|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )
|** Doubleheader Game #2|
|959||TAMPA BAY||+105||Ov 8.5,-125||-105||Ov 9,-115|
|960||BOSTON||-115||Un 8.5,+105||-105||Un 9,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-6||-5.6||3-4||2.7||0.205||0.286||5.2||0.279||0.345|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.7||6-1||4.3||0.258||0.347||6.7||0.303||0.383|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-11||-7.8||6-11||3.4||0.230||0.292||4.5||0.282||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-3||5.1||0.268||0.351||6.0||0.284||0.345|
|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)||4-0||W||-110||8.5 un||U||9||10||0||5||7||1|
|4/27/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||2-9||L||-160||8 ev||O||7||6||4||11||5||1|
|4/28/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||3-7||L||-130||9 un||O||7||8||1||12||9||2|
|4/29/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||4-7||L||155||8.5 un||O||8||6||0||13||10||1|
|5/1/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/2/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/3/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/4/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/8/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/17/2014||LESTER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-1||W||-105||7 un||U||5||6||0||8||6||0|
|4/22/2014||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-9||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||9||5||2||15||9||0|
|4/23/2014||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||5-1||W||-110||9 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||3|
|4/24/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-14||L||-120||8.5 ev||O||4||8||5||14||15||1|
|4/25/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||8-1||W||100||9.5 un||U||16||12||0||6||6||1|
|4/26/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||7-6||W||100||9 un||O||5||4||0||13||11||0|
|4/27/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||1-7||L||-110||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||9||2||0|
|4/29/2014||LACKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||7-4||W||-165||8.5 un||O||13||10||1||8||6||0|
|5/1/2014||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|5/1/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|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.''
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================
By JOHN KOSIK STATS Editor
Tampa Bay (11-16) at Boston (13-14), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Chris Archer has had an up-and-down season after signing a six-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays worth $25.5 million.
Archer, who has been dominant in his two home starts but spotty on the road, takes the mound for the struggling Rays in the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Before Archer can try turning things around on the road, the Rays look to end a three-game skid behind left-hander Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.38 ERA), who opposes Jake Peavy in the opener.
Ramos, inserted into the rotation due to injuries, is coming off his first victory after working five innings in a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Red Sox manager John Farrell moved Peavy (1-0, 2.87) up to start the first game after the right-hander went seven innings - his longest outing of the season - and gave up five hits with seven strikeouts in an 8-1 victory Friday at Toronto.
"Personal preference of maybe a little bit more known commodity as far as dependability and getting deeper into the (first) game," Farrell told the Red Sox's official website. "Not to say it's always a guarantee, but that's what you go by, knowing you've got a guy that can hopefully keep a bullpen from getting overexposed early and look to have guys fresh for Game 2."
While Archer (2-1, 4.11) has gone 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in a pair of starts at home for Tampa Bay (11-16), he's 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in his three road outings.
After he impressed in his first road start April 8, working seven innings in Tampa Bay's 1-0 win at Kansas City, the right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs over 11 innings in his previous two away from home.
Archer struggled in his only career start at Fenway last season, giving up four runs on five hits with five walks over 4 2-3 innings of a 5-1 loss June 8, and he doesn't want to let this AL East rivalry get the better of him.
"I have to consciously control it, because I don't want the emotion of the rivalry (to affect my performance), because they're our biggest rival," Archer, who has walked 13 in 13 2-3 innings over three career starts against Boston, told the Rays' official website. "I don't know if we're theirs, but that's irrelevant. They're our biggest rival."
In his most recent start, Archer didn't receive a decision after allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings of a 9-6 road loss to the White Sox on Friday.
After the Rays went 7-12 against Boston last season, including 4-6 at Fenway, the Red Sox opened this year's 19-game series with a 7-4 victory in Tuesday's opener before Wednesday's game was rained out.
Shane Victorino had four hits and his first two RBIs of the season, and John Lackey pitched eight strong innings in Boston's third win in four games.
Victorino, activated from the disabled list last week after missing the first 22 games with a hamstring injury, raised his batting average from .133 to .316. He singled three times, hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth and had an RBI double in a five-run sixth.
Taking the hill for Boston (13-14) in the second game will be Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00), who was hit hard by the New York Yankees his last time out.
The left-hander lasted only 2 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs - three earned - in a 14-5 defeat last Thursday to the Yankees, who have handed Doubront two of his losses.
Doubront went 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts against the Rays last season, getting a total of two runs of support in the 24 2-3 innings he pitched.
He lost the last two, both at Fenway, after allowing five earned runs over 11 2-3 innings as David Price shut down the Red Sox in each meeting.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:34:50 AM EST|