CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Nobody remembers Spring Training games once the season starts, but Rays manager Joe Maddon played the ninth inning Sunday at Bright House Field like Game 7 of the World Series.
The Phillies had runners on second and third with one out in a tie game when Maddon had Rays left fielder Russell Canzler move from left field to third base to give Tampa Bay a five-man infield. Third baseman J.J. Furmaniak, shortstop Tim Beckham and second baseman Daniel Mayora shifted as Phillies catcher Joel Naughton stepped to the plate.
Naughton singled to right field to score Ross Gload to win the game, 4-3.
"You have to work on it sometime," Maddon said.
Phillies fans certainly were familiar with the five-man infield. Maddon used it in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, but Carlos Ruiz chopped a ball up the third-base line to allow Eric Bruntlett to score the winning run. Maddon has used it since then, too.