OAKLAND -- On Saturday night, Rays right-hander Alex Cobb will be making his fourth start since returning from the disabled list.
In his three previous outings, he is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA, and he said he's feeling better every time out.
"I definitely think it has been a gradual return in performance as far as me feeling comfortable in locating the fastball and mixing in pitches," Cobb said on Friday. "That got a lot better this past week. My change is not as sharp, but I hope to get that down by tomorrow."
Cobb (8-2, 2.87 ERA), who missed 50 games with a concussion, said he's just dealing with the everyday issues that occur over the season.
"You're always battling issues throughout the season," Cobb said. "I had an endurance problem when I first came back. I'm beyond that now."
Bridge closure delays Rays' bus ride to Coliseum
OAKLAND -- There were just a handful of Rays hanging out in the clubhouse before Friday night's game against the Athletics.
They were the smart ones.
With the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closed until Tuesday, many of the Rays found getting from their San Francisco hotel to O.co Coliseum rather difficult.
Outfielder Sam Fuld took the train to Stanford, his alma mater, then took Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to Oakland. He was there a half-hour before the bus that left San Francisco at 2 p.m. finally arrived -- at 3:44 p.m.
"I didn't know anything until some guy came up to me and asked if we were taking BART because of the bridge being closed," outfielder Matt Joyce said. "I figured we'd just take the bus and get here in 45 minutes."
Instead it turned into a trip many would rather forget.
"It takes you back to when you took those hour-or-so bus rides in high school or college," Joyce said. "It wasn't the most enjoyable bus ride. I got a lot of reading done. I guess the guys are agitated and ready to play."
Friday's starting pitcher, David Price, took a car service and regularly tweeted updates on his ride.
"I'm taking BART back," he posted, still clearly a bit disgruntled.
"I didn't know the bridge was out," Rays infielder Ben Zobrist said. "I've taken BART before."
Saturday's starter, Alex Cobb, took BART along with reliever Jesse Crain.
"I was thinking ahead," he said. "They told us at the hotel, and I just followed Jesse because he's a veteran and knows the area."
Fuld dropped in on his Stanford coach, Mark Marquess, but found most of the campus in lockdown, though several teams are currently in season. Classes don't start until later next month.
Rays recall reliever Gomes, option Odorizzi
OAKLAND -- Right-hander Brandon Gomes, 29, was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday with right-hander Jake Odorizzi optioned to Durham.
It's been a strange season for Gomes, who went on the disabled list in May with a right lat strain, was recalled for two days in mid-August and spent time on the 60-day disabled list.
"I'd never pulled or strained a muscle," Gomes said. "I didn't know what to expect. I'd never been on the DL before. It puts a new appreciation for guys who stay healthy."
Gomes left Atlanta in the morning, sharing the same flight as left-hander Matt Moore, who continues rehabbing his sore left elbow.
"I'm good to go," Gomes said. "I feel great and that's the main thing. When I feel healthy, I feel like I can pitch well. It's nice to get back here and into a routine."
Gomes (0-1, 5.68 ERA) had appeared in 15 games for the Rays entering Friday.
• Rays manager Joe Maddon declined to name a starting pitcher for Sunday. "Mum's the word," he said. "When we announce it you'll understand. We're in a state of flux with the pitching."
• Left-hander Matt Moore is expected to make a start within the next few days. He threw four innings in a rehab start on Thursday night and joined the team in Oakland.
• Right-hander Chris Archer will start Monday night against the Angels in Anaheim.
• Maddon confirmed that Delmon Young, Luke Scott and Moore will all join the team Sunday when rosters expand. He also said catcher Chris Gimenez would be recalled from Triple-A Durham.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.