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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jose Molina
Chris Archer pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, Jose Molina reached base three times and scored twice, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Tuesday.
On the surface, the numbers don't look promising. The Nationals traded for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton on Thursday and the stat that immediately jumps out is his caught stealing percentage.
On the day pitchers and catchers reported, the Nationals traded right-hander Nate Karns to Tampa Bay for No. 2 catcher Jose Lobaton.
Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks. Arizona dealt left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Heath Bell are eager to try to help the Tampa Bay Rays get back to the playoffs.
There was a time when Stephen Strasburg's starts were accompanied by a mix of excitement and fear. Excitement over what he might do on any given night on the mound. Fear, for what might happen while he's doing it.
Previewing the American League.
A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Mariano Rivera remained on hold at 600 saves when CC Sabathia failed to hold a fifth-inning lead and Jose Molina's single in the ninth lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 Friday night.
Rays left-hander David Price didn't give his defense much to do in the first three innings of Sunday's game at Toronto.
Eric Wedge decided to stick with the roles that are already being established in Seattle's bullpen.
Pitcher Alex Cobb and catcher Jose Molina argued in the dugout after the Red Sox took the lead.