Posted April 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce hit a solo homer to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Saturday night. Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning. Joel Peralta pitched the eighth for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight over the AL West-leading A's after dropping seven of nine of a road trip that ended Thursday night. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, finishing the three-hit shutout and earning his second save in three opportunities. Oakland, which began the night leading the majors with 99 runs, was shut out for the second time this year. Coco Crisp went 0 for 4, ending a 12-game hitting streak - which tied his longest since 2008 - although he reached base with one out in the ninth when second baseman Ryan Roberts dropped his pop fly for an error. The A's didn't have a...

Hellickson goes 7 strong, Rays blank A's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce hit a solo homer to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Saturday night. Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning. Joel...

Photo: Tampa Bay Rays have DJ playing music in clubhouse

Tweet   There always seems to be something interesting in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse, like an Over the Hill sign. Or custom football-style batting gloves. Maybe even a DJ playing music.   Reason No. 761 why @raysjoemaddon is awesome–he brought a DJ to Rays clubhouse to loosen things up. Yes, seriously:… — Tampa [...]

Photo: Rays hire magician to entertain in locker room

A day removed from hiring the services of a disc jockey to jazz up its players before a game, the Tampa Bay Rays employed a similar strategy on Sunday by allowing a magician to marvel the team.Just look at the level of captivation pitching coach Don Zimmer and southpaw David Price are engulfed in during the amazing display of magical wonders.Via MLB Cut4

Maddon reflects on Boston Marathon tragedy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Suddenly, to Joe Maddon, a baseball result turned more than small. In an instant, his day changed, thoughts turned deep, and travel out of Boston became a time to place life in perspective. Maddon stood near the home dugout Friday at Tropicana Field, four days after he and the Tampa Bay Rays were at Fenway Park the afternoon three people were killed and more...

Oakland Athletics Recall Pitcher Jesse Chavez

MLB News: The Oakland Athletics recalled pitcher Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Sacramento. The 29-year old who owns a 5.99 earned run average was doing decent in the strike out department for Sacramento, striking out more than one per inning in three starts. Fantasy Ramifications: Let history be the teacher here. A career 5.99 ERA is simply something that shouldn’t even be considered...

Oakland recalls RHP Chavez from minors

The Oakland Athletics have recalled right-hander Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned pitcher Evan Scribner to the Pacific Coast League club. The moves were made Saturday, one day after Scribner threw three innings after Athletics starter Brett Anderson left after the first inning with a sprained right ankle in an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Oakland manager Bob Melvin...

Oakland Athletics Activate Brandon Moss, Option Shane Peterson

MLB News: Friday the Oakland Athletics activated Brandon Moss from the paternity list while optioning Shane Peterson to Triple-A Sacramento. Fantasy Ramifications: First and foremost, congratulations to the Moss’ family. We hope mother and baby are doing just fine and that dad has had some good sleep, as he is about to get back to the grind. While streaky, Moss is a solid backup...

Oakland Athletics Option Pitcher Evan Scribner

MLB News: The Oakland Athletics optioned pitcher Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. While he did get shelled in his last appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up 4 earned runs in 3.0 innings pitched, truth be told, his season wasn’t really going that bad before it, allowing 2 earned runs in 7 innings. This is kind of a head scratching move as he was replaced...

Josh Reddick Meets Saddest Man Alive

And we may not stop there, he could be in the running for saddest man to have ever lived. According to Reddick's tweet last night, he met Lil Hogan here at Hogan's Beach, which is a Hulk Hogan-themed bar/restaurant in the Tampa area. Reddick and the Athletics are in town this weekend for a series with the Rays. Back to our friend here, though. Here are our options: He is...

Brett Anderson leaves start early after spraining ankle

Brett Anderson lasted only an inning before he was jettisoned from the A’s loss to the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday. Even though he gave up four runs on four hits in that time, Anderson’s getting the hook wasn’t performance related. The team announced the left-hander suffered a sprained ankle. From Susan Slusser: Anderson said he hurt his ankle on a pitch to Yunel Escobar, the...

Josh Reddick shaved his beard (Photo)

You could probably call off that beard competition between Josh Reddick and WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan. Reddick has been in a public “beard off” with the WWE star since March. But, in the midst of the 2-for-22 slump, the outfielder cleaned up his look on Saturday, as he has done in the past when struggling, and as as a result no longer looks like a smelly homeless person: For...

Anderson hurts ankle in A's 8-3 loss to Rays

The Oakland Athletics lost both their starting pitcher and season-opening road winning streak. Brett Anderson left after one inning with a sprained right ankle in Oakland's 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Tampa Bay scored four times in the first off Anderson (1-3), who hurt the ankle on a pitch to his final batter, Yunel Escobar, who eventually hit an inning...

Rays CF Desmond Jennings turns rare unassisted double play at first base (Video)

A bit of history happened during Saturday’s contest between the A’s and Rays. It occurred after Eric Sogard, inexplicably thinking the ball would drop (yes, he had his glasses on), ran without hesitation from first to third on a nonthreatening fly to center field with one out. Bad news for the A’s; good news for the Rays and center fielder Desmond Jennings, whom the baserunning...
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