B0000000 .000
    Taylor Teagarden, C3000031 .000
        Caleb Joseph, C0100000 .000
    Ryan Flaherty, SS-2B4022001 .500
    Josh Bell, 3B4000032 .000
        Buck Britton, 3B0000000 .000
    Xavier Avery, CF4110002 .250
        Trent Mummey, CF0000000 .000
    Totals3638339  
    a-flied out for N. Johnson in the 7th
    Batting
    3B - Ryan Flaherty (1, Torra)
    RBI - Nick Johnson (1), Ryan Flaherty 2 (2)
    Team LOB - 10
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Alfredo Simon 2100020 0.00
    Brad Bergesen (W,1-0) 2000120 0.00
    Miguel Socolovich (H,1) 2000240 0.00
    Zach Phillips (H,1) 2000030 0.00
    Pedro Strop (S,1) 1211030 9.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 11-11, Brad Bergesen 14-10, Miguel Socolovich 22-14, Zach Phillips 12-12, Pedro Strop 11-11
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 3-1, Brad Bergesen 1-3, Zach Phillips 1-2
    Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 7, Brad Bergesen 7, Miguel Socolovich 7, Zach Phillips 6, Pedro Strop 5
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Reid Brignac, SS1000100 .000
        Jeff Salazar, LF2110010 .600
    B.J. Upton, CF2000011 .500
        Chris Gimenez, 3B2000021 .167
    Ben Zobrist, 2B2010010 .250
        Stephen Vogt, C2011010 .400
    Matt Joyce, DH3000011 .286
       a- Hak-Ju Lee, PH-DH1000011 .000
    Jeff Keppinger, 1B2000000 .000
        Tim Beckham, SS2000021 .000
    Jose Molina, C2000010 .000
        Juan Miranda, 1B1000010 .000
    Matt Mangini, 3B1000110 .000
        Brad Coon, PR-RF1000010 .000
    Elliot Johnson, RF-CF2000100 .200
    Brandon Guyer, LF2000001 .000
        Will Rhymes, 2B1000000 .167
    Totals29131314  
    a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Ben Zobrist (1, Simon), Stephen Vogt (1, Strop)
    RBI - Stephen Vogt (1)
    CS - Brad Coon (1, 2nd base by Socolovich/Teagarden)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    E - Reid Brignac (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Wade Davis 2100010 0.00
    Cesar Ramos 1100010 0.00
    Alex Cobb (L,0-1) 1.1311220 6.75
    Bryan Augenstein 1.2100020 0.00
    Alex Torres 1000020 0.00
    Matt Torra 1222010 18.00
    Matt Bush 1000100 0.00
    HBP - Joseph (by Matt Torra)
    Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 10-10, Cesar Ramos 6-6, Alex Cobb 19-11, Bryan Augenstein 10-10, Alex Torres 7-7, Matt Torra 8-7, Matt Bush 7-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 3-3, Cesar Ramos 1-1, Alex Cobb 2-0, Bryan Augenstein 1-2, Matt Torra 2-0, Matt Bush 2-1
    Batters Faced - Wade Davis 8, Cesar Ramos 4, Alex Cobb 9, Bryan Augenstein 6, Alex Torres 3, Matt Torra 6, Matt Bush 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3720
    Game Time - 2:43
    Temperature - 72
    Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Marvin Hudson