Found April 08, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


This offseason, finding players which would add offensive firepower to the Tampa Bay Rays lineup was a priority. After two games, so far so good. The Tampa Bay Rays added DH Luke Scott to the lineup as well as bringing back 1B Carlos Pena. In the first two games of the season, the duo have combined to drive in nine runs. For the second straight day, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees as P David Price recorded his first home win since July 15, 2011.

The Rays had to rally from behind in their season opener on Friday. On Saturday night, they struggled to maintain a lead as they try to overcome the loss of Kyle Farnsworth. Tampa entered the ninth inning with an 8-2  OF Nick Swisher hit a 410 foot blast to right with two men on and two men out to pull the Yankees to within two runs. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano was able to draw a walk before P Fernando Rodney was able to get Alex Rodriguez to ground out to win the game. Tampa recorded an 8-6 victory.

Tampa Bay is going to have to find the right combination in their bullpen during the absence of Farnsworth. It has been initially reported that the Rays reliever might miss as much as six weeks while recovering from his elbow injury but that estimate was disputed on Friday by Manager Joe Maddon. With the bats of the Tigers, Angels, Blue Jays and Rangers looming in the next four weeks, the Rays better hope that the six week estimate is incorrect.

On Sunday, the Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson to the mound to face off against Yankees starter, Phil Hughes.

 

 

 

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