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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    May 7, 2013, 6:44 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    Braves 7, Reds 4: The Braves weren’t going to be able to maintain any sort of momentum if the offense was all Justin Upton — who can’t do it alone — and Evan Gattis — who is, after all, a rookie. Last night they had help from Andrelton Simmons who hit two bombs and drove…

  8. Cubs standing pat with Carlos Marmol

    May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol imploded yesterday, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning attempting to hold on to a 4-2 lead. Manager Dale Sveum replaced Marmol with Hector Rondon, who allowed all three of Marmol’s runners to score and the Reds eventually went on to…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  10. Fernando Rodney’s Dominican plantain fraud!!

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    When Fernando Rodney locked down the WBC semifinal game on Monday night he credited his lucky plantain which, it was reported, came in on an airplane from the Dominican Republic hours before the game. DO NOT BELIEVE FERNANDO RODNEY’S LIES: also a twist to “magic plantain” story – #Rays Rodney says he got it from…

  11. Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano celebrates with teammate Ramirez after scoring against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic final in San Francisco

    The 2013 World Baseball Classic is a wrap, and we have a new champion in Team Dominican Republic. The Dominicans rolled through the event undefeated, notching wins against Venezuela, Spain, Italy, the United States and Team Netherlands on the way to snagging the WBC crown. They topped Team Puerto Rico a total of three times…

  12. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM 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 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  13. Joe Maddon concerned about the work, and lack of work, for two of his players in the WBC

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Second Round - Miami - Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic

    Marc Topkin reports that Joe Maddon is concerned about two Rays players currently in the WBC. One because he’s working too much, the other because he’s not working enough. Closer Fernando Rodney has pitched in all six games, closing five, over 10 days for the Dominican Republic. On the other hand, catcher Jose Molina has had…

  14. Dominican Republic tops Puerto Rico to secure top seed in Pool Two of WBC

    Mar 16, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Santana is congratulated by third base coach Samuel after Santana's fifth inning home run against Puerto Rico during a 2013 World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have already clinched spots for the World Baseball Classic semifinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but the two teams squared off this afternoon to determine the top seed out of the Miami group. Pitching was strong on both sides, but the Dominican Republic topped Puerto Rico by the…

  15. Dominican Republic beats Kimbrel, U.S. to reach WBC semis

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Craig Kimbrel allowed a total of one double in 62 2/3 innings for the Braves last year. Maybe even more impressive, he allowed just one hit with a man in scoring position. He never allowed multiple hits in an inning. On Thursday, he gave up one double and two hits with men in scoring position…

  16. Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes power Dominican Republic past Italy

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano greets teammates after defeating Italy in their World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    Trying to pull off another stunner, Italy jumped out early against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, only to see its 4-0 lead whittled away in a 5-4 loss. After Dominican starter Edinson Volquez at one point threw 11 straight balls in the first, Alex Liddi hit a sac fly and Chris Colabello followed with a three-run…

  17. Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, wins Pool C

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico

    The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2, earning first place in Pool C and the right to play Pool D winner Italy in the second round. They staked starter Wandy Rodriguez to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three consecutive one-out singles, the RBI provided by Edwin Encarnacion. Puerto Rico took…

  18. Dominican Republic beats Spain 6-3, moves to 2-0

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz, Salomon Manriquez

    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 and Carlos Santana homered as the Dominican Republic took another step towards advancing in the WBC on Saturday, beating Spain 6-3. The Dominican team scored five times in the second and third innings off Yoanner Negrin, with Nelson Cruz driving in two of the runs. The Spanish bullpen did solid work…

  19. Dominican Republic routs Venezuela 9-3 in WBC

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI and Hanley Ramirez added a long homer as the Dominican Republic torched Venezuela 9-3 in the start of Pool C play. The Dominican team jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Anibal Sanchez in the bottom of the first, only to see the game halted…

  20. Fernando Rodney confident he’ll get contract extension from Rays

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Fernando Rodney was quoted in Dominican newspaper El Dia earlier this week that he was closing in on a two-year extension with the Rays, but that report was quickly disputed by the club while Rodney’s agent, Dan Lozano, later said that his client was misquoted. However, Rodney told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez yesterday that he’s in…

  21. Rays re-sign Kyle Farnsworth to one-year contract

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    kyle farnsworth getty

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays have re-signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year free agent contract. The deal will carry a base salary of about $1.5 million and will include another $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses. It’s not a bad score for the 36-year-old, who had a weak 4.00 ERA and 1.33…

  22. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  23. Quote of the day: Fernando Rodney on playing for his country in the WBC

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    From our friend Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors was reading the Dominican Republic newspaper El Caribe this morning and passes along a pretty interesting interview with Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Who is going to play in the World Baseball Classic for the D.R. and does not care what the Rays have to say about…

  24. David Price becomes first Rays pitcher to win Cy Young Award

    Nov 14, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    David Price

    After tying for the league lead in wins and finishing first in ERA, David Price claimed his first American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 14 of the 28 first-place votes. Justin Verlander, last year’s Cy Young and MVP winner, finished second with 13 first-place votes and totaled 149 points to Price’s 153.…

  25. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

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