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Topic - Joel Peralta
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Mike Napoli drove in the winning run with a two-out double in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the light-hitting Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-2 win on Monday.
Evan Longoria hit three home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 4-1 Wednesday, ending the Orioles' bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.
Taylor Teagarden ended his first game with the Baltimore Orioles in stunning fashion, hitting a two-run homer in the 13th inning that sealed an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
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.
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.
A day later, the gloves were presumably clean but the war of words was dirtier than ever.
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.
Previewing the American League.
The Boston Red Sox lost yet again, with A.J. Burnett making his most impressive start in nearly three months and Jorge Posada hitting a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader.
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.
"It feels a little relief to know at least what it's gonna be."
"I knew it wasn't them," Peralta said. "I knew when they did it was not coming from the players. That made me feel good. I know they like me."