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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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