Well, would you look at that, the Rays won themselves a baseball game. Behind six scoreless innings from veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, the Rays topped the Mariners 4-0 last night to end their 10-game losing streak.
Going against his former team, Bedard gave up four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Grant Balfour combined for six strikeouts over the next three innings to finish off the shutout victory.
Little was expected from Bedard coming into the year, but he has a respectable 3.61 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance. He has a better ERA than David Price and Chris Archer right now. Wouldn’t have expected that in the spring.
Even after ending the long skid, the Rays still own the worst record in the majors at 24-38. They are currently 14 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East and eight back in the Wild Card race. They have a lot of work to do to make something out of their season.
Your Friday box scores:
Mariners 0, Rays 4
Marlins 3, Cubs 5 (13 innings)
Athletics 4, Orioles 3 (11 innings)
Cardinals 1, Blue Jays 3
Brewers 5, Pirates 15
Red Sox 2, Tigers 6
Phillies 8, Reds 0
Dodgers 7, Rockies 2
Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2
Indians 4, Rangers 6
Nationals 6, Padres 0
Yankees 4, Royals 2
Mets 2, Giants 4
Astros 5, Twins 4
White Sox 4, Angels 8
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.