|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|969||BOSTON||+150||Ov 7,-120||+150||Ov 7,+105|
|970||TAMPA BAY||-160||Un 7,+100||-160||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-53||-19.7||41-49||3.8||0.241||0.308||4.3||0.260||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||4-3||4.9||0.240||0.316||5.9||0.265||0.326|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-50||-11.7||45-53||4.0||0.251||0.320||3.6||0.229||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||3-4||3.3||0.233||0.291||4.0||0.235||0.295|
|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)||8-4||W||165||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||9||9||3|
|8/30/2014||WEBSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||0-7||L||145||8 un||U||1||5||1||7||7||1|
|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|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (58-75) at Tampa Bay (65-69), 7:10 p.m. EDT
As poor as the Boston Red Sox have played at home over the last the month, they've been very good on the road of late.
The Red Sox can record a third straight win at Tropicana Field by handing the Tampa Bay Rays a third consecutive defeat Saturday night.
Boston (59-75) has dropped 14 of 17 at Fenway Park and began its 10-game trip on an eight-game skid that capped a 2-9 homestand. However, the Red Sox took two of three at Toronto and scored all their runs in the first two innings of Friday's 8-4 victory over Tampa Bay.
Rookie Mookie Betts hit a grand slam and Yoenis Cespedes had two RBIs as Boston won for the sixth time in seven road contests.
"I can't tell you the last time I've hit a grand slam, going back to high school and everything else," said Betts, batting .318 with two of his three homers in six games.
Cespedes is 12 for 28 with nine RBIs in seven games after batting .229 with 13 RBIs in his first 18 since coming to Boston.
He's 3 for 9 with four RBIs in his last two versus Tampa Bay (65-70), which has dropped nine of 13 and committed an error in six straight.
The Red Sox tagged Jake Odorizzi (9-11, 4.23 ERA) for five runs in 3 1-3 innings during a 7-1 home win May 31. Six days earlier, the right-hander yielded one run in six innings while not factoring in the decision of an 8-5 victory over Boston at Tropicana Field.
Odorizzi allowed five runs, 12 hits and struck out 23 over 19 2-3 innings to win two of three before giving up eight and 11 hits - including four homers - in four innings of a 9-1 loss at Baltimore on Monday.
"Jake has been hit a little bit this year, but he hasn't been hit like that in a long while," manager Joe Maddon said.
Batting .191 against the Rays this season while often drawing the ire of their players and fans, David Ortiz is 1 for 7 versus Odorizzi.
Teammate Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81) looks to bounce back after he allowed season highs of six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-6 defeat to Seattle on Sunday.
"You can't leave balls over the middle of the plate," Webster, who was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his previous three starts, told MLB's official website.
"I have to get back at it."
In his only other outing against the Rays on July 27, Webster overcame five walks to allow two runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory that snapped Boston's six-game skid at Tampa.
Desmond Jennings is 1 for 3 with a double against Webster, but it's uncertain if he will play after sitting with knee soreness Friday.
Tampa Bay's Wil Myers is batting .162 in 10 games since missing almost three months with a sprained wrist.
Boston infielder Xander Bogaerts is expected to be reinstated from the seven-day concussion list. Mired in a 1-for-23 slump, Bogaerts is 6 for 62 with 19 strikeouts in his last 18 contests.
He's batting .353 in his last four at Tropicana Field.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 2:36:59 PM EST|