|TAMPA BAY ( SMYLY )|
TEXAS ( LEWIS )
|963||TAMPA BAY||-125||Ov 9,-105||-120||Ov 9,+105|
|964||TEXAS||+115||Un 9,-115||+110||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-42||-9.1||40-43||3.9||0.255||0.326||3.7||0.233||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||2-4||3.4||0.230||0.298||3.1||0.247||0.303|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-22||-7.8||23-11||5.3||0.278||0.334||6.2||0.305||0.365|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||2-4||5.3||0.253||0.313||3.4||0.265||0.335|
|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)||2-3||L||125||7 un||U||6||7||1||10||18||2|
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||0-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||9||3||10||10||0|
|8/6/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||7-3||W||180||7 ev||O||13||11||0||4||3||1|
|8/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||4-3||W||-125||7 ov||P||9||7||3||8||6||0|
|8/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||1|
|8/10/2014||COBB(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-155||7 un||U||8||9||0||13||11||1|
|8/11/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||SMYLY(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/28/2014||DARVISH(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-2||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||11||9||1|
|7/29/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||11-12||L||+155||9 un||O||15||11||1||12||6||1|
|7/30/2014||LEWIS(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-2||W||+125||9 un||U||9||9||0||4||4||0|
|8/1/2014||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-12||L||165||8.5 un||O||9||10||0||16||7||1|
|8/2/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HOUSE(L)||0-2||L||155||8.5 un||U||5||9||0||5||6||2|
|8/3/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||3-4||L||-115||7 un||P||7||8||1||9||11||0|
|8/4/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||3-5||L||125||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||10||6||1|
|8/5/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||16-0||W||100||9 un||O||18||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/6/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-1||W||205||7.5 un||U||5||3||0||8||5||1|
|8/8/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||10||10||1|
|8/9/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||3-8||L||-175||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||12||9||0|
|8/10/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||6-2||W||135||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||6||7||1|
|8/11/2014||LEWIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)|| |
|8/12/2014||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||DARVISH(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||LEWIS(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||TEPESCH(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(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.''
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Rangers Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (57-59) at Texas (45-71), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Colby Lewis was a key member of the rotation as the Texas Rangers made back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2010 and '11 before elbow surgery ended his next season prematurely.
After a year off and a rocky start to 2014, he's beginning to remind manager Ron Washington of his better days.
Lewis looks to continue his solid stretch as the Rangers host the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game set Monday night.
The right-hander made 32 starts for each of Texas' AL championship teams, but he was forced to have the second Tommy John surgery of his career in July 2012.
Lewis (8-8, 5.50 ERA) missed all of 2013 to recover and saw his ERA balloon to 6.54 after giving up a career-worst 13 runs in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels on July 10. In four starts since, though, he's gone 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA and recorded the second shutout of his career while allowing six hits in a 16-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
His previous shutout came June 16, 2011 - also against the White Sox.
"Colby Lewis was the show (Tuesday)," Washington said. "I mean, he executed his pitches as well I have seen see him execute them. He never lost focus. He looked like the Colby we used to know."
Lewis looks to keep rolling as he opposes Drew Smyly, who will be making his second start for the Rays (57-60) after coming over from Detroit in the David Price trade at the deadline.
Smyly (6-10, 3.98) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Tuesday, and he wasn't very sharp while throwing 107 pitches. It marked the fifth time this season he's thrown at least 100 while pitching fewer than six full innings.
"I think I'm real comfortable around everybody," Smyly said of adjusting to his new team. "(Hopefully) we can go to Texas and get some wins."
Manager Joe Maddon knows Smyly is no Price, but he was impressed with the left-hander's first outing.
"I thought he made good pitches when he had to," Maddon said. "I thought he and (catcher Curt) Casali worked well together. I thought, for a first time out, it was pretty darn good."
Smyly faced the Rangers in relief May 22 then gave up an unearned run in six innings of an 8-2 victory June 24 while with the Tigers. He's 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in three starts and five relief appearances against Texas (46-71), which had lost six of eight before beating Houston 6-2 on Sunday.
Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo homered as the Rangers completed a nine-game road trip. Beltre likely is looking forward to this seven-game homestand, as he's hitting .367 in Arlington compared to .285 on the road.
The Rays are returning to Texas for the first time since winning a one-game, regular-season playoff for the AL's second wild-card spot on Sept. 30, and they're desperately trying to remain in that race this season despite trading Price.
Tampa Bay had a three-game winning streak snapped with Sunday's 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs. Casali and Desmond Jennings each had two hits.
Rangers outfield Alex Rios missed the previous two games with a sprained right ankle, then aggravated it again Sunday before leaving in the fourth inning. He'll be evaluated to determine his status for this contest.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 9:35:40 PM EST|