Alex Cobb to start Baltimore Orioles’ opener at Yankees
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb has been picked by new Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde to start the Orioles' opener on March 28 at the New York Yankees.
Orioles veterans Cashner and Cobb looking to rebound
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In the new world of the Baltimore Orioles where youth and inexperience are the rule, there are two veteran pitchers hoping to prove they still have some skills.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says several positions open
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The sun wasn't shining on Brandon Hyde's first workout as Baltimore Orioles' manager.
Rain delayed the start of workouts Wednesday for about an hour. But eventually, 15 pitchers threw bullpens and the Orioles rolled out some new cameras to help the team evaluate them.
Cobb pitches Orioles past Indians 4-2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Cobb looked a lot better than his major league-leading 15 losses.
Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped Cleveland's six-game win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday.
Cobb (4-15) struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Willy Adames' winning drive landed high in the left-field seats. According to Statcast, it measured 434 feet, the longest of the rookie's five homers.
"That's all I've got," Adames said. "I went for it and I got it."
Adames' solo homer with two out in the ninth inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Booed as he walked off the Yankee Stadium mound in the third inning, Sonny Gray smiled.
A few moments later, third base coach Phil Nevin screamed at players in the New York dugout.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren't going to let the departure of a few good players diminish their desire to win.
One day after losing two pitchers with strong arms and solid leadership skills, the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Thursday night in a matchup of teams in selling mode near the non-waiver trade deadline.
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up hits to the first three Baltimore batters Saturday.
The Orioles got just two more hits the rest of the afternoon.
Stroman pitched seven sharp innings for his second win in three starts and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-1 for its sixth straight victory over the struggling Orioles.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings and Mitch Garver, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier homered as the Minnesota Twins completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 10-1 victory on Sunday.
Odorizzi (4-6) turned in his third consecutive strong outing, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out five. In his last three starts, he's allowed just two earned runs over 17 innings.
BALTIMORE (AP) — As they stagger toward the midpoint of their miserable 2018 baseball season, the Orioles own the worst record in the majors and are on pace to lose 100 games for only the third time since their move to Baltimore in 1954.
Realmuto has 2 HRs, 4 RBIs; Marlins sink Orioles 5-4
BALTIMORE (AP) — During a horrid stretch in which the Baltimore Orioles keep finding ways to lose, J.T. Realmuto did his part to extend the downward spiral.
Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins beat the skidding Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — This is what the Baltimore Orioles were counting on when they added Alex Cobb.
Cobb delivered his best performance since signing a rich contract late in spring training, helping the Orioles break a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 2-1 Tuesday night.
"That was fun," manager Buck Showalter said. "Been waiting for that one."
BALTIMORE (AP) — A three-run lead in the third inning usually isn't enough to assure a victory, except perhaps when Gio Gonzalez is dealing strikes and the team facing the deficit is the 2018 Baltimore Orioles.
And so, when Anthony Rendon's drive to left field with two runners aboard cleared the wall, the Washington Nationals had all the offense they needed Monday in what turned out to be a 6-0 victory.
BOSTON (AP) — In a season with little to celebrate so far, the Baltimore Orioles had their choice of reasons to rejoice Friday night.
The Orioles beat the Red Sox 7-4, ending Baltimore's 13-game road losing streak and finally picking up a win for beleaguered starter Alex Cobb.
BALTIMORE (AP) — After David Hess enjoyed an unforgettable afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays closed out a long day with an overdue victory.
Turns out, the Rays and Baltimore Orioles both had reason to smile Saturday night after playing two games and enduring a lengthy rain delay.
In the opener, Hess pitched six effective innings for Baltimore in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs in a 6-3 victory.
BALTIMORE (AP) — On a night in which Alex Cobb was treated poorly by his former teammates, the Tampa Bay Rays welcomed their newest member with pride and compassion.
Joey Wendle had three hits and two RBIs, Adeiny Hechavarria homered and Tampa Bay beat Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Wednesday night.
Rainout delays Orioles RHP Cobb’s reunion with Rays
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have to wait at least one more day before taking their swings against former teammate Alex Cobb.
Cobb, now with the Baltimore Orioles, was scheduled to face his old team on Tuesday night before the game was postponed by rain.
Thus, Cobb will start Wednesday in the delayed start of this series between the only two AL East teams with losing records.
The rainout will be made up as part of single-admission doubleheader on May 12.
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Ramirez, Red Sox get to 12-2, best start in team history
CHICAGO (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 on Saturday to get to 12-2 — the best start in their 118-year history.
Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single and an RBI double, and J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer for the Red Sox.
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Milwaukee Brewers starter Junior Guerra gave up three runs in 5⅓ innings of work in a 4-4 tie against the Colorado Rockies in a Cactus League game on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baseball union head Tony Clark says it is possible some free agents may not agree to contracts until after the start of the regular season.
More than four dozen players remain without deals from among the 166 who exercised free agent rights last November, and the total seeking jobs is much greater when released players, non-tender free agents and minor league free agents are included.
Archer believes Rays could have best rotation in majors
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer believes Tampa Bay is capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.
"We have some very dynamic arms in this room," the two-time AL All-Star said after reporting to spring training, where a bevy of young starters and prospects are competing for roles on a staff that will have a different look after losing Alex Cobb to free agency.
Revamped Rays have new look in 2018 after 4 losing seasons
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays will have a new look in 2018.
A lingering question entering spring training is to what extent.
Evan Longoria is gone. So are Alex Cobb, Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda.
Jake Odorizzi, and maybe even two-time All-Star Chris Archer or closer Alex Colome, could be on the way out, too, with the budget-minded team committed to trimming payroll while also trying to remain competitive in the tough AL East.
All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention
CHICAGO (AP) — There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.
Rays make qualifying offer to free agent RHP Alex Cobb
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to free agent pitcher Alex Cobb.
The 30-year-old right-hander posted career highs for wins, games started and innings pitched while going 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA over 29 starts in 2017.
Cobb ranks fifth in wins and second in ERA on the club's career list with a 48-35 record and 3.50 ERA over six seasons.
Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain, Arrieta among 9 with $17.4M offers
NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday.
Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana.
New York — Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday.
Rays monitor Hurricane Irma news while beating Red Sox 4-1
BOSTON (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash went to check his phone for Hurricane Irma news as soon as he reached his office after the final out.
Wilson Ramos stood at his locker and wanted to show reporters a video on his iPhone of heavy winds swaying palm trees that a friend watching his house had sent.
The Rays had a lot on their minds as they beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Royals end scoreless run at 45 innings, 3 shy of ML record
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield homered with two outs in the third inning Tuesday night, ending the Kansas City Royals' scoreless streak at 45 innings, three shy of the major league record.
Merrifield put Kansas City ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0, getting the Royals their first run since the second inning of a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Thursday.
The major league scoreless record is 48 innings, held by the 1968 Chicago Cubs and the 1906 Philadelphia Athletics.
2 Kiermaier catches, 5 pitchers send Rays over Blue Jays 2-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays were saved by a replay reversal, plus a pair of reversals by star center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
Alex Cobb and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Kiermaier made two spectacular catches Thursday as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0.
Both of Kiermaier's plays came in the fifth inning. The two-time Gold Glover made an all-out sprint to catch Steve Pearce's drive with two runners on base, tumbling onto the warning track in right-center.
Brewers shut out Rays behind Davies
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zach Davies gave up one hit in seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers remained a half-game behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.
It was the second straight shutout for the Brewers, who have given up only one run while winning three straight.
Davies (13-5) walked two and struck out two. Two relievers helped the Brewers stretch their streak of shutout innings to 22.
Brewers’ Shaw injured by throw
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw left Saturday night's game in the second inning after being struck on the side of his face by a throw on a stolen base attempt.
Shaw walked off the field under his own power after lying on the ground for several seconds and being attended by trainers. Hernan Perez ran for him and replaced him at third base.
Longoria, Souza homer in Rays’ 5-1 win over Orioles
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb and Ubaldo Jimenez threw only one bad pitch each.
The big difference in Tampa Bay's 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday was that there was a runner on base when Evan Longoria hit Jimenez's pitch out for a two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Rays' first lead of the game.
Morrison homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Angels 6-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Back on June 3, Alex Cobb looked like a pitcher whose season was in trouble. He had just given up a career-high nine earned runs to fall to 4-5 with a 4.52 ERA.
Six weeks later, the Tampa Bay Rays' right-hander has become an entirely new pitcher.
Cobb continued his turnaround on a warm Saturday night, holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run in the Rays' 6-3 victory.
He did not allow a run until Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the sixth, the first of two homers for him.
Cobb, Rays blank Porcello, Red Sox 1-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays made the most of a replay reversal. Alex Cobb led the way.
Cobb pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Rays beat Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox 1-0 on Saturday.
"Their guy was outstanding," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said, "our guy was just a tick better."
Cobb (7-6) retired 11 straight over one stretch. Alex Colome got the final four outs for his 24th save.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison has broken up a no-hit bid by Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb in the seventh inning.
Harrison beat the shift and singled to right field leading off the seventh for the Pittsburgh Pirates' first hit.
Cobb pitched three perfect innings Tuesday before Harrison walked with one out in the fourth. Cobb retired the final two batters in the fourth and got Pittsburgh to fly out three times in the fifth.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Corey Dickerson helped the Tampa Bay Rays build up a big lead Tuesday night, and then they almost let one get away against the Cincinnati Reds. "You're going to take every win, but we better start cleaning it up, simple as that," said Rays manager Kevin Cash after his club...
Rays hit 5 homers, beat Athletics 13-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb enjoyed the view from the mound, and the dugout, too.
Tampa Bay tied a season-high with five home runs, Cobb went six strong innings, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Friday night.
When asked what it was like watching the Rays' offensive onslaught, a joking Cobb said "Score em' a little quicker, so I can get back out there."
Rays hit 5 homers, beat Athletics 13-4
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay tied a season-high with five home runs, Alex Cobb went six strong innings, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Friday night.
Steven Souza Jr., Mallex Smith, Logan Morrison, Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson all homered for the Rays, who have hit four or more homers in a game six times this season. Souza, who entered in a 1-for-24 slide, had three hits and came within a double of hitting for the cycle.
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Kurt Suzuki had three passed balls in his first game catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for Atlanta this season, but committed just one in Dickey's next eight starts. Dickey (3-3) makes his 10th start for the Braves in the series finale in San Francisco against Johnny Cueto (4-4) and the Giants.
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Kurt Suzuki had three passed balls in his first game catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for Atlanta this season but committed just one in Dickey's next eight starts. Dickey (3-3) makes his 10th start for the Braves in the series finale in San Francisco against Johnny Cueto (4-4) and the Giants.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Six pitches into the game, Matt Shoemaker had a two-run lead and the Los Angeles Angels righty helped make it stand up.
Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to lead off, Shoemaker won his third consecutive start and the Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night.
"One constant is we've been getting good consistent starting pitching," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in a year, the Rays didn't get run over on the road.
Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven inning as Tampa Bay busted out the bats in a 7-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday to complete the Rays' most successful trip since last May.