|BOSTON ( RANAUDO )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|969||BOSTON||+140||Ov 7.5,+105||+165||Ov 7.5,+105|
|970||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 7.5,-125||-175||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-52||-20.4||40-48||3.8||0.242||0.309||4.3||0.260||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||4-3||4.1||0.224||0.295||5.3||0.266||0.342|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-49||-11||44-52||3.9||0.251||0.320||3.6||0.230||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||3.4||0.255||0.313||3.6||0.234||0.274|
|8/16/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||10-7||W||-170||9 ov||O||13||7||0||12||10||1|
|8/18/2014||WORKMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-4||L||-110||9.5 un||U||9||12||2||7||5||0|
|8/19/2014||WEBSTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-4||L||+115||9.5 un||U||8||10||0||9||6||0|
|8/20/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-8||L||+115||8 ov||O||11||10||0||11||6||2|
|8/21/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||0-2||L||+120||9 un||U||1||3||0||9||10||0|
|8/25/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-3||W||105||9 un||U||8||6||0||5||4||0|
|8/26/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||11-7||W||135||9 un||O||14||9||0||15||13||2|
|8/27/2014||KELLY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-5||L||130||9 un||U||5||4||1||6||4||1|
|8/29/2014||RANAUDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||WEBSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/1/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)|| |
|9/2/2014||KELLY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||RANAUDO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/4/2014||WEBSTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||115||8 un||O||7||5||2||11||9||0|
|9/1/2014||SMYLY(L)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Boston (58-75) at Tampa Bay (65-68), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Chris Archer took issue with the way David Ortiz admired his home run in their last matchup - and he wasn't shy about expressing it.
With both the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox out of contention, the hostility could boil over Friday night when they meet for the first time since Ortiz homered off Archer.
Ortiz hit a three-run shot off Archer (8-6, 3.09 ERA) in Boston's 3-2 road win on July 27, enjoying his homer with a celebratory bat flip.
Afterward, Archer said Ortiz "feels like he's bigger than the game," reiterating words from former Rays pitcher David Price from earlier in the season.
"Agitated is not the right word. Angry is not the right word," said Archer, who fell to 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in six career starts versus Boston. "He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth."
Few have had the chance to celebrate home runs against Archer, whose 0.34 homers allowed per nine innings represents the third-lowest rate in baseball.
Ortiz took issue with the fact that he was called out by such an inexperienced player. The 25-year-old Archer has appeared in 55 games compared to 2,093 for the 38-year-old Ortiz.
"There's always going to be comments like that," said Ortiz, who is 5 for 12 against the right-hander. "And he's not the right guy to be saying that. I don't think, you know, you got two days in the league, you can't be just (whining) and complaining about (things) like that."
Archer will be looking to put together his ninth quality start in 11 tries after limiting Toronto to one run over seven innings in a 2-1, 10-inning victory on Sunday. He owns a 1.40 ERA over his last four outings while striking out 30 in 25 2-3 innings.
Ortiz also comes in riding a wave of success, batting .514 with four homers and 10 RBIs to go with a 1.544 OPS in his last 11 games. He was 2 for 4 in a 5-2 loss at Toronto on Wednesday after missing two games with a sore right foot.
Both clubs are struggling lately with the Rays (65-69) losing eight of 12 and scoring 12 runs over their last five games, falling eight games back of the AL's second wild-card spot.
The Red Sox (58-75) have lost nine of 11 with starting pitchers posting a 6.02 ERA in that span. Joe Kelly was better against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs and three hits in six-plus innings, but Junichi Tazawa surrendered a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh.
Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50) will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to make Friday's start as he looks to maintain his perfect big league record. He was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher on Tuesday after going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts for Pawtucket.
Ranaudo has allowed a combined six runs over 12 innings in his two victories for the Red Sox. He hasn't pitched since a 5-4 win over Cincinnati on Aug. 13, when he allowed four runs in six innings.
Evan Longoria hit his 17th home run in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Baltimore and has nine RBIs over his last seven contests.
Tampa Bay had won six straight at home against Boston prior to the July 27 loss.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:51:03 AM EST|