American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 18th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (19-25) at LA Angels of Anaheim (23-19), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (4-3, 4.02)
LA Angels - Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 3.86)
(SportsNetwork.com) - After registering just a single shutout through their
first 38 games of the season, the LA Angels have now turned the trick twice in
the last four outings and hope for similar results Sunday when they cap a
four-game series with Tampa Bay at home.
Back on April 9 the Angels posted a 2-0 win on the road at Seattle, the only
shutout for the club through seven weeks of action, but the team finally broke
through with another strong defensive effort on Wednesday versus the
Philadelphia Phillies (3-0) on the road. Yesterday the team treated the home
town fans to their first shutout of the campaign with a 6-0 rout at Angel
Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson went the distance for the hosts as he allowed
five hits and a pair of walks, striking out seven, for his fifth win of the
"It's my first shutout here with the Angels," said Wilson. "It's what you work
for between outings, lifting weights and studying scouting reports ... The
defense really bailed me out tonight. The offense gave me six runs to work
with, which is plenty."
The Angels scored two runs in each of the first three innings and never looked
back as Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta both logged a pair of hits and
Grant Green delivered his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the
bottom of the third.
Cesar Ramos suffered the loss, his third of the campaign, as the starter
lasted just 1 1/3 innings. Ramos was charged with four earned runs on four
hits and a walk before yielding to four relievers out of the bullpen.
"Extremely surprised," Ramos said of his early exit. "And I don't think I was
the only one."
With a six-game homestand set to start on Tuesday, three games each against
Oakland and Boston, the Rays will still be in last place in the AL East once
play concludes on Sunday regardless of outcomes within the division.
Tampa Bay has suffered a major power failure when it comes to hitting over the
last week, placing last in the league in slugging with a mere .304.
Coming off his second complete game of the season, David Price readies himself
for an afternoon meeting with the Angels today. The left-hander, who had a
total of four complete games in 2013, came out on the winning side of a 2-1
final versus Seattle on the road earlier in the week, snapping a two-game
The Tennessee native scattered six hits and struck out 12 without issuing a
single walk. Despite a record of just 4-3, Price has one of the best
strikeout-to-walk ratios (70-to-6) in the majors. Coincidentally, Price is
also 4-3 in his career versus LA in nine appearances, coming up with a 3.57
ERA through 58 innings of work.
Taking the ball for the hosts will be Matt Shoemaker, appearing in just his
sixth major league contest. Shoemaker played in one game last season and this
year he has just 11 2/3 innings under his belt.
The right-hander took a month-long break between appearances for the Angels
before heading back to the hill on Tuesday versus Philadelphia. Shoemaker
picked up the first win of his career as he lasted five innings, giving up two
runs on three hits, striking out three, at Citizens Bank Park.
The Angels claimed a 4-3 advantage in the season series a year ago, but only
after being crushed by Tampa Bay in 2012 (9-1).
05/18 10:20:43 ET