|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
BALTIMORE ( CHEN )
|913||TAMPA BAY||-115||Ov 8,-120||-115||Ov 8,-115|
|914||BALTIMORE||+105||Un 8,+100||+105||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-3||-2.4||2-2||3.5||0.211||0.291||5.0||0.271||0.362|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||1.9||0.190||0.249||3.9||0.248||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-5||-0.6||4-5||4.2||0.263||0.308||4.4||0.275||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||3-4||4.1||0.275||0.310||4.0||0.256||0.315|
|4/7/2014||MOORE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||2-4||L||105||8 un||U||6||6||0||8||7||1|
|4/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-0||W||-110||7.5 ev||U||4||5||1||9||10||0|
|4/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||10||4||0|
|4/11/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 un||U||6||9||0||4||7||0|
|4/12/2014||COBB(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||1-0||W||-125||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||4||3||0|
|4/13/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-12||L||115||7.5 ov||O||7||8||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/15/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/16/2014||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|4/17/2014||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/18/2014||RAMOS(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/4/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||4-10||L||150||8 ev||O||7||7||0||17||8||1|
|4/5/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||6-7||L||120||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||13||7||1|
|4/6/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-1||W||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||5||0|
|4/7/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-4||L||125||8 ev||U||8||5||0||8||8||0|
|4/8/2014||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||14-5||W||-105||9 ov||O||20||7||0||13||10||0|
|4/9/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-4||W||155||8 un||O||12||9||0||10||5||1|
|4/14/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/16/2014||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/18/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/20/2014||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/21/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Hellickson as injured pitcher)
*Rays-Orioles Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (7-6) at Baltimore (5-7), 7:05 p.m. EDT
With three top starters on the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Rays could use a few more strong outings from Chris Archer.
The right-hander will try to lead the Rays to a fifth consecutive win over the Baltimore Orioles in Monday night's opener to the AL East foes' first series this season.
Tampa Bay placed Matt Moore on the DL on Tuesday because of an ailing left elbow, then put Alex Cobb there before Sunday's series finale in Cincinnati. Cobb strained his left oblique while pitching seven innings in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Reds.
They join Jeremy Hellickson, who hasn't pitched this season while he recovers from elbow surgery.
The Rays (7-6) couldn't complete the series sweep after that effort, falling 12-4 on Sunday, and long reliever Cesar Ramos lasted only two-plus innings while taking Moore's spot in the rotation. Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, who started the season in the minors, is expected to take Cobb's place.
Reliever Joel Peralta has also been dealing with an illness.
"Nobody's going to feel sorry for you and I don't want us to feel sorry for ourselves, either," manager Joe Maddon told the team's website.
Archer (1-0, 1.38 ERA) will try to help his short-handed club by adding to his promising start. After going six innings to beat Toronto in a 7-2 victory April 3, he tossed seven innings in Kansas City on Tuesday before the Rays scored in the ninth to win 1-0.
Archer went 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two starts last season against Baltimore, which dropped 11 of the final 13 games in last year's series. Tampa Bay also won five of its final six road games versus the Orioles.
Baltimore (5-7) was routed 11-3 by visiting Toronto on Sunday after winning four of six. The Orioles' 1-4 start was their worst since they opened 1-11 in 2010.
While his team has started the season in uneven fashion, Wei-Yin Chen has been consistently lackluster. The left-hander has given up four runs and failed to pitch past the sixth inning in each of his two starts.
Chen (1-1, 6.75) allowed a career-high 12 hits in a 4-3 loss to Boston on April 3, then gave up nine to the New York Yankees in a 14-5 victory Tuesday.
The Orioles have plated 10 runs in four subsequent games. They fell behind 11-1 on Sunday before Chris Davis hit his first homer of the season in the eighth and Matt Wieters followed with his third in six games.
"As an offense, we definitely want to score some more runs early in the game," said Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers last year. "When you go up there and put up a run early, you've got to continue to score runs."
Chen allowed two runs in each of his three starts versus the Rays last season and has a 2.13 ERA in his last six against them, going 2-1.
Ben Zobrist is 10 for 23 (.435) in his career against Chen. He had a pair of two-run homers Sunday.
J.J. Hardy, who returned from back spasms Saturday, is 1 for 7 with two strikeouts against Archer. Wieters and Adam Jones are each 0 for 6.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:21:41 AM EST|