Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Anderson drives in 3 runs in Rays 10-7 victory
Posted Feb 24, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 24, 2013 at 07:19 PM
FORT MYERS Leslie Anderson is making a quick impact in camp.
The first baseman drove in three runs Sunday, including the go-ahead run in the 10th inning with a single as the Rays beat the Twins 10-7 in 10 innings at Hammond Stadium.
Anderson also had the game-winning hit Saturday with a two-run double to beat the Red Sox 4-3.
“Good at-bats,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Beyond that, I’m liking what he’s doing on defense. … Watching him pregame it looks to me as though he’s gotten a better feel for the position, also. He’s looking really good. He’s a different player than what I saw the last time I saw him.”
The Cuban native signed with the Rays in 2010 and reached Triple A Durham after making stops at Class A Charlotte and Double A Montgomery. He is a.297 batting average during his time with the Bulls, including as .309 average, 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 2012.
“I feel great right now,” Anderson said Sunday through Rays clubhouse attendant Jose Fernandez, who provided the translation. “Everything is working. I’m looking to open some eyes and get a chance to play.”
RF Wil Myers got his first hit of the spring, a double. He drove in his first run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
C Mark Thomson hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning for the Rays final runs.
LHP Jimmy Petterson allowed five runs in the ninth. That he couldn’t finish the inning means the Rays needed an extra pitcher (RHP Jim Puduch got the last four outs) and will be a little thin in the bullpen this afternoon against the Red Sox.
RHP Chris Archer made his first start of the season, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun. He walked Twins catcher Joe Mauer with two outs but got out of the inning when he jammed Josh Willingham with a fastball for an easy grounder to shortstop.
Archer threw 21 pitches, seven of them change-ups – the pitch he wanted to work on Sunday.
“They were down. They were where I wanted them to be,” Archer said. “They caused me to fall behind sometimes, but part of spring training is preparing for Opening Day, and I think (it) was a good step towards preparing for Opening Day as far as change-up goes.”
RHP Jake Odorizzi and RHP Juan Sandoval made their Rays debuts Sunday with each working an inning.