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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%: 83/77 | Average Draft Position: 236.62
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Rays P Brad Boxberger picks up another save vs. Athletics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger earned his 12th save of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Athletics. 

Boxberger gave up two hits but was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run. This is Boxberger's seventh consecutive converted save opportunity. 

Boxberger now has a 1.13 ERA for the season. 


Rays' Brad Boxberger closes out Braves with save No. 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) After using Jake McGee in the eighth inning, Rays manager opted to roll with Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning for his 11th save of the season Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Boxberger struck out one and needed only 15 pitches (11 strikes) to retire the side in order and secure a 5-3 victory. He has converted all 11 of his save chances, with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP over 15 innings pitched this season.


Brad Boxberger wants to stay Rays' closer despite Jake McGee's return


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) Reliever Jake McGee's stint on the disabled list for the season's first six weeks allowed Brad Boxberger to step in and assume the Rays' closer role, which he's excelled in with a 10-for-10 save record thus far, reports the Tampa Tribune.

“Boxer will be closing for a long time,” Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen said. “It fits him. That’s what he is. He’s a closer.”

With McGee's recent return from the DL, Boxberger said he wants to remain as the team's fireman.

“Absolutely,” Boxberger said. “I’m comfortable there right now. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job there in that role, but with McGee coming back and everything he’s done, it will be interesting to see what they’re going to do.”

McGee led the Rays last year with 19 saves.


Cash on Mcgee's return: I don't see 'anybody assuming any role'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The Rays activated pitcher Jake McGee (elbow) from the disabled list on Friday and optioned Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham, per the team's official website. McGee is coming off elbow surgery. He collected 19 saves and registered a 1.89 ERA last season for the Rays.

When asked about McGee's role following Thursday's game against the Yankees, manager Kevin Cash gave a noncommittal response, per the Tampa Bay Times.

"I don't anticipate anybody assuming any role," Cash said.

Brad Boxberger has converted all 10 of his save chances while McGee was sidelined. Cash will monitor McGee's outings before determining who pitches at the back of the bullpen moving forward.


Rays closer Brad Boxberger picks up 10th save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger worked a perfect ninth inning in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, earning his 10th save of the season. 

Boxberger needed just 13 pitches to finish things off in the ninth, including a strike out of Alex Rodriguez to slam the door. Boxberger lowered his ERA to 1.29 in 14 innings of work with 20 strikeouts and six walks on the year.


Rays P Brad Boxberger picks up save against Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger earned his ninth save of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Yankees. 

Boxberger faced four batters and gave up one hit. All three outs Boxberger recorded were pop-outs to the outfield. Boxberger hasn't allowed an earned run since an appearance made on April 16. 

Boxberger now has a 1.50 ERA. 


Rays closer Brad Boxberger picks up two-out save in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger came on with one out in the ninth to finish things off in Tampa Bay's 7-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday, earning his eighth save of the season.

Boxberger came on with the bases loaded in the ninth and got Prince Fielder to fly out before finishing it off with a strikeout of Adrian Beltre. Boxberger lowered his ERA to 1.50 in 12 innings of work.


Rays' Brad Boxberger earns seventh save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rays closer Brad Boxberger picked up his seventh save Wednesday, giving up one hit and one walk but holding the Red Sox scoreless while striking out one to finish off his team's 7-5 win.

Boxberger has labored through his last few appearances; after needing 26 pitches and 19 pitches in his last two outings, he took 20 pitches to get three outs Wednesday. However, he didn't allow a run in any of those three outings, and even delivered a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts in his previous game. Boxberger wasn't as good Wednesday, but he still managed to grab his seventh save. He owns a 1.59 ERA and 17:6 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.


Brad Boxberger strikes out side to pick up fifth save in Rays' win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Closer Brad Boxberger struck out the side Friday to earn his fifth save of the season in the Rays' win over the Orioles.

Boxberger has now recorded 16 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings this season.

Closer Brad Boxberger nails down save in Rays' comeback victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Closer Brad Boxberger (S,5) threw a 3-up, 3-down ninth inning on Saturday to earn the save in the Rays' comeback victory over the Blue Jays. 

The Rays trailed 2-1 before scoring three in the bottom of the eighth and turn over the ninth to Boxberger.


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.