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When Drew Smyly imagined what his major league debut would be like, he never pictured anything as strange as the real thing.
Just a few days after struggling in his only Triple-A start, the 22-year-old looked far from ready for the big leagues when Tampa Bay immediately loaded the bases on two walks and a single.
''It's been an exciting week, but I was struggling,'' Smyly said after Detroit's 7-2 win Thursday. ''I couldn't get into a groove, but once I got the bases loaded, I told myself that I had to settle down and get out of it.''
Smyly did just that, getting Jeff Keppinger to pop out, and then striking out Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez to escape the inning.
''We had the game right there for the taking in the first inning, and we chose not to take it,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''The kid was obviously nervous, so I felt good with Kepp up there.
''But he gets the pop-up and then two punch-outs, ...
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Brief Previews for Select Games
2. Three Scouting Reports on Drew Smyly
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Los Angeles (AL) Radio
Brief Previews for Select Games
Here are brief previews for three of today’s games — each including the preferred television feed of FanGraphs readers, per the results...
Tune into Sun Sports at 12:30 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Detroit Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers are off to their best start in six years.
Handing the ball to Justin Verlander gives them a great chance to extend it.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP looks to dominate his second start of the season just as he did his first when the Tigers host the Tampa...
Detroit Tigers catcher Victor Martinez doesn't need reconstructive surgery for his anterior ligament.Martinez had microfracture surgery in January to have the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee repaired. He was expected to require an additional operation for his ACL, but Dr. Richard Steadman deemed it wouldn't be necessary.Manager Jim Leyland said it's "...
DETROIT -- If the Tigers win the World Series, it will go down as one of the most significant text messages in baseball history.
Prince Fielder was sitting on the dais at Comerica Park, talking about his new 214 million contract at a press conference, when his cell phone went bloop.
The sender: Miguel Cabrera.
The message: Welcome.
It might sound corny, but it means a lot, Fielder...
It's all a matter of how you choose to view it.
If the Tampa Bay Rays had known that they'd leave the chilly and challenging confines of Comerica Park Thursday with a 4-2 record, tied for the AL East lead six games into the season, they'd have no doubt been thrilled.
If the Rays had known that one of those wins would come against Detroit's 2012 AL Cy Young Award...
DETROIT (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been taken to a hospital as a precaution after being hit in the head by a ball during batting practice before Wednesday's game at Detroit.
Manager Joe Maddon says the 25-year-old Hellickson was not bleeding and did not lose consciousness.
Hellickson is scheduled to start Saturday at Boston. He was throwing a...
The Rays and Jeremy Hellickson got quite a scare on Wednesday morning. The prized young pitcher was hit on the head with a ball during batting practice in Detroit, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Fortunately, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Hellickson was not bleeding and never lost conciousness while being tended to. According...
Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was struck in the side of the head by a ball during the team's batting practice Wednesday morning, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.Hellickson had to be carted out of the stadium by paramedics and was taken to a local hospital to get checked out.The 25-year-old wasn't bleeding and didn't lose consciousness...
In the big inning, its starting to look as if God created the Rays.
True to form, they saved their best for last Wednesday on a chilly Detroit afternoon in which nothing had gone right.
For eight innings against one of the best pitchers in baseball, Tigers ace Justin Verlander, the Kings of the Comeback looked utterly helpless.
They didnt get their first hit off the 2011 AL Cy...
Over the weekend the Detroit Tigers welcomed in the Tampa Bay Rays, who were coming off a sweep of the New York Yankees, to Comerica Park. With plenty of strong pitching, this series was bound to be good.
In game one of the series, Rick Porcello took the mound against highly touted prospect Matt Moore. Porcello and Matt Moore would go pitch for pitch with each other. Going into...
Luke Scott is one of the most outspoken players in professional baseball, and over the past few months he has done his best to become public enemy number one for the people of Boston. To Red Sox fans and others who appreciate baseball history, Fenway Park is a temple. It has as many flaws as you would expect from a 100-year-old ballpark, but the nostalgia trumps all that. Right?...
The Red Sox have been nothing short of a mess dating back to last year’s collapse down the stretch and the infamous “Chicken & Beer” scandal. This year’s slow start and Bobby Valentine’s comments haven’t helped to soothe the fans and the media either. While the organization appears to be a mess (figuratively), Luke Scott, [...]
First Pitch: Friday 2:05, Saturday 4:05, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: David Price, LHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Saturday: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (0-0, 15.75 ERA)
Sunday: Matt Moore, LHP (0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Yard: Fenway Park ...