Rays left-hander Rich Hill, 41, has loads of attention-grabbing objects on his resume. He’s on his eleventh major-league staff. He as soon as had an ideal sport damaged up by a ninth-inning fielding error. He has been Pitcher of the Month in each leagues.

One high quality isn’t listed.

He has a wholesome dose of perspective.

Despite Wednesday afternoon’s 9-2 loss against the Red Sox at Fenway Park (which pushed the Rays’ shedding streak to 4 video games) and Hill’s beginning task in Friday afternoon’s residence opener in opposition to the Yankees at Tropicana Field, his method is not going to change.

“I’m not going to veer off my game plan and go away from what I do best,” mentioned Hill, who had a no-decision in his Rays’ debut Saturday at Miami, when he allowed single runs in every of the primary 4 innings. “When you know what you’re good at, things are going to work out more often than not.”

As a lot as Hill has modified groups, he’s accustomed to creating changes. Although the Rays are solely six video games into the season, he doesn’t consider in making any early-season concessions.

“I don’t buy into that as an answer, that it’s early in the season (as an excuse),” Hill mentioned. “These games count just as much as they would in September. The time is always in the present and it’s very pressing as far as making things count today. …

“I’ve seen in the past, how you could be nine games up in September and not make the playoffs. I was part of that team (2011 Red Sox). Maybe if things were different in April, you don’t have those kinds of conversations. You realize how important every single game is. It matters.”

Improvement wanted

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle throws to first during Wednesday's game in Boston.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle throws to first throughout Wednesday’s sport in Boston. [ ELISE AMENDOLA | AP ]

The six-game evaluation from Rays supervisor Kevin Cash? The Rays want higher at-bats with runners on base. And they should clear up the defensive play to assist the pitchers.

“This is a good team,” Cash mentioned. “They’ve got a good mindset. They’re frustrated. We’re all frustrated right now. We just haven’t performed to our capabilities.

“We understand that it is a long season, but we’d certainly like to start looking a little better than we have.”

Yarbrough’s unusual streak

Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough has served in a wide range of pitching roles throughout his profession. Now he’s the No. 2 starter. Strangely, Wednesday’s defeat at Boston was his nineteenth consecutive begin with no victory (0-8) relationship to Aug. 17, 2019. It’s the longest such streak in membership historical past (Jason Hammel had 17 straight begins with no win in 2006-07).

But there’s a little bit of an asterisk. With the Rays using an “opener” prior to now three seasons, Yarbrough usually has served because the “bulk pitcher” and will get in as a lot work as a standard starter.

Yarbrough, who started the season with 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a begin at Miami, mentioned he’s suited nicely for his present position.

“Starting is what I’m wanting to do,” Yarbrough mentioned. “At the same time, we’re trying to win ball games. Right now, I’m just concentrating on starting and letting everything else fall into place.”

Miscellany

It was the primary time the Rays had been swept in a three-game sequence since final summer time (July 29-31 in opposition to the Orioles, which adopted getting swept in a two-game sequence in opposition to the Braves). The Rays have been swept solely twice in 2019 (three-gamers in opposition to the Red Sox and Yankees) and 7 different instances received the sequence finale to keep away from a sweep. … It was the fifteenth time in membership historical past to be swept in a three-game sequence at Fenway Park. … Tuesday evening’s 12-inning defeat in opposition to the Red Sox was the primary time in membership historical past that the Rays misplaced whereas holding three separate leads within the ninth inning or later, based on the Elias Sports Bureau. Combining the common season and postseason, the Rays had received 63 straight video games whereas main after seven innings, the longest streak within the majors. … Friday will mark the fifth time that the Yankees are the opponent in a Rays’ residence opener. The Rays are 4-0 in these video games, though one was in Tokyo (8-3 win in 2004). The different video games at Tropicana Field have been in 2009 (15-5), 2012 (7-6) and 2017 (7-3). … The Rays are at residence for 17 of their subsequent 23 video games.

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