|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-105||Ov 7.5,+100||-120||Ov 7.5,-105|
|966||DETROIT||-105||Un 7.5,-120||+110||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-34||-13.5||32-30||3.9||0.251||0.320||4.0||0.236||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||4-2||5.4||0.275||0.351||3.9||0.253||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-8||+6.2||12-13||4.5||0.286||0.342||3.8||0.238||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||5-1||4.9||0.273||0.343||3.9||0.258||0.308|
|6/27/2014||COLOME(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||5-2||W||120||8.5 un||U||9||6||1||3||4||0|
|6/27/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-4||L||-110||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||10||10||0|
|6/28/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||5-4||W||130||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||3||1|
|6/29/2014||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||12-7||W||-115||8.5 un||O||18||9||0||13||7||0|
|6/30/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-3||W||105||8 ov||U||9||13||0||9||8||0|
|7/1/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||8||0|
|7/2/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||6-3||W||-110||9 un||P||12||9||0||10||9||1|
|7/3/2014||BEDARD(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-8||L||180||8 un||O||2||2||0||15||7||0|
|7/4/2014||COBB(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||6-3||W||105||8 un||O||9||8||1||6||5||0|
|7/5/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||7-2||W||115||7.5 ev||O||11||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/6/2014||PRICE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|7/7/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||BEDARD(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|7/9/2014||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|6/22/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||10-4||W||-110||8 un||O||12||9||0||11||9||3|
|6/24/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||8-2||W||-110||9.5 un||O||16||7||2||9||9||0|
|6/25/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||8-6||W||-135||9 un||O||11||6||2||9||9||0|
|6/26/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||6-0||W||-115||10.5 un||U||12||11||1||3||3||1|
|6/27/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||3-4||L||-135||8.5 ev||U||8||5||2||9||6||2|
|6/28/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||4-3||W||-170||8 ev||U||10||8||0||8||5||0|
|6/29/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||4-6||L||-125||8.5 un||O||9||6||0||14||10||0|
|7/3/2014||SCHERZER(R)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||8-1||W||-190||8 un||O||15||7||0||2||2||0|
|7/4/2014||SMYLY(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-6||L||-115||8 un||O||6||5||0||9||8||1|
|7/5/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||-125||7.5 ev||O||6||7||0||11||7||0|
|7/6/2014||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/8/2014||VERLANDER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/9/2014||SCHERZER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/12/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.''
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Tigers Preview* =====================
Tampa Bay (39-50) at Detroit (48-35), 8:00 p.m. EDT
No one has been scoring against Rick Porcello lately and it seems as though David Price has simply been playing catch with his backstop in recent weeks.
Hits and runs may come at a premium Sunday night as two of baseball's hottest pitchers square off when the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays close a four-game set at Comerica Park.
Porcello (11-4, 3.12 ERA) has thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings for Detroit, while Price (7-7, 3.50) leads the majors with 153 strikeouts.
Porcello, who can tie the New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the major league lead in victories, had never thrown a shutout until doing so in back-to-back outings, including a four-hitter in Tuesday's 3-0 home victory over Oakland.
"I don't want to jinx it," he said. "All I know is that I'm throwing the ball really well right now, I'm making consistent pitches when I need them, and my defense is helping me out. I'm also getting some good breaks, which every pitcher needs."
On Tuesday, the right-hander became the first in franchise history to throw a shutout without walking or striking out a batter since Dizzy Trout in 1944. He's the first Tigers pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts since Jack Morris had three straight in 1986.
"Obviously, Rick is throwing the ball extremely well right now," manager Brad Ausmus said.
The same can be said about Price, who seeks his first three-start win streak of 2014. His run of striking out at least 10 in five straight outings ended Tuesday as he finished with nine and allowed one run in seven innings in a 2-1 road victory over the Yankees.
Price, who could have joined Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to strike out at least 10 in six straight starts, insisted trade rumors aren't concerning him.
"I just play ball," he said. "That's my job."
The left-hander has limited Miguel Cabrera to one hit in 14 at-bats with six strikeouts, making him the only pitcher Cabrera has faced that many times not to surrender more than one hit.
Victor Martinez has presented more of a challenge with eight hits in 17 at-bats against Price, who is 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in five starts against the Tigers (48-36).
Martinez, however, did not start for the fourth time in six games Saturday due to soreness in his left side.
"If push comes to shove, we could probably keep him down all the way through the All-Star break," Ausmus told MLB's official website. "But right now, we're just going to see how he feels every day."
Porcello is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay (40-50), limiting Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist to three hits in 24 at-bats.
He has never faced Kevin Kiermaier, who went 3 for 4 with two triples and three RBIs in Saturday's 7-2 victory for Tampa Bay. Kiermaier ended a stretch of 15 at-bats without a hit as the Rays won for the seventh time in eight games.
"I really like the way we're swinging the bats right now," Kiermaier said. "Everyone's doing their part, and we're all staying positive and we're having so much fun out there on the field."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:18:21 AM EST|