|TAMPA BAY ( RAMOS )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )
|925||TAMPA BAY||+100||Ov 8.5,-110||-105||Ov 8.5,+105|
|926||CHI WHITE SOX||-110||Un 8.5,-110||-105||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-6||-6.6||3-3||2.6||0.199||0.281||6.0||0.292||0.357|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||6-1||7.4||0.313||0.395||5.4||0.240||0.309|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||+1.6||4-2||6.8||0.303||0.339||4.7||0.243||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.4||5-1||6.7||0.306||0.349||4.9||0.294||0.378|
|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)||1-7||L||-115||8 ov||P||6||5||0||13||7||0|
|4/16/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||0-3||L||-105||8.5 un||U||6||9||1||6||7||0|
|4/17/2014||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-10||L||-170||6.5 ov||O||7||7||1||16||7||1|
|4/18/2014||BEDARD(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||11-5||W||-110||7.5 un||O||16||9||1||8||7||0|
|4/19/2014||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||16-1||W||-135||7.5 ev||O||16||6||0||3||1||1|
|4/20/2014||RAMOS(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||1-5||L||-135||8.5 un||U||6||11||0||10||9||3|
|4/25/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||6-9||L||-135||8.5 un||O||10||11||0||12||4||0|
|4/26/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/27/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LEESMAN(L)|| |
|4/28/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/1/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/18/2014||PAULINO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||0-12||L||145||8.5 un||O||3||4||0||18||9||0|
|4/19/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||3-6||L||110||9 un||P||9||7||0||13||6||1|
|4/20/2014||JOHNSON(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(L)||16-2||W||155||9 un||O||18||6||1||2||4||1|
|4/21/2014||DANKS(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-1||W||182||8.5 ev||U||5||4||0||9||10||2|
|4/22/2014||LEESMAN(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||6-8||L||220||8.5 ov||O||13||9||2||15||10||0|
|4/23/2014||RIENZO(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||6-4||W||175||8.5 un||O||10||3||0||6||4||0|
|4/24/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||4-7||L||190||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||13||7||1|
|4/25/2014||JOHNSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||9-6||W||+125||8.5 un||O||12||4||0||10||11||0|
|4/26/2014||DANKS(L)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|4/27/2014||LEESMAN(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/28/2014||RIENZO(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||DANKS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.''
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-White Sox Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (10-13) at Chicago (12-12), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox have relied heavily on a high-scoring offense in the early stages of the season while the majority of their pitching staff continues to struggle.
John Danks has been one of the exceptions.
Danks seeks another solid outing Saturday to help the White Sox deal the visiting Tampa Bay Rays a fourth straight defeat.
Chicago (12-12), which leads the majors with 134 runs, scored five in the bottom of the ninth Friday to rally for a 9-6 win. Jose Abreu capped a 3-for-5, six-RBI night with a two-out, walk-off grand slam after the Rays (10-13) took the lead in the top half.
Abreu, who also hit a solo shot in the third, is batting .400 with five homers and 13 RBIs over his last seven. His nine homers before the end of April are a major league record for a rookie.
"It's just something amazing," Abreu said. "It's just amazing to be involved in this situation."
Though the White Sox have been stellar at the plate, their 5.23 ERA ranks last in the AL. Five Chicago pitchers combined for 11 walks Friday, and starter Erik Johnson lasted only 1 2-3 innings.
Danks (2-0, 2.84 ERA) and the injured Chris Sale have been the only solid starters for Chicago, which has won four of six. Danks has gone at least six innings in his four outings. He gave up one run and six hits in 6 1-3 frames Monday in a 3-1 win at Detroit.
"I'm going to try to pick up the slack until (Sale returns)," he said. "After we were down, I knew if I could keep it within a run or so, we had a chance. This team doesn't give up. This team plays hard and we really don't feel like we're out of any game."
Chicago has lost the left-hander's last four starts against Tampa Bay, but he's given up five runs and struck out 10 over 14 innings in the last two. Evan Longoria is just 3 for 15 with two doubles and four strikeouts in his career against Danks.
Longoria was 2 for 5 and is hitting .364 over his last eight. It appeared his homer would help end a two-game skid before closer Grant Balfour failed to hold the lead.
"For me, it's a loss and a loss is a loss is a loss," manager Joe Maddon said. "You've got to come and play tomorrow - you don't get a week off - and you have to come ready to play. You have to file it. This is a solid 30-minute game for me, and after that, we'll be fine."
Tampa Bay will look to break out of its funk as it sends Cesar Ramos to the mound.
Ramos (0-1, 4.91) allowed four runs and walked three in two innings of a 12-4 loss to Cincinnati in his first start April 13, but he was much better while giving up one run in five frames of Tampa Bay's 5-1, 12-inning loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.
The left-hander entered the rotation in place of Matt Moore, who is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Ramos, who has made only five career starts, has no record with a 7.71 ERA in six relief appearances against the White Sox, who had lost five straight to the Rays prior to Friday's win.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:44:24 PM EST|