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Leading up to the 2013 MLB regular season, Greg Kaplan will be taking a close look at all 30 teams, division by division. Along with previewing each team heading into the season, Kaplan will try to predict which teams will be playing baseball deep into the October playoffs, and which teams will be playing golf come that time of year. American League East – Division Winner – Tampa Bay Rays Second Place - Toronto Blue Jays Third Place – Baltimore Orioles Fourth Place – New York Yankees Fifth Place – Boston Red Sox Starting Line-Up -  C - Jose Molina (37) - 102 games, .223/.286/.355, 8HR 32RBI, 27 runs, 9 doubles, 56 hits 1B - James Loney (28) – 144 games, .249/.293/.336, 6HR 41RBI, 37 runs, 20 doubles (w/ Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red S0x) 2B - Kelly Johnson (31) – 142 games, .225/.313/.365, 16HR 55RBI, 61 runs, 19 doubles, 14 stolen bases (w/ Toronto Blue Jays) 3B - Evan Longoria (27) – 74 games, .289/.369/.527, 17HR 55RBI, 39 runs, 14 doubles, 149 OPS+ SS - Yunel Escobar (30) –

Photo: Rays' Ryan Roberts flashes stylish batting gloves

Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ryan Roberts is sporting some pretty slick batting gloves this spring.The 32-year-old flashed his pair of Rays-inspired hitting aides in front of an camera on Monday. And judging by the look of them, Roberts will be able to grip just about anything that comes his way this season. Needless to say, even Spiderman is impressed.Via

Evan Longoria returns after birth of daughter

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. The birth was beautiful. Miraculous. Unlike anything he has lived. Above all, after it all, Evan Longoria is eager for his daughter to come home. The third baseman has become many things with the Tampa Bay Rays in five seasons: a three-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove winner, a recipient of a 100 million contract extension that will make him a franchise...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price's dog gets his own bobblehead night (Picture)

As I look through the history of Major League Baseball, I think this is the first recorded time that a active player's dog is going to get his own bobblehead. Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher David Price has a pug by the name of Astro and the Tampa Bay organization decided to give Astro his own bobblehead. Below is a video of Astro meeting his own bobblehead which will be given...

Wright pitches well in Rays win over BoSox

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Jamey Wright's bid to make the Tampa Bay Rays his 10th major league team began with a perfect inning that hardly felt like one to the 38-year-old right-hander. The veteran of 17 seasons is well versed in spring training routine and said Monday that he doesn't remembering ever feeling comfortable on the mound in his first outing. Nevertheless,...

an Early Starting-Five Eval: Tampa Bay Rays

AL BEast Notebook – Feb 25 Youth and pitching seem to be synonymous with the Rays of the last ten years. Every year they bring up a young guy late in the season who becomes a huge part of their rotation the following year; Scott Kazmir 04-05, James Shields (straight into) 06, David Price and Jeff Niemann 08-09, Wade Davis 09-10, Jeremy Hellickson 10-11, Alex Cobb and Matt Moore...

Rays need extra innings to beat the Twins

The Tampa Bay Rays got clutch hitting late in the game to beat the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, 10-7 in 10 innings.  Starting pitcher Chris Archer threw nine pitches in is one inning of work. He recorded a strike out and gave up one walk (to Joe Mauer). Jake Odorizzi also pitched well as he threw seven pitches in the second inning to record three outs.. But the real story was the...

Half Blind Pitcher Making A Case For A Spot On The Rays Pitching Staff

Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter Juan Sandoval was just a regular minor leaguer with the Seattle Mariners, who had a dream to pitch in the big leagues. In 2005, at the age of 24, Sandoval had made it to AA and had seemed to be close to living his dream. Then, on February 4, 2006 Sandoval was sitting at a restaurant in his native Dominican Republic, when a man had an argument with a...

Rays split with Red Sox, Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays opened their spring training season on Saturday with a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and a win against the Boston Red Sox.  Roberto Hernandez and Jeff Niemann both pitched against the Pirates. Both needed just 23 pitches to get out of the first and second innings. Newcomers Wil Myers and James Loney went 0-3 combined in the 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh. The Rays...

Rays continue their hot hitting in win over Boston

The Tampa Bay Rays, just four games into spring, have been hitting the ball well. Monday, they continued their good hitting which resulted in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Alex Cobb started for the Rays today. He threw 38 pitches in two innings and gave up a solo home run to Boston’s Dustin Pedroia in the first inning. Rays answered back with a two-run double by Yunel Escobar...

MLB Team Previews: Tampa Bay Rays

Key Additions SIGNED/RESIGNED: Luke Scott (DH), Even Longoria (3B), James Loney (1B), Roberto Hernandez (RHP), Kyle Farnsworth (RHP), Kelly Johnson (2B),  TRADED FOR: Yunel Escobar (SS)  Key Losses Carlos Pena (1B), B.J. Upton (OF), Jeff Keppinger (2B), James Shields (SP), Wade Davis (SP), Elliot Johnson (SS) ...

The starting lineups: Red Sox vs. Rays

A part of me hopes that today's game against the Rays has a little extra "something" at some point during game play. It's always fun to see rival teams, especially within the division going at it in spring training. I believe it sets the mood for the season. I can always hope right? Here are today's starting lineups and pitchers for the 1:35pm game at JetBlue...

Hernandez starts strong in Rays loss to Pirates

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Roberto Hernandez made a strong debut for the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeff Locke did the same for Pittsburgh. Hernandez needed just 12 pitches for a perfect first inning Saturday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 win over a split squad of Rays. Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season for Cleveland. Hernandez and Jeff...

Roberto Hernandez controlling what he can

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. He refuses to consider the pressure. He insists hes kept it simple: control what he can, work over hitters and wash, rinse, repeat the process then wait. Roberto Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona, would rather let his right arm do the talking this spring. Roberto Hernandez, an eighth-year veteran fighting for a spot on the Tampa Bay Rays rotation, would...
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