|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
TEXAS ( MIKOLAS )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-145||Ov 9,-115||-140||Ov 9,+110|
|966||TEXAS||+135||Un 9,-105||+130||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-43||-9.2||40-45||3.9||0.254||0.324||3.6||0.232||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||1-5||3.7||0.223||0.282||2.1||0.224||0.272|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-49||-17.2||32-45||3.5||0.250||0.303||4.5||0.269||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||2-5||4.9||0.261||0.324||3.4||0.240||0.297|
|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)||7-0||W||-125||9 un||U||10||9||1||3||8||1|
|8/12/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||2-3||L||-115||9 un||U||7||7||3||14||13||3|
|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||GREENE(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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)||0-7||L||+115||9 un||U||3||8||1||10||9||1|
|8/12/2014||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-2||W||+105||9 un||U||14||13||3||7||7||3|
|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)|| |
|8/19/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||@ MIAMI||COSART(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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* ======================
Tampa Bay (58-61) at Texas (47-72), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Tampa Bay Rays starters haven't allowed a run halfway through this four-game series and the club has won four straight road starts by Chris Archer.
He'll try to help the Rays bounce back from a rare road defeat in Wednesday night's matchup with the Texas Rangers.
Drew Smyly earned his first win for Tampa Bay (58-61) with 7 2-3 innings in Monday's 7-0 win before Jeremy Hellickson lasted six the next night. The problem for the Rays was that their bullpen blew a two-run lead in a 3-2, 14-inning defeat - just their sixth in their last 25 road games.
The Rays have set an AL record by allowing three runs or fewer in 16 straight road games, with the 1908 Chicago Cubs holding the all-time record of 21.
Archer (7-6, 3.33 ERA) will get the ball next after going 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four road starts - all in this 25-game span for Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs over six innings Friday in a 4-3, 10-inning road win over the Cubs.
The right-hander has never pitched in Arlington, going 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two home outings against the Rangers. Adrian Beltre has a single in six at-bats against him and Alex Rios a single in four.
Rios is expected to be back in the lineup after not starting the first two games of this series due to a sprained right ankle suffered in Sunday's 6-2 victory at Houston. He pinch hit in Tuesday's win, and Wednesday figures to either be in right field or serve as the designated hitter depending on how much pain he still has.
"Since I'm going to be standing on my feet every day, it's something I'll have to deal with the rest of the year," Rios told MLB's official website. "I just have to go day by day and see how it feels."
Rios has just four hits in his last 29 at-bats. Shin-Soo Choo, plagued by an ankle problem throughout the season, has played in right field the last two games with Daniel Robertson and Jim Adduci getting starts in left.
Texas (47-72) prevailed Tuesday when Adam Rosales walked with the bases loaded in the 14th to boost the AL's worst home record to 22-34. The Rangers haven't won consecutive games in Arlington since June 27-28 over Minnesota.
Leonys Martin notched the first four-hit game of his career as the center fielder broke out of a 6-for-54 slump over his previous 16 games.
The Rangers' Miles Mikolas (1-4, 6.57) has shown some recent improvement as a starter as he looks for his first win at home, where he is 0-3 with a 13.17 ERA in three starts with opponents batting .406 off him.
The right-hander's last two outings have been on the road, with Mikolas yielding a total of three runs in 12 innings. Mikolas, whose ERA was 10.05 four starts ago, has never faced Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:10:37 PM EST|