There were some interesting big numbers in the Rays' 19-0 Tuesday win over the Twins, and a near-miss at a historical zero, losing a perfect game in the eighth:
19: Spring record, overall record-tying runs by the Rays, and spring and overall record margin of victory.
21: Consecutive batters retired by Rays pitchers Alex Cobb (six), Dana Eveland (three), David Carpenter (three), Alex Colome (three), Danny Farquhar (six). Neil Wagner opened the eighth allowing a single to Bengie Gonzalez, ending the bid for a perfect game, then two more hits and a walk. "We didn't really talk about it (on the bench," Wagner said. "A couple fans mentioned it."
5: Rays who homered — two-runners by Curt Casali and Nick Franklin, three-run shots by Rickie Weeks and minor-leaguer Cade Gotta, and a mammoth grand slam by prospect Jake Bauers that struck the base of building beyond rightfield. "Jake continues to impress," manager Kevin Cash said. "That is one smooth swing."
23: Most hits in a spring game since at least 2008, one shy of regular-season record. "It's spring training so some people say winning and losing doesn't matter, but … we want to win, and the more runs we can put up the better. I think it's good to practice scoring a lot of runs," Casali said.
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