Devil Rays beat U. of Tampa, 11-0
Mar. 01, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Jared Sandberg and Carl Crawford homered, and Rocco Baldelli had three hits and two RBI as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the University of Tampa 11-0 Friday.
Tanyon Sturtze struck out five of seven batters he faced, while Paul Wilson and Esteban Yan also worked two innings for the Devil Rays, who open their major league training schedule Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.
Jay Hyland had two of Tampa's three hits.
Most of the players in the Devil Rays' lineup were prospects who will start the season in the minor leagues.
One exception is Sandberg, the front-runner to be the opening-ay third baseman. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Crawford hit a solo homer off Joey Simon in the first inning and finished 3-for-5. He, Baldelli and Josh Hamilton, who has not practiced this spring because of a back injury, are the top three outfielders in Tampa Bay's farm system.