|TAMPA BAY ( BEDARD )|
LA ANGELS ( SKAGGS )
|965||TAMPA BAY||+120||Ov 8,-115||+135||Ov 9,-115|
|966||LA ANGELS||-130||Un 8,-105||-145||Un 9,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-6||-2.4||5-5||3.9||0.244||0.312||4.8||0.272||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-3||3.6||0.256||0.309||4.1||0.244||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-8||-2.5||9-5||4.2||0.246||0.305||4.9||0.237||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||4.3||0.252||0.342||4.0||0.214||0.268|
|5/1/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||2-1||W||145||9 ev||U||4||6||1||6||11||0|
|5/1/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-5||W||100||9 ov||O||10||5||0||6||10||1|
|5/2/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||10-5||W||-135||8.5 un||O||20||13||1||18||13||0|
|5/3/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-9||L||175||8.5 un||O||9||6||0||12||7||0|
|5/4/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||125||9 un||U||13||9||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-12||L||145||7 un||O||10||5||4||14||6||0|
|5/13/2014||PRICE(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-1||W||-120||6.5 ov||U||8||7||0||6||4||0|
|5/14/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||2-0||W||-115||8 un||U||3||7||0||2||3||1|
|5/15/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|5/16/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|5/17/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/18/2014||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|5/22/2014|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|5/5/2014||WEAVER(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-1||W||-145||8 un||U||4||7||0||6||4||1|
|5/6/2014||WILSON(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||-140||7.5 ev||U||6||4||0||8||6||1|
|5/7/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||2-9||L||-135||8.5 un||O||6||7||2||12||7||0|
|5/9/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||4-3||W||-110||9.5 ov||U||9||11||0||7||5||1|
|5/10/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||5-3||W||-110||9.5 ov||U||12||6||1||6||3||1|
|5/11/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||9-3||W||115||9 ev||O||12||10||0||6||6||2|
|5/12/2014||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-7||L||100||9 ov||O||7||8||1||9||5||0|
|5/13/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||4-3||W||160||7.5 un||U||7||8||1||4||4||3|
|5/14/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||3-0||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||6||0|
|5/15/2014||SKAGGS(L)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/16/2014||WEAVER(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|5/17/2014||WILSON(L)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|5/18/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|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.''
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Angels Preview* =====================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Tampa Bay (17-23) at Los Angeles (20-18), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays were forced to put Erik Bedard in their rotation last month after they lost two more starters to injuries, and it didn't look like the veteran left-hander would stay there very long following his first two turns.
Bedard, though, has turned things around and will try to win three straight starts for the first time in nearly five years Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the surging Los Angeles Angels.
Jeremy Hellickson had elbow surgery in the winter, causing him to start the season on the disabled list, and Matt Moore and Alex Cobb joined him on the DL not long after.
Tampa Bay (18-23) purchased Bedard's contract from Triple-A Durham on April 13, and he made one relief appearance before joining the rotation. Bedard went 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in his first two starts, but he's 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in the last three.
"I'm always a slow starter so the first couple (starts) were rough, but after that you just get in the groove of things and throw strikes," said Bedard, who has allowed one or no runs in three straight starts for the first time since 2008.
His best outing came Saturday, when he allowed one hit over six scoreless innings to beat Cleveland 7-1. Bedard (2-1, 3.38 ERA) last won three starts in a row May 27-June 7, 2009, while with Seattle.
"He has a good feel for pitching besides having some good stuff," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "I think he's gotten better."
Bedard has had good stuff the last few times he's faced the Angels (21-18). He held them to one run over seven innings of a 2-1 win at Anaheim on June 3 while pitching for Houston, improving to 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last four matchups.
The Rays enter this series after receiving a pair of solid pitching performances in back-to-back wins at Seattle. David Price struck out 12 while going the distance in Tuesday's 2-1 victory, and four pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 2-0 win Wednesday.
The Rays, however, lost second baseman Ben Zobrist after he dislocated his left thumb while sliding head first into second base on a steal attempt.
"I guess best case scenario is it heals very quickly and I can get back on the field, maybe within a week," Zobrist said. "That's unlikely I think and I think they're trying to decide whether I need to go on the DL or not."
Bedard will be opposed by Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 4.14), who is also coming off an impressive outing. The left-hander gave up three runs and four hits while pitching into the ninth in Saturday's 5-3 victory at Toronto, one start after allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 14-3 home loss to Texas.
"Tyler is really coming into his own, you can really see the maturation process," catcher Chris Iannetta told the Angels' official site. "He just keeps getting better and hopefully he just keeps learning how to pitch and learning how to execute."
Skaggs is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts at home compared to 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three on the road.
He'll look to help Los Angeles stay hot after it won 3-0 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game series against Philadelphia and finish 5-1 on its road swing.
"Great trip, man," Albert Pujols said. "... It's great. Hopefully we'll keep it going."
The Angels, though, have lost 15 of 19 against the Rays in Anaheim.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:32:02 PM EST|