Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 2, Red Sox 1: One interesting night at the ballyard
Posted May 17, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Another player placed on the DL, another arrival by a new player delayed by weather, another injury to a player, another win. Just a normal day in the life of the 2012 Rays.
To recap Wednesday’s action at the Trop:
OF Brandon Guyer was sent to the DL with a left shoulder strain.
OF Rich Thompson was acquired from the Phillies organization in a swap of minor league outfielders, was added to the 25-man roster and pinch-ran in the eighth inning of the Rays 2-1 win against the Red Sox.
It was his first appearance in a major league game in eight years, 24 days.
Second baseman Will Rhymes threw a scare into the crowd when he collapsed near first base after being struck on the right arm by a 95-mph fastball. He was carted off the field. X-rays showed only a bruise, and Rhymes is listed as day-to-day.
The Rays scored their runs on a balk and a sacrifice fly.
The win was their fourth straight and kept them tied with the Orioles atop the division.
Here are some other tidbits from the win …
—Jeremy Hellickson became the first starting pitcher to go 4-0 the year after winning the Rookie of the Year Award. There have been 23 starting pitchers who’ve won the award.
—Hellickson has now won a career-high six straight decisions dating back to last season. His last loss was Aug. 30 at Texas.
—He is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five starts this season at the Trop.
—Fernando Rodney is 12-for-12 in save opportunities.
—Luke Scott, who leads the team with 27 RBI after driving in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly, has five RBI in his last five games.
—Elliot Johnson extended his hitting streak to a career-best eight games with a bunt single.
—Jeff Keppinger finally swung and missed a third strike. It happened during the eighth inning.
—The Rays were 0-for-12 with RISP.
—The Red Sox committed three balks, the most in the AL since Al Leiter of the Blue Jays committed three on April 23, 1994.