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  1. Mariners interested in Fernando Rodney

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    At some point the Mariners will presumably want to add a high-priced closer to their increasingly expensive roster and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Seattle is interested in former Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Morosi notes that Rodney knows new Mariners manager Llloyd McClendon from their time together with the Tigers, although back then Rodney…

  2. Indians interested in Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    After releasing Chris Perez the Indians might be in the market for a new closer and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’re “scheduled to talk to” free agents Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. However, according to Hoynes the Indians are more likely to wait for someone’s price tag to drop rather…

  3. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  4. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

  5. Over-managing playoff managers and bunts that “work”

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    jimmy dugan

    If I ever owned a baseball team, I’d want to hire Jimmy Dugan from “A League of their Own” as my manager. This isn’t only because he dislikes the bunt, though that helps — you probably remember the scene where he finally notices what’s happening on the field and calls off Geena Davis’ bunt sign…

  6. Red Sox guilty of a little too much playoff baseball

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

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

    The Red Sox could have played this one straight up tonight. Instead, they made concessions to it being a postseason games. Because postseason games are rarely won 12-2 or 7-4. – In the seventh, with the score tied at 3, the Red Sox used Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa to get three outs. Those are…

  7. Jose Lobaton delivers walkoff homer against Red Sox to keep Rays’ season alive

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Jose Lobaton Getty

    The Rays will live to see another day. After Fernando Rodney blew a save in the top of the ninth inning, Jose Lobaton delivered a walkoff solo homer off Koji Uehara in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS.…

  8. Rays take lead over Red Sox in eighth inning of Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Delmon Young Getty

    The Rays aren’t letting their season go without a fight. Thanks to an RBI ground out from pinch-hitter Delmon Young, the Rays moved ahead of the Red Sox 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rally started after James Loney walked against Franklin Morales and Desmond Jennings reached on a bunt single. Matt…

  9. Just another shutout for Alex Cobb and the Rays

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    The Rays (17) and the Indians (16) were the only American League teams to throw 15 shutouts this season, so it’s fitting that the wild card turned into another one. Pitching himself into and out of trouble, Alex Cobb scattered eight hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a 3-0 lead. Joel Peralta, Jake…

  10. Rays blank Indians in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    alex cobb getty

    It’s rare that a team will tally nine hits and be held scoreless, but that is exactly what happened to the host Indians in Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Using an arsenal of vicious breaking stuff and a steady low-90s fastball, Rays starter Alex Cobb worked in and…

  11. It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Pillar

    The Rangers and Rays entered today’s action — the final day of regular season action — tied for the second AL Wild Card spot and remained so at the end of the day. While the Indians secured themselves top billing in the AL Wild Card play-in game, the Rangers and Rays will have to play…

  12. Rays and Indians both win to maintain their respective leads in the AL Wild Card race

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1 this afternoon behind a strong start from Enny Romero in his Major League debut. The left-hander, who spent most of the season with Double-A Montgomery, shut out the O’s in four and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit while walking four and failing to record a strikeout. The Rays…

  13. Alex Cobb dominates as Orioles suffer third straight loss

    Sep 21, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb Getty

    After using 11 pitchers in 18 innings last night, the Rays needed a big outing from Alex Cobb this afternoon. He delivered, allowing just one run over 8 1/3 innings in a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. Cobb was in control throughout, giving up just five hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters.…

  14. Craig Kimbrel just lowered his ERA to 0.94

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    It’s old hat now, but Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is once again threatening to post a sub-1.00 ERA. He’s at 0.94 after pitching a scoreless inning for his 44th save Tuesday against the Mets. Kimbrel finished last year at 1.01. There was actually some concern about Kimbrel after he got off to a rough start…

  15. Video: Fernando Rodney got locked in the dugout bathroom last night

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Fernando Rodney AP

    There was some drama in last night’s game between the Rays and Athletics and I’m not just talking about what was happening on the field. You see, Rays closer Fernando Rodney somehow got locked in the dugout bathroom in the eighth inning and had to be rescued. Seriously. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa…

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

    Aug 28, 2013, 7:09 AM EDT

    1995 World Series

    Braves 2, Indians 0: Tom Glavine with eight shutout innings and David Justice with a big homer. Wait, sorry. Having flashbacks. The real amazing thing here is that if you would have told me before the season that the Braves would have a game in late August where Elliot Johnson got a start and tripled…

  17. The Rays blow a 6-0 lead, are stunned by the Dodgers in the ninth

    Aug 10, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Things which make me wish I didn’t watch “Wayne’s World” and fall asleep on the couch at 11pm last night: the Dodgers-Rays game. The Dodgers found themselves down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh last night, but then scored one in the seventh, two in the eighth and four in the ninth to…

  18. Blown call from Jerry Meals, bad baseball doom Red Sox in loss

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Jerry Meals

    Make no mistake: the Red Sox played some pretty terrible baseball in losing 2-1 to the Rays on Monday. Still, a blown call at home plate in the bottom of the eighth cost them the tying run and, for that, Jerry Meals was to blame. Here’s the video: Meals admitted after the game that he…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Fernando Rodney blows another save

    May 25, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who saved 48 games last year while posting a 0.60 ERA, has had a lot of issues to start 2013. With the Rays up 3-1 in the ninth inning, Rodney served up an RBI double to Brennan Boesch and an RBI single to Brett Gardner to tie the game at three-all,…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 20, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Great Gatsby

    I saw “The Great Gatsby” yesterday. Gatsby is my favorite novel of all time. The movie was not the book and if your basis for slamming it is that it’s not the book, well, your standards and expectations probably need to be checked. Deciding beforehand that I’d not make my judgment of it dependent upon…

  24. Fernando Rodney’s deal with the devil has expired

    May 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Katniss Rodney

    Fernando Rodney had one of the greatest reliever seasons in baseball history last year, breaking Dennis Eckersley’s all-time ERA record by saving 48 games with a 0.60 ERA in 74.2 innings for the Rays. He allowed opponents to hit .167, struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings, and issued just 15 walks in 74.2 frames…

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2013, 6:40 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Verlander reacts after leaving the game against Texas Rangers in their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rangers 10, Tigers 4: So much for pitching porn. Darvish wasn’t exactly sharp early but he ultimately settled down. Meanwhile, who put the benzedrine in Mr. Verlander’s Ovaltine? He was a hot mess. And I do mean hot. He was lighting up the radar gun in the early innings but was overthrowing and seemed to…

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