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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Brad Boxberger took the loss in a non-save situation on Wednesday, allowing a three-run home run in his only inning of work as the Rays dropped Wednesday's matinee with the Mariners 3-0.
Chris Archer and Felix Hernandez were trading zeroes, but Boxberger took the mound to start the ninth. He issued a pair of two-out walks to bring Cruz to the plate, and Cruz made him pay, blasting a three-run home run to center. It was a non-save situation, so Boxberger remains 13-for-13 in save situations with a 2.95 ERA and a 27/8 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. May 27 - 3:39 PM

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Brad Boxberger notched a one-out save in Friday's 5-2 win over the Athletics.

Ernesto Frieri went into the top of the ninth with a four-run lead, but he was pulled after allowing two hits and a sacrifice fly. However, Boxberger struck out Stephen Vogt swinging to lock down the victory. He's 13-for-13 in save chances this season to go along with a 1.10 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Jake McGee is back from the DL, but Rays manager Kevin Cash is still going to give Boxberger opportunities.
May 22 - 11:30 PM

Brad Boxberger locked down his 11th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Braves.

Boxberger struck out one in his perfect inning of work. The right-hander now owns a 1.20 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 15 innings this year. Jake McGee's return hasn't threatened Boxberger's hold on the ninth inning for now.
May 19 - 10:33 PM

Brad Boxberger picked up his 10th save with a perfect ninth versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

He struck out two. The Rays will probably give Jake McGee save chances once he's eased back into action, but it's hard to imagine Boxberger will disappear entirely from the ninth-inning picture. They should be about as good of a one-two punch as any in the majors or at least not far off from the Bronx duo.
May 13 - 10:22 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save of the season Tuesday versus the Yankees.

Boxberger allowed a one-out single to Chase Headley, but got Stephen Drew and Mark Teixeira to fly out harmlessly to finish off the game. The right-hander is perfect in nine save opportunities with a 1.38 ERA and an 18/6 K/BB ratio in 13 innings. His performance may buy him a little extra time closing once Jake McGee is activated from the disabled list, but manager Kevin Cash hasn't announced anything yet.
May 12 - 9:50 PM

Brad Boxberger struck out all three Orioles hitters he faced in a perfect ninth inning on Friday, earning his sixth save of the season in the process.

Boxberger has been mighty impressive out of the Rays bullpen this season, posting a 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 16/5 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. It'll be interesting to see what Kevin Cash does with the ninth-inning role once Jake McGee is able to return.
May 1 - 9:56 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a scoreless seventh in a tie game and ended up with a victory Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

Kevin Cash went Joe Maddon on us tonight, busting out Boxberger in a big situation in the seventh rather than hold him back for a save situation that might never materialize. It likely had something to do with Boxberger not having pitched in six days; Cash surely wanted him to work tonight regardless of whether there was a save situation. He's still Tampa Bay's primary closing option.
Apr 22 - 10:48 PM

Brad Boxberger worked around a lead-off walk to record his third save of the season in Monday's win against the Blue Jays.

Boxberger walked Jose Bautista to start the bottom of the ninth inning, but got a stroke of good luck when he struck out Edwin Encarnacion and watched Jose Bautista get thrown out at second attempting to steal. He then got Josh Donaldson to fly out to right field to end the contest. Despite taking a loss on Friday, Boxberger is 3-for-3 in save chances so far and should be a reliable ninth-inning option until Jake McGee returns.
Apr 13 - 10:07 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his second save of the season Saturday in the Rays' win over the Marlins.

Boxberger issued a two-out walk to Christian Yelich but struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end it. The 26-year-old right-hander is filling in at closer for Jake McGee and needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues until McGee is ready to return.
Apr 11 - 6:53 PM

Brad Boxberger recorded his first save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth inning against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Boxberger allowed a lead-off infield single to Alejandro De Aza, but struck out Steve Pearce, Travis Snider, and Adam Jones in succession to wrap up the ballgame. The performance is no surprise, as Boxberger fanned 104 in 64 2/3 innings last season. Jake McGee is likely to reclaim the closer's role once he's healthy, but Boxberger could pitch his way into an extended look which would allow the Rays to ease McGee back.
Apr 8 - 10:24 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.

Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season.
Mar 29 - 9:08 PM

Brad Boxberger got the start for the Rays against the Red Sox on Sunday and retired Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the order.

Boxberger was originally scheduled to work later in the game in what was a bullpen day for the Rays, but he requested the chance to face the top of the lineup. Boxberger has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings this spring. He'd seem to be the favorite for saves in the Tampa Bay pen while Jake McGee is out. However, it doesn't sound like the Rays will name a closer.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his second save of the season Sunday as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 2-1.

Rays closer Jake McGee was called on in the eighth inning and tossed two perfect frames before Boxberger came on in the bottom of the 10th to wrap up the victory. Boxberger owns an outstanding 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 88/17 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Brad Boxberger fanned all three batters he faced Monday against the Brewers for his 12th hold.

Manager Joe Maddon has finally found his go-to combo late in games: Boxberger in the eighth and Jake McGee in the ninth. Boxberger has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings this month, striking out 20 batters in the process.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his first save of the season Wednesday in the Rays' 6-3 win over the Yankees.

Boxberger struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 26-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season and is clearly now part of Tampa Bay's committee at closer. He's worth grabbing in deeper mixed fantasy leagues and all AL-only formats on the off chance that he runs away with the job. Jake McGee still seems like the best bet. The Rays have won five in a row.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Nate Karns
4Alex Colome
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Moore
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Brandon Gomes
8Xavier Cedeno
9Kirby Yates