Jake McGee RP TB 9 Hrs

Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save Wednesday against the Cardinals.

The Rays don't want to use McGee as a full-time closer, but it just hasn't worked out very well when they've gone other routes lately. Manager Joe Maddon didn't fool around tonight, using his second best reliever, Brad Boxberger, in the eighth and then his best in the ninth to secure a 3-0 victory.

Jake McGee RP TB 11 Days

Jake McGee struck out two in a scoreless inning of work, earning his seventh save of the season against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

It wasn't an entirely stress-free inning, as McGee entered with a runner on first base after David Price exited, but McGee set the Jays down in order for his seventh save. McGee now owns a 1.52 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 50/9 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings, and he heads into the second half with a pretty strong hold on the Rays' closer job.

Jake McGee RP TB 11 Days

Rays activated LHP Jake McGee from the paternity leave list.

McGee has been away since Friday following the birth of his daughter. He'll resume his role as the Rays' primary closing option.

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Rays placed LHP Jake McGee on the paternity leave list.

Jake McGee and wife, Morgan McNally, welcomed their daughter, Rowen Beth, on Thursday. He's expected back on Sunday.

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Jake McGee will be placed on the paternity leave list Friday but is expected back Sunday.

McGee's wife gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday and the left-hander is going to get some time off this weekend to spend with his new family. He'll also then have the All-Star break (unless he is a late addition to the American League roster, which is a possibility). McGee owns a 1.56 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 48/9 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings this season. He will be the leading candidate for saves in Tampa Bay in the second half.

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Jake McGee allowed two runs in the ninth inning against the Royals but stranded the tying run to secure his sixth save of the season on Tuesday.

McGee was called on to record four outs, as he retired the last batter of the eighth before staying on to finish the ninth. Three hits, including a two-run single by Salvador Perez, threatened to saddle McGee with his second blown save, but the lefty struck out Omar Infante to end the game and preserve the win. The southpaw appears to be Joe Maddon's favorite option for outs in the ninth inning, and despite Tuesday's hiccup he should be owned in all leagues where saves are counted.

Jake McGee RP TB 19 Days

Jake McGee shut down the Tigers in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a three-run advantage and earning his fourth save of the season.

Rays manager Joe Maddon refuses to settle on one option in the ninth inning and continues to play matchups to dictate which hurler will see save chances. McGee has been their best reliever all season though, registering a 1.17 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 44/9 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.

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Jake McGee picked up his third save of the season in the Rays' 5-4 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

McGee recorded the final four outs of the game, striking out two. He also earned a save on Friday and has the ability to run away with Tampa Bay's closer gig. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a dominant 1.27 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 42/9 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season.

Jake McGee RP TB 27 Days

Jake McGee struck out two over a perfect inning to record his second save of the season in Friday's win over the Orioles.

Rays manager Joe Maddon called upon McGee with lefty Chris Davis and righties Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy due up, and the southpaw made quick work of them. The Rays have now had three different relievers record their last three saves (Juan Carlos Oviedo and Joel Peralta had the other two), and Maddon figures to continue to mix things up.

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Jake McGee recorded his first save of the season in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Astros on Sunday.

McGee had been the odds-on favorite to earn save chances after Grant Balfour's demotion, but Sunday was his first opportunity to take hold of the job. And it wasn't a matchups play, either -- McGee got right-handed Jesus Guzman and Jose Altuve before fanning lefty Jon Singleton to end the game. The southpaw has a 1.47 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings, and he should continue to get save chances as long as he continues to perform at this level.