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They could easily have become Texas Toast, watching their recent wild-card run and division-title hopes burn to a crisp with a prolonged losing streak.
Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays popped out just in time with a crucial 8-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night a win that snapped a four-game slide and allowed them to take a bite out of the first-place Yankees AL East lead.
Its hard to overstate the importance of their triumph, given the tightness of the dual races the Rays are currently immersed in. At 71-59 now, theyre four games behind New York (75-55) for the division lead and a half-game behind Baltimore (71-58) for the second wild-card berth.
Simply imagine if they had been swept by Texas sending them north of the border with a five-game losing streak to face the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series starting Thursday.
Or picture how dismal the situation would be if they had somehow blown the 6-0 lead they had jumped to after two frames at Rangers Ballpark, before ...
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ARLINGTON, Texas-- One has won American League Manager of the Year honors twice over the last four seasons and led his team to its first-ever World Series while the other guided his club to back-to-back American League championships, the first two pennants in franchise history.
The parties in question here are Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and Texas manager Ron Washington. Not only...
Carlos Pena is no longer the Tampa Bay Rays' everyday first baseman. Manager Joe Maddon said Pena -- the team's top-paid position player at $7.25 million -- will still play, but not as often. Luke Scott and Jeff Keppinger will both be used at first base, too. Pena is hitless in his past 17 at-bats with 10 strikeouts, and his .188 average is lowest of all major-leaguers...
Usually, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't put more importance on any one game than another. But it was obvious how crucial winning Wednesday's game was, and avoiding a sweep by Texas, as he had the bullpen warming in the third inning and pulled starter Alex Cobb in the fifth as an early 6-0 lead started to slip away. Using six pitchers, Tampa Bay held on for...
As of Septemeber 1st, all Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters beyond 25 players. The Rays have announced some roster moves to bring in some extra bodies for the stretch run.
The team has called up Reid Brignac, Chris Gimenez, Rich Thompson, and Cesar Ramos. Sean Rodriguez would have been the favorite to get called up but after injuring his hand due to punching...
Ryan Dempster missed one start earlier this season because of passport problems. But it looks like the Rangers pitcher isn't the only one to run into travel issues. Rays starter David Price also left his passport at home this week on the eve of a series against the Blue Jays, their AL East foes. Fortunately for Price –– who was in Texas facing Dempster's team –– he...
Evan Longoria homered twice, Tampa Bay roughed up Matt Harrison and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
After dropping the last two against the AL-West leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep.
Harrison (15-8) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and permitted...
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields really couldn't have done much better Tuesday over seven solid innings, holding the powerful Texas Rangers to three hits, albeit one a home run by Ian Kinsler. But with his team once again failing to provide any support, he ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision. It was, amazingly, the fourth time the Rays lost 1-0 in August...
Facing Toronto's Brandon Morrow might provide the Tampa Bay Rays with a good opportunity to get back on track at the plate.
After being shut out for the second time in three days, the Rays try to beat Morrow for the third time this season when they continue their four-game road set against the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Tampa Bay (71-60) has totaled eight runs over the last...
Outstanding pitching has been the theme of the second half for the Tampa Bay Rays, but it was the offense that helped them avoid a season-high fifth straight loss.
Matt Moore has generally received a nice boost from the Rays' bats - even though he's rarely needed it of late.
Moore has allowed seven runs in his last six starts, and he'll try to win a fifth straight decision...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Evan Longoria homered twice, Tampa Bay roughed up Matt Harrison and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. After dropping the last two against the AL-West leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep. Harrison (15-8) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He took a no-hitter...
The Tampa Bay Rays are still hoping to make a run at the AL East title, but for now they can content themselves with leading a different set of standings.
Bloomberg Businessweeks second annual list of smartest spenders in sports ranks the Rays No.1 out of 122 pro franchises in MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL. The list is the handiwork of Businessweek reporter Ira Boudway, who used regular...
Carlos Villanueva pitched six sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat slumping Tampa Bay 2-0 on Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Rays.
Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card berth. The Rays have been shut out twice in the past three games, losing 1-0 at Texas on Tuesday...
TORONTO (AP) -- Moises Sierra homered and threw out pinch-runner Elliot Johnson at home plate for the final out, preserving Brandon Morrow's first win since June 6 and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run as the Blue Jays handed the Rays their sixth loss in seven games.