ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As the final seconds of the Tampa Bay Rays' season passed, David Price warmed up in the bullpen. This was the bottom of the ninth inning, with little chance that the ace left-hander would be used in extra innings because Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was closing in on his second save of this American League Division Series. Still, the image was more evidence of how strained, how strange, the Rays' pitching situation became in Game 4.
The final night of Tampa Bay's season turned into an extemporaneous pitching display. Struggling right-hander Jeremy Hellickson received the start, but he was pulled after facing only six batters.
What followed in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox at Tropicana Field served as a roll call of the options at manager Joe Maddon's disposal: Jamey Wright (three batters faced), Matt Moore (seven), Alex Torres (eight), Jake McGee (four), Joel Peralta (six), Fernando Rodney (four), Chris Archer (one) and Wesley Wright (one).