Found April 19, 2013 on
The Flagrant Fan:
I have often leaned against the tide when it comes to defending the role of a closer. But managers do take it too far and you would think someone with the reputation of Joe Maddon would not be one of those guys who goes with accepted dugout wisdom. But he does. What is that accepted dugout wisdom? If you are on the road, you do not pitch your closer in a tie game because if you get the lead, you want the closer finishing off the home team in the bottom half of an inning. Mr. Maddon should understand that this logic often misfires because a game is often lost by lesser relief pitchers while your best reliever sits in the bullpen. It has happened twice to the Rays in the last four days.
It happened on Monday in Boston and it happened again last night in Baltimore. In the Boston game, the Red Sox were leading going into the top of the ninth, 2-1. Boston's closer, Andrew Bailey, blew the save and allowed the Rays to tie the game at two runs apiece. Does Maddon bring in Fernando...
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night.
Jose Lobaton also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to back the pitching of Alex Cobb (2-1), who allowed three runs and 10 hits over 7 1-3 innings.
Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie, who went 4 for...
If there’s anything better than a walk-off win, it’s a walk-off extra inning win. If there’s anything better than a walk-off extra inning win, it’s a walk off extra inning home run. If there’s anything better than a walk-off extra inning home run, it’s a walk-off extra inning grand slam. Touch ‘em all, Matt Wieters, you did just that! The Baltimore Orioles defeated...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.
Matt Moore (3-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Although his streak of scoreless starts ended at two, the left-hander has accounted for three of the Rays' five wins this season...
Rays pitcher David Price throws hard. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones swings hard. On Thursday, Jones connected on a Price fastball and sent it back up the box and almost back up through Price and out his mouth.
Fun fact: Price picked it up and threw Jones out at first.
Not-so-fun fact: Pitchers rarely wear jock straps. Nice save, Dave.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Suddenly, to Joe Maddon, a baseball result turned more than small. In an instant, his day changed, thoughts turned deep, and travel out of Boston became a time to place life in perspective.
Maddon stood near the home dugout Friday at Tropicana Field, four days after he and the Tampa Bay Rays were at Fenway Park the afternoon three people were killed and more...
Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.
Matt Moore (3-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Although his streak of scoreless starts ended at two, the left-hander has accounted for three of the Rays' five wins this season.
The six runs were...
The Tampa Bay Rays are finally showing signs of heating up offensively.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles to pace a 10-hit attack that carried the struggling team to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
A night after slugging four solo home runs in a 10-inning loss that concluded a 2-7 road trip, the Rays matched a...
Brett Anderson lasted only an inning before he was jettisoned from the A’s loss to the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.
Even though he gave up four runs on four hits in that time, Anderson’s getting the hook wasn’t performance related. The team announced the left-hander suffered a sprained ankle.
From Susan Slusser:
Anderson said he hurt his ankle on a pitch to Yunel Escobar, the...
After a difficult couple of injury-affected years, it doesn't seem as though Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson is going to have it any easier in 2013. The A's left-hander came out of Friday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays after just one inning with a right ankle sprain after giving up 4 runs to the Rays.
John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reported that Anderson hurt...