PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — In more than half of Domonic Brown's 40 spring plate appearances, he has reached base. He singled two more times Friday. Both were against lefty David Price, last year's American League Cy Young Award winner.
As it turns out, there are work hazards for being on base so often.
In the first inning, Price kept a close eye on Brown at first. He threw over. Brown scampered back but Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stepped on his right hand in the process.
Brown stayed in the game, but during the next half inning, he shook his hand. It was quickly treated in the dugout. There were a few marks left from the accident.
"It's all good," Brown said.
After the game, Charlie Manuel called Brown "the biggest bright spot" this spring.
EXTRA BASES. Kyle Kendrick started and his first two innings were pristine. He struck out three hitters, all on change-ups. The third inning was not as clean. The Rays scored three times, all with two outs. "It's something to build off of," Kendrick said. "Nothing great. But it was decent. I was happy to get my pitch count up." He threw 61 pitches in four innings. ... The Phillies lost another player, their eighth from big-league camp, to the World Baseball Classic. Lefty Mauricio Robles was added to Venezuela's roster as an injury replacement.