05/19/07 7:20 PM ET
Notes: Gomes enjoys Wrestling Night
Outfielder steps in to be part of the fun during special promotion
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Rays outfielder Jonny Gomes arrived on the scene just in time to help the Nasty Boys avoid a defeat. Brian "Nasty" Knobs, of the Nasty Boys, is a regular at Rays games and a frequent visitor to the Rays' clubhouse. At one point Gomes, tossed a garbage can to Knobs, who used it to "brain" one of their opponents.
"Knobs hit him upside the head and one, two, three, we were champs," Gomes said.
Many of Gomes' Rays teammates remained after the game to watch.
"I got a feeling he's going to be hitting a baseball for a long time, so it's not going to matter," Ty Wigginton said. "But if something were going to happen, he could definitely participate [in professional wrestling]. He definitely took control of the crowd. And he stole the show. He could definitely be a part of the Nasty Boys. ... [Gomes'] entry into the ring was awesome."
Gomes enjoyed himself.
"It was fun, man," Gomes said. "I can't imagine the adrenalin rush those guys get. That's the main event. Everyone's watching you. That was a good time."
Needed relief: Tim Corcoran's 5 1/3 innings of relief in Friday night's 8-4 loss to the Marlins tied him for the fourth-longest relief outing in club history, and his performance was the longest by a Rays reliever since John Halama threw 5 1/3 frames on May 12, 2004, against the Rangers.
"I knew I had to go out there and eat up innings and minimize the damage," Corcoran said. "My approach was to just go in there and try to let them hit it early, because I really haven't been extended in a while. My mindset was, 'I've got to get four innings.' I went in there, threw two-seamers, tried to get them to hit it into the ground."
Corcoran has not pitched over five innings in some time. Before getting recalled May 8, he had been pitching in short-inning situations at Triple-A Durham. And during Spring Training -- when he contended for the No. 5 starter spot -- he appeared in six games and pitched to a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings.
"In Spring Training, I couldn't get out of the first inning," Corcoran said.
The last time he pitched over five innings in a game occurred Sept. 27 when he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win in an 11-0 Rays victory over the Red Sox.
Cat man: Carlos Pena hit his eighth home run of the season Friday night against the Marlins.
Pena's shot off the "C" ring catwalk was the fourth time this season a fair ball has struck a catwalk. Remarkably, Pena has hit three of the catwalk shots. In addition, he also hit the catwalk with a foul ball, and the ball did not fall back to the field, so it was not caught for an out.
Hitting the catwalks is "unlikely, right?" Pena said. "But it's possible. So any given day, it can really happen. It's something you can't really predict, but you know it's possible. You can just shoot it up there a hundred times and miss it a hundred times, then hit it five times in a row."
Pena is red-hot after going 18-for-35 (.514) in his last 11 games to hike his average from .194 to .309. Despite being hot, Jorge Cantu started at first base Saturday night instead of Pena since Dontrelle Willis started for the Marlins. Left-handed hitters are hitting .095 (4-for-42) against the Marlins left-hander. Maddon wanted to make sure he did not disrupt Pena's groove by having him face Willis.
Baldelli to Complex: Rocco Baldelli, who is on the 15-day disabled list, continues to nurse the left hamstring strain he incurred in Tuesday's game against the Rangers. On Saturday, the Rays center fielder passed through the team's clubhouse carrying an equipment bag. Baldelli said he will report to the Rays' Minor League Complex to begin getting in shape for his return.
"I'll stop by and see you guys," Baldelli told reporters.
Up next: The Rays will wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins with a 1:40 p.m. ET contest Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field. Right-hander James Shields will start for the Rays and will be opposed by right-hander Sergio Mitre.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.