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Zobrist, Jennings, Joyce homer to power Rays past Yankees 5-4

  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos delivers a warm-up throw in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos delivers a warm-up throw in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees pitcher Adam Warren delivers a warm-up throw in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New York Yankees pitcher Adam Warren delivers a warm-up throw in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, singles as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan, left, looks on in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, singles as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan, left, looks on in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce homered to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Wednesday.

Cesar Ramos allowed two runs in 2 1-3 innings as he entered the competition for the fifth spot in the Rays' pitching rotation. Newly acquired closer Grant Balfour gave up a pair of fourth-inning runs in his second spring appearance.

New York's travel roster included few notable names after playing the previous night in Tampa, with Ichiro Suzuki getting a start in center field and Eduardo Nunez getting a look at second base as manager Joe Girardi continues to explores the infielder's versatility.

Adam Warren, a candidate to be the Yankees' fifth starter, allowed one run and four hits in 2 1-3 innings.