Jamey Wright starts 1st game since 2007
Wright's last start came in 2007, when he served as a swingman for the Texas Rangers. The veteran has made 54 appearances out of the bullpen for Tampa Bay this season, posting a 2.97 ERA over 57⅔ innings.
Maddon chose to start Wright over regular starter Roberto Hernandez because of the Athletics' lefty-heavy lineup. The manager hoped Tampa Bay would jump out to an early lead, then he could use the southpaws out his team's bullpen, including Alex Torres, Cesar Ramos and Wesley Wright, to close out the game.
The 18-year veteran surrendered a leadoff homer to Coco Crisp, but escaped from a bases-loaded one-out jam later in the inning by forcing Alberto Callaspo to hit into a double play. Wright exited the game after 1⅔ innings, allowing one run on three hits. The Rays and Athletics were tied 1-1 when Wright left the game.
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