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Wil Myers leaves game with bruised thigh

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps, and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday.

Myers, last year's AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times.

"As soon as it happened, the initial pain kind of scared me," Myers said. "I probably would have stayed in if it was a normal regular-season game that meant something. But this right here, I just want to be cautious about something like this."

Zobrist drove in a run in the first inning then doubled and scored in the third inning as the Rays built a 4-1 lead against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez. Jerry Sands, who replaced Myers, hit a two-run single in the eighth to make it 6-3.

Jake Odorizzi and left-hander Cesar Ramos, who are competing with lefty Erik Bedard for one open spot in the Rays' rotation, both pitched. Odorizzi started and allowed one run in 3 2-3 innings then Ramos followed and gave up two runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Volquez, expected to be the Pirates' fifth starter after signing a one-year, $5-million contract as a free agent in December, was touched four runs — two earned — in 3 2-3 innings.

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Rays: Odorizzi allowed two runs and three walks while striking out two. He settled down after issuing two first-inning walks.

"I'm really comfortable right now," Odorizzi said. "My body, everything's feeling good, pitches are feeling good. Getting out of jams was a good takeaway from today. I kind of got myself just throwing balls up in the zone, but I was able to get out of it with just one run."

Pirates: Volquez had four strikeouts but also surrendered seven hits and two walks. His ERA is 11.00 after four games and nine innings.

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