PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen pitched two scoreless innings and a Baltimore split-squad scored three late runs to beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Thursday, spoiling the Rays’ spring debut under manager Kevin Cash.
Michael Almanzar snapped a ninth-inning tie with a solo homer and Mike Yastrzemski’s sacrifice fly gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead. Rey Navarro’s RBI single in the eighth wiped out a 1-0 lead the Rays took on Joey Butler’s run-scoring double.
At 37, Cash is the youngest manager in the major leagues, taking over for Joe Maddon, who opted out of the final year of his contract before signing with the Chicago Cubs.
Chen allowed one hit and struck out one.
Nathan Karns, who’s competing for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation, worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk.
Almanzar homered off left-hander Robert Zarate (0-1). Butler finished 2 for 2 for the Rays, adding a solo homer in the ninth.
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