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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Wil Myers never stopped working diligently during his recent slump. Neither did the Tampa Bay Rays during their recent skid.
The rookie slugger and his teammates are both seeing rewards for their persistence heading into the final weeks of the playoff chase.
Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver, and the Rays kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Myers had never faced Weaver, but he homered on the first pitch he saw from the Angels' longtime ace in the second inning. He homered again in the seventh on Weaver's first pitch after a mound visit, driving a two-run shot into the Rays' bullpen behind left field.
"The only way to get through a slump is to keep hitting," said Myers, who batted just .209 in August after an impressive start to his major league career. "You can't take days off. It's good to be able to help the team like that. Definitely a nice feeling....
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The Rays were hosting a party at a bar after Tuesday's game and manager Joe Maddon took to Twitter to invite fans, even offering to pay for beers.
Rookie Wil Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver, and the Tampa Bay Rays kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Jeremy Hellickson (11-8) pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning of his first victory in nearly six weeks for the Rays, who won their second straight after a five-game skid. Tampa Bay (77-61) stayed 2...
Jeremy Hellickson was struggling so the Tampa Bay Rays briefly shut him down. Wil Myers was struggling so he kept playing.
Two slumping players two opposite approaches to solve the problems.
On Wednesday the two combined to give the Rays a 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium.
Hellickson removed from the major-league roster for eight days returned and pitched...
Jered Weaver only made two unfixable mistakes against the Tampa Bay Rays, and rookie Wil Myers hit them far enough to send the Los Angeles Angels' longtime ace to another defeat.
Myers hit two homers off Weaver, and the Rays kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Weaver (9-8) yielded six hits over seven innings, but gave up...
Win or lose, the Tampa Bay Rays were going to party.
Little had gone right for manager Joe Maddon's team since Aug. 25. Before Tuesday, they had lost eight of nine games, including the first four of a 10-game West Coast swing. Once close with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, they had fallen to 5 games back of the division lead.
Even their wild-card chances...
Tweet The Tampa Bay Rays had lost five straight games heading into their contest on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Angels. After the Rays notched a 7-1 victory, though, Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to celebrate with Rays fans in California, sending out this tweet: Everybody wearing Rays gear tonight at Legends on 2nd […]
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon continues to demonstrate how he may be the most interesting managers in baseball. On Tuesday, the Rays were holding a postgame party at a bar in Long Beach, Calif. — near Maddon’s offseason home — following the team’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Apparently, the team bring along […]The post Joe Maddon invites fans to postgame party...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Moore pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the disabled list, and the Tampa Bay Rays got home runs from Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar in a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Moore (15-3) won his seventh straight decision, yielding an unearned run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings as the Rays snapped a five-game losing...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Collin Cowgill hit a three-run double, one of 11 hits the Los Angeles Angels got against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price through his first 2 1-3 innings, and Jerome Williams ended a streak of eight straight losing decisions in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
The Rays' ninth loss in 12 games, coupled with Boston's 9...
The Tampa Bay Rays' recent struggles may have cost them a shot at the AL East title.
Reaching the postseason at all could be in doubt if they continue to falter.
The Rays will try to begin ending their sluggish stretch by capitalizing on the Seattle Mariners in the opener of this three-game set at Safeco Field on Friday night.
Tampa Bay (77-62) has lost nine of 12 games after...