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Rays open exhibition season with 6-3 win over Pirates

The Rays won the home game of their opening-day, split-squad set, beating the Pirates, 6-3.

1B Brad Miller, with an opposite-field double off the wall, and CF Kevin Kiermaier, with a bloop single to shallow center, provided the early offense.

2B Daniel Robertson was impressive in the field, making several noteworthy plays, and crediting his off-season plan to trim bulk and be more athletic.

Manager Kevin Cash noted the work of several relievers, specifically Austin Pruitt, who worked as a starter and out of the bullpen last year, and promising prospect Diego Castillo, who makes throwing hard look easy.

The game ended on an impressive catch and throw to second by minor-league RF Nathan Lukes to double off the runner.

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