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After winning 90 games in 2012, it's pretty clear that the Tampa Bay Rays have established themselves as perennial playoff contenders, even if they didn't make the playoffs last year. But with teams battling age and injury (New York) and teams expected to take a step back in 2013 (Baltimore), the field is a bit less crowded to grab a spot. But without B.J. Upton and James Shields, can the Rays still hang around as serious contenders out of the American League East this season?
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End of Season Postmortem
2013 Season Preview
You May Say I'm a Dreamer (11:30 AM)
2013 Burning Question (12:45 PM)
This Is My Nightmare (2:00 PM)
2013 X-Factor (3:15 PM)
Depth Chart (as of 2/27)
C: Jose Molina
1B: James Loney
2B: Kelly Johnson
SS: Yunel Escobar
3B: Evan Longoria
LF: Matt Joyce
CF: Desmond Jennings
RF: Ben Zobrist
DH: Luke Scott
SP: David Price
SP: Jeremy Hellickson
SP: Matt Moore
SP: Alex Cobb
SP: Jeff Niemann
BEST OF MAXIM
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Each will slip on their country's colors, enjoy the sensation that comes with the experience and live it as a memory to be saved forever. Three Tampa Bay Rays players will participate in the World Baseball Classic, to be held March 2-19, and all are proud in the final days before leaving for the once-every-four-years event.
It's really a dream to be...
Joe Maddon may be the loosest manager in the majors, but he has parlayed his laid back rules into a tightness with his youthful Tampa Bay Rays players. Who even knew the 59-year-old Maddon had the singer Pink on his playlist?
Maddon tweeted his fellow transplanted Pennsylvanian regrets at not being able to make Pink's show while it makes a stop in Tampa but invited the singer...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and Evan Longoria had brief, but satisfying spring debuts for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price pitched one scoreless inning and escaped injury when a groundball glanced off his left wrist, while Longoria successfully tested his surgically-repaired left hamstring on the base paths and had a RBI single during Tuesday's...
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Kelly Johnson had a new vantage point for the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-2 victory Wednesday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Johnson started in left field for the Rays, his first game in the outfield since he was a rookie in 2005 with Atlanta. He didn't get to catch any flyballs, although he had to chase down a double by Pedro Alvarez that flew over his head...
Next up in our AL East preview series...the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays made some Rays-like moves this winter, and are primed for contention once again in the AL East, but you knew that already.
Yesterday was Blue Jays day here at TOC, and here's your recap.
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Hope for the Hopeless
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You May Say I'm a...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Jamey Wright paused to consider the vision, one that inspires him to this day. Almost 20 years have passed since the Colorado Rockies drafted the Oklahoma City native in the first round, the first of his nine major-league stops, and his tireless chase shows no sign of slowing soon.
Wrights quest makes his resume read like a run-on sentence: The Rockies (from...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have had an amazing run over the last several years where they've been able to produce star...
The Rays are a franchise that thrives on x-factor type players. Who would have expected that Fernando Rodney would set the record for the lowest single season ERA of all-time in 2012? Who would have expected that a career bench player in Jeff Keppinger would get significant playing time in 2012, and have the best season of his career at age 32? And by the same token, who would have...
Rays have won their fifth game of the spring after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 in Grapefruit League action. Tampa Bay got on board in the second inning to a 4-0 lead which featured RBI from Luke Scott and James Loney, via a ground out. Scott went 2-for-3 including a run scored. Raysâ€™ second baseman Tim Beckham had a good day going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Pittsburghâ...
Evan Longoria had two hits in his second spring game in the Tampa Bay Rays' 11-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Longoria improved to 4 for 5 at the plate this spring after getting off to a late start following offseason back surgery.
Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer, Nick Castellanos had three hits with an RBI and Anibal Sanchez pitched three scoreless innings in...
Luke Scott hit an RBI double and a single Wednesday and the Tampa Bay Rays beat A.J. Burnett and the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2.
Jose Molina also had two of the Rays' 12 hits.
The Pirates made three errors in the first two innings, which led to three unearned runs.
Right fielder Brad Hawpe let a bloop hit bounce past him, third baseman Pedro Alvarez flubbed a high popup...