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 v Jays: Happ released from hospital
Posted May 8, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 8, 2013 at 05:43 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Toronto Blue Jay pitcher J.A. Happ was released from Bayfront Medical Center at 11:55 a.m. today and met with the media this afternoon.
“I feel very fortunate,” Happ said.
Apparently, Happ suffered a leg injury in addition to a laceration on his left ear and a contusion after being struck on the left side of his head during Tuesday’s game by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings.
Jennings called Happ, which Happ said he appreciated.
“It’s a scary thing on his end, too, I’m sure,” Happ said.
The Rays and Blue Jays meet tonight for the third game of this four-game series. The Jays won the first two in come-from-behind fashion, which is a disturbing trend of the Rays.
The Rays have now lost 13 times this season when holding a lead at some point in the game. That’s the most in the major leagues.
The bullpen has a 5.19 ERA, the highest in the American League, despite throwing only 78 innings, the second fewest in the majors.
Jake McGee, in his last eight outings, has allowed 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched – a 13.50 ERA. He’s allowed four homers in 12 innings this season. Last year he allowed three in 55 1/3.
Matt Moore (5-0, 1.95 ERA) faces Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.75) tonight. The good news is the Rays are 6-0 in Moore’s starts this season.
Here are the lineups:
Romero LHP (0-1, 6.75)
Moore LHP (5-0, 1.95)