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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Dodgers 2: Jose Fernandez vs. Yasiel Puig in a potential Rookie of the Year matchup. Advantage: Fernandez, who allowed one earned run (two total) in six innings of work with eight strikeouts. He’s 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 156 Ks. The Dodgers dropped their second straight. Which hasn’t happened very often lately.…

  4. 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,…

  5. The Rays are still mad at John Lackey

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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    It was a day later, but yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays were still talking about John Lackey plunking Matt Joyce on Monday night. Here’s Rays’ infielder Sean Rodriguez speaking to Marc Topkin yesterday: “It was very unmanlike to deny that you did it on purpose, that’s basically what I was addressing with him when we…

  6. Joe Maddon says John Lackey is a bad teammate

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    First Joe Maddon called John Lackey a guy who was normally a good teammate, then called him a friend and hoped he’d stay a friend. But then he called him out for plunking Matt Joyce in the back. From Pete Abraham of the Globe: “So he intentionally hit him when he did, there’s no question…

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

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:46 AM EDT

    Ed Hickox, weather

    White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” Carl Sandburg said that about fog. “It was worse than when it rains. With the lights, it made it really really bright. It was weird.” Adam Dunn said that about fog. Which may…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Joe Maddon shows us why limited instant replay and manager challenges are bad ideas

    May 20, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    In yesterday’s Rays-Orioles game, Matt Joyce hit a ball that maybe was a homer or maybe a double or maybe a foul ball. Hard to say on live viewing! It was initially ruled in play and Joyce made it to second for a double. Buck Showalter came out of the dugout and argued that the…

  11. Umpires use replay on controversial Matt Joyce home run

    May 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce

    In the top of the sixth inning of today’s series finale in Baltimore, Rays right fielder Matt Joyce blasted a 3-2 fastball down the right field line, initially ruled a double by the umpires. Watching it live, it seemed to go foul, but when reviewed in slow motion, it was clear that the ball caromed…

  12. “The Rays Way” also involves some awful, awful celebrating

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pitbull

    From Marc Topkin’s story about how the Rays celebrated Matt Joyce‘s walkoff homer last night: And once Joyce got done with his onfield interview with Todd Kalas and made it back into the clubhouse, things got even crazier, as the newcomers got to see how the Rays celebrate a win. The disco ball was spinning,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  17. Evan Longoria starts at third for first time since April 30

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria had been limited to DH duties since returning from his hamstring tear two weeks ago, but he’s back at third base tonight for the first time since getting hurt on April 30. “I’m excited to say the least. A little bit nervous,” he told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. Longoria has started…

  18. Felix Hernandez is about as perfect as any pitcher ever

    Aug 15, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    There wasn’t even a near-miss in this one. Felix Hernandez dominated the Rays from top to bottom on Wednesday, striking out 12 in a perfect game to beat Tampa Bay 1-0. It was his first career no-hitter and the first perfect game in Mariners history. As for the Rays, this is becoming old hat for…

  19. King Felix pitches perfect game against the Rays

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    6:02 p.m EDT update: Hernandez is perfect, getting a called third strike on Sean Rodriguez to end the ninth. It’s the first perfect game in Mariners history, and the Rays became the first team ever to be on the losing end of three perfect games. Hernandez ended up striking out five of the final six…

  20. Matt Joyce rejoins Rays after month-long oblique injury

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce

    Tampa Bay’s struggling offense gets a boost tonight, as Matt Joyce returns from the disabled list after missing the past month with an oblique injury. Joyce went 2-for-8 with a double in two games at Single-A and his return as the Rays’ primary right fielder means that Ben Zobrist will shift from the outfield to…

  21. Matt Joyce again close to returning from DL after setback

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    matt joyce getty

    Matt Joyce has been out since mid-June with a strained oblique muscle and suffered a setback last week that canceled his plans to be off the disabled list by now, but the Rays outfielder said yesterday that he’s aiming to return within two weeks. Joyce told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he’s…

  22. Matt Joyce has setback on minor league rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Matt Joyce was slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Rays’ lineup this weekend, but had to leave yesterday’s minor-league rehab game at Triple-A after tweaking his lower back. Joyce is on the DL because of a strained oblique muscle and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that lower back soreness…

  23. Matt Joyce likely to be activated this weekend

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    matt joyce getty

    From beat man Joe Srnith of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is scheduled to participate in minor league rehab games Wednesday and Thursday at Triple-A Durham, and could return to the majors on Friday if all goes smoothly in those back-to-back outings. Joyce has been on the 15-day disabled list…

  24. Rays lose All-Star candidate Matt Joyce to DL

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce

    The Rays have been without their best hitter in Evan Longoria for almost two months now. Now they’re going to be without their second-best for at least two weeks. Matt Joyce, who leads the team in average, homers and RBI this season, was placed on the disabled list due to his back injury. He last…

  25. Johan Santana is struggling since his no-hitter

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Did the 134 pitches take a toll? After getting lit up by the Yankees last week, Johan Santana gave up four runs in five-plus innings Thursday versus the Rays in his second start since his no-hitter. The 134 pitches Santana threw in shutting down the Cardinals were a career high for the left-hander, who was…

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