Chris Archer is new to this role as key contributor in a major-league playoff chase so Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he would keep a close eye on the right-hander down the stretch.
That is why Archer found himself in the clubhouse watching the rest of the Rays’ 3-0 win Friday night against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field despite breezing through six innings.
It certainly wasn’t because of what the Twins were doing against Archer.
“He pretty much had his way” Maddon said.
Archer allowed three hits and struck out seven in six innings and enabled the Rays to win back-to-back games for only the second time this month.
It was a good night for the Rays in terms of the wild-card standings. New York lost in Boston and fell two games behind the Rays for the second spot. Also the Rays picked up a game on Texas for the first wild-card spot after the Rangers lost to Oakland.
Maddon said he was watching to out-of-town scores on the right field wall and was aware that Red Sox c...