by Steve Carney
Coming in to Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, Wil Myers had just four hits, all of them singles. Manager Joe Maddon put his young slugger in the leadoff spot in the lineup to see if he could get his bat going.
Did it ever.
Myers hit three doubles and scored a pair of runs, giving Tampa Bay their fourth straight spring win, an 11-3 victory over Minnesota.
The right fielder hit a two-base hit in each of the first three innings of the game, scoring on a two-run double by James Loney in the first, and on a two-run single by David DeJesus an inning later.
Myers' third double scored Yunel Escobar, giving Tampa Bay a 7-1 lead in the third inning.
Matt Joyce also brought in a run in the first inning with a single, and Escobar had an RBI single in the third.
Loney added on in the sixth, as his RBI single would score Evan Longoria to make it 8-1.
Tampa Bay put three more on the board in the eighth, thanks to an RBI groundout by Jeremy Moore and singles by Brandon Guyer and Logan Forsythe.
Minnesota's first run came in the second inning, as Oswaldo Arcia scored on a double play grounder by Pedro Florimon. They added a pair in the ninth off Adam Liberatore.
Tampa Bay heads to Sarasota Wednesday to take on the Baltimore Orioles, with Mark Lowe scheduled to start against Bud Norris. First pitch from Ed Smith Stadium is scheduled for 1:05.
NOTES: Tampa Bay had 20 hits in the game, a spring high. After the game, outfielder Jeremy Moore and catcher Eddy Rodriguez were reassigned to minor-league camp.