MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH
Manager Joe Maddon never has an issue with physical mistakes.
But after a poor performance by his Rays in an 8-2 loss to Texas on Thursday, he spoke out about the abundance of mental mistakes.
"You have to be aware. Aware, aware, aware. Constantly," Maddon said. "There's no taking naps in these games, man. This stuff is for real. We are playing quality opponents. Absolutely, we are playing quality opponents. It's on us to be ready mentally to play these games. And these little mental faux pas cannot be part of it."
Making it worse, Maddon doesn't have any explanation.
He certainly didn't expect a poor showing Thursday after they looked so sharp in an extra-inning win Wednesday.
But balls were dropping and plays weren't being made.
"I don't know," Maddon said. "I don't know. You look up and we've got 83 wins and we're tied for the wild card thing, and I don't know. It's not easy to get to this particular juncture, and then you get there and it's hard to understand where we would kind of throw out a bad game tonight after the last game. I'm kind of surprised."
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Orioles (Jason Hammel, 7-8, 5.12) vs. Rays (David Price, 8-8, 3.42)
--1B James Loney broke an 0-for-9 slide with a run-scoring double in the first inning Thursday to raise his batting average briefly back above .300. He entered the game having not been below the mark since April 22. He finished 1-for-4 and is now batting .297.
--SS Yunel Escobar had a long and trying night Thursday in an 8-2 loss to Texas at Tropicana Field. He committed a throwing error, was caught stealing and hit into a double play.
--SS Tim Beckham singled in his first major-league at-bat in an 8-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The first pick in the 2008 draft took Tanner Scheppers' pitch to right field as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Beckham is the first first-overall pick to collect a hit in his first plate appearance since Phil Nevin in 1995.
--LHP David Price (8-8, 3.42) is scheduled to make his 25th start of the season on Friday when the Rays begin a four-game series with Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The Rays have lost his last four starts, tied for the second-longest streak of his career. The offense has scored just eight runs with him in the game over the four starts.
--LHP Matt Moore (15-4) took the loss on Thursday in an 8-2 defeat to the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in four innings. He struck out six. Texas hit three monstrous solo home runs against Moore in the third inning, including consecutive shots by Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios. He also allowed a career-high four stolen bases.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You have to be aware. Aware, aware, aware. Constantly. There's no taking naps in these games, man. This stuff is for real. We are playing quality opponents. Absolutely, we are playing quality opponents. It's on us to be ready mentally to play these games. And these little mental faux pas cannot be part of it." -- Manager Joe Maddon, after his players gave up five stolen bases, committed a throwing error and were caught stealing twice in an 8-2 loss to Texas on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 30, and he was acquired from the White Sox on July 29. As of Aug. 11, he had started playing catch. He was moved to the 60-day DL on Aug. 17. Crain progressed through playing catch at increased distances and felt good after throwing bullpen sessions Sept. 7, 10 and 13. He threw to hitters Sept. 16, and he could be activated as soon as Sept. 21.
--RHP Jesse Crain (shoulder strain) was acquired July 29 from the White Sox, who had placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 30, due to a shoulder strain. Crain progressed through playing catch at increased distances and felt good after throwing two bullpen sessions on Sept. 7, 10 and 13. He faced hitters on Sept. 16 and threw in a minor-league game on Sept. 19 with the expectation he will be activated over the weekend.
--OF Brandon Guyer (fractured right middle finger) was recalled from the minors Aug. 2 and immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 17. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Aug. 25.
--RHP Jeff Niemann (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 16. He had season-ending surgery April 10 to repair his rotator cuff and labrum. The expected recovery time is nine to 12 months.
--RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (Tommy John surgery in September 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list on March 31. He spent most of the season rehabbing his elbow, throwing his first bullpen session on June 16. He is not expected to return this season.
--RHP Alex Colome (right elbow sprain) was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Aug. 30 and immediately placed on the 60-day disabled list.
LHP David Price
RHP Chris Archer
RHP Alex Cobb
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
LHP Matt Moore
RHP Fernando Rodney (closer)
RHP Joel Peralta
LHP Jake McGee
LHP Cesar Ramos
RHP Jamey Wright
LHP Alex Torres
LHP Wesley Wright
RHP Brandon Gomes
RHP Josh Lueke
RHP Roberto Hernandez
1B James Loney
2B Ben Zobrist
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Evan Longoria
INF/OF Kelly Johnson
INF/OF Sean Rodriguez
INF Tim Beckham
LF David DeJesus
CF Desmond Jennings
RF Wil Myers
DH Luke Scott
OF Matt Joyce
OF Sam Fuld
OF Delmon Young
OF Freddy Guzman