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The Rays Tank: Cobb's Streak Ends

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Alex Cobb set the Rays record for consecutive scoreless innings amongst starting pitchers at 25.1 innings.

Tom Szczerbowski

The Rays may have lost to the first place Blue Jays by a score of 9-6 last night, but I'm just glad that Alex Cobb was able to leave the mound without injury after another scary moment in his career. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jose Reyes lined a comebacker right at Cobb, nailing him in the hip with the ball. Cobb rolled backwards off the mound and took a few moments before standing back up and throwing some warmup pitches. This was definitely not something that was easy to watch.

Before exiting the game, Alex Cobb would break the Rays record for consecutive scoreless innings by a starting pitcher. James Shields set the record of 23.0 scoreless innings in 2011. Cobb had thrown 25.1 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a run to the Blue Jays last night.

For more on last night's game, head on over to Erik's recap, here!

Joe Maddon skyped with some high school students yesterday. Mold their minds while they’re young, Joe! They can still pledge their allegiance to a team other than the Sox!

Evan Longoria is holding another Twitter contest and wants you to show your creativity while drawing on an All-Star Ballot. He’ll be giving away prizes weekly, so grab some ballots and put your pencils to them.

Longo is currently in second amongst AL third-baseman in the All-Star voting. He’s behind Josh Donaldson of the Athletics.

Links:

-What can $20 buy you at each ballpark?

-Royals fans can breathe again after Yordano Ventura’s MRI on his elbow came back clean yesterday. He’ll miss his next start as a precautionary measure.

-Yu Darvish was scratched from his start last night with neck stiffness, but his MRI came back clean as well. The Rangers haven’t said how much time he’ll miss or if he’ll need to go on the DL.

-EJ Fagan from It’s About The Money created some charts to illustrate starting and relief pitchers ERA’s over the years.

-He’s been hit with a few shells but he don’t pitch with a limp. Limp… isn’t even the word to describe how terrible 50 Cent’s ceremonial first pitch was yesterday.

-What’s wrong with Clay Buchholz? (Aside from that awful hair)