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Reds nip Rays 4-3; win series, ends road trip at 3-3

Ryan Hanigan (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds took a road trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay and ended a respectable 3-3.

You would expect them to handle Baltimore and struggle with Tampa Bay, right!

Wrong! It was the complete opposite. The Reds scored plenty of runs in Baltimore, but bullpen problems caused them to lose two of three. Against pitching-rich Tampa Bay, they beat Jeremy Hellickson and James Shields and held their own against David Price to win two of three.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan supplied the power to win the game 4-3 over the Rays. With Joey Votto and Scott Rolen aboard and two outs, Hanigan, who had missed three games with a strained muscle in his back, lined a ball into the left field seats for his third homer of the year, to make it 3-0 Reds and made a loser of James Shields (8-5).

Edinson Volquez, coming off two terrible starts, was the opposite on Wednesday, going 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out seven.

Rays outfielder/designated hitter Johnny Damon singled in the sixth inning for his 2,654th hit, tying him with Ted Williams on the all-time list.

Even with the Reds playing at a snail’s pace, they’re only 2.5 behind Milwaukee and 1.5 behind St. Louis in the National League Central Division race.

 

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

 

Rays’ Shields, Tigers’ Verlander named co-Player of Week in the AL

James Shields (file photo)

Starting pitchers James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers have been named American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending June 19th.

In two starts last week, Shields went 2-0 with two complete games, one shutout and 15 strikeouts on the way to winning his second weekly award this season, previously winning on April 25th.

The 29-year-old Californian fanned a career-high and franchise record-tying 13 batters in a three-hit shutout against the Florida Marlins.

In a pair of starts, Verlander matched Shields with two complete games and one shutout en route to a 2-0 record with a Major League-leading 17 strikeouts to earn his fourth career weekly award and second of the season, previously winning on May 9th.

The Virginian and three-time All-Star has won seven consecutive decisions over nine starts dating back to May 7th with 59 strikeouts, nine walks and a 1.73 ERA over the run.

Both players will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

Justin Verlander (file photo)

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

AL Player of the Week honors go to Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist

 

Ben Zobrist (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 1st is Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist.

The winner of the American League weekly honor, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In six games last week, Zobrist batted .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs and a .444 on-base percentage. The switch-hitter led the Majors with five doubles and 13 RBI’s, tied for the top spot with eight runs scored and 24 total bases, finished second with a .960 slugging percentage and tied for second with 11 hits.

Zobrist had a career day in a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. In the first game on Thursday, the Eureka, Illinois native had a career-high four hits and eight RBI’s, including two doubles, a home run and two runs scored in a 15-3 blasting of the Twins. His eight RBI’s broke the Rays’ previous single-game mark of seven, set by Carlos Pena in 2007, and were the most in a game since Toronto’s Adam Lind on August 31, 2009. The 29-year-old went into the nightcap and continued to have a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s and three runs scored en route to a 6-1 Rays win and series sweep of the Twins.

In five straight games, Zobrist had 18 RBI’s and that marked the most for an American League player since Reggie Jackson compiled 18 RBI’s from June 14-18, 1969. Zobrist’s 10 RBI’s in the doubleheader were the most for a twin bill since St. Louis’ Mark Whiten earned 13 RBI’s on September 7, 1993 at Cincinnati.

The sixth round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros, finished the series against Minnesota 8-for-14 (.571) with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, six runs scored and 13 RBI’s, the most RBI’s in a three-game series in the Majors since 2004.

The Dallas Baptist University alumnus carried an eight-game hitting streak into this week along with an American League-leading 25 RBI’s and he ranks second in the Majors with 18 extra-base hits.

This is Zobrist’s second career weekly honor; the other on 9/29/2008 and the third for the Rays this season joining Johnny Damon and James Shields.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Tampa Bay Rays’ Shields named American League Player of the Week

James Shields (file photo)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 24th.

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, James Shields, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

Shields pitched complete games in each of his two starts last week to compile a perfect 2-0 record with 16 strikeouts in a Major League-leading 18. innings pitched. The native of Newhall, California posted a 0.50 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .138 batting average while issuing just three walks.

Shields has now tossed at least 7.0 innings in four of his five starts this season. On April 19th, the right-hander recorded his sixth career complete game, his first since a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 9, 2008, be defeating the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Shields struck out nine and walked one, and became the first Rays pitcher to surpass the 1,000.0 career innings pitched. The win snapped a string of nine consecutive winless starts (0-5) dating back to August 29, 2010.

On Sunday, the 16th round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft again went the distance, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Shields held the power-laden Blue Jays hitless through four innings before Juan Rivera singled to open the fifth. The 29-year-old struck out seven and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to become the first Rays pitcher to win back-to-back complete games since Albie Lopez in 2000.

Already the Rays all-time leader in wins (58), games started (156) and innings pitched (1,016.0), Shields’ seven complete games moves him into the top spot on the Tampa Bay all-time list. In addition, he is currently ranked second in strikeouts with 829, just 45 behind Scott Kazmir. This is the second career A.L. Player of the Week award for Shields who previously was selected the week of 4/28/08.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Rays sweep Yankees behind bat of Pena and pitching of Shields, 8-6

compiled from staff and wire reports

Baseball’s best team, the Tampa Bay Rays, now know that they can compete and win in the new Yankee Stadium. In 2009, that had some nightmarish games in the new ballpark. Carlos Pena and James Shields led the way last night.

Pena homered twice and Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton also blasted homers as Tampa Bay tattoed another Yankees pitcher and posted its sixth straight win.

James Shields (mlb)

A day after battering A.J.  Burnett, Tampa Bay came out swinging a hot bat against Andy Pettitte (5-1). Jason Bartlett led off with a double, Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single and then Zobrist homered.

Shields, who is 5-1, overcame some early problems and mishaps and settled down as the game moved along and pitched into the eighth inning.

The Rays improved to 17-4 on the road and 30-11 overall.

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