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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 4, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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The Rays are 24-6 since June 28 and currently trail the Red Sox by just one game in the AL East.

David Price went nine innings — allowing just one run on five hits and no walks — on Saturday night against the defending World Series-champion Giants and now boasts a 1.57 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 40/1 K/BB in 57 1/3 frames since returning from a triceps strain on July 2. He didn’t get the win Saturday because the game went into extras. That’s when young slugger Wil Myers continued his heroics.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Myers calmly smacked a ball over the drawn-in left fielder’s head, scoring Desmond Jennings on a jog from third base and giving the Rays a 2-1 victory.

Tampa Bay will try for win No. 66 in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Royals 4, Mets 3 (12 innings)

Rangers 2, Athletics 4

Dodgers 3, Cubs 0

Braves 5, Phillies 4 (12 innings)

Mariners 8, Orioles 4

Rockies 2, Pirates 5

White Sox 0, Tigers 3

Diamondbacks 2, Red Sox 5

Nationals 3, Brewers 0

Astros 4, Twins 6

Cardinals 3, Reds 8

Indians 4, Marlins 3

Giants 1, Rays 2 (10 innings)

Yankees 3, Padres 0

Blue Jays 3, Angels 7

  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Another day, another ace-like performance for the angry shark-head floating carpets. There is no end in sight to their underwater reign of terror. I called in Aquaman to see what he can do and that wuss won’t touch them with a 10-foot pole. I started asking him – what about longer poles – and he just laughed and swam away like the cowardly porpoise-lover that he is.

    • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      I dunno. They remind me of that pink submarine from Operation Petticoat. Better be careful or they’ll sink your truck.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        If they torpedo my truck I’ll steal a pig.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Okay, let’s have the followup…”This is for the crew of that pink submarine operating out of the Tropicana Dump. I don’t know what you’re up to, boys, but you’re not going to get away with it….”

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      What’s impressive to me is the Red Sox keeping pace. With that record you’d expect the Floating Shark Carpets to have a few game pad on the Foot Garments by now.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Fortunately they’ve cooled down a touch – that doesn’t hurt either. The really impressive group of teams streaking the quad right now are at the top of the AL Central – where the top 3 are all 9-1 over their last ten.

    • indaburg - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      We’re floating shark-head carpets now? Well, I’ve been called worse. We’re hardly angry though. Just obsessed. Single minded. First place.

      Could your dirty red socks lose? Seriously does anyone on your team ever shower? What a bunch of hobo looking unkempt players. The loneliest place is the Fenway shower room.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        LMAO. The home shower stalls are prolly dirtier than the Boston Stinky Sox. Malodor is our secret psychological olfactory weapon – these guys are the real dirt dogs. I’d like to think the tradition started with one Christopher Trotman Nixon – he was the first and dirtiest dog of them all. All hail nasty-ass Trot!

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Carpet shark: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Uploads/Images/6147/wobby%20or_big.jpg

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Go Rays Go!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      ABBOY!

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        I’m busy in the lab growing petri dish downward-pointing thumbs for this monotonous harry-esque daily TMcTrollery.

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    What can I say about the pitching job Nova has done in his last 7 or so starts, he’s been just phenomenal. He’s pitched to a 1.88 ERA over his last 8 starts with a 3.86 K/BB ratio and hes averaged 6.9 IP’ed during that time. Excellent.

  4. bigdicktater - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Go to MLB.com to see video of Buster Posey’s excellent play to throw out Myers at second earlier in the game.

  5. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Gosh the jays are bad. They should really consider bringing Wang back up. His win loss might not be great but 2.72 ERA and a 20/7 K/BB could be enough to bring Dickey Wang Johnson back!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Best winning percentage of any last place team in baseball.

  6. steelers88 - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Great pitching Performance from Francisco Liriano! Seven shutout innings! I am worried about the bullpen struggles of late (eleven runs in the last 3 games). But anyway RAISE IT! FIRST PLACE BUCS!

  7. steelers88 - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Were breeding a new generation of buyers and sellers. Buyers and sellers. Pimps and whores. PIMPS AND WHORES.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      You sure about that?

  8. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The Feesh effectively gave the game away in the second inning with a couple of wild pitches and a terrible throw to third base by Rob Brantley that wound up down near the foul pole. Jacob Turner is so good that on a bad night he could give up a bunch of walks and throw a bunch of wild pitches to the third best offense in the majors and escape with allowing a run each in the first and third. He seemed oddly off balance – his pitches either sailed up and away to the right, or bounced in to Brantley, who, all things considered, did a pretty good job of keeping most of them in front of him. Just not enough to keep Michael Bourn from swiping bases or advancing on every bounced pitch.

    The Feesh returned to their specialty – leaving runners in scoring postion – after a fortuitous game the night before. On the bright side, Jake Marisnick is proving on a nightly basis that his defense is every bit as good as advertised. He covers that cavernous center at Macondo Banana Massacre Field like terrestrial goshawk and seems to have a built in cranial calculator that plots the arc of a fly ball like those Israeli return fire artillery computers. His bat seems slowly to be coming around, too, but in fits and starts. It kills you to see him forced to play at this level when so many pitchers still have him overmatched. He and Yelich really needed to spend the season in AA/AAA. But when your two-bit ownership isn’t planning to spend a nickle more than the league will let them get away with spending, and you’re the cheapest deal on the block, this is how it works.

    Ah well.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Turner will get that gyroscope level again soon – he was suffering from temporary organizationally-induced vertigo.

  9. misterj167 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “Well it looks pretty grim fr the Phillies Bob”

    “Yes that’s right Doug. Tough loss in extra innings, and at the moment they’re tied for 4th place. Think Charlie Manuel will manage them again next year?”

    “I dunno Bob. Of course Ryan Howard is still out, when he comes back at some time in the future no doubt they’ll be returning to their winning ways.”

    “True enough. But what about Bryce Harper and the Nationals? The good news is the Phillies still only trail them by 4 games after all these losses. If they can keep pace with them they have a chance to get some momentum towards the end of the year.”

    “Oh definitely. But still a tough loss tonight for the Phils. Who were they playing, anyway?”

    “I have no idea.”

  10. misterj167 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Oh yeah

    “Next, A-Rod spilled his coffee…is it because of all the steroids he look? Stay tuned for our two hour special right after the Phillies postgame interviews.”

  11. raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    About 20 years ago the SF Giants nearly became the Tampa Bay Giants until MLB stepped and put the kibosh on the deal. Part of why the Rays even exist is as a reward the Vince Naimoli, etc, for not suing. Just something I’ve pondered about with this series.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Very true. It was also the Dodgers ownership that spearheaded the opposition to this move, thereby keeping the team in San Francisco.

      You’re welcome, Giants fans.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Thanks. At least one club in the infamous rivalry is kicking butt.

  12. albertmn - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Go Twins! Look, I know they stink this season, and won’t challenge for anything. But, it would be nice to see them have a slightly better record than last year. Five of their last six series this season are against teams that could be in the playoff chase. If they are going to have any success, they need to win games against Houston, KC, and the White Sox. Getting swept by the White Sox earlier this week didn’t help.

    I understand the down times of the Twins aren’t the same as the Pirates (or even the Astros), but it is tough when your team struggles badly for a few years.

    For what it is worth, Go Pirates! My Cardinals’ fan wife would not be happy to hear it, but I wish the Pirates luck the rest of the way to at least make the playoffs after so many years of struggles. They have young fans that have NEVER seen them have a winning season.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Two words for you Twins True Belivers – Byron Buxton. I can’t *wait* for him to get promoted to AA because I get to go watch him then. Miguel Sano is already here and fun to watch, when Smitty lets him play that is, and if this organization can’t smooth out his wrinkles then they’ll ship him out like they did with Matt Garza. Bad apples don’t last long in Minnesota.

  13. proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Thirty years go today, Dave Winfield killed a perfectly innocent seagull at the old Exhibition Stadium with a perfect throw. The Toronto Star has an online retrospective telling of the story.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Seagulls are never innocent, and if it was Jonathan Livingston, he thankfully gave that movie a thrilling alternate ending.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Put a ring around its neck and send it out to catch some salmon. Fifty bucks a pound at the fish store. Are they absorbing mercury or fucking platinum?

  14. historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all! 16-1. Max is the max. I had my nephew this weekend and tortured him with vegetables and baseball — you know, cuz I’m trying to kill him. Anyway, it was awesome when I got to explain a little of baseball to him and it just came up organically. He wanted to know about intentional walks and walk offs and then, he wanted to know about IT — I had the “think of the children” moment when he asked me about A-Rod. We talked about steroids in sports and I laughed when he offered that a lot of soccer players must have been suspended for PEDs too because there’s some pretty shady ones. (He’s a big soccer fan.) I told him about Peralta and as fortune would have it, our new little punk Iglesias went and hit a HR!!!!!! (Side note: also ended up having an immigration talk too) Hey, BloSox, thanks. So far this kid is working out okay with an RBI single and an HR. I wasn’t even looking for any offense out of him, but he’s been okay. Maybe he needed some Fiesta Tigres!

    (Sadly/Amusingly, a number of people apparently called the news stations last night to report a spelling error on the Tigres’ jerseys. smh)

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Take it easy will ya – Heterochromianess is hard to spell and even harder to fit on the jersey.

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I live in Florida, but worked for 2 years in Denver. I once had to take a trip to the landfill, and what did I find flying above? Seagulls! How the eff did seagulls get to Denver!?!

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Well the jays are sitting at 10 games below .500, 16 games out of first (only 11 games out of the wildcard). Can you say no postseason for you Toronto!! You bet you can!!

    mmmmm Boy life is good!

    • nbjays - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Yep, they can join your beloved Yankees in the “no postseason for you!” club.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Say no more: Dipshit Harry’s a New Yawker. That explains why he’s so full of hate and ignorance. It’ll be easy to ignore him now that I know he’s a New Yawk a$$hole.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Jimmy: it’s asshole. No point in wasting dollar signs when describing a hopelessly brain-locked two bit moron.

  16. jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Life is good because the team you irrationally hate is in last place? Make my day: drop dead!

    • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      You’re missing the point. He isn’t merely channeling Clint Eastwood. He thinks he is Clint Eastwood. I suspect one of the reasons that he keeps writing the same thing over and over again – aside from the obvious inference that there’s nothing else in that abandoned vault of a skull of his – is that it’s hard to type from inside a butterfly net.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Also the reason harry’s material is so sharp is that it has all been successfully workshopped on a chair.

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