|SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|909||SEATTLE||+187||Ov 7.5,-105||+175||Ov 7,-110|
|910||TAMPA BAY||-205||Un 7.5,-115||-185||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-9||+8.4||11-12||4.0||0.238||0.279||3.5||0.231||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.6||3-4||5.0||0.286||0.322||2.1||0.211||0.264|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-14||-11.5||8-10||3.2||0.232||0.295||4.9||0.260||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-8||3-4||2.7||0.242||0.309||4.6||0.261||0.288|
|5/26/2014||YOUNG(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||5-1||W||+135||7.5 ev||U||7||5||0||3||3||1|
|5/27/2014||ELIAS(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-6||L||+120||7 ov||O||9||10||0||11||7||0|
|5/28/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-1||W||-125||6.5 un||U||5||3||0||4||3||0|
|5/29/2014||MAURER(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||5-7||L||+110||8 un||O||6||2||2||15||12||0|
|6/2/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||10-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||5||0||9||5||0|
|6/3/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||FLOYD(R)||7-5||W||150||7.5 un||O||13||8||1||10||7||1|
|6/4/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||2-0||W||130||7 un||U||9||10||0||6||5||0|
|6/6/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||0-4||L||135||8 un||U||5||6||0||10||15||0|
|6/7/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-4||W||145||7 un||O||11||6||0||5||3||0|
|6/8/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-0||W||-115||6.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||1|
|6/9/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|6/10/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|6/11/2014||YOUNG(R)||NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|6/12/2014||ELIAS(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/26/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||5-10||L||130||9 ov||O||10||9||0||16||8||0|
|5/27/2014||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||6-9||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||12||6||0||13||7||1|
|5/28/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HENDRIKS(R)||2-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||4||5||1||9||9||0|
|5/30/2014||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||2-3||L||-140||7.5 ov||U||4||5||1||8||11||1|
|5/31/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||1-7||L||-110||8.5 ev||U||7||5||0||11||7||0|
|6/1/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||0-4||L||150||8 ov||U||5||8||0||7||10||1|
|6/2/2014||COBB(R)||@ MIAMI||WOLF(L)||1-3||L||-140||7 ev||U||6||5||1||5||2||0|
|6/3/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-1||L||-115||7.5 un||U||8||3||0||5||4||0|
|6/10/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/11/2014||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||COBB(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Rays Preview* =======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Seattle (32-29) at Tampa Bay (24-39), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The last time David Price started against the Seattle Mariners, the Tampa Bay Rays found themselves in a manageable hole in the standings.
Move forward 25 games and it's reached unfortunate depths for a club that has grown used to AL East relevancy.
Now 16 games under .500, the Rays send Price to the mound Monday in the finale of a four-game home series against the Seattle Mariners.
After Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners (33-29), the Rays (24-40) have won once in 13 games with 24 runs scored in their last 11. They matched a franchise record by striking out 17 times and are beginning to wonder if it's just not their year.
"Sometimes I feel like this year's just been one of those years where sometimes you can get a bit lucky and sometimes you get unlucky and you got to take it on the chin," reliever Grant Balfour told the team's official website.
Seattle has more to be optimistic about having won seven of eight with plenty of offense and pitching. The Mariners are hitting .283 with 4.75 runs per game and a .207 opponent average with a 2.15 ERA during that time.
Price (4-5, 4.03 ERA) will try to change that and win for the first time in five starts. His last victory came in Seattle on May 13, when he threw his second complete game of the season and limited the Mariners to a run and six hits while matching a season high with 12 strikeouts.
The left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in two career starts against Seattle.
The last time out, Price allowed five runs - one earned - and nine hits while striking out 11 in Wednesday's 5-4 home loss to Miami.
He'll be opposed by Erasmo Ramirez, who made his first major league start in nearly a month in Tuesday's 7-5 win in Atlanta. His struggles continued after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Ramirez (1-4, 6.82) allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings and hasn't won since his first start of the season on April 1.
The right-hander is being hit at a .304 clip and said he wasn't able to bring his pitch location back with him from the minors.
"I was just missing my spots too much," Ramirez said. "The things I wasn't doing in Triple-A, I did here and I paid for it."
Ramirez made two starts against Tampa Bay last season, going 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11 1-3 innings. Ben Zobrist went 4 for 7 with a pair of home runs.
Seattle has been without right fielder Michael Saunders (shoulder soreness) and first baseman Justin Smoak (sore left leg) for two games. Smoak entered Sunday as a defensive replacement while Saunders is considered day to day.
Cole Gillespie has made the loss easier, going 7 for 15 over four games as he's made the most of consistent big-league at-bats.
"Anytime you get back-to-back games and consistent at-bats, every batter is going to feel a little more positive that way," Gillespie told the team's official website. "But I wasn't getting frustrated. I just waited for my opportunity and right now it's now. Hopefully, I can string together some good games and good at-bats and get some W's."
Robinson Cano is batting .396 over his last 23 games and owns a 17-game road hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:38:36 AM EST|