Tag:Carlos Pena
Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:05 pm

Rays test their bench

Joe Maddon How about this for a record you didn't know existed?

Monday night the Rays tied a major-league record by using six pinch hitters in one inning. It was the ninth time that's happened -- and the seventh in September, when rosters expand.

Joe Maddon did it in the seventh inning of Monday's game in Boston because his team was being blown out and wanted to give his regulars some rest and get his bench players some at-bats.

"They all looked good up there. We like our depth, we like our bench," Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I want to keep them sharp, I've got to get them out there. Hopefully as we proceed and hopefully make the playoffs we're going to have to make a lot of tough decisions regarding who those 25 people are going to be, so these guys have got to play. If they're going to contribute the rest of this month they just can't sit on the bench."

How'd it work? Well enough for six pinch hitters to get to bat -- as well as three starters -- who accounted for two of the three outs. None of the starters got a hit, with Carlos Pena walking. The pinch hitters went 3 for 4 with two walks, scoring all three runs in the inning.

Here's how it went down:

The Red Sox started the inning with Robert Coello replacing starter Jon Lester.

Dan Johnson, batting for Ben Zobrist, singled to center.

Kelly Shoppach flied out to center.

Matt Joyce, batting for B.J. Upton, singled to right.

Willy Aybar, batting for Jason Bartlett, singled to center, loading the bases.

Brad Hawpe, batting for Carl Crawford, walked, scoring a run.

Desmond Jennings, batting for Evan Longoria, walked, scoring a run.

The Red Sox pulled Coello and put in Dustin Richardson.

Carlos Pena walked, scoring a run.

Out goes Richardson, in comes Scott Atchison.

Reid Brignac, batting for Sean Rodrgiuez, pops out to first.

Rico Baldelli flied out to end the inning.

The last team to use six pinch hitters in an inning was the Mariners in 2007 and the last two do it in a non-September game was the Expos in May of 1970.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 4:37 pm

Rays activate Pena, place Kapler on DL

Carlos Pena The Rays have activated first baseman Carlos Pena and placed outfielder Gabe Kapler on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

Kapler suffered the sprain on Saturday in a play at the plate with Baltimore's Matt Wieters and told reporters it's "best to address it now."

As in when the roster is still limited to 25 players. Kapler didn't play on Sunday, so he's eligible to return to the roster on Aug. 30, two days before rosters expand.

Pena has been out of the lineup since July 31 due to a plantar fascia sprain. He's hitting .212/.332/.441 with 23 homers and 68 RBI.

Kapler is hitting .210/.288/.290 with two homers and 14 RBI in a reserve outfielder role.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 7:38 pm

Rays put Pena on DL

Carlos Pena Another day, another AL East first baseman on the disabled list. This time it's Tampa's Carlos Pena.

Pena, who hasn't played since last Saturday, was put on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fascists in his right foot and retroactive to Sunday.

Pena said he thought he could play through the pain.

"I wasn't too happy, to be honest, because I want to be out there playing," Pena told MLB.com . "I felt confident I would be able to [recover] in a short amount of time, within a couple of days. I thought maybe tomorrow I would be able to play. But after talking to the doctors and to [Joe Maddon], we looked at it in a different way."

Pena, a free agent after the season, is having a down year, hitting .212/.332/.441 with 23 home runs and 68 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Carlos Pena, Rays
Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:19 pm

Rays' Pena calls team meeting

Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena called a 10-minute team meeting before batting practice to give his squad a pep talk, the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin reports .

"In essence, basically I was just saying that whatever's going on around us, our only goal, or immediate goal, or intent, is just to play our kind of baseball and everything else will take care of itself," Pena told Topkin.

The Rays have lost 16 of their last 26, seven of their last 10 and their last two. Tampa Bay is tied with Boston, 1.5 games behind the Yankees in the American League East.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Carlos Pena, Rays
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