Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh

Scoreboard
Tampa Bay (5-1) «0410102008121
Pittsburgh (2-2)000001010284

Rays 8, Pirates 2

  •  

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Kelly Johnson had a new vantage point for the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-2 victory Wednesday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Johnson started in left field for the Rays, his first game in the outfield since he was a rookie in 2005 with Atlanta. He didn't get to catch any flyballs, although he had to chase down a double by Pedro Alvarez that flew over his head.

"I felt all right out there," Johnson said. "I didn't feel too much like a fish out of water or anything. It's different, I'll say that. It definitely breaks up the routine to go out there and see things from a different angle."

After spending the past six seasons at second base, Johnson has to alter the way he goes after balls in the outfield.

"I've got to temper my aggressiveness," he said. "It's easy in the infield. The ball gets to you quicker and you've got to get ready just a little earlier to react. If you do that in the outfield, a lot of times you'll run yourself into a bad route. I had to fight that urge and relax a little bit. I had to sit a half-second longer to see the ball and then react."

Johnson should get ample playing time this season as a super utility player at second base, shortstop, first base and the outfield. Rays manager Joe Maddon likes guys who can handle multiple roles.

"This is something that is definitely going to help us," Maddon said. "I want to believe it's also going to be helpful to him career-wise. You can develop more employment security by being able to do more things."

Luke Scott had an RBI double and a single and Jose Molina also had two of the Rays' 12 hits.

The Pirates made three errors in the first two innings, which led to three unearned runs.

Right fielder Brad Hawpe let a bloop hit bounce past him, third baseman Pedro Alvarez flubbed a high popup and second baseman Neil Walker overthrew 6-foot-4 first baseman Garrett Jones. A wild pitch by A.J. Burnett allowed another run to score.

Burnett, set to make the first opening day start of his career, had a bumpy spring debut. He allowed four runs and three hits in two innings.

"We've got to work on our composure during spring training, too," Burnett said. "Things happen and balls don't always bounce your way. Sometimes, you've got to make plays and make pitches."

Burnett did not use his best pitch, the curveball. Instead, he threw mostly fastballs away and changeups.

"He's working on things, so he's not worried about results," catcher Michael McKenry said. "He's trying to get his rhythm and timing. We were throwing every hitter pretty much the same. We're trying to get his pitch count up."

NOTES: Pirates C Russell Martin (sore right shoulder) sat out for the third day in a row. He was injured Sunday when he got a late start to his pregame warmups. "My arm never got loose," said Martin, expected to return to action by this weekend. ... RHP Jameson Taillon will start Thursday against the Red Sox. It will be his final outing with the Pirates before leaving to join Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. ... One day after he was struck on the left wrist by a batted ball, Rays LHP David Price said his arm feels fine. He is scheduled to start Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.

 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Tabata
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Tampa Bay

L. Scott
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

Related Video

December 22, 2014
Saints at Buccaneers Preview (3:06)
December 23, 2014
Bengals at Steelers Preview
(2:47)
December 12, 2014
Ike Taylor on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(8:23)
December 2, 2014
La Canfora on Steelers at Bengals
(2:10)

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Chicago Cubs Nike Royal Blue Classic Pullover Hoodie

MLB Cold Weather Gear
Get your favorite team
Shop Now

Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 2B3000000 .182
    Tim Beckham, 2B2120000 .286
Desmond Jennings, CF2100100 .333
    Rich Thompson, CF2110011 .429
Matt Joyce, RF3110011 .600
    Jason Bourgeois, RF2011000 .333
Yunel Escobar, SS2001011 .333
    Hak-Ju Lee, SS2011012 .143
Luke Scott, DH3121000 .286
   a- Stephen Vogt, PH-DH2000013 .222
Kelly Johnson, LF1110000 .400
    Leslie Anderson, LF2000001 .455
Jose Molina, C3121002 .333
    Chris Gimenez, PR-C1010000 .333
James Loney, 1B3001001 .286
    Shelley Duncan, 1B1000001 .222
Sean Rodriguez, 3B2100000 .000
    Mike Fontenot, 3B2000001 .375
Totals38812615  
a-flied out for Scott in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tim Beckham (1, Grilli), Luke Scott (1, Rodriguez)
3B - Tim Beckham (1, Hughes)
SF - Yunel Escobar (1)
RBI - Jason Bourgeois (2), Yunel Escobar (3), Hak-Ju Lee (1), Luke Scott (1), Jose Molina (1), James Loney (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (1)
SB - Desmond Jennings 2 (3, 2nd base off Cole/McKenry, 3rd base off Cole/McKenry)
PK - Ben Zobrist (1, Burnett)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lee-Loney
E - Hak-Ju Lee (3, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann 1000000 0.00
Jeremy Hellickson (H,1; W,1-0) 1.2300020 0.00
Juan Sandoval (H,1) 1.1000010 3.86
J.D. Martin (H,1) 1100010 3.00
Alex Torres (H,1) 1.2211030 3.38
Felipe Rivero (H,2) 1.1211010 3.86
Enny Romero 1000100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 3-3, Jeremy Hellickson 12-12, Juan Sandoval 6-6, J.D. Martin 5-5, Alex Torres 14-14, Felipe Rivero 8-8, Enny Romero 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 3-0, Juan Sandoval 2-1, J.D. Martin 1-0, Alex Torres 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 3, Jeremy Hellickson 8, Juan Sandoval 4, J.D. Martin 3, Alex Torres 8, Felipe Rivero 6, Enny Romero 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF2010000 .333
    Jose Tabata, LF2220000 .500
Neil Walker, 2B2000001 .000
    Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B2000012 .333
Andrew McCutchen, CF2000001 .000
    Alex Presley, CF2011011 .333
Pedro Alvarez, 3B2010000 .167
    Matt Hague, 3B2011001 .250
Garrett Jones, 1B2000001 .143
    Jared Goedert, 1B2000001 .200
Gaby Sanchez, DH2010010 .667
   a- Brandon Inge, PH-DH1000112 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF2000022 .200
    Jerry Sands, RF2000011 .111
Michael McKenry, C2010012 .250
    Lucas May, C2000001 .200
Clint Barmes, SS2000001 .500
    Josh Harrison, SS2000001 .000
Totals3528218  
a-struck out for G. Sanchez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata 2 (2, Torres, Rivero), Pedro Alvarez (1, Hellickson)
RBI - Alex Presley (1), Matt Hague (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Hague (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Harrison-De Jesus-Goedert
E - Pedro Alvarez (1, Dropped fly), Jason Grilli (1, Throwing), Brad Hawpe (1, Misplayed grounder), Neil Walker (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (L,0-1) 2341010 4.50
Wandy Rodriguez 2211000 4.50
Gerrit Cole 2111110 4.50
Jason Grilli 1322000 9.00
Mark Melancon 1100000 4.50
Jared Hughes 1200030 0.00
HBP - Johnson (by Wandy Rodriguez)
WP - A.J. Burnett (1), Gerrit Cole (1)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 13-12, Wandy Rodriguez 9-8, Gerrit Cole 16-9, Jason Grilli 6-6, Mark Melancon 3-3, Jared Hughes 11-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-2, Wandy Rodriguez 3-3, Gerrit Cole 2-3, Jason Grilli 1-2, Mark Melancon 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 10, Wandy Rodriguez 9, Gerrit Cole 8, Jason Grilli 6, Mark Melancon 3, Jared Hughes 5
Game Information
Attendance - 4266
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Travis Carlson