Results tagged ‘ Alfredo Aceves ’
The Rays were on the losing side of a 9-2 rout Saturday afternoon, dropping their eighth Grapefruit League game of the spring to the Red Sox.
Roberto Hernandez got the start, and obviously a crucial one for him as he battles Jeff Niemann for the fifth spot in the rotation. Hernandez allowed 2 [earned] runs on 6 hits, a walk and 5 strikeouts.
Relievers Jake McGee and Jamey Wright also made appearances in this game, both giving up a run in one inning each.
Not much to talk about offensively from this ballgame. Leslie Anderson, who’s now hitting .425, continued his red-hot spring with a 3-3 day.
Sean Rodriguez went 2-2, hitting a homer to provide Tampa with their two only runs.
Speaking of S-Rod, the Rays’ utility man was involved in what nearly led to a bench-clearing brawl. After being hit by a pitch by Alfredo Aceves and then being barked at, tempers flared. Here’s Rodriguez’s take on the incident.
Here’s a full boxscore of Saturday’s game.
Rays News and Notes:
- Wil Myers, Brandon Guyer, Tim Beckham, Robinson Chirinos, Hak-Ju Lee, Josh Lueke, Juan Sandoval, Wil Inman and J.D. Martin were all optioned back down to the minor leagues in the Rays’ latest rounds of cuts.
- Matt Moore was much improved in his start during the Rays’ 3-1 win over the Phillies Friday. Moore didn’t give up a single earned run on 3 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts through 5 innings. Stephen Vogt gave the Rays the victory with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning.
- World Baseball Classic news: The United States were eliminated from the tournament by Puerto Rico Friday night after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss. Ben Zobrist went 0-2 in the game with an RBI walk, finishing the Classic 3-for-11. The Dominican Republic clinched the top seed Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico, and Fernando Rodney picked up his fifth save of the tournament. Puerto Rico advances to face Japan in the semifinals while D.R. will square off against the Netherlands.
- After being rejected by both Chipper Jones and Derek Lee, the New York Yankees have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch.
- Before Friday’s game against Philadelphia, 65 members of the Rays organization shaved their head in an annual event to raise awareness and funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The Phillies’ Michael Young also participated in the event.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports Sam Fuld (hamstring) won’t be returning for another 4-5 days.
Here are the Goose Gossage Awards for my third voting in the BBA Awards. The Goose Gossage Award acknowledges the best relief pitchers in the league. Read my earlier post to learn more about the BBA and its awards. Here’s my top 3 AL relievers:
1.) Jose Valverde- It has been a career year for Jose Valverde, going an incredible 49 saves in 49 opportunities in his 9th year in the big leagues. With the most saves and highest save percentage in the AL, the stats really say it all for Valverde. He’s been a big part of the Tigers postseason run and has made Detroit just about a sure victory with a 9th inning lead.
2.) Mariano Rivera- It’s just been another year at work for the best closer who ever played the game. Rivera also had 49 save opportunities in 2011, but blew 5 of them. Still his 44 saves are the second-best in the AL, and his 1.91 ERA is very impressive as well.
3.) David Robertson- Maybe the most underrated player in the AL this year, Robertson leads the AL in a very underrated stat. That stat is holds, which Robertson has 34 of. Besides holds, Robertson has posted a 1.08 ERA, .170 opponent batting average, and a stunning 4-0 record. Robertson’s ridiculous stats have proved that he is the best setup-man in the AL, and a necessity for the New York Yankees.
If you are a member of the BBA and have posted your Goose Gossage Award (or any other award) votes, I’d really like to see what you think. Comment the link of your post below. I would also love to see anyone else’s opinions. You also can rate the post from 1-5 stars, evaluating my voting. If you’re a blogger interested and joining the BBA, click here.