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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Yankees' Soriano points as he crosses home plate in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game the Angels in New York

    Yankees 11, Angels 3: Holy cow, Alfonso Soriano. Two homers and seven RBI. The old guy has four homers, six runs scored and 13 RBI in his last two games. The Yankees have won four straight. Reds 5, Cubs 0: Seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo helps the Redlegs snag the three-game sweep. My friend Mark,…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It’s perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don’t pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the Dbacks. Their ninth walkoff win of the year. Yankees 14,…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Two

    Pirates 2, Cardinals 1; Pirates 6, Cardinals 0: First. Place. Pirates. And the best record in baseball. A walkoff in the opener and a beatdown in the nightcap. Six straight losses by the reeling Cardinals, who lost Yadier Molina to the DL on top of it all. And maybe — just maybe — the end…

  16. Jarred Cosart dazzles in Major League debut against the Rays

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut tonight against the Rays. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, losing it on a one-out single to right field by Ben Zobrist. He went eight-plus innings, shutting out the Rays and out-dueling reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price. Throughout…

  17. Rick Porcello’s suspension reduced to five games, but it’s kinda like zero

    Jul 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rick Porcello Getty

    As I sit here watching guys throwing at each other in today’s Tigers game, I see news of the last Tiger who threw at a dude: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist reduced to five games. He’ll begin serving it Thursday. Which basically means nothing for the Tigers,…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Angels 13, Cubs 2: It’s almost as if Josh Hamilton hadn’t totally forgotten how to play baseball or something. Go figure. Two homers and five RBI in this romp. One of his homers was back-to-back with a Pujols home run. First time that’s happened this year. Nationals 5, Phillies 1: The Nats hit four homers…

  19. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  20. Rick Porcello suspended six games for throwing at Ben Zobrist

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    Rick Porcello Getty

    Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist the other day, presumably in retaliation for Fernando Rodney throwing up and in at Miguel Cabrera the night before. Now he’s paying the price: Pitcher Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Ben Zobrist of the…

  21. Joe Maddon wishes Miguel Cabrera “wouldn’t cry so much”

    Jul 1, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    I don’t know that I get this weekend’s unpleasantness between the Tigers and Rays. If there is a backstory I don’t know about, fine, but all I saw was Fernando Rodney buzzing Miguel Cabrera. Which, sure, you don’t guys throwing up and in like that, but it’s not like he hit him or, based on…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history. Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and…

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: Matt Harvey blanks the Phillies on two hits for six innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. I know the Mets have problems, but man, when it goes right for them it’s really pretty. Something about the purity of an ace and…

  24. Benches clear in Red Sox-Rays game

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

    John Lackey AP

    Benches cleared in the bottom of the sixth inning in tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Rays after John Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the back with a pitch. Joyce, who homered off Lackey in the first inning, immediately suspected intent and began gesturing toward the mound. As Evan Drellich of MassLive.com notes, the…

  25. Rays are not yet planning a Wil Myers promotion

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    wil myers getty

    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch tweeted Saturday that the Rays “are getting closer to recalling” top outfield prospect Wil Myers and that it “should happen” within the “next 10 days.” But nobody else is corroborating Bowden’s report. In fact, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays have not taken…

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