- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. (AP) - Jason Hammel is making strides toward earning a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation, and injured outfielders B.J. Upton and Matt Joyce are closer to getting back on the field for the Rays.

Hammel settled down after a shaky start to pitch four innings in Wednesday’s 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Upton and Joyce saw limited action in a Class-A game.

Hammel, competing with Jeff Niemann and David Price for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, allowed three runs and five hits, including Edwin Encarnacion’s second-inning homer and sacrifice flies to Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan.


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