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Rays’ Matt Andriese has winning formula in victory over Red Sox

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the formula works.

Even when there are days the performance seems to argue against it.

For Rays’ manager Kevin Cash, the formula is simple. Try to get six innings out of your starter, then turn things over to your bullpen, provided it has had enough rest. Take Saturday afternoon’s game, for instance.

Matt Andriese could not have pitched much better than he did against the Red Sox. He retired 18 of 19 batters. He threw six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. He threw only 70 pitches. In other words, his performance could not have argued louder to go into the seventh inning.

Ah, but Cash loves the formula. So he sent Jake McGee out in the seventh, and Kevin Jepson out in the eighth, and Brad Boxberger – who got his 20th save – out in the ninth. And it worked, as the Rays won 4-1 over the Boston Red Sox.

Another pitcher – Chris Archer, perhaps – has earned more innings. But not Andriese. Not yet.

This was a step toward it, however.

Tampa Bay got a two-run homer from Jake Elmore and one-run shots from Rene Rivera and Evan Longoria in the win.

Archer goes for his 10th win of the season today, facing Boston’s Justin Masterson.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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