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getty images The Tampa Bay Rays have appeared in the post season three times with Dan Johnson on the roster. They have never made the post season without him. On Thursday the New York Yankees released Johnson from a minor league contract at the request of the 34-year-old after it was decided that he would not make the September roster. Johnson hit .254/.379/.447 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate prior to his release. The news that Johnson had been released pleased Tampa Bay fans who immediately began pressuring the Rays front office to sign Johnson. Expect Johnson to sign somewhere soon and considering the recent signing of Delmon Young the Rays are as good a fit as anyone.

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David Price throws bullpen in football gear

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and former Vanderbilt stud David Price threw a bullpen session prior to Wednesday’s game donning a Vandy football helmet, shoulder pads and tight(er) pants. Through 20 starts this season, the 2012 Cy Young winner is sporting an 8-5 record with a 3.28 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 137 innings. [Instagram]

Pineda staying active

The road back to the big leagues has been a bumpy one, but Michael Pineda appears to getting back on track. According to the New York Post, Pineda began throwing side sessions for Class-A Tampa this week. The 24-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011, and is still trying to get on the field in pinstripes. After rehab from major shoulder surgery went relatively...

VIDEO: Yankee teammates poke fun at Eduardo Nunez with chalk outline

It’s all fun and games as long as no one gets hurt.  That appears to be the case, as New York Yankees IF Eduardo Nunez took an awkward tumble at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Wednesday night, and was greeted with a chalk outline (a la a crime scene) during batting practice. Credit: Check out his awkward fall on Wednesday (courtesy Followed by some ribbing by...

Cano, Nunez out of Yankees' lineup

Star second baseman Robinson Cano was out of the New York Yankees' lineup Wednesday night, a day after being hit by a pitch in the left hand. Cano was struck by a pitch from J.A. Happ in the first inning. Manager Joe Girardi said Cano was still dealing with pain and swelling. Girardi said he hoped to have Cano in the lineup Friday night at home against Baltimore. Cano is batting...

Was Brian Cashman for the Alfonso Soriano trade before he was against it?

What is Brian Cashman up to these days? Monitoring the New York media and reading columnists "the riot act" for not casting him in the most positive light is apparently a huge priority for him these days. (If only he monitored players for the MLB draft with such precision!)Here's what I am talking about: I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I saw a Wallace Matthews...

Yankees Game 133: Bad throw makes for a bad loss

Hiroki Kuroda struggled in 5 innings today. giving up 7 runs, 5 earned. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) New York Yankees 2 — Toronto Blue Jays 7   Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees struggled in the rubber match with tonight’s 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first inning, Kuroda got the first out but it didn’t turn out well from there. With two on, Brett Lawrie...

Fernando Rodney Had Some Issues With A Dugout Bathroom

What was he doing in there?  I never know what he’s doing in there? Rays closer Fernando Rodney has a lot of time on his hands during games, so its understandable that he could accidentally lock himself in the dugout bathroom.  Rodney did just that Friday night in Oakland.  The Rays had to put a crew together to get him out and when they did, Rodney’s teammates gave him a...

Soriano and Suzuki both homer in Yankees’ 8-5 win over Orioles

Joe Girardi believes the Yankees finally have a lineup deep enough to outhit their suddenly porous pitching and they needed plenty of runs Friday night with still-slumping CC Sabathia on the hill. Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki blasted two-run homers as the Yanks opened a critical 10-game home stand with an 8-5 win over the Orioles at the Stadium. They moved a half-game behind...

Yankees ramp up playoff push with win over Orioles

Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano singled in two runs during a five-run fifth inning that helped the New York Yankees pick up an ineffective CC Sabathia and beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 Friday night. Alfonso Soriano connected for a two-run shot in the fourth off Miguel Gonzalez (8-7), and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the seventh inning of a late August...

Preview: Yankees vs Orioles (8/31/13)

Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.14 ERA) leads the charge for October against Scott Feldman (4-3, 4.56 ERA) in a matinee showdown in the Bronx. Nova’s last start against the Rays was erratic, he tied a career high with six walks but still managed to hold them to just two runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no decision. He has completed at least six innings in nine consecutive starts, and...

Rays hit road for West Coast swing with work to be done

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There is work to do out West. There are problems to fix, focus to regain. The Tampa Bay Rays leave to start a 10-game swing against the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners after a week so far thats short on anything good and long on questions. The Rays' record since Sunday: 1-4. The Rays' opportunity ahead: Still plenty....

Rays’ offensive struggles continue in 2-0 loss to Angels

The Rays are set to hit the September stretch run but are stumbling to get to the starting line. Tampa Bay dropped the rubber game of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels suffering a 2-0 loss in front of 15741 for Thursday’s get-away day matinee. Jake Odorizzi (0-1) did an admirable job in a spot start allowing just one run on four hits in five innings of work but the...

Orioles-Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have had their playoff hopes dented recently. CC Sabathia shoulders some of that blame for the Yankees. New York looks for some dramatic improvement from its struggling ace as it begins a vital stretch that could determine its postseason fate Friday night against the Orioles. The Yankees (70-63) have lost four of six and are 2 1/2 games...

Angels hand Rays fourth loss in five games

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jason Vargas allowed two hits over seven innings and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Thursday. The Rays have lost four of five, and are top of the AL wild-card standings with Oakland. The Angels have won five of six. Vargas (8-5) gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first and Ben Zobrist's sixth-inning infield...
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