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ST. PETERSBURG -- Newcomer Kelly Johnson got to participate in some small ball in his first game for the Rays in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Johnson walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth, then took off running on a 3-2 pitch. Desmond Jennings ripped the ball down the left-field line, which allowed Johnson to score from first.

Johnson believes that inning will be a precursor of what fans can expect from this year's team.

"I think there are enough athletes on this team where there are going to be a lot of opportunities for that," Johnson said. "Sometimes you get in the middle of the order, things get clogged up for a minute. ... You just don't have enough guys who can run. But I think there are enough guys here that can run, there are enough athletes where they can pick and choose spots to get runners in motion and trust that the guys are going to put the ball into play."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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