Found May 24, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The idea came to Joe Maddon as he heard Kevin Garcias story of resilience Thursday, and the Tampa Bay Rays manager wanted to continue the recognition. There, Maddon saw a chance to extend Garcias happiness. There, Maddon saw an opportunity to make a strong young mans day. On Thursday night, Garcia was recognized at the Tampa Bay Sports Commissions third annual Sneaker Soiree, which honored the regions standout amateur and professional athletes. Garcia, who graduates June 6 from Strawberry Crest High School in nearby Dover, Fla., was given the Freddie Solomon Moral Courage Award for playing in his schools varsity basketball game on Senior Night in January despite suffering from scoliosis, a condition characterized by a abnormal curvature of the spine. Before that night, Garcia had played two years on the junior-varsity team. But Strawberry Crest High coach Andre Lewis wanted to give Garcia a Senior Night to remember. So Lewis asked Isaiah Channer, a varsity ...

Rays will take their time with David Price

It appears that the Rays will not be taking David Price off the disabled list when he is eligible to return May 31. Instead, Rays manger Joe Maddon said the team would be cautious bringing him back. He’s probably at the backside of three starts, I would say, at least. We’re going to be real careful with this one. Price, who was placed on the D.L. on May 16, will receive at least...

Rays’ Maddon: Still confident in Fernando Rodeny

credit: getty images Fernando Rodney blew his second save in as many games on Saturday yet manager Joe Maddon still has confidence in his closer according to Tampa Tribune. Rodney blew just two saves all of last season but has already racked up five blown saves this season. With a 6.05 ERA and 1.76 WHIP Rodney has hardly earned the confidence of anyone other then Maddon. Sh0uld Rodney...

Rays' David Price unsure about timetable for return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price said Saturday he could start throwing in the coming days but is unsure when he will return from the first disabled list stint of his major league career. On May 16, the Tampa Bay Rays left-hander and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list following a left triceps strain sustained in a 2 13-inning outing...

Rays support Fernando Rodney, but for how long?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The curious case of Fernando Rodney includes another chapter, another blown save, another night when the questions continued. This has quickly become the identity of his current season, only 48 games old, and yet he remains the Tampa Bay Rays' answer in the ninth inning. But how long will he stay so? The question is legitimate, and an outcome remains to...

Roberto Hernandez: Tampa Bay Rays Need to Make a Decision

After posting disappointing numbers for Cleveland in 2012, 0-3 record with a 7.53 ERA in just 3 starts, Roberto Hernandez was released and was a free agent.Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Freidman stepped in and made a decision to sign Herandez to a 1-year $3.25M contract that included another $1.85M in performance bonuses for innings pitched and relief appearances.Clearly it was a risk...

Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn touches on Rays situation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field. Afterward, he addressed some lingering questions about the Rays stadium issue. Currently, there are more unknowns than answers. In late January, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg met with commissioners...

Tampa Bay Rays Right Being Patient with Wil Myers

There was a lot of chatter early in the season about the lack of punch in the Tampa Bay Rays‘ lineup. They needed something extra if they wanted to keep...The post Tampa Bay Rays Right Being Patient with Wil Myers appeared first on Bohemian Baseball.

Jose Molina Misses a Pitch

It’s not right to say Fernando Rodney is back to being his old self, because right now he’s sitting on a career-high strikeout rate. But he is back to being unreliable, or at least, he has been unreliable, to this point in the 2013 season. Wednesday, in Toronto, he blew a save against the Blue Jays. He was removed after facing just three batters. The save was blown on Rodney’s...

Orioles wear ‘Canadian Tuxedos’ for road trip to Toronto (Pictures)

Themed road trips have become increasingly popular across Major League Baseball over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to Joe Maddon’s commitment to the cause with the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles decided to put their own spin on the hilarious trend by sporting “Canadian Tuxedos” as they left New York to head for Toronto. As you can see from...

Fernando Rodney Blows Another Save, Yankees Rally For Win in 11th

Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save of the season and the New York  Yankees rallied  to an 11th inning win 4-3.Rodney is just 9 for 14 in save chances this year after converting 48 of 50 opportunities last season.“This has been really awkward to watch,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s been within one pitch of almost being perfect this season....

Adam Jones, Manny Machado Wear All-Denim Suits After Beating Yankees (Photo)

The Tampa Bay Rays usually get credit for having a cool clubhouse thanks to Joe Maddon‘s zany ways, but the Orioles might soon have something to say about what’s “cool” in the AL East. Fresh off a 6-3 victory over the Yankees, Adam Jones and Manny Machado donned “Canadian tuxedos” in the Baltimore clubhouse, which Jones then took the liberty of taking a picture of and...
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