|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )
|969||BOSTON||+110||Ov 7.5,+100||-115||Ov 7.5,+115|
|970||TAMPA BAY||-120||Un 7.5,-120||+105||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-36||-13.2||27-37||3.9||0.246||0.315||3.9||0.255||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||4-2||4.7||0.268||0.322||4.1||0.251||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-36||-7.7||37-35||4.1||0.256||0.326||3.8||0.234||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.3||3-4||5.0||0.276||0.351||1.7||0.195||0.242|
|7/12/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 un||U||13||9||1||8||7||0|
|7/13/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||11-0||W||-130||8 ev||O||16||11||0||3||3||3|
|7/18/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 un||O||10||8||2||12||8||1|
|7/19/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||6||6||1||5||7||1|
|7/20/2014||LESTER(L)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||6-0||W||-155||7.5 un||U||9||10||0||4||6||1|
|7/21/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||14-1||W||-105||8.5 un||O||18||5||0||3||2||0|
|7/22/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||3-7||L||-115||9 un||O||11||9||0||13||7||0|
|7/23/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||8||6||1|
|7/24/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||0-8||L||100||8 ov||P||1||3||0||14||8||0|
|7/25/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-6||L||130||6.5 un||O||10||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/26/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/18/2014||COBB(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||11||5||0||6||9||0|
|7/19/2014||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||5-1||W||-145||7 ev||U||13||4||1||5||6||1|
|7/20/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||5-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||11||12||2||6||8||1|
|7/22/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||130||7 un||O||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|7/23/2014||COBB(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-0||W||-120||7 un||U||8||11||0||5||4||1|
|8/1/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.''
|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 (BOSTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Rays Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (47-55) at Tampa Bay (49-53), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to take their current surge in stride.
Looking to win nine straight for the first time in 10 years, the Rays can do so by handing the visiting Boston Red Sox a fifth consecutive defeat Saturday night.
Evan Longoria delivered a tiebreaking, three-run double in the seventh inning and David Price won his sixth straight start in Tampa Bay's 6-4 victory Friday.
Winners in 19 of 24 and 26-11 since losing 14 of 15, the Rays (50-53) are in position to win nine in a row for the first time since a 12-game run in 2004. They erased a pair of one-run deficits to improve to 4-0 at home against the Red Sox (47-56) this year.
"We've won some games and we've done some things that kind of remind us of what we're capable of, but by no means are we where we want to be," Longoria said. "We've got a lot of work to do."
Longoria, who has 16 RBIs in 16 games, is batting .387 in his last seven against Boston.
The Red Sox outscored their opponents 38-6 during a five-game winning streak that preceded this four-game skid in which they've been outscored 27-11.
"We've got to get back on the right track," manager John Farrell told MLB's official website.
They should have a good chance to do so with John Lackey (11-6, 3.66 ERA) facing the Rays, against whom he's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts this season. Most recently, he gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings of a 1-0 defeat at Tropicana Field on May 23.
The right-hander has allowed three runs and six hits in 13 innings to win two straight starts - both on the road - after going 1-2 with a 10.29 ERA in his previous three.
Including the postseason, Longoria is batting .359 (14 for 39) with three doubles and two home runs versus Lackey. Teammate Ben Zobrist, who had four hits Friday, is hitting .355 with three doubles against him during the regular season.
Tampa Bay will recall Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08) from the minors to make his second start of 2014.
After opening on the disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery, the right-hander allowed a run in 4 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win over Kansas City in his season debut July 8. The Rays then optioned him to the minors to get some work.
"Everything seemed to be good. We wanted to keep him rolling," manager Joe Maddon said. "The awkward schedule permitted us to do it this way, also, coming out of the (All-Star) break.
"He's ready to roll."
Hellickson is 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 12 regular-season starts against the Red Sox, but he was yanked in the second inning of Boston's 3-1 win in Game 4 of the ALDS that eliminated the Rays.
David Ortiz, who has nine RBIs in his last five games, is hitting .375 (9 for 24) with three home runs against Hellickson.
Boston's Shane Victorino homered Friday and is 10 for 23 in six games since missing almost two months with a hamstring injury. He's batting .400 (8 for 20) with five RBIs versus Tampa Bay this season but is 0 for 4 overall against Hellickson.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:03:58 AM EST|