SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Nelson Cruz had a scary end to spring training.
Baltimore’s designated hitter, signed to an $8 million, one-year contract last month, was hit in the helmet by a curveball from Rays starter Alex Cobb in the fourth inning Thursday night
“We’ll take a look and see how he feels (Friday), but he feels pretty good,” Showalter said.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but it slipped a little bit. It was a curveball and just got away from me,” Cobb said. “I don’t think any pitcher wants to hit a guy in the head. … It still stinks to see a guy go down like that. I’ve heard he’s OK, so that’s good.”
Cobb was sidelined for an extended stretch last season after getting hit in the head by a line drive.
Longoria doubled and hit his third home run of the spring for the Rays, who improved the best record in the Grapefruit League to 16-6-4.
Ubaldo Jimenez yielded three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Orioles. He walked two and struck out four.
David Lough had three hits for Baltimore.
Rays: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has set his rotation: David Price, Cobb, Matt Moore, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.
“I like the rotation. I couldn’t be happier,” Cobb said. “One through five, really happy.”
Orioles: Jimenez, who is Baltimore’s No. 2 starter, is eager to get out of Florida.