Found July 09, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
That pun was terrible, and I apologize in advance. But man, how about the Tampa Bay Rays? The Rays have risen to second place in the AL East standings, ten games above .500, and are one of the AL's two wild card teams at this point in time. Tampa Bay has won five in a row and nine out of ten, and with six games heading into the break against the Twins and Astros, they could be breathing right down Boston's neck sooner rather than later. PIC OF THE DAY Diamondbacks mascot Baxter taunts Dodgers fans. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Game of the Night: Tigers 4, Indians 2 (ten innings).There were three extra inning games last night, and this was probably the best of the bunch. The two teams battled into the night after a solo homer by Matt Tuiasosopo tied the game at two in the fourth, and Max Scherzer and Scott Kazmir both left the mound before the game was decided. In the top of the tenth, Matt Albers recorded the first two outs of the inning before walking...
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