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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes, Sam Fuld, Josh Reddick

    The A’s remind me of someone. And a couple of rainouts remind me of my favorite movie ever.

  2. 2014 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Is this a championship offense? The Rays have led the American League in ERA…

  3. Rays shave their heads for a good cause

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

    maddon shave

    From Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune comes the following photo of Rays manager Joe Maddon getting a close shave Sunday in camp. Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, James Loney, and Jake McGee were among the other participants in “Fortune Favors The Bald,” a charity event for pediatric cancer. Ava finishes the job on #rays Maddon…

  4. Jason Kipnis open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis is open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians. The two sides will likely begin talking during spring training. Kipnis, however, does not want contract talks to distract him during the regular season, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian writes. Kipnis, who turns 27…

  5. Robinson Cano “ready for this to go past Christmas, into January if necessary”

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    cano gray getty

    Long time Yankee and current free agent second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to sign a very lucrative contract this off-season, making his next deal not a matter of if, but when. So far, though, talks involving Cano and other suitors have been few and far between. At the end of September, he was reportedly…

  6. UPDATE: Rays, David DeJesus agree to multiyear deal

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    12:24 p.m. EST Update: DeJesus told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he has come to terms on a two-year pact with the Rays that includes an option for 2016. /// The Rays will hang on David DeJesus, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, exercising his $6.5 million option rather than…

  7. Rays exercise 2014 options on Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

    Nov 2, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Rays logo

    As expected, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have exercised their 2014 options on Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. It was an easy call to retain the versatile Zobrist for $7 million after he batted .275/.354/.402 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI this past season. The Rays still hold…

  8. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  9. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  10. Red Sox move ahead of Rays in seventh inning of Game 4

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    ellsbury getty

    The Red Sox are suddenly six outs away from dismissing the Rays and advancing to the ALCS. Tampa Bay scored the first run of this ALDS Game 4 in the bottom of the sixth inning on David DeJesus‘ RBI single, but the Red Sox answered right back in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitting for…

  11. ALDS, Game 4: Red Sox-Rays lineups

    Oct 8, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to keep their season alive … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Jake Peavy Red Sox manager John Farrell declined to make any lineup or batting…

  12. Video: Evan Longoria goes deep as Rays tie Red Sox in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria Getty

    We have a whole new ballgame at Tropicana Field. Evan Longoria launched a three-run homer off Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie Game 3 at 3-3. He has a habit with this kind of thing in elimination games, now doesn’t he? You can watch video of the homer below. The…

  13. Red Sox grab early lead over Rays in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury AP

    The Red Sox could finish off a three-game sweep of the Rays tonight. They are off to a quick start on that end. After Jacoby Ellsbury singled to lead off Game 3, Alex Cobb hit Shane Victorino with a pitch. Dustin Pedroia followed with a ground ball to third base, but Victorino’s take-out slide at…

  14. ALDS, Game 3: Red Sox-Rays lineup

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to avoid a sweep … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Clay Buchholz After facing left-handers in the first two games of the series the Red…

  15. Ben Zobrist’s wife Julianna will sing the national anthem Monday before Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    the zobrists

    This recent trend of family member national anthems gets the HardballTalk seal of approval. Andrew McCutchen‘s mom Petrina belted it out before the Pirates’ NL Wild Card Game win over the Reds on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh and now Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Julianna Zobrist — the wife of Rays star…

  16. Behind David Ortiz’s two-homer night, Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The Red Sox will head down to Tampa Bay happy campers. After a thorough 12-2 dismantling of the Rays in Game 1, the Sox scored seven runs against 2012 AL Cy Young award winner David Price in seven-plus innings, just enough run support for John Lackey. The scoring started early, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off…

  17. Red Sox continue moving the goalposts against the Rays

    Oct 5, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    To their credit, the Rays have remained competitive throughout Game 2 against the Red Sox despite starter David Price looking not-so-sharp as well as some defensive miscues by the Tampa Bay defense. After the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first, the Rays scratched back for a run in the second on a…

  18. ALDS Game 2: Rays-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 5, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET … Rays: LF David DeJesus RF Wil Myers 1B James Loney 3B Evan Longoria 2B Ben Zobrist CF Desmond Jennings DH Delmon Young SS Yunel Escobar C Jose Molina SP David Price Joe Maddon’s…

  19. Red Sox rout Rays to take 1-0 lead in ALDS

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    After falling behind 2-0 after four innings, the Red Sox scored 12 unanswered runs in support of Jon Lester to emerge victorious in Game 1 of the ALDS. Lester had surrendered two solo home runs, one in the second inning to Sean Rodriguez and one in the fourth inning to Ben Zobrist. But the Red…

  20. ALDS, Game 1: Rays-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park … Rays: CF Desmond Jennings 2B Ben Zobrist RF Wil Myers 3B Evan Longoria DH Delmon Young LF Sean Rodriguez SS Yunel Escobar 1B James Loney C Jose Lobaton SP Matt Moore Rays manager Joe Maddon has made some changes compared…

  21. American League Wild Card Game: Rays-Indians lineups

    Oct 2, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe Maddon

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s American League Wild Card Game between the Rays and Indians, in Cleveland: Rays: LF David DeJesus RF Wil Myers 1B James Loney 3B Evan Longoria 2B Ben Zobrist CF Desmond Jennings DH Delmon Young SS Yunel Escobar C Jose Molina SP Alex Cobb Wil Myers only batted second 11…

  22. Rays add insurance run thanks to errant throw, last licks for Rangers

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers

    The Rays were denied an insurance run due to a blown call in the seventh inning, but they got one in the ninth inning thanks to a wild throw from catcher A.J. Pierzynski. After Sam Fuld led off the top of the ninth inning with a single against Tanner Scheppers, he moved over to second…

  23. Evan Longoria swats two-run homer to extend lead over Rangers

    Sep 30, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    AP Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria played hero in Game 162 for the Rays two years ago. And he’s trying to do it in Game 163 tonight. Longoria just smacked an opposite-field two-run homer off Martin Perez in the top of the third inning to extend the Rays’ lead to 3-0 over the Rangers. Perez issued a leadoff walk…

  24. Rays strike first in Game 163 against Rangers

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    It’s do-or-die time for the Rays and Rangers in Game 163. And the Rays have the early advantage. Delmon Young delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead, but things could have been much worse for the Rangers and their young left-hander Martin Perez.…

  25. The lineups for Game 163 have been posted

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis

    Rays vs. Rangers for the right to play on. Here are the lineups: RANGERS 2B Ian Kinsler SS Elvis Andrus RF Alex Rios 3B Adrian Beltre C A.J. Pierzynski DH Nelson Cruz 1B Mitch Moreland LF Craig Gentry CF Leonys Martin P Martin Perez Cruz in the lineup will cause some moralists to get the vapors, but maybe they can fan themselves with the CBA…

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