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MAR 19, 7:18a ET | Rob Neyer
Rotowire: Apr 29 / 4:47p ET
News: Frieri collected a 13th-inning save Wednesday, working around a hit for a scoreless frame.
Impact: He's picked up a couple rogue saves now, this one because Brad Boxberger pitched the 10th inning. Boxberger's under no threat from Frieri, but it seems the veteran righty may be Tampa's second choice while Jake McGee (elbow) remains shelved.
Rotowire: Apr 13 / 6:50a ET
News: Frieri picked up a save Sunday against the Marlins while giving up a run on two hits -- including a home run -- over 1.1 innings against Miami.
Impact: Entering play Sunday, Brad Boxberger had pitched on four out of the previous five days, including back-to-back appearances Friday and Saturday. Kevin Jepsen was also rested in order to avoid a workload that was too heavy, so consider Frieri to be at least one seat away from working the ninth inning if an injury befalls Boxberger prior to the eventual return of Jake McGee.
Rotowire: Mar 19 / 6:34a ET
News: Frieri has made three appearances so far this spring, surrendering one hit and three walks while collecting a couple of strikeouts over three scoreless innings.
Impact: After racking up 60 saves across 2012 and 2013, Frieri struggled mightily while pitching for both the Angels and Pirates last season. The Rays' brought the once-dominant righty to Tampa Bay on a one-year, $800,000 contract back in November with hopes that he could rebound under the guidance of pitching coach Jim Hickey. Though Frieri's control has left a bit to be desired, the results have been mostly promising to this point. The 29-year-old hurler seems likely to head into the regular season in a middle-relief role for the Rays.