09/23/10 6:44 PM ET
Jitters dissolving for Rays' McGee
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
The Rays recalled McGee from Triple-A Durham on Sept. 14, for his first Major League stint. To date, he has made three appearances, with Tuesday night's against the Yankees being the first in which he actually felt relaxed.
"I feel a lot more comfortable with everything in general -- warming up instead of being all amped up and rushing [Tuesday night]," McGee said. "I'm taking my time and getting ready, getting out there just trying to stay in control of everything."
McGee's Major League debut came at Tropicana Field against the Yankees on Sept. 14, when he allowed one earned run in one-third of an inning and walked three.
"It felt like everything was really moving fast," McGee said. "I realized that and knew I couldn't let that happen again. I've got to take control of the situation, and I can't let it get out of hand like I did the first time."
McGee pitched against the Angels on Sunday in an outing where he pitched an immaculate inning that saw him strike out two. On Tuesday night against the Yankees, he retired the only two hitters he faced.
"The ball just seems to come out so much easier [when you're more relaxed]," McGee said. "The first time, I was tentative and stuff. Now I just feel more like myself."
McGee even surprised himself by not having to contend with the jitters in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.
"Yeah, I thought I'd have more adrenaline going," McGee said. "Everything didn't get out of hand like I thought it might. But from the start, I was fine and in control the whole time -- knew what I had to do, pretty much."
Jaso walking the walk for Rays
NEW YORK -- John Jaso tied his career high with three walks during Wednesday night's game. He now has walked 59 times this season, setting a club record for most walks by a rookie. Akinori Iwamura held the previous mark at 57, which he set in 2007.
Walks are "a big part of his game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It just speaks to his plate discipline. I think he's going to hit for a higher average and you're going to see more productivity from him hitting the ball as he gets more experience.
"I think he has a really good line-drive approach. Right now to this point, he's just doing what he knows how to do, which is to work a good at-bat and accept his walks. And that's great. But I think as we go further down the line, this guy's going to drive in more runs. He has more power than you think. There's still room for growth where you see an even more accomplished hitter and not just somebody who's able to take a walk."
Poison's Michaels to rock the Trop on Saturday
NEW YORK -- On Saturday night, Bret Michaels will perform following the Rays-Mariners game scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET as part of "Rays Saturday Nights presented by Bright House Sports Network."
As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and recorded 15 Top-40 singles, including "Talk Dirty to Me," "Something to Believe In," "Nothin' but a Good Time," and the No. 1 smash "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," which he is currently in the studio re-recording with Miley Cyrus. More recently, Michaels has been portrayed in animated form in "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock."
In Wednesday night's 7-2 win over the Yankees, Carl Crawford recorded multiple steals in a game for the sixth time this season. He is 9-for-9 in stolen bases this season against the Yankees and has been successful in 23 of his last 26 attempts against the Yankees since the start of the 2007 season. ... Wade Davis threw just 33 pitches in his Wednesday night start due to a two-hour, 11-minute rain delay. Manager Joe Maddon is undecided about whether he wants to use Davis before his next scheduled start. The manager's main concern is keeping Davis as sharp as he's been lately. ... Rocco Baldelli started in right field Thursday night after he told Maddon he felt good enough to do so; Baldelli has had a dinged up right shoulder this season.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.