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By Isaac Orr
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Topic - Joel Peralta
The bullpen lost another game for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the problems again started with a starter.
The Rays would have been happy to have Yu Darvish push back his season debut one more day.
The Washington Nationals got the last word against Joel Peralta in the pine tar flap.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta has been suspended by Major League Baseball for eight games after his glove contained high amounts of pine tar during Tuesday night's game against the Nationals, the league announced Thursday. Peralta will appeal the suspension.
Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having pine tar on his glove.
A day later, the gloves were presumably clean but the war of words was dirtier than ever.
In the crimes-against-humanity department, applying a dab of pine tar to a baseball doesn't rank terribly high on the list. I'd put it somewhere between Internet pop-ups and Khloe and Lamar's reality show. So the fact that Tampa Bay Rays setup man Joel Peralta was discovered with "a significant amount" of the sticky stuff in his glove Tuesday night at Nationals Park is no great cause for outrage, especially given Peralta's pedestrian 3.81 ERA.
It was in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night when excessive amounts of pine tar in Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta's mitt led to his ejection. And it was in the bottom of the eighth inning of Washington's 3-2 win Wednesday night that he entered the game again, this time to a smattering of boos.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was taking a look at a Tampa Bay Rays team he was mostly unfamiliar with. He watched as reliever Joel Peralta came out to get his work in with the rest of the Rays relievers and he remembered the work Peralta had done for the Nationals in 2010.
Maybe it's a cruel fact for Chien-Ming Wang that he has the misfortune of struggling in one of the best rotations in the major leagues. Maybe it's by contrast that Wang, the most veteran of the staff and its second-highest-paid member, has his issues magnified because of the four who come before him.
B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist homered in the first inning to back Wade Davis, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday to pull within a half-game of the Boston Red Sox for the American League wild-card lead.
Capsules of American League teams, listed in order of finish last year:
The Tampa Bay Rays moved to bolster a depleted bullpen, agreeing to a $925,000, one-year contract with free agent reliever Joel Peralta.