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26 Brad Boxberger RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 5/27/1988 | Birthplace: Fullerton, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 63/53 | Average Draft Position: 238.85
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Rays' Kevin Cash on Brad Boxberger: We don't have a closer


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) With the Rays having a variety of options to choose from when it comes to closing games, manager Kevin Cash said the closer for each game will be based on the matchup, reports MLB Network Radio.

While pitcher Brad Boxberger is a perfect 4 for 4 during save opportunities with a  2.45 ERA, Cash said he won't always close games.

"We don't view us as having a closer," Cash said. "We feel we have a strong bullpen and we'll select [the] best matchups."


Rays' Brad Boxberger wins second game in as many nights


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger earned his second win in as many nights Thursday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox.

Boxberger (2-1) struck out the side in the seventh inning Wednesday then came back to put together a perfect frame in the top of the ninth Thursday before his offense delivered a walkoff RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. He owns a 2.45 ERA and 12:3 K:BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings to go along with his two wins and four saves.


Rays' Brad Boxberger notches win, Steven Geltz earns save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger, in relief, earned his first win of the season in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. 

Boxberger pitched the top of the seventh inning with the game tied at 5-5. He struck out the side and didn't allow a hit or a walk. The Rays then scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning, putting Boxberger in a position to get the win. Boxberger's ERA is now 2.84. 

Steven Geltz pitched the ninth inning and picked up his first save of the season. Geltz gave up a hit but didn't give up a run or a walk. His ERA is now 3.00. 


Rays' Brad Boxberger earns save in win against Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger earned his fourth save of the season in Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays. 

Boxberger gave up an earned run in the ninth inning, with Russell Martin scoring on an RBI double from Devon Travis. Boxberger's three outs were recorded via strikeout and two pop flys. 

Boxberger's ERA is now 3.38 for the season. 


Rays reliever Brad Boxberger earns third save Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger worked through the ninth inning with a strikeout and one walk to earn his third save of the season in Monday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. 

Boxberger walked the lead off hitter Jose Bautista, but he was caught trying to steal second base when Edwin Encarnacion struck out. He then got Josh Donaldson to fly out to right field to end the game. Boxberger now has a 2.08 ERA in four appearances.


Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger earns another save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger earned his second save of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Marlins. After surrendering the game-winning hit Friday, Boxberger bounced back strong, with one strikeout and a walk in his inning of work.

Boxberger now has an ERA of 2.70 with six strikeouts and one walk in three appearances.


Rays' Brad Boxberger gives up walkoff single to Christian Yelich


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger was pegged with the loss after allowing a walkoff single to Christian Yelich in the 10th inning that gave Miami a 10-9 win over Tampa Bay on Friday. Boxberger alowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out one in one-third of an inning. He owns a 3.86 ERA through 2 1/3 innings of work this season.

Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger earns first save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger worked a nearly perfect ninth inning Wednesday to earn his first save of the season in Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over the Orioles.

Boxberger allowed just one hit and struck three in his inning of work. He and the Rays totaled 13 strikeouts of Baltimore hitters in the game. 


Rays will revisit closer-by committee approach once McGee returns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash reiterated that he won't name a closer for now, and will take a closer-by committee approach to start the season, per the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday.

"We're not going to name a closer," Cash said. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those (high) leverage situations. It just doesn't make sense to me to come out and name a closer when the game can be on the line in the seventh and eighth inning."

Brad Boxberger, who saved two games last season, was deemed as the favorite by Cash earlier this spring to see the ball in the ninth while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury. Grant Balfour and Ernesto Frieri have combined for 152 out of 164 career saves on Tampa Bay's active roster.

Cash indicated that he will revisit his closer approach once McGee returns from injury.

"We'll revisit it," Cash said, "but it's too early to tell."


Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations.

"There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning."

Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season.

Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations.

"We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."


Rays to use Brad Boxberger as fill in closer to start season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger is expected to fill in to the closer role for at least the first month of the season while Jake McGee recovers from elbow surgery, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"He will be in a lot of meaningful situations," manager Kevin Cash said. "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."


Brad Boxberger expected back Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger is expected back Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Boxberger has missed the past couple games after his wife had a child Thursday. He's expected to be ready to go Sunday.


Brad Boxberger takes loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger was hung with a loss Saturday, allowing two earned runs on one hit and one walk while recording one strikeout in a third of an inning in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Blue Jays.

Boxberger (5-2) opened the seventh inning with a strikeout before walking a batter and subsequently surrendering a two-run home run. He's given up home runs in back-to-back games and has allowed nine of them in 63 innings this season. Boxberger still owns a 2.29 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 101:19 K:BB ratio.


Brad Boxberger secures second save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger picked up his second save Sunday, giving up two hits and striking out one in a scoreless 10th inning to close out his team's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Boxberger had runners on the corners and no outs after an infield single, an error and a bunt single, but he managed to strand both runners and escape with the save. He owns a 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 88:17 K:BB ratio in 56 innings.


Brad Boxberger blows save, picks up win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning Friday but ended up earning a win after giving up one earned run on two hits in two innings and striking out three in his team's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Cubs.

Boxberger (3-1) watched Jake McGee pitch the eighth inning before getting his chance in the ninth, but the Cubs were able to tie the game on a one-out single in the ninth. He remained in to get an at-bat in the top of the 10th before pitching a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning to finish off the game. He owns a 2.11 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 74:16 K:BB ratio in 47 innings.


New pitcher enters Rays closer mix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.

All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.

Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

What more could you want from a closer?

Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.

But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.


Brad Boxberger gets his turn to close out game for Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) It was Brad Boxberger's turn to close out a game Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees as part of the Rays' closer-by-committee approach. The right-handed reliever picked up his first save this season and second career save during a 6-3 win.

Boxberger retired the side in order in the ninth inning, which included strikeouts of Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter. He now has 48 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.87.


Brad Boxberger earns first win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger secured his first win of the season Monday, striking out one over two perfect innings during his team's 4-3, 12-inning win over the Yankees.

The Rays decided to stick with Boxberger after a 1-2-3 11th inning and a run in the top in the 12th inning to give the team the lead, and they were rewarded with another clean inning. He owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 46:12 K:BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.


Brad Boxberger gives up walk-off homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Rays reliever Brad Boxberger entered Thursday's game against the Angels in a precarious situation, and ultimately took the loss as the Angels went on to win, 6-5.

Boxberger entered the game with runners on the corners, no outs, and Mike Trout at the plate. He faced just one batter, as Trout took him deep for a three-run, game-winning home run.

Boxberger took the blown save, his first of the season, though Grant Balfour did much of the work in losing the game. He saw his ERA rise to 2.53 in 10 2/3 innings of work. 


Brad Boxberger rejoins Rays bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) The Rays recalled reliever Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham Tuesday. He has tossed six scoreless innings this season for Tampa Bay.

Rays will add Brad Boxberger to the bullpen Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) The Rays will likely recall pitcher Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boxberger has pitched six scoreless innings posting a 7:5 K:BB ratio in four appearances for the Rays this season.

Brad Boxberger sent down following two innings of work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) After the second half of the team's doubleheader Thursday, the Rays optioned 26th-man Brad Boxberger back to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger pitched a pair of scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox, allowing one hit and three walks, while striking out three batters. 


Rays recall Brad Boxberger for doubleheader


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) The Rays recalled pitcher Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham prior to the second game of a doubleheader Thursday night against the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boxberger has posted a 1.93 ERA over 9 1/3 innings pitched in the minors this season.

Brad Boxberger sent down to the minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger has been sent down to Triple-A.

Boxberger appeared in three games with the club, not allowing a run in any of his appearances. He'll likely appear in the majors again at some point in the season.


Brad Boxberger joining Rays Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) The Rays have called up pitcher Brad Boxberger Monday.

Boxberger spent the past two seasons in San Diego. He's posted a 2.72 career ERA over 49 2/3 innings. He was a late cut in Rays camp this spring.