6/1/2013 5:25 P.M. ET
Beliveau optioned after enduring wild travel day
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Jeff Beliveau jokingly sent fellow pitcher Chris Archer a text on Friday night, telling him that he could pitch the 10th inning of Tampa Bay's contest against the Indians.
Beliveau, who had been promoted to the big league squad earlier in the day, had his flight to Cleveland delayed. Little did he know that his teammates were also in a holding pattern.
Beliveau's original flight was scheduled to depart Raleigh-Durham at 2:30 p.m. ET, but the plane had a faulty tire, and the airline had to have a replacement shipped in. As a result, he was delayed for five hours.
Meanwhile, a trio of rain stoppages pushed back the majority of the Friday's series opener until after midnight. Beliveau ended up jumping on a 20-minute flight from Raleigh-Durham to Charlotte before catching another flight that left for Cleveland at 8 p.m.
When he finally landed in northeast Ohio, Beliveau assumed that the Rays had finished their game. Then he turned on his phone.
"Chris Archer texted me and said, 'Hey man, you're still going to pitch. We still haven't gotten past the second inning,'" Beliveau said. "So I rushed my way in a cab [to the ballpark]."
Beliveau didn't pitch in Friday's tilt, which ended at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday. Following the contest, he was optioned back to Triple-A Durham to make room for Archer, who made his season debut atop the hill on Saturday. Beliveau had an afternoon flight scheduled to return to Durham.
Lueke sent to Triple-A; Torres called up
CLEVELAND -- Josh Lueke was less than thrilled as he shook hands with teammates in the Rays' clubhouse at 3:30 a.m. ET following Friday's wet win against the Indians.
The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings, as four Tampa Bay hurlers combined for a one-hitter, but manager Joe Maddon revealed to Lueke after the contest that he would be headed to Triple-A Durham. Left-hander Alex Torres assumed his spot on the Major League roster.
Torres learned he was being promoted to the big league squad at about 3 a.m. ET on Saturday. He arrived at the airport in Raleigh-Durham around 5 a.m. after 90 minutes of sleep.
He was not to be deterred, however, as the Red Bull-fueled hurler tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's 5-0 loss to Cleveland.
"My fastball command was great," Torres said. "I threw outside when I needed and inside when I needed. My changeup was working pretty well, too. I just made them swing the bat."
In nine appearances spanning 9 2/3 innings, Lueke compiled a 3.72 ERA, with 11 strikeouts. Before Saturday, Torres had logged 4 1/3 scoreless frames in two outings for the Rays this season, and the 25-year-old has posted a 3.52 ERA in nine starts for Durham.
Torres gives Tampa Bay some much-needed insurance in the bullpen. Relievers Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee were all unavailable for Friday's affair, and Maddon hesitated to use Kyle Farnsworth.
Jamey Wright and Cesar Ramos both pitched three innings in Friday's game. Rodney had the night off after pitching in the club's previous four contests. Peralta had appeared in five of the team's last six games prior to Friday.
"The whole thing was righted by Jamey Wright's performance," Maddon said about Friday's game. "That permitted [everything] to fall into place. He did a great job. Josh Lueke did a nice job, too. And how about Cesar, getting a three-inning save? I did not want to use Farnsworth if I didn't have to based on the potential for [Saturday] with the bullpen still being fatigued. So, what Cesar did was outstanding, but hats off to the entire group."
• Maddon said Matt Moore would likely pitch ahead of his typical schedule after the southpaw pitched just one inning on Friday night before Mother Nature ambushed Progressive Field. Maddon speculated that Moore (8-0, 2.18 ERA) could pitch as early as Sunday, though he said a start early in Tampa Bay's series in Detroit beginning Tuesday would be more likely.
• Ramos didn't even realize it, but he earned his first career save on Friday. The lefty pitched the final three innings of Tampa Bay's combined one-hitter. First baseman James Loney presented Ramos with the ball used for the final out after the game.
• The Rays' pitching staff has gone a franchise record of three consecutive games without allowing an earned run. They are the second team to accomplish the feat this season. The Cardinals did it in April.
• The final pitch of Friday's game and the first pitch of Saturday's contest were separated by 613 minutes.