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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, one of the more enlightened minds in the game, has the same opinion about the bunt as most educated fans of the game: that it's an overrated part of baseball that he's not a fan of.
"For that group of people out there that want guys to bunt all the time, you don't know the outcome when you choose to do that," Maddon said, of choosing not to bunt with two runners on base and no outs in the ninth inning, and again following a leadoff double in the 10th. "I think the bunt is an overrated play."
Now, let's break down the situation that Maddon was in on Saturday. In the ninth inning, Joel Hanrahan walked both Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist, and Red Sox manager John Farrell pulled Hanrahan and brought in Koji Uehara. Maddon pinch hit with James Loney for Shelley Duncan. Loney has a grand total of six sacrifice bunts in his career, with three of those coming in 2011 and the other three coming in the other nearly ...
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The Tampa Bay Rays have, thus far, produced very little in the way of runs this season. It’s early but there are already rumblings about what the Rays are doing wrong, particularly in regards to not having Wil Myers on the team. Yesterday, unorthodox manager Joe Maddon made one of his patented offenses against playing baseball the right way and it may have ended up costing the...
In addition to Patriots' Day in Boston, where the Rays took first pitch just after 11 a.m. ET, it's Jackie Robinson Day around the majors.I'm happy the recognition for Jackie is growing. Still don't think the courage of this man is fully understood. twitter.comRaysJoeMaddon Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 15, 2013jackierobinsonday 42 twitter.comJoeycatch8sta Jose...
The Tampa Bay Rays had baseball’s worst on-base percentage entering Monday’s game against the Red Sox and didn’t do much against Ryan Dempster to help themselves in that category.
Dempster went seven innings against the Rays on Patriots’ Day, allowing just two hits and one run while walking two. In an apparent attempt to shake things up and spark some sort of offense, Rays...
Everybody in uniform at the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park wore the number ''42'' as Major League Baseball celebrated its fifth annual Jackie Robinson Day.
Fans will see more of that number on jerseys before the next couple of days are out. All the teams in action - there were eight night games on the schedule, in addition to the Rays...
One of the biggest questions surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays heading into this season was in regards to their offense and where would the run production come from after the losses of CF B.J. Upton and 1B Carlos Pena. At this point, the Rays have to be wondering where the hits are going to come from.
On Sunday, the Rays were able to break up a no-hit bid by Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay...
BOSTON (AP) Everybody in uniform at the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park wore the number "42" as Major League Baseball celebrated its fifth annual Jackie Robinson Day.
Fans will see more of that number on jerseys before the next couple of days are out. All the teams in action - there were eight night games on the schedule, in addition to the...
BOSTON (AP) -- Clay Buchholz didn't allow a hit until Kelly Johnson's broken-bat single leading off the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Sunday.
Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter in just his second career start in 2007, allowed two hits and four walks in eight innings and struck out a career-high 11.
Johnson singled with an 0-1 count on...
Tampa Bay Rays visit Boston Red Sox in annual Patriots' Day game at
Clay Buchholz didn't allow a hit until Kelly Johnson's
broken-bat single leading off the eighth inning, and the Boston Red
Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Sunday.
It’s Marathon Monday, and that means the Red Sox are playing way, way earlier than many baseball players are even awake usually. That’s the magic of the special day, of course, regarded as a holiday by some and a big annoyance by others.
Still, the Sox usually have success with the early games, so that makes the early start a little more palatable in Boston. Except, it would...