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  1. 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…

  2. Video: Evan Longoria goes deep as Rays tie Red Sox in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria Getty

    We have a whole new ballgame at Tropicana Field. Evan Longoria launched a three-run homer off Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie Game 3 at 3-3. He has a habit with this kind of thing in elimination games, now doesn’t he? You can watch video of the homer below. The…

  3. Red Sox extend lead over Rays in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Ellsbury Getty

    Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury continues to be a pain in the neck for the Rays. After Clay Buchholz worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Rays off the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ellsbury led off the top of the fifth with a liner which deflected off James…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Youthful Rays appear rattled in Game 1 rout

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Technically, the Rays went errorless in Friday’s 12-2 loss to the Red Sox. Which just further demonstrates how silly judging things based on errors can be. After three innings without allowing a hit, Matt Moore gave up a Dustin Pedroia single to start the fourth with the Rays up 2-0. David Ortiz followed with a…

  8. 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…

  9. Delmon Young slugs solo shot as Rays take early lead in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    delmon young getty

    Indians right-hander Danny Salazar was dominant in his first two innings of this American League Wild Card Game, racking up three strikeouts against the six Tampa Bay batters that he faced. But the script was flipped in the top of the third inning when Rays designated hitter Delmon Young crushed a first-pitch solo homer to…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Cuba to allow athletes to sign foreign contracts

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Cuba

    Are the days of ballplayers risking their lives to defect a thing of the past? Cuba says athletes can sign professional contracts in foreign leagues, reversing long ban: http://t.co/dS6PQKkBQr -RD — The Associated Press (@AP) September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government’s anouncemnt thru GRANMA (the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party) says that athletes will…

  13. Mariano Rivera holds Rays scoreless in final appearance at Yankee Stadium

    Sep 26, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera Reuters

    Mariano Rivera‘s final appearance at Yankee Stadium is in the books. While he didn’t get a save chance, he retired all four batters he faced tonight in a 4-0 loss to the Rays. Yankee Stadium was buzzing well in advance of his appearance, as loud chants of “Mariano” could be heard while he was warming…

  14. “Escape 4 the Game”

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Cuba

    This is the trailer for what could prove to be a fantastic documentary about a group of Cuban baseball players — including Yunel Escobar — who risked their lives to come to the United States: The description at the film’s fundraising page: The story is told through the eyes of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Yunel…

  15. The Rays had the all-good-citizen lineup in the game last night

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

    Rays logo

    Lana Berry made a great, albeit depressing observation during the Rays-Angels game last night: holy s***. Rays played Josh Lueke, Delmon Young, Luke Scott, and Yunel Escobar in the same game. they are really just…going for it, huh? And by “going for it” she means the good citizen award. Lueke, as most know by now,…

  16. The Rays victimize the Dodgers with the hidden ball trick

    Aug 10, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Roberto Hernandez

    In the bottom of the fourth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers, the Rays got an extra out by fooling Juan Uribe with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers, already up 4-0, had the bases loaded with nobody out when A.J. Ellis hit a fly ball to Rays center fielder Wil Myers, allowing…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  20. Is Dom Brown too much of a hot dog?

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Of course you might think a Braves fan is going to say that. Like I noted earlier, baseball fans are capable of some pretty amazing homerism and provincialism. But it’s not a Braves fan saying it this time. I don’t have any negative opinions of Dom Brown outside of his low walk total. As Bob…

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

    Jun 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because … Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of…

  22. Mental makeup matters for the Rays

    Jun 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rays logo

    There’s no database that quantifies which team has the most knuckleheads on it. Anecdotally, however, it kinda feels like the Rays do. They’ve had a number of high-profile bad citizens — and worse — over the years. Josh Sale, Matt Bush, Toe Nash, imports like Josh Lueke and Yunel Escobar and many others have had…

  23. Your nominee for biggest jerk prospect of the year

    May 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jerk Store

    Is the Rays’ Josh Sale. Who, as Deadspin reports, bragged on his Facebook page about throwing loose change at a stripper and then, using crappy grammar, called her a “hoe.” Too bad he’s hurt and hasn’t played a game this year. He’d fit nicely on a team that features Josh Leuke and Yunel Escobar.

  24. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  25. Joe Maddon reverses himself on Yunel Escobar’s gesticulations

    May 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    On Monday Joe Maddon said he wasn’t pleased with Yunel Escobar making the “safe” sign as he crossed home plate following a home run in Monday’s loss. Last night he changed his mind on that. From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times: “Some people point to the sky, he shows a safe sign. For…

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