Boxberger gives Rays fresh arm in bullpen

Boxberger gives Rays fresh arm in bullpen

BOSTON -- Under the rules governing doubleheaders, the Rays were able to add an extra player for the nightcap of Thursday's twin bill against the Red Sox in the form of right-hander Brad Boxberger.

"Brad Boxberger is in town," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, who noted that he "loved his work" from his previous stint with the team this season. "He's done a great job up here. I loved him in Spring Training. He's got weapons for righties and lefties. He's got a nice, slow heartbeat out there. I really like the way he pitches."

Boxberger, who is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in six appearances for the Bulls this season, said the Rays gave him the news at approximately 9:30 Wednesday night that he would be joining the team from Triple-A Durham, but he did not arrive to Fenway Park until the seventh inning of the first game.

In three previous games with the Rays this season, Boxberger has turned in four scoreless innings.

"I would just like to keep it going, no matter how long I'm here," Boxberger said.

Boxberger gave the Rays a lift in their 6-5 comeback victory Thursday night, coming on in relief of starter Chris Archer. He gave up a run-scoring hit to David Ortiz in the fifth, but finished with two scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.