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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Near the end of a long, rewarding homestand, Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina considered what could come ahead. The Tampa Bay Rays had lived a remarkable run -- they won 10 of 11 games, 14 of 16 and 17 of 21 after a 5-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field -- and the catchers wondered if their momentum could continue after the All-Star break.
Lobaton asked Molina about the second half. Molina, as Lobaton recalls the conversation, offered advice that the Rays would be wise to follow: "Just keep going."
"I don't think we think too much about that," Lobaton said of his team's roll. "We just go every game, it's a different day. Whatever happens, happens."
In the coming days, Rays players will enjoy a mental and physical break before they begin an intriguing 10-game road trip against American League East teams July 19. But lately, what has happened could be recalled as the key charge that lifted them...
BEST OF MAXIM
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 55-41 (2.5 GB)
Biggest Surprise of 1st Half:
The Rays’ batting leader through the first half of the season (.315/.366/.466), James Loney is the team’s biggest first half surprise.
About a year ago, he all but appeared finished with the Los Angeles Dodgers, stuck in a platoon with Juan Rivera. By the time he left the Dodgers in a trade with...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was an era Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon learned to appreciate ... after it was gone.
Saturday was "Disco Night" at Tropicana Field for the Rays' game against the Houston Astros. The Rays have been well-versed in theme nights this season -- "Turn Back the Clock Night" (a 1970s appreciation) and "Star Trek Into Darkness...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It seemed like a good idea to invite Carly Rae Jepsen to throw out the first pitch. That is, until it happened.
On Sunday, before a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, the pop star was at Tropicana Field to perform as part of the Rays Summer Concert Series later in the afternoon. The Canadian singersongwriter, who received two Grammy nominations...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb threw live batting practice Sunday at Tropicana Field, the latest development in his recovery from a mild concussion.
The session for the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander, which occurred before the series finale between the Rays and Houston Astros, lasted about 30 minutes and included about 40 pitches against outfielder Sam Fuld and equipment manager...
The last time I wrote about Edge% it was in the context of the Tampa Bay Rays using it to get their pitchers into more favorable counts on 1-1. But now I want to take that topic and drill a little deeper to understand how often edge pitches are taken for called strikes. Overall, pitches taken on the edge are called strikes 69% of the time. But that aggregate measure hides some pretty...
Luke Scott had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning after he tied it with a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Roberto Hernandez survived a shaky first inning to post the Rays' 14th straight quality start, going six innings and giving up three runs and six hits. He won for the first time in six starts...
The Tampa Bay Rays enter the All-Star break as baseball's hottest team, the result of beating opponents they should and a return to what has made them consistent winners in the past.
Their record, 55-41, places them 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. If the season ended today, a wild-card game would be played at Tropicana Field.
That fact is notable...
Call me maybe - just not to throw out a first pitch.
Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen had a good laugh at herself after she spiked the ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday.
Jepsen, best known for the catchy Top-40 hit ''Call Me Maybe,'' posted a text-message conversation between her and her brother on Twitter that had the hash tag ''...
Rookie Chris Archer pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-0 Sunday.
Archer (4-3) struck out eight and walked none in his 13th big league start, including nine this season. He made his debut last year.
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays won for the 14th time in 16 games.
The Astros went into the All-Star...
Carly Rae Jepsen is really good at getting guys to call her (well, maybe), but her first pitch attempt at the Tampa Bay Rays game was just plain bad.
You would think that if you knew ahead of time that you were going to go out in front of 30-40,000 people just to throw one pitch at a baseball game you would maybe practice a little bit, right?
Not Carly Rae Jepsen.
The Tampa Bay Rays may want her to call them (maybe), but there is little chance that they will ever want her to pitch again--not even maybe.