|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
OAKLAND ( SAMARDZIJA )
|907||TAMPA BAY||+135||Ov 7,+100||+130||Ov 7,+100|
|908||OAKLAND||-145||Un 7,-120||-140||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-40||-9.9||39-40||4.0||0.256||0.328||3.7||0.233||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-4||3.9||0.286||0.368||3.6||0.223||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-31||+4.8||35-35||4.9||0.252||0.324||3.5||0.232||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4||5-2||4.3||0.224||0.284||4.3||0.248||0.302|
|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)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||10||7||1|
|8/2/2014||ARCHER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||10-3||W||-115||7.5 un||O||16||9||0||8||8||1|
|8/3/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||10||12||0||12||8||0|
|8/4/2014||COBB(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/10/2014||COBB(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/11/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|7/25/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ TEXAS||WILLIAMS(R)||1-4||L||-165||9.5 ov||U||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|7/26/2014||GRAY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-1||W||-185||9 ov||U||7||2||1||7||8||1|
|7/27/2014||KAZMIR(L)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)||9-3||W||-210||9 un||O||11||9||0||8||7||3|
|7/28/2014||CHAVEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||3-7||L||-180||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||7||2||0|
|7/29/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||7-4||W||-185||8 ov||O||11||9||0||6||4||0|
|7/30/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||1-8||L||-130||8 un||O||4||5||1||8||6||0|
|8/1/2014||GRAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-1||L||-225||7.5 un||U||5||8||0||4||4||0|
|8/2/2014||LESTER(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||8-3||W||-170||7 un||O||9||2||0||10||8||1|
|8/3/2014||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-4||L||-165||7 un||U||4||1||0||14||7||0|
|8/4/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||GRAY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/11/2014|| ||@ 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.''
|OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.|
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Athletics Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (54-56) at Oakland (67-42), 10:05 p.m. EDT
While the Tampa Bay Rays recently moved their ace, Alex Cobb has been pitching like one of late.
Big-name acquisition Jeff Samardzija has mostly performed well since joining the Oakland Athletics.
Looking to win a sixth consecutive decision, Cobb takes the mound opposite Samardzija as the Rays open a three-game set in Oakland on Monday night.
Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA) hasn't lost since June 23, going 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA over his last six starts. The right-hander has struck out 39 and walked eight over that stretch spanning 37 1-3 innings.
After striking out 10 over seven innings in a 3-0 win at St. Louis on July 23, Cobb fanned a season-high 12 in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. He yielded one run and three hits over eight innings in his longest outing of the year.
"The last couple of games, Cobber's been about as good as he can be," manager Joe Maddon told MLB's official website. "That changeup, right now, is pretty spectacular."
With David Price now in Detroit, Cobb suddenly becomes Tampa Bay's No. 1 option.
"The feel in the clubhouse has been passed down to us," he said. "It's been established many years ago. It's just our job to continue that."
Cobb is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA against the A's since 2012. He held them to three hits over 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a 5-2, 11-inning home win May 22. Josh Reddick is 0 for 12 in their matchups while Josh Donaldson and John Jaso are both 2 for 10.
"Obviously, when you're going up against a really good hitting team like Oakland, you have to make sure that you're extra sharp," Cobb said.
Samardzija (2-1, 3.19) has posted a 0.82 WHIP and .203 opponents' batting average in five starts since coming over from the Chicago Cubs on July 4. The right-hander yielded four runs over 6 2-3 innings and came away with a no-decision after Oakland scored six in the ninth to win 7-4 at Houston on Tuesday.
"I'm not happy with how I pitched, but to keep it close and give these guys a chance, sometimes that's all I need," he said.
Samardzija will get his first look at the Rays (54-57), who have followed an 11-1 surge by dropping three of four. Tampa Bay left 12 on base in Sunday's 7-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rays play their next 10 on the road, where they've won a franchise record-tying eight straight and 13 of their last 14.
Oakland (67-43) has also lost three of four after falling 4-2 to Kansas City on Sunday. Reddick provided all the offense with a pair of homers as the club's Nos. 1-6 hitters went a combined 0 for 21.
"We just haven't been our best offensively here," said manager Bob Melvin, whose club is batting .176 in its last four games.
Reddick is hitting .410 with four homers and 10 runs over his last 11 games, but he's 4 for his last 47 with 17 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
Oakland has won five of six in the series, including two of three on the road in May.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 5:30:15 AM EST|