|TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )|
BALTIMORE ( NORRIS )
|909||TAMPA BAY||+110||Ov 8,-110||+110||Ov 8,+100|
|910||BALTIMORE||-120||Un 8,-110||-120||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-48||-10||43-52||3.9||0.251||0.320||3.6||0.229||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||3.0||0.236||0.291||2.9||0.207||0.243|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-39||+19.7||43-47||4.4||0.259||0.305||4.0||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||2-5||3.1||0.204||0.247||3.1||0.233||0.266|
|8/14/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(L)||6-3||W||-130||9 un||P||10||6||0||5||3||0|
|8/15/2014||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||5-0||W||-130||7 un||U||8||5||0||7||7||2|
|8/16/2014||SMYLY(L)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||2-3||L||-140||7 un||U||7||7||1||7||3||0|
|8/17/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-4||L||-105||7 ev||U||5||4||2||8||8||0|
|8/22/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||8-0||W||100||8.5 un||U||14||12||0||2||1||1|
|8/23/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||4-5||L||100||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||9||3||1|
|8/24/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||2-1||W||100||8.5 un||U||10||10||1||8||8||1|
|8/25/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-9||L||105||7.5 un||O||4||4||2||14||7||1|
|8/26/2014||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||2-4||L||100||7.5 un||U||8||9||1||9||9||0|
|8/27/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||3-1||W||-105||8 un||U||9||6||1||2||3||2|
|8/28/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/1/2014||SMYLY(L)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|9/4/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|8/15/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-2||L||140||7 un||U||7||10||0||6||6||1|
|8/16/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-6||L||135||8 ev||U||4||3||1||8||5||1|
|8/17/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||4-1||W||120||8 un||U||12||10||1||2||4||1|
|8/18/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||8-2||W||145||7 ov||O||12||7||0||3||1||0|
|8/19/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-1||W||100||8.5 ov||U||9||4||1||3||3||0|
|8/20/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||4-3||W||-145||8.5 ov||U||8||3||0||6||4||0|
|8/22/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||9||5||0|
|8/23/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-7||L||-110||7 un||O||7||5||1||11||6||0|
|8/24/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||1-2||L||-115||8 un||U||1||3||0||6||5||0|
|8/25/2014||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||9-1||W||-115||7.5 un||O||14||7||1||4||4||2|
|8/26/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||8||9||1|
|8/27/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 un||U||2||3||2||9||6||1|
|8/28/2014||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|9/4/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.''
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Orioles Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (64-68) at Baltimore (75-55), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles still own a comfortable lead in the AL East, but they haven't been playing their best of late.
The Orioles try to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time in two months Thursday night as they close a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After getting swept by the lowly Cubs over the weekend, Baltimore (75-56) returned home to take the first two in this series. However, the Orioles saw their woes resume with Wednesday's 3-1 defeat.
Chris Davis hit his 23rd homer for one of Baltimore's two hits. The Orioles, batting .198 during the 2-4 stretch, haven't suffered consecutive defeats at Camden Yards since June 28 and 29 against the Rays.
Despite its recent play, Baltimore is six games ahead of New York for the division lead.
Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce and Wil Myers each drove in a run Wednesday, lifting Tampa Bay (65-68) to its fourth win in 11 games. The Rays are 5-10 against the Orioles this year.
Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61 ERA) is set to make his eighth start for Tampa Bay since returning from offseason elbow surgery. The right-hander yielded two runs over 6 1-3 innings and was in line for the win before the bullpen blew the lead in Saturday's 5-4, 10-inning loss at Toronto.
Hellickson struck out a season-high eight behind an impressive curveball.
"It's nice to have a putaway pitch," he told MLB's official website. "The one I have been throwing early has been pretty consistent, but the two-strike one was a lot better."
Hellickson went 2-1 despite posting a 6.29 ERA in four starts against the Orioles last year. Davis is 11 for 27 with five extra-base hits in their matchups and Adam Jones is 14 for 42 with four homers.
"I don't think there's a team better built for their ballpark than these guys," said Hellickson, who had a 9.00 ERA in two outings in Baltimore last season. "They're a powerful team."
Davis also went deep in Monday's opener and has four homers over an eight-game stretch at home. However, he's hitting .122 in his last 16 there.
Bud Norris (11-8, 3.91) had won three consecutive starts for Baltimore before losing 7-2 to the Cubs on Saturday. The right-hander was tagged for four runs over two innings as his outing was cut short following a lengthy rain delay.
Norris could bounce back at home, where he's 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA. He gave up two runs and a season-high four walks over 5 2-3 innings while not receiving a decision in a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay on May 7.
James Loney is 9 for 18 with two doubles against Norris, but Evan Longoria and Myers are a combined 2 for 16. Zobrist has also struggled, homering for his only hit in 10 at-bats.
Longoria went 3 for 4 on Wednesday and returned to third base after serving as the designated hitter over the previous two days due to forearm tightness.
"I don't think you can say he's 100 percent, but he's a lot better," manager Joe Maddon said.
Longoria is batting .341 with five extra-base hits - two homers - and 10 RBIs over his last nine road games.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:02:43 PM EST|