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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Brad Boxberger struck out the side in his inning of work for the Rays on Monday, his eighth straight appearances without allowing a run.

In those eight appearances, he's fanned 14 and walked just one in 8 2/3 innings. Hopefully, his recent success takes him off the Durham shuttle. He has the stuff to thrive in a setup role for the Rays.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger has seven strikeouts and five walks over six scoreless innings with the Rays this season. He deserves an extended chance at the major league level.
Tue, May 6, 2014 03:35:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger was the 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader, tossing two scoreless relief frames in the second contest. He'll get another shot later this season.
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:20:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

He'll be the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader. Boxberger tossed four scoreless innings during his first stint with the big club earlier this year.
Thu, May 1, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger did a very nice job in his three appearances with the Rays, compiling a 2.57 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio in four innings of work. He'll make his way back to the Rays at some point during the season.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 08:40:00 AM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger owns a cool 2.72 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 49 2/3 career innings at the major league level. Control has always been issue for the 25-year-old right-hander, but he should do fine in middle relief.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Ernesto Frieri
4Kevin Jepsen
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Jose Dominguez
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Brandon Gomes