Found August 05, 2013 on
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley has been tough to hit over his past five starts, and the Tampa Bay Rays found that out in his last one.
He'll look to defeat the Rays for the second time in seven days and will again be matched up with Jeremy Hellickson in Tuesday night's opener of a two-game home series.
Miley (8-8, 3.68 ERA) improved to 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last five by allowing two hits over 6 1-3 innings in Wednesday's 7-0 win at Tampa Bay. He struck out eight and walked five.
The left-hander is limiting opponents to a .198 average in his last five outings.
"He goes through times when he kind of gets out of it a little bit, but he's a guy that always seems to regain it and find it," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's got a good run for us now."
Ben Zobrist and rookie Wil Myers were the only Rays with hits against Miley, with Evan Longoria going 0 for 2 with a walk.
"He was kind of effectively wild for me," Longoria told the Rays' official website. "He made a lot of good pitches when he needed to."
Hellickson (10-4, 4.60) gave up four runs over 4 1-3 innings. He had been 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA over his previous seven outings, with the Rays (66-45) winning all of them.
"I couldn't really command anything and I didn't make a pitch when I needed to," he said. "It's just one of those games that I've got to put behind me and move on."
Hellickson will be trying to win his fifth straight road start after posting a 3.27 ERA over his last four, and he'll bat for the first time this season. He's 0 for 3 at the plate in his career.
"I'm excited to hit, but it's not easy," Hellickson said. "I saw what his ball can do. It's going to be tough, but at the same time, I'm excited. I like hitting, but it's not easy."
Last week's loss to Arizona (56-55) started a four-game stretch in which Tampa Bay has totaled seven runs. Most of that output came in Sunday's 4-3 victory over San Francisco.
Myers hit a two-run homer and the bullpen turned in 4 1-3 scoreless innings.
"Our offense has been struggling a little bit lately, but I just think as a team our pitching has held us in the game," Myers said. "It gives a lot of confidence."
Arizona also has had trouble scoring. Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Boston capped a 2-4 trip in which it scored two runs or fewer four times.
"We just haven't been playing good baseball all the way around - not swinging the bats, not getting hits when we need them, not making plays," said outfielder Cody Ross, who was 11 for 22 on the trip.
The Diamondbacks played Sunday without shortstop Cliff Pennington, out with a sore left foot.
Tampa Bay is a major league-best 12-3 in interleague play.
BEST OF MAXIM
PHOENIX (AP) -- Cody Ross homered and Wade Miley allowed five hits in seven innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Miley (9-8) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two for his fifth win in his past six starts.
Eric Chavez had a pair of RBI doubles for the Diamondbacks, who pulled within five games of the Los Angeles Dodgers...
The Kansas City Royals have been futile for the last 10 years. In December 2012, they dealt away one of the top prospects in baseball in Wil Myers to the scorching Tampa Bay Rays and Myers is tearing it up for them. This is a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since their 1985 World Series championship. What were they thinking by dealing Myers?
James Shields (Photo Credit: Ed...
The Diamondbacks have designated left-handed reliever Tony Sipp for assignment in order to make room on the roster for Brandon McCarthy, Sunday’s starter.
Every month, the Diamondbacks honor a position player and a pitcher at every level of the minors with a Player and Pitcher of the Month award. They then pick one of each as the overall top players throughout the minor league system. In July, those two winners are Joe Muñoz and Brandon Sinnery.
Returning from injury used to be an exciting moment for Brandon McCarthy, but that feeling has gradually worn off due to having to do it so many times. McCarthy takes a major league mound for the first time in more than two months as the Diamondbacks conclude a three-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park.
Shoulder problems are nothing new for McCarthy (2-4, 5.00...
From MLB press release - Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month and the American League Rookie of the Month for July, marking just the sixth time since the Rookie of the Month Award was introduced in 2001 that a Player or Pitcher of the Month Award winner has garnered Rookie honors in the same calendar month. Archer joins...
Luke Scott of the Tampa Bay Rays has one of the more interesting haircuts in the big leagues, and you can see why below. To be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I have seen anyone over 13 years old have a rat tail. To each his own…
Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays placed center-fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15 day DL with a fractured middle finger on his left hand.
Jennings hurt the finger Saturday on a slide against the Giants in extra innings and it was thought to be a relatively minor sprain.
Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Triple-A Durham to take his place on the roster.
Sam Fuld played center field for Tampa Bay...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This process is like picking at a wound. That is Joe Maddon's comparison, and it seems apt. The Biogenesis scandal represents a traumatic moment for baseball, from players to managers to front-office personnel, and healing will come in time.
Answers will arrive soon. Monday is expected to be the moment when all players with ties to the now-closed Miami...
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer was named the American League pitcher of the month and AL rookie of the month for July, Major League Baseball announced Monday.Archer, 24, was 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five July starts. He had 22 strikeouts with two shutouts and seven walks in 37 innings during the month. Among major league rookies, Archer was first in wins and shutouts, and...
The Tampa Bay Rays will have to continue their charge and fight for first place in the American League East without Desmond Jennings. At least for the next 15 days, that is. Jennings suffered a finger injury on Saturday that was initially believed to be a sprain. Unfortunately, after additional tests, a fracture was revealed.
According to Bill Chastain of MLB.com, Jennings...
The Tampa Bay Rays held center fielder Desmond Jennings out of yesterday's weekend finale against the San Francisco Giants due to a sprained finger, according to Sam Strong of MLB.com.
Jennings suffered the injury in the 10th inning of Saturday's contest when he slid into second base. He was seen wearing a splint to protect the finger yesterday, but Tampa Bay received...
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013.
Games – 15
AL Games – 6
NL Games – 6
IL Games – 3
American League Games (6):
Detroit Tigers (65-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-50) – 7:05 pm
Detroit was able to win a close and important game yesterday, defeating the Indians 4-2. Game two between these division rivals will feature one of the...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1-3 scoreless innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
Alex Torres (4-0) started the bullpen parade by replacing Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the fifth and struck out two over 1 1-3 innings. Jake McGee worked a perfect seventh and Joel Peralta left...
Truth be told the most dificult part of the 10th inning for Wil Myers was the on-field celebration that followed his winning hit.
"It was pretty hard" Myers said.
The pounding on his head and his back was a bit much. That his teammates tried to rip off his uniform was a kind of odd too for the rookie.
"I don't understand that one at all" he said. "...