User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Rays 8, White Sox 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - In a disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago White Sox took some solace that they had a couple of players make successful major league debuts Friday night.

Advertisement
Catcher Josh Phegley drove in two runs and Simon Castro pitched three shutout innings in their first big-league games, but all of it came after the Rays had jumped on White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod in a five-run second inning of a 8-3 win over Tampa Bay.

It was the seventh loss in nine games for the White Sox.

``It was kind of a strange feeling,'' said Phegley, who drove in Chicago's first run with a fifth-inning single off Jeremy Hellickson.

``It's the same game; you try to tell yourself that, but it was just a different atmosphere, and it was exciting and stressful and nerve-racking all at the same time. I wish it would have went a little better for us, but it was an experience.''

Hellickson (8-3) won his fourth consecutive start, and Jose Molina and Kelly Johnson homered during the Rays' big inning against Axelrod, who gave up nine hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Desmond Jennings and Luke Scott each had three of Tampa Bay's 14 hits.

``I threw some balls up and they're hot right now, so I'll just try to turn the page and think about my next start,'' said Axelrod (3-5). ``I didn't feel like I was throwing horrible pitches, but it was obviously not good enough.''

Hellickson gave up one run, six hits and struck out nine in seven innings, helping the Rays win for the sixth time in seven games.

Axelrod, who has given up 10 homers in 22 1-3 innings over his past five starts, allowed five runs. The White Sox were down 7-0 by the time Phegley got his first hit and RBI.

``It felt like kind of a weight lifted,'' Phegley said. ``(Hellickson) was really getting me with that changeup, kind of a good pitch for him. But just to get the bat on the ball and see it go though there. ... I guess I lucked out.''

Phegley and center fielder Blake Tekotte, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, were both in the starting lineup.

Castro allowed singles to Scott and Yunel Escobar, but struck out four of the next 10 hitters he faced.

``I just feel blessed that I finally got the chance, and I'm enjoying it,'' said Castro, who has spent 7 1/2 seasons in the minor leagues.

``It was just one of those games. They just jumped on Ax,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ``There's a silver lining to it; you get those (new) guys in there.''

Gordon Beckham had an RBI single and Phegley added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Tampa Bay's James Loney singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games. He drove in a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.

Axelrod reached for Jennings' low first-inning liner, which knocked his glove to the ground. The pitcher picked up the ball and threw out the speedy Rays' leadoff man at first.

NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, on the DL since June 6 due to a broken rib, threw off a bullpen mound. ``Hopefully in the next week or so he'll be able to get a side (session) and be ready to go,'' Ventura said. Peavy will likely go out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. ... Rays RHP Alex Cobb had a bullpen session for the first time since being hit in the right ear by a line drive on June 15. There is no timetable for his return. ... The White Sox designated C Hector Gimenez for assignment. ... SS Alexi Ramirez, who played every inning for the White Sox this season entering the game, was one of several Chicago players pulled after the top of the seventh.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's Diamond Notes
Akins: Diamond Trends - Wednesday
Lawrence: August Pitchers Report
McHugh leads Astros over Pirates
Orioles put Tillman on disabled list
Red Sox 3B Sandoval starts drills
Angels' closer Street season over
Ledecky throwing out first pitch in D.C.
Rangers put Josh Hamilton on waivers
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
11-5 L2 Days, 15-6 G-Plays, +5,962
3-0 L3 G-Plays, +8,330 This Year
7-1 +615 L8, 10-3 L13 Win Streak
10-5 Last 15 Guarantees
24-10 L34 Totals, +1,594 Picks TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, +2,769 Overall
3-0, +362 Last Night
2-0 Y'day, 15-6 L21 Guarantees
9-5 L14 G-Plays, +4,943 TY
7-3 +422 L5 Days, 10-4 G-Plays
26-12 L38 MLB Selections
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 Yesterday, 5-1 L6 Totals
5-1 Guaranteed Streak
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks- Kansas City Royals at Miami Marlins
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8330
Antony Dinero + 5962
Jim Feist + 4943
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2973
Bruce Marshall + 2228
Jim Feist + 1819
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4286
Micah Roberts + 3451
NeiltheGreek + 2102
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3634
Jim Feist + 3187
Micah Roberts + 3030
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 2458
Antony Dinero + 2440
James Manos + 2264
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1906
Micah Roberts + 1860
NeiltheGreek + 1793
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership