Found March 19, 2012 on Next Impulse Sports:
PLAYERS: BJ UptonJoe Maddon
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
<a href="" class="moshare-button-21" data-message="The Rays had quite a scare during a spring training game last Wednesday against the Marlins. Check out the below collision which happened between BJ Upton and Desmond Jennings in the outfield. Both players were injured on the play, and Upton seems to be taking the brunt of it. According to the MLB website: "It's coming along," Upton said. "Kind of like a car accident -- it's not going to go away right away, as long as it's getting better every day." "A little tight, trying to keep it loose, not much else we can do." Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Upton's return is contingent on Upton "getting beyond that soreness." "He's not ready to engage in regular batting practice yet," Maddon said. "We need him to do that before we get him back. He's well, there's no injury per se, but he's stil...

Rays infielder Rodriguez focused on SS job

PORT CHARLOTTE Sean Rodriguez has traversed the field for the Tampa Bay Rays like a frequent flier making stops during his two seasons at second, short, third and first, in center and left and as a DH. Heck, hes even volunteered to go behind the plate in an emergency. But the veteran utility man is hoping to finally land at the spot his big league career began and what became...

Video: Rays' Ben Zobrist appears in short film

If watching Ben Zobrist has taught us's that the Tampa Bay Rays utilityman is versatile. In his six seasons in the bigs, dude has taken the field at every position except pitcher and catcher.And now, the 2009 All-Star can add "actor" to his resume.Zobrist is set to make his movie debut (alongside his wife Juliana) soon, having filmed a cameo appearance...

Struggling Villarreal fires Molina as coach

Villarreal has fired coach Jose Molina soon after a 1-0 loss to Levante that left the Spanish club hovering above the relegation zone. The 41-year-old Molina's tenure lasted just 11 games after having replaced Juan Carlos Garrido, the former Spain goalkeeper registering three victories and five losses. Villarreal had taken only one of a possible 15 points since registering back...

Season Previews: Tampa Bay Rays

With Spring Training well underway, it's time for one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Continuing our preview of the American League East, here are the 2012 Tampa Bay Rays. Shields and David Price Jeremy Hellickson and...

Maddon Has Second Thoughts About Pena

Manager Joe Maddon has never shied away from doing unconventional things with his lineups and this season he is considering hitting slugging first baseman Carlos Pena in the two-hole. Also inside: Maddon still thinks there is time for the team to get ready despite a slew of minor injuries, there is one less competitor for the back-up catcher job and Jeremy Hellickson is not a sabermetrics guy.

Ben Zobrist to appear in odd short film

Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays is normally a guy who flies under the radar, but after making a cameo in the short film Snake he can now call himself an actor. The film was written and directed by his friend Erik Parks, and will also include Zobrist’s wife Juliana. I can’t really imagine [...]

The Carlos Pena Effect

  Team BABIP The Tampa Bay Rays may very well get to opening day with a team payroll of around $70M which is quite admirable for a team that competes with the likes of the Yankees and the Red Sox.  Maybe that is why I find it fascinating to watch how the Rays operate.  The opportunity to get a glimpse of the collective thought process may be rare, but it seems that such an opportunity...

Season Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching is the name of the game, and you can put the RAYS’ name in bold and capital letters. Returning each and all of their relatively young and very talented starting pitchers, Manager Joe Maddon and the 2012 Tampa Bay Rays look to return to the playoffs. The 2011 regular season ended in dramatic fashion. In early September,

Unemployed Damon the "Greg Maddux of position players"

Johnny Damon is pulling the professional sports equivalent of perching himself on an on-ramp, holding a cardboard sign scrawled with "Will work for $2.5 million".  He'd play for any team.  But no team wants him to play for them.  At least not yet. Here's what Damon's agent, Scott Boras, said about the situation to's Tom Verducci: "We have...

30-1 MLB countdown (MLB previews) #9: Tampa Bay Rays

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Moore shaky in return as Rays fall to Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Clay Buchholz allowed one run and four hits in five innings, Cody Ross homered for the second straight afternoon and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Sunday. Buchholz, who struck out four and walked none, allowed his only run on Evan Longoria's first-inning homer -- his first hit of spring training. Longoria was 2 for 3 with a walk...

Davis takes hard shot off ankle, stays in game

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay pitcher Wade Davis took a hard shot by Donnie Murphy off his right ankle in the second inning during the Rays' 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. On a day when football great Joe Namath sat in the Tampa Bay dugout as a guest of manager Joe Maddon, there was concern about Davis. Murphy's two-out shot off Davis' ankle bounced into...

Villarreal sack coach Molina

Villarreal have announced they have parted company with coach Jose Molina in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Levante....
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