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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Roberto Hernandez made a strong debut for the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeff Locke did the same for Pittsburgh.

Hernandez needed just 12 pitches for a perfect first inning Saturday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 win over a split squad of Rays.

Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season for Cleveland.

Hernandez and Jeff Niemann are aiming for the fifth spot in the Rays' rotation. Niemann needed just 11 pitches to strike out two and retire the side in the second.

"I don't waste too many of my thoughts on (it being a competition)," Hernandez said. "I don't think of it that way."

Hernandez signed with the Rays in the offseason after being arrested after leaving the Dominican Republic U.S. Consulate, which accused him of using a false identity to obtain a visa.

Niemann relieved Hernandez in the second and needed just 11 pitches to strike out two and retire the side. Reliever Fernando Rodney pitched the third, striking out the side.

Rodney, who will be leaving soon to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, needed just 10 pitches - nine of them strikes - in his appearance.

"That's what I wanted: to pitch a couple of innings and not do too much," Rodney said.

Locke pitched three hitless innings. He went 10-5 with Triple-A Indianapolis last year, and is competing for the fifth rotation spot with fellow prospect Kyle McPherson. He was chosen the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, said he was pleased with his effective 32-pitch outing and knows competing with McPherson will be tough, especially with a close friend.

"I've known Kyle a long time - he was here when I was traded here (from Atlanta in 2009) and he made me very comfortable," the 25-year-old lefty said. "I'll tell you what I've told everyone who's asked me: they're going to take the best 25 guys for the team. It may be Kyle, it may be me, it may be both of us, but I know we're both going to work hard and appreciate the opportunity."

Manager Joe Maddon thought all his pitchers looked sharp for the first spring training game.

"I just want to make sure they are well," Maddon said. "Roberto's ball looked like it had great movement, and Jeff's had a lot of deception on his (slider). I saw strikes and deception with both of them."

NOTES: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria returned to camp after missing three days due to the birth of his daughter. Longoria did not play in the split-squad game Saturday, but Maddon said he may make his spring debut Tuesday against Houston. . American League Cy Young LHP David Price threw a bullpen session and long toss prior to Saturday's game . Rays top outfield prospect Wil Myers made his team and spring debut Saturday, going 0-for-1 with a walk. Myers was the instrumental player in the trade that sent Rays pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and infielder Elliot Johnson to the Royals in a December trade. . Rays first baseman James Loney, whom the team acquired in the offseason, made his spring debut with the team Saturday, going 0-for-2. . The Rays invited 66 players to camp, the largest group since 2003 (73).

 
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D. Ford
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
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K. Kiermaier
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF2110000 .500
    Felix Pie, LF2111000 .500
Alex Presley, CF1000100 .000
    Darren Ford, CF20210001.000
Travis Snider, RF2000001 .000
    Jerry Sands, RF2010001 .500
Garrett Jones, 1B2001010 .000
    Clint Robinson, 1B2000012 .000
Pedro Alvarez, 3B2000001 .000
    Jared Goedert, 3B2010001 .500
Brad Hawpe, DH2000110 .000
   a- Matt Hague, PH-DH1000000 .000
Michael McKenry, C2000010 .000
    Lucas May, C2000003 .000
Josh Harrison, 2B2000010 .000
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B20200001.000
Chase d'Arnaud, SS2110010 .500
    Ivan De Jesus Jr., SS1000000 .000
Totals3339326  
a-flied out for Hawpe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Anderson Hernandez (1, Liberatore)
3B - Felix Pie (1, Montgomery)
RBI - Felix Pie (1), Darren Ford (1), Garrett Jones (1)
SB - Starling Marte (1, 2nd base off Martin/Molina), Darren Ford (1, 2nd base off Romero/Chirinos)
CS - Anderson Hernandez (1, 2nd base by Romero/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Goedert-A. Hernandez-C. Robinson
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (W,1-0) 3000110 0.00
Chris Leroux (H,1) 1200020 0.00
Bryan Morris (H,1) 1000100 0.00
Mike Zagurski (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Duke Welker (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Vin Mazzaro (H,1) 1222100 18.00
Brooks Brown (S,1) 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 15-11, Chris Leroux 9-9, Bryan Morris 6-2, Mike Zagurski 3-3, Duke Welker 5-5, Vin Mazzaro 10-5, Brooks Brown 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 7-0, Bryan Morris 2-0, Duke Welker 1-1, Vin Mazzaro 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 9, Chris Leroux 5, Bryan Morris 3, Mike Zagurski 3, Duke Welker 3, Vin Mazzaro 6, Brooks Brown 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, CF2000010 .000
    Kevin Kiermaier, CF2012000 .500
Yunel Escobar, SS2010000 .500
    Tim Beckham, PR-SS2000001 .000
Kelly Johnson, 2B2010010 .500
    Cole Figueroa, PR-2B2000020 .000
Jose Molina, C2000002 .000
    Mike Fontenot, 3B2000010 .000
Luke Scott, DH2000012 .000
   a- Stephen Vogt, PH-DH2000000 .000
James Loney, 1B2000000 .000
    Robinson Chirinos, C1000000 .000
Wil Myers, RF1000100 .000
    Taylor Motter, RF1000000 .000
Chris Gimenez, 3B1000101 .000
    Nick Weglarz, 1B0100100 .000
Rich Thompson, LF3110001 .333
Totals2924236  
a-flied out for Scott in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kiermaier (1, Mazzaro)
RBI - Kevin Kiermaier 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kiermaier 2 (2)
CS - Rich Thompson (1, 2nd base by Locke/McKenry)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rich Thompson 2
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 1000000 0.00
Jeff Niemann 1000020 0.00
Fernando Rodney 1000030 0.00
J.D. Martin (L,0-1) 2111100 4.50
Mike Montgomery 1522100 18.00
Enny Romero 2200010 0.00
Adam Liberatore 1100000 0.00
WP - Mike Montgomery (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 4-4, Jeff Niemann 7-7, Fernando Rodney 9-9, J.D. Martin 12-8, Mike Montgomery 12-7, Enny Romero 11-9, Adam Liberatore 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Jeff Niemann 1-0, J.D. Martin 5-1, Mike Montgomery 2-0, Enny Romero 2-2
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 3, Jeff Niemann 3, Fernando Rodney 3, J.D. Martin 8, Mike Montgomery 8, Enny Romero 7, Adam Liberatore 3
Game Information
Attendance - 4436
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - David Soucy, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Marcus Pattillo