Alex Cobb said that knowing he has a spot in the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation has freed him to work on pitches without worrying about results.
There has been no cause for concern with the results of his past two outings. On Thursday, the 25-year-old right-hander allowed just one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out five in four innings in a 4-2 win over the Pirates.
The Rays scored four unearned runs against Jeanmar Gomez after Pittsburgh third baseman Gaby Sanchez was charged with a throwing error with two outs in the seventh inning. Wil Myers reached base and pinch-runner Hak-Ju Lee scored on the error, then Mike Fontenot singled and Tim Beckham hit a two-run double to make it 3-0.
Cobb retired the first eight batters he faced before Pittsburgh second baseman Josh Harrison singled in the third.
''I'm just working on my consistency; missing a pitch and then figuring out why I missed that pitch or why I did what I did and correcting it, or not correcting it and realizing why'' said...