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    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Juan Pierre came into the Phillies' spring training camp without a major league job. A return to a familiar spot in the lineup might be just what he needs to convince the team to take him to Philadelphia.

    Pierre batted leadoff and played center field for a split squad of Phillies, coming through with two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs in two innings of a 6-6 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

    "I got a chance to lead off today the first time this spring and to actually play center field which I haven't done in a couple of years so it felt like old times out there for me, so I felt comfortable," the 34-year-old Pierre said. "That's my goal when I lead off games, trying to get stuff started early."

    Pierre, a non-roster invitee in his 13th season, said he's approaching this spring training as he would any other.

    "Even when I had deals I had to go out and prove myself to start still," he said. "I just try to approach it like pretty much every spring training. Try to get my work in and be ready to play whenever they need me."

    Also competing for a spot as a non-roster invitee, Joel Pineiro pitched two innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk. He had one strikeout.

    "Every time you get out there you feel better and better," Pineiro said. "My command was a little off today. My off-speed was really good. I was getting behind hitters, I threw too many pitches, so that's something to keep working on, trying to do whatever they want me to do coming out of the pen or start. I still got to go out and prove I can get people out. There's no room for error. You've got to go out there and have a good outing."

    Rays manager Joe Maddon was happy with his offense, which is off to slow start this spring.

    Luke Scott got his first hit with the Rays and the team had 12 overall. Sam Fuld and Reid Brignac both went 2 for 3.

    "All those little things matter," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Getting the signs right, playing the game properly, playing nine innings hard to the very end was all apparent today."

    Wade Davis, on the other hand, struggled. In four innings, the right-hander gave up four runs - three earned - on eight hits and struck out three.

    Davis is vying for the fifth spot in the Rays' rotation, and the 26-year-old said he knows what he needs to work on.

    "I physically felt good," Davis said. "A little sluggish at first getting into it, but after we got going I got a better rhythm. Executing the curveball was better, and everything was a little bit sharper. I've just got to sharpen up a little bit on my spots, my fastball, and I think we'll be in a pretty good place."

    NOTES: Rays LF Desmond Jennings and CF B.J. Upton didn't play Thursday after their collision on the left-center field warning track on Wednesday. . Domonic Brown was a late scratch for the Phillies with neck stiffness.

     
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    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Juan Pierre, CF4222000 .292
    Kevin Frandsen, SS3000000 .174
    Ty Wigginton, 3B4011012 .208
        Cody Overbeck, 1B1000000 .000
    Steve Susdorf, DH4120011 .500
    Lou Montanez, RF3010012 .450
    Hector Luna, 1B-3B3220100 .250
    Pete Orr, 2B4021003 .280
    Tuffy Gosewisch, C4001004 .286
    Brent Clevlen, LF4120001 .500
    Totals34612513  
    Batting
    2B - Ty Wigginton (3, Davis), Steve Susdorf (1, R. Sanchez), Pete Orr (2, R. Sanchez), Brent Clevlen (1, Davis)
    SH - Juan Pierre (1), Kevin Frandsen (2), Lou Montanez (1)
    RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (2), Ty Wigginton (3), Pete Orr (2), Tuffy Gosewisch (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (2)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Brent Clevlen 1
    DP - Gosewisch-Frandsen, Wigginton-Orr-Luna
    E - Scott Elarton (1, Throwing)
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Joel Pineiro 2211110 4.50
    David Purcey (H,1) 2100220 1.80
    Scott Elarton 2433100 4.50
    Jeremy Horst 1200010 6.75
    Michael Schwimer 1.2322110 3.86
    Jordan Whatcott 0.1000000 0.00
    HBP - Molina (by David Purcey)
    Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 14-10, David Purcey 20-11, Scott Elarton 14-10, Jeremy Horst 6-6, Michael Schwimer 14-10, Jordan Whatcott 1-1
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 3-2, David Purcey 1-3, Scott Elarton 3-3, Jeremy Horst 1-0, Michael Schwimer 3-1, Jordan Whatcott 1-0
    Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 9, David Purcey 10, Scott Elarton 11, Jeremy Horst 4, Michael Schwimer 9, Jordan Whatcott 1
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Sam Fuld, CF3120103 .300
        Brad Coon, LF1000001 .167
    Luke Scott, DH4110012 .125
       a- Jose Lobaton, PH-DH1011000 .250
    Matt Joyce, RF2001011 .261
        Jeff Salazar, RF3110002 .294
    Carlos Pena, 1B2100112 .000
        Chris Gimenez, 3B2010010 .240
    Jeff Keppinger, 3B1011100 .389
        Stephen Vogt, C2010000 .357
    Reid Brignac, SS3021001 .389
        Tim Beckham, SS1100111 .045
    Jose Molina, C1001002 .214
        Jesus Feliciano, CF2011001 .240
    Brandon Guyer, LF3000005 .136
        Omar Luna, 2B2110001 .333
    Will Rhymes, 2B2000102 .115
        Matt Mangini, 1B1000000 .320
    Totals36612655  
    a-singled for Scott in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Luke Scott (1, Elarton), Jesus Feliciano (3, Schwimer)
    SF - Jeff Keppinger (1)
    SH - Jose Molina (2)
    RBI - Jose Lobaton (2), Matt Joyce (5), Jeff Keppinger (1), Reid Brignac (2), Jose Molina (2), Jesus Feliciano (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Jose Lobaton (2), Jesus Feliciano (1)
    CS - Matt Joyce (3, 2nd base by Pineiro/Gosewisch)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    DP - Brignac-Rhymes-Pena, Brignac-Pena, Rhymes-Brignac-Pena
    E - Jeff Keppinger (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Wade Davis 4843030 5.19
    Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 0.00
    Cesar Ramos 2100000 5.40
    Romulo Sanchez 2222100 4.50
    HBP - Frandsen (by Wade Davis)
    WP - Wade Davis (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 27-26, Kyle Farnsworth 3-3, Cesar Ramos 6-6, Romulo Sanchez 12-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 5-4, Kyle Farnsworth 2-0, Cesar Ramos 4-1, Romulo Sanchez 5-1
    Batters Faced - Wade Davis 21, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Cesar Ramos 6, Romulo Sanchez 9
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6388
    Game Time - 3:01
    Temperature - 70
    Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chad Fairchild