Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Jose Fernandez can set Marlins pitching record

RECOMMENDED READING


MIAMI — Former Alonso standout Jose Fernandez can set a Marlins record tonight as he tries to win a ninth consecutive start. The game at Arizona starts at 10 (Fox Sports Florida).

Fernandez (9-2, 2.29 ERA) is tied with Chris Hammond for the team record. The right-hander's stats — 1.38 ERA and 78 strikeouts over the past eight starts — are surpassed by just two other pitchers during an eight-game win streak (Randy Johnson in 1999-2000 and Clayton Kershaw in 2014).

In his most recent win, Fernandez struck out 14 Mets in seven shutout innings. He became only the third pitcher to strike out at least 14 without allowing a walk or a run in a start of seven innings or less.

"He's just got a presence up there, and an attitude that works in his favor," Mets OF Michael Conforto said. "He definitely rides on that emotion, and he does a great job of not getting too carried away with it. I think he's a great competitor."

Manager Don Mattingly has lobbied Fernandez to dial back his emotions, with some success. Against the Mets, Fernandez's fastball was often clocked at less than 95 mph, and he picked his spots to ratchet up to his more typical 97 or 98.

"We just continue to see him not be max effort all the time, and that's what we like," Mattingly said. "He's pitching with his change-up, he's using his breaking ball, he's changing speeds even with his fastball. We see a more under-control Jose as far as making pitches and maturity toward pitching. But then we still get to see the emotional kid who likes to compete, and it's fun to watch."

When Fernandez is in a jam, his approach has changed. He describes the objective: "Try to make a pitch and not try to do too much, not go crazy."

"A lot of it is location and making the right pitches at the right time," Fernandez said. "I like to throw 155 mph every pitch, but there are things you learn, and you become a pitcher and not just a guy who has good stuff."

YANKEES INJURY ISSUES: Chris Parmelee became the fourth Yankees first baseman on the disabled list, joining Mark Teixeira, Greg Bird and Dustin Ackley. Parmelee injured his right hamstring while stretching to grab a throw Thursday. Rookie Rob Refsnyder is likely to play first regularly in the short term, and Nick Swisher is available in Triple A.

BRAVES: INF Jace Peterson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

mets: Recently acquired utility man Kelly Johnson, a former Ray, was activated.

PHILLIES: RHP Vince Velasquez went on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain and RHP Luis Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

REDS: CF Billy Hamilton went on the seven-day concussion list, opening a spot to activate RHP Anthony DeSclafani off the 60-day disabled list to start Friday night. DeSclafani is the Reds' 11th different starter this season.

TWINS: RH relievers Phil Hughes (bruised left knee) and Trevor May (lower-back spasms) went on the 15-day disabled list.

WHITE SOX: Top prospect Tim Anderson was called up from Triple-A Charlotte and SS Jimmy Rollins was designated for assignment. Anderson, a 22-year-old shortstop, batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with Charlotte. Rollins hit .221 in 41 games. Also, CF Austin Jackson will likely miss at least six weeks because of a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Surgery is scheduled for next week.

Comments
Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

When the Rays acquired INF Matt Duffy from the Giants during the 2016 season, we also heard about the giant and somewhat famous cat he had, an up-to-27-pounder named Skeeter.Duffy announced over the weekend on Instagram that the family had to have Sk...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays went right up to Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline in deciding to add seven players to the 40-man roster, and that a couple they left off seem to be potential Rule 5 draft losses, was apparently a good thing."There’s always some...
Updated: 7 hours ago
UPDATE: RHP Brent Honeywell among 7 added to Rays 40-man roster

UPDATE: RHP Brent Honeywell among 7 added to Rays 40-man roster

UPDATE, 8:11: RHP Jose Mujica was an additional addition to the roster, beyond the six previously reported. Mujica, 21, was 14-8, 3.04 ERA in 27 starts between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.So among those left unprotected and potentially ...
Published: 11/20/17
Former Devil Ray Aubrey Huff among newcomers to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Former Devil Ray Aubrey Huff among newcomers to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Aubrey Huff isn't going to make the Baseball Hall of Fame.But at least the former Devil Rays standout has the satisfaction of making the cut to get onto the ballot, one of 19 first-timers up for election this year.Other newcomers with Rays ties are O...
Published: 11/20/17
Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of n...
Published: 11/18/17
Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

The Rays completed the reorganization of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli the title of major league field coordinator.In being promoted from first-base coach, Baldelli will implement ideas and information from the staff, while assisting ...
Published: 11/17/17
Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays were banking on pitcher Alex Cobb declining their one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer based on the lure of a longer-term and more lucrative deal elsewhere as a free agent.With that decision official Thursday, now the ...
Published: 11/16/17
Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

LAKE BUENA VISTA — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t want to talk Thursday about what might happen if the current effort to build the Rays a new stadium at the Ybor City site falls through."I’m more focused on working with the community to figure o...
Published: 11/16/17
A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

Here is a message from RHP Alex Cobb after he officially left the Rays Thursday in declining their one-year, $17.4-milllion qualifying offer to seek a bigger and longer pact elsewhere:"Getting to this point in my career is truly bittersweet."Twelve y...
Published: 11/16/17
UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE, 5:01: Cobb did not accept the offer by the deadline, as expected.DEVELOPING: Sometime before today's 5 p.m. deadline, the Rays will get official word that their $17.4-million slight gamble on Alex Cobb paid off.The Rays made the free-agent ri...
Published: 11/16/17