Found August 04, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Joe Maddon isn’t your typical baseball manager. He thinks differently from many of his managerial compatriots, and he isn’t afraid to try new training methods. He also gets creative when it comes to motivating his players. On Friday, Maddon tweeted that he will get a tattoo if the Rays reach the World Series: . @rroberts19 told me I would have to get a tattoo if we played in the World Series. I’m in. — Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) August 3, 2012 It sounds like Ryan Roberts is the one who came up with the idea. Roberts is famous for having his body covered in tattoos, so it’s no surprise that he was part of this. Roberts was acquired by Tampa Bay from Arizona prior to the trade deadline but he’s played poorly for his new team. He’s gone just 3-for-26 and will have to improve his play to give Tampa Bay a better shot at reaching the postseason. The Rays are currently 0.5 games behind the Angels for the final wild card spot in the American League. If they reach the playoffs, they’ll ha...

Longoria could rejoin Rays Tuesday vs. Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria could rejoin the team during a three-game series that starts Tuesday against Toronto. Longoria has been sidelined since May 1 because of a partially torn left hamstring. His return could provide a power bat in the middle of the Rays' struggling batting order. "When he does come back, I think everybody...

Rays' Longoria might return Tuesday

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria made his eighth minor league rehab start on Sunday, and he could return to the Rays as soon as Tuesday, reported. Longoria has been out since April 30 with a partially torn left hamstring, and he has struggled in his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He is just 4-for-27 with six walks and 2 RBIs. All his appearances have...

Rays, Orioles square off in division battle

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B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit their career 100th home run on Friday night, becoming the first siblings to reach the mark on the same night. Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton hit his 100th career home run Friday night in the second inning of their 4-2 win over the Phillies.  Later in the night his brother B.J. hit his 100th career home run as the Tampa Bay Rays...

Video: Upton brothers each hit their 100th home run on same night

There have been several brothers that have made it to the Majors Leagues, but none have been linked as closely as BJ and Justin Upton. Both were top 2 picks in their respective drafts of 2002 and 2005 by the Tampa Bay Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Earlier tonight, they became the 6th pair of [...]

MLB's Upton Bros Smash 100th HRs -- on the Same Night

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Price looks for win No. 15 against the Orioles

Based on his recent success against the Baltimore Orioles, David Price has a good chance to become the majors' first 15-game winner. Undefeated since the middle of June, the Tampa Bay Rays left-hander can achieve that feat Sunday in St. Petersburg with a third straight winning start over the Orioles. Price (14-4, 2.64 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts since losing...

Price, Rays matched by O's in 10-inning loss

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Rays 2, Orioles 0

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Upton brothers each hit 100th HR

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Upton hits 100th homer, Rays beat Orioles

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Hellickson outdueled by Chen in Rays' loss

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Hall of Fame game is what we've been waiting for

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