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Ernesto Frieri | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ernesto Frieri earned his second save of the season Wednesday in the Rays' win over the Yankees.
Frieri notched his first save on April 12 against the Marlins. Brad Boxberger has been the primary closer for the Rays over the first month of the 2015 season, but this will all be rendered moot when Jake McGee returns from December elbow surgery early next week. Apr 29 - 5:17 PM

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Ernesto Frieri allowed a run, but notched a four-out save against the Marlins on Sunday.

The Marlins rallied in the bottom of the eighth and manager Kevin Cash called on Frieri to get the final out of the eighth inning. Frieri took the mound to start the top of the ninth and allowed a one-out solo home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but was able to end the ballgame with the lead intact. Regular closer Brad Boxberger had thrown a total of 59 pitches, appearing in four out of the last five games. The save opportunities should continue to be rare for Frieri going forward.
Apr 12 - 4:37 PM

Ernesto Frieri struck out all four Yankees he faced during his appearance Thursday.

Frieri has 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings this spring, but true to last year's form, he's also given up a couple of bombs. The Rays will carry him, and most likely, he'll prove to be an asset in relief. However, he shouldn't be a saves candidate while Jake McGee is out.
Mar 26 - 5:09 PM

Rays signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Frieri could make as much as $3.15 million with incentives. The 29-year-old is coming off a nightmare year in which he posted a 7.34 ERA over 48 appearances between the Angels and Pirates, but he has enjoyed great success in the past. Known for their success with reclamation projects, the Rays will attempt to strike gold once again.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 01:26:00 PM

Pirates released RHP Ernesto Frieri.

Frieri was a complete bust for the Bucs, who acquired him from the Angels on June 27 for Jason Grilli, posting a 10.13 ERA in 14 appearances before being designated for assignment on August 8. Grilli, meanwhile, has registered a 2.28 ERA in 32 appearances with the Angels.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:02:00 AM

Pirates sent RHP Ernesto Frieri outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Frieri was designated for assignment by the Bucs last week and made it through waivers unclaimed. It's been a steep fall from grace for the former Angels closer, who allowed 12 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings with Pittsburgh after being traded on June 27 for Jason Grilli. Grilli owns a 2.41 ERA in 18 2/3 innings with Anaheim.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Pirates designated RHP Ernesto Frieri for assignment.

It's safe to say the Pirates got the short end of the Frieri/Jason Grilli swap, as Frieri held a 10.13 ERA over 14 appearances while Grilli has put up a 2.76 mark in 19 games with the Angels. Someone will take a shot on Frieri after he clears waivers, but he looks like a lost cause at least for the remainder of this season.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.

Luckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 11:28:00 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.

Both hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it's unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri was charged with three runs in the ninth after entering a 6-1 game Thursday against the Twins.

Frieri dug his own grave and then Joe Smith buried him, giving up a three-run double to Joe Mauer after entering with two outs. The hit took Frieri's ERA from 5.52 to 6.39, and Smith simply retired Kendrys Morales afterwards to earn a save in the 6-4 win. Frieri's problem has been homers, but it was two walks that did him in today. He had allowed just six unintentional walks in 30 1/3 innings entering the game, so it was an odd outing him for him. Needless to say, he's not getting the closing gig back anytime soon.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that he doesn't have a defined closer.

"I don't think it's any different from what we talked about," Scioscia said when asked if Ernesto Frieri is his closer. "What's different from matching up like we talked about?" The comments came after Cam Bedrosian was used in a save situation Thursday, only to load the bases and be relieved by Frieri, who promptly served up a walk-off grand slam. Frieri is still probably the best bet for saves, but Mike Morin and Joe Smith should also be owned. Bedrosian is not an option.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri served up a walkoff grand slam to Nick Swisher on Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.

Anaheim led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning and Cam Bedrosian was brought in for the save. But manager Mike Scioscia turned back to Frieri after Bedrosian loaded the bases on two walks and a double. That's when Swisher went deep to win it. The Angels' bullpen is a mess right now.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 03:54:00 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Sunday that there has been no change to how he's handling the team's closer role, and that it will continue to be primarily Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning.

This comes on the heels of Frieri surrendering four runs on five hits without recording an out in the ninth inning against the Braves on Friday. While the vote of confidence sounds reassuring, his 5.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season paint a troubling picture. Joe Smith should be secured as a handcuff option wherever he's available.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Ernesto Frieri surrendered four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Braves.

Frieri entered the game with Anaheim leading by four runs and yielded three singles, a ground-rule double, and a triple without recording even one out. He now has a hideous 5.46 ERA on the year, but Saturday's blowup was in a non-save situation and the Angels wound up winning the game in extras so Frieri's hold on the closer role might be safe.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 12:15:00 AM

Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth inning to finish off the A's in Monday's 4-1 win.

Frieri has struck out multiple batters in three straight appearances, all of which ended in saves. The 28-year-old has pitched on four consecutive days, so you would think Joe Smith might get a save chance if one presents itself Tuesday. Smith, however, has pitched in three of four. Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping for a blowout win.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 01:16:00 AM

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