Starter David Price worked through seven full innings, giving up all three runs to the Jays in the third.
Skipper Joe Maddon said of Price’s performance:
“Just like in his last game, I thought he got better as the game was in progress. I think he could have easily gone out if we needed him to and pitched the eighth inning. Really good stuff, nothing had diminished by the end of the seventh inning.”
-Jeff Niemann is officially on the DL and Josh Lueke has been added to the roster to give the bullpen another arm. In case you didn’t know, Niemann is 6′ 9″. When he broke his leg in Toronto, Rays trainer Ron Porterfield called the Toronto Raptors (that’s an NBA team for you one-sport lovers) for crutches. Brilliant. Before Niemann had crutches, he was being pushed around in a wheelchair by teammate Will Rhymes.
In case you’re ever wheelchair-bound, you might want someone other than Rhymes to guide ya. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
Rhymes, though, wasn’t much of a wheelman, at one point rolling Niemann’s bad foot into an elevator door. “Once he gets rolling he’s hard to stop,” Rhymes said.
-I will be out of town, and surrounded by non-Rays fans, while they take on the Red Sox and the Braves this week. For the sake of my team and my phone, I hope that the score updates that I receive are good ones.
-Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95) is scheduled to face off against Boston’s Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31) tonight at the Trop at 7:10. Here’s hoping the winning streak for the Sox ends at 5.