While you were sleeping: Smyly solid in his debut in Oakland, but Rays shut out 3-0
A's 3, Rays 0: The Rays' bats were apparently still on East Coast time last night, and stayed stubbornly asleep whenever a hit in a key situation could have driven in a run. Add in some sloppy defense (three errors) and questionable baserunning, and the result was the Rays' fifth loss in their last six games, bringing their season record down to 54-59 — and dropping them farther in the standings.
Smyly okay in his Rays debut: While David Price impressed in his much-heralded debut for the Tigers in the Yankee Stadium, Drew Smyly did okay in his first start filling Price's spot in the Rays rotation. Smyly, 25, pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two (one intentional) and throwing two wild pitches while striking out six and throwing 107 pitches (70 strikes).
A's collecting former Rays: Rays manager Joe Maddon said they should be known now as the Oakland R-A's, noting "the potentiality for a lot of weird convergences." He joked that he'd probably feel just as home in their clubhouse if he wandered the wrong way down the O.co Coliseum.
Hellickson looking to work deeper into games: RHP Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound this afternoon for his fourth start since coming off the disabled list and is hoping to get through five innings for the first time.
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