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Tampa Bay at New York

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    Rays 4, Yankees 0

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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - James Shields sailed through his first spring training start.

    The Tampa Bay right-hander pitched two perfect innings, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday.

    "I felt really good," Shields said. "Felt kind of weird the first couple pitches, but that's just the normal first game of spring training. I was commanding my pitches for the most part."

    Shields struck out Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. The 30-year old is coming off an All-Star season in which he went 16-12 with 11 complete games and four shutouts.

    "Nobody has to, really, pressure James to do anything," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's such a great worker. He's such a great self starter and motivator."

    Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs and three hits over two innings during his Yankees' spring training debut. New York signed the former Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher to a $10 million, one-year contract.

    "The most important thing that I wanted to accomplish was the feeling for the real game, and I think I was able to do that, so I'm happy," Kuroda said through a translator. "I think there was something that I gained from this outing. I made sure that I had all my pitches, and I was able to throw a lot of good pitches."

    Kuroda and opening day starter CC Sabathia are the only pitchers that Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said will be part of his rotation.

    "I thought he threw some really good splits," Girardi said. "I thought he threw some good fastballs. I liked what I saw from him. I know he gave up a couple runs, but that doesn't bother me. I was pleased with where he's at physically."

    The Rays are playing without Evan Longoria, who has a bruised right hand. The All-Star third baseman, hit by a pitch during an intrasquad game on March 1, has started hitting off a tee.

    "It's fine ... he's just a sore," Maddon said. "Next couple days it should be pretty much back to normal."

    Stephen Vogt, who had 105 RBIs at Double and Triple-A last season, drove in a pair of runs with a triple off Kuroda during a three-run second. He finished 3 for 3.

    New York had just four hits off six pitchers.

    "We love our pitching," Maddon said. "I like our team a lot, I really do."

    Jeter was hitless in two at-bats and was charged with an error after the ball popped out of his glove while fielding Ben Zobrist's fifth-inning grounder.

    New York added a Hall of Famer before the game when spring training instructor Yogi Berra arrived. He joins an instructors' group of former Yankees' stars that includes Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson and Lou Piniella.

    "It felt like camp started today - Yogi's here," Girardi said. "It was great to see him. It just kind of puts a smile on everyone's face. Things pick up around here a little bit."

    Notes: New York closer Mariano Rivera, who has strongly hinted he will retire after this season, is to throw batting practice for the second time on Thursday and will likely pitch Sunday. ... Cano is expected to get retired C Jorge Posada's locker at Yankee Stadium, which is opposite to Jeter's at the back of the clubhouse, near the entrance to the showers. ... The Yankees agreed to one-year contracts with all their previous unsigned players ($480,000 minimum in majors unless noted): 2B David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte, RHP Dellin Betances ($481,000), LHP Cesar Cabral, C Francisco Cervelli ($513,700), 2B Corban Joseph, RHP George Kontos ($481,350), 3B Brandon Laird ($482,500), OF Justin Maxwell, OF Melky Mesa, RHP Brad Meyers, RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Ivan Nova ($527,200), SS Eduardo Nunez ($523,800), SS Ramiro Pena ($504,600), RHP David Phelps, RHP Michael Pineda ($528,475), C Austin Romine ($482,000) and RHP Cory Wade ($508,925).

     
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    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Reid Brignac, SS3020010 .333
        Brandon Guyer, LF2010001 .125
    B.J. Upton, CF3000022 .286
        Chris Gimenez, 3B1000011 .111
    Ben Zobrist, 2B2000100 .167
        Juan Miranda, 1B1000001 .000
    Matt Joyce, RF3110012 .300
        Robinson Chirinos, C1000010 .333
    Jeff Keppinger, 1B3220002 .286
        Tim Beckham, 2B1000000 .111
    Stephen Vogt, DH3132000 .545
       a- Nevin Ashley, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Jose Molina, C2001001 .000
        Brad Coon, RF1000010 .000
    Jesus Feliciano, LF2001001 .300
        Ty Morrison, CF10100001.000
    Elliot Johnson, 3B2000020 .111
        Hak-Ju Lee, SS2000021 .000
    Totals344104111  
    a-lined out for Vogt in the 8th
    Batting
    3B - Stephen Vogt (1, Kuroda)
    SF - Jesus Feliciano (1)
    SH - Jose Molina (1)
    RBI - Stephen Vogt 2 (3), Jose Molina (1), Jesus Feliciano (1)
    SB - Reid Brignac (1, 3rd base off Soriano/Martin), Brandon Guyer (1, 2nd base off Warren/Gil), Ben Zobrist (1, 2nd base off Soriano/Martin)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Lee-Beckham-Miranda
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    James Shields (W,1-0) 2000020 0.00
    Burke Badenhop (H,1) 2200020 6.00
    Josh Lueke (H,1) 2000000 6.00
    Romulo Sanchez (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Dane De La Rosa (H,2) 1100110 0.00
    Alex Colome 1100010 4.50
    Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 10-10, Burke Badenhop 12-12, Josh Lueke 6-6, Romulo Sanchez 5-5, Dane De La Rosa 10-6, Alex Colome 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 1-3, Burke Badenhop 4-0, Josh Lueke 3-3, Dane De La Rosa 1-1, Alex Colome 1-0
    Batters Faced - James Shields 6, Burke Badenhop 8, Josh Lueke 6, Romulo Sanchez 3, Dane De La Rosa 5, Alex Colome 3
    New York Yankees
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Derek Jeter, SS2000011 .125
        Jayson Nix, SS2000002 .286
    Curtis Granderson, CF3000010 .250
        Dewayne Wise, CF1010000 .333
    Robinson Cano, 2B2000010 .125
        Bill Hall, 2B2000011 .143
    Nick Swisher, 1B3010000 .250
        Jorge Vazquez, 1B1000010 .200
    Raul Ibanez, DH2000001 .125
       a- Cole Garner, PH-DH1000000 .667
    Eric Chavez, 3B2000000 .143
        Corban Joseph, 3B1000000 .000
    Andruw Jones, RF2000000 .143
        Colin Curtis, RF1000010 .333
    Russell Martin, C2010000 .200
        Jose Gil, C10100001.000
    Brett Gardner, LF2000011 .125
        Brandon Laird, LF0000100 .000
    Totals3004017  
    a-popped out for Ibanez in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Nick Swisher (1, Badenhop), Jose Gil (2, De La Rosa)
    SB - Russell Martin (2, 2nd base off Badenhop/Molina)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Colin Curtis 1
    DP - Jeter-Swisher, Curtis-Swisher-Chavez
    E - Derek Jeter (1, Misplayed grounder), Jayson Nix (2, Throwing)
    New York Yankees
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Hiroki Kuroda (L,0-1) 2333020 13.50
    Rafael Soriano 1100120 0.00
    Cory Wade 1100000 4.50
    Boone Logan 1100020 0.00
    Adam Warren 2311020 4.50
    Clay Rapada 1.1000020 0.00
    Kevin Whelan 0.2100010 5.40
    Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 13-13, Rafael Soriano 12-8, Cory Wade 3-3, Boone Logan 9-9, Adam Warren 12-12, Clay Rapada 8-8, Kevin Whelan 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 3-1, Rafael Soriano 1-0, Cory Wade 1-1, Boone Logan 2-0, Adam Warren 2-1, Kevin Whelan 1-0
    Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 9, Rafael Soriano 5, Cory Wade 3, Boone Logan 5, Adam Warren 8, Clay Rapada 4, Kevin Whelan 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10846
    Game Time - 2:31
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Marty Foster