MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays odd penchant for the shutout continued Sunday at Tropicana Field.

A night after recording their 18th shutout win of the season, they were shut out for the 16th time, tying San Diego for league-worst, as Boston starter Clay Buchholz spun a masterful complete-game three-hitter.

The 34 Rays games decided via shutout are the most by an American League club since the 1973 Yankees were involved in 37. Tampa Bay has 35 games left to claim the odd record for itself.

"We're plus-two on shutouts," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, ever the optimist. "There's no getting around it. We talk about it all the time. We actually hit the ball relatively well. We get people out there. Our on-base percentage is good (ninth-best in MLB at .321). We do all kinds of stuff to work counts. It's been run-production. Driving those guys in, that's been the difficult part of it, but that's the way it is right now."

Rays starter Alex Cobb (9-7) landed on the wrong side of the shutout on Sunday in a 3-0 loss to Boston. He had a career-best streak of seven straight wins broken and lost for the first time in 12 starts dating to June 23. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Cobb allowed two runs or less in 10 straight, a franchise record and active league-best.

"Buchholz obviously had his 'A' game today, and when he's on like that, it's tough to scratch across run, so I knew it was going to be at a minimum," Cobb said. "It was angering to give up some of the runs I gave up because one was self-inflicted, giving up two bases and then two two-out hits I that I can't let ... I've got to bear down a little bit better there."

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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 66-71

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Red Sox (RHP Rubby De La Rosa, 4-5, 3.81 ERA) vs. Rays (LHP Drew Smyly, 4-5, 3.81 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Alex Cobb (9-7) had a career-best streak of seven straight wins broken and lost for the first time in 12 starts dating to June 23. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 1/3 innings of a 3-0 loss to Boston at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Cobb has allowed two runs or less in 10 straight, a franchise record and active league-best.

--CF Desmond Jennings rested a third straight day with a bruised left knee. Kevin Kiermaier replaced Jennings (.244 BA, .319 on-base-plus-slugging percentage) as lead-off hitter and in center field.

--OF David DeJesus (broken hand) will be reinstated from the disabled list on Monday. DeJesus has been out since June 18, not including rehab starts. He hit .269 with five home runs and 17 RBIs before the injury.

--CF Kevin Kiermaier replaced CF Desmond Jennings (.244 BA, .319 OBP) as Rays lead-off hitter and in center field on Sunday. Jennings sat for a second straight day because of a bruised left knee.

--C Curt Casali will be called up when rosters expand Monday. Casali hit .169 with two RBIs in 23 games with the Rays this season. He hit .253 with four home runs and 28 RBIs in 70 games in the minors the season.

--RHP Brandon Gomes will be called up when rosters expand Monday. He was 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA with the Rays this season. He was 0-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 27 appearances with Triple-A Durham this year.