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08-10-2008, 10:50 PM
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Scott Kazmir, LHP (8-5, 3.20) Gio Gonzalez, LHP (0-1, 6.00)

Rays: For the second consecutive start, Kazmir struggled on the hill, as the lefty allowed a season-high nine hits and five earned runs to Cleveland. The 24-year-old Rays ace allowed three consecutive one-out hits -- including two doubles -- to the meat of the Tribe's lineup, and exited after 97 pitches and 4 1/3 innings. In his last 11 starts, Kazmir has gone seven innings just once, in a July 21 win at Oakland. Kazmir has fared well against the A's this season, going 2-0 in two starts.

A's: Gonzalez pitched well against the Blue Jays in his last start, which was also his Major League debut. He allowed four runs on four hits over six innings. The left-hander walked two and struck out four in the outing, needing 95 pitches. What was more impressive, though, was that after surrendering three runs in the first inning, he settled down considerably. During a stretch from the second to the fifth inning, he did not allow a hit, issuing one walk and retiring 15 of the 16 batters he faced.


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Andy Sonnanstine, RHP (11-6, 4.40) Justin Duchscherer, RHP (10-7, 2.51)

Rays: Sonnanstine pitched well against the Mariners Thursday when he allowed one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings, but came away with a no-decision. After surviving minor bumps in the first and second innings in which the Mariners stranded runners at third, Sonnanstine retired the next 17 batters he faced, establishing a new club record for most consecutive hitters retired. The right-hander is a master of deception, employing an array of pitches that he can throw from all different angles. But he has learned to primarily use his fastball to setup the other pitches. Sonnanstine is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in three career starts against Oakland.

A's: Duchscherer lasted a season-low five innings in his last start against Toronto, surrendering four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six. This will be his first career start against Tampa Bay, a team against which he owns a 1-0 record with a 1.96 ERA in 10 relief appearances.


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James Shields, RHP (10-7, 3.65) Dallas Braden, LHP (3-2, 4.62)

Rays: Shields made his 17th quality start of the season Friday night by allowing two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Mariners to pick up his 10th win of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander's best pitch has always been his changeup, but he also has a plus fastball and curve and he's added a cutter that has helped him throw inside to left-handers. He is 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in five career starts against the A's.

A's: Braden picked up his third win of the season with the longest effort of his career Friday against the Tigers. Using his fastball effectively on both sides of the plate to set up his changeup, Braden tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs -- both coming on a Marcus Thames home run -- while limiting the Tigers to five hits, which helped the A's snap a season-long 10-game losing streak. In his lone career start against Chicago, Braden is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA.


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Sbank
08-12-2008, 07:12 PM
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Scott Kazmir 8-5 18 18 0 0 0 0 104.0 87 39 37 10 44 114 3.20 1.26
2008 - Gio Gonzalez 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 4 4 4 1 2 4 6.00 1.00


If a unicorn is invisible does anyone get to enjoy it?

If a good pitching matchup isn't on local TV does anyone get to enjoy it?

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Sbank
08-13-2008, 08:52 PM
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Andy Sonnanstine 11-6 23 23 1 1 0 0 141.0 161 75 69 13 24 86 4.40 1.31
2008 - Justin Duchscherer 10-7 20 20 1 1 0 0 132.2 98 42 37 9 33 84 2.51 .99


If this were a movie we'd find out that Sonnanstine and Duchscherer are either brothers or clones at the end of it. I'd say clones.

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Sbank
08-13-2008, 11:23 PM
2-0 Rays

Sbank
08-14-2008, 08:43 PM
Good win today in extra innings today.

Sbank
08-14-2008, 11:40 PM
Carlos Pena hit a solo homer in the top of the 12th to lead the Rays to a 7-6 win over the A's on Thursday.
Dioner Navarro added an RBI single in the top half of the inning, a needed insurance run since the A's tallied a run in the bottom half of the inning. Pena has now homered in back-to-back games, giving him 23 on the season. Willie Aybar also had a nice game, hitting a double, a triple, and driving in two runs in the process. AL-only leaguers should consider adding him while Evan Longoria is out.

Rocco Baldelli left Thursday's game after sliding awkwardly at home plate.
That didn't take long. There's no word on the severity, but for now, Jason Bartlett went in at short with Ben Zobrist headed out to left and Justin Ruggiano to right.

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