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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 allowed a home run but earned the save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Boxberger gave up a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion that cut the Rays' lead to one, but he recovered to earn his 19th save. The right-hander struck out two in the inning of work. Boxberger, who appears to remain the closer of choice despite Jake McGee's presence, has a 2.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings this year. Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

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Brad Boxberger worked around trouble Friday against the Indians to convert his 17th save of the season.

Asked to hold a three-run lead, Boxberger walked two in the inning, but managed to finish off the save by striking out Michael Bourn looking. The 27-year-old has now notched saves on back-to-back days, with Jake McGee pitching the eighth inning in each of them. Still, this dynamic could change without warning.
Jun 19 - 10:52 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his first save since May 31 with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Nationals.

Boxberger dealt with triceps tightness earlier this month, opening the door for the Rays to use a closer-by-committee. Boxberger should remain an option for saves going forward, but he might have to split chances with Jake McGee. McGee pitched a scoreless eighth to set him up tonight.
Jun 18 - 11:06 PM

Working for a second straight night, Brad Boxberger retired one of the two hitters he faced Thursday against the Angels.

Boxberger just missed six days with a triceps problem, but manager Kevin Cash chose to use him for a second straight night after Kevin Jepsen got into trouble in the seventh. Boxberger came in with two on and allowed an RBI groundout and then a double to Mike Trout before being pulled. He'll almost certainly get Friday off now, and we have no idea when he might earn his next save chance.
Jun 11 - 10:48 PM

Brad Boxberger (triceps) earned his first hold of the season Wednesday in the Rays' win over the Angels.

Jake McGee worked a scoreless ninth inning for his first save and Kevin Jepsen worked the seventh for his 14th hold. Boxberger had been sidelined all week with tightness in his right triceps muscle. The 27-year-old should still be the primary closer in Tampa Bay.
Jun 11 - 8:43 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Brad Boxberger has been dealing with tightness in his triceps.

That would explain why Kevin Jepsen has gotten the call in the last two save chances for the Rays. Cash indicated that Boxberger was able to throw off a mound on Saturday and the team doesn't believe that the injury is serious. He's expected to be available out of the bullpen on Tuesday.
Jun 7 - 7:15 PM

Brad Boxberger escaped a ninth-inning jam to earn his 15th save as the Rays defeated the Orioles 9-5 on Sunday.

Xavier Cedeno started the ninth inning with a 9-4 lead, but gave up a leadoff home run to Manny Machado, then allowed a one-out single to Delmon Young and a walk to Chris Davis before giving way to Boxberger. Boxberger was able to get Travis Snider to ground out and J.J. Hardy to fly out to end the ballgame. The right-hander is perfect in 15 save chances with a 2.70 ERA and a 28/8 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Jake McGee has continued to pitch in lower-leverage situations, but he should eventually cut into the number of save opportunities Boxberger sees.
May 31 - 5:19 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Marc Krauss
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Alex Colome
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Andrew Bellatti
9Preston Guilmet
10C.J. Riefenhauser