Found September 06, 2012 on
Larry Brown Sports:
Rays pitcher Matt Moore is tipping his pitches, and that could explain why the Yankees hit him harder than any team had in two months. Former All-Star first baseman and current ESPN analyst John Kruk figured out Moore’s tell and revealed it on “Baseball Tonight” Wednesday.
Moore’s tell is pretty simple: When he taps the ball in his glove as he’s getting ready to pitch, he throws a fastball. When he doesn’t tap the ball in his glove, he throws an off-speed pitch. This trend holds true whether Moore is pitching from the windup or stretch.
I went back to watch the first two innings of Moore’s start against the Yankees — one where he allowed 6 runs (4 earned) and 8 hits over 6.1 innings. He hadn’t allowed that many hits since a July 2 start against the Yankees when he gave up 9 knocks. The 6 runs were the most he allowed since May 6, and the 4 earned were the most he allowed since a July 7 loss to the Indians when he allowed 5 in 4.2 innings. In every pitch where the telecast showed M...
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ST. PETERSBURG Elliot Johnson's face still bears the bruises and scrapes from an ill-fated slide into home last weekend. But the lingering marks were nothing compared to the hurt he felt on the inside Wednesday night or the painful loss he ultimately caused the Tampa Bay Rays.
It was a triple-frown performance.
Three costly miscues one with his bat, one with his glove and...
A member of the Tampa Bay Rays grounds crew pulled off a great version of the “Carlton” dance made famous by Alfonso Ribeiro on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.’ In front of thousands on Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay vs. Yankees game the grounds crew ‘fellow’ put on a show which was asily one of the most entertaining parts of the game.
Thanks to @Cjzero and SportsGrid...
Bobby Valentine dragged Joe Maddon’s name into the conversation during his contentious interview on WEEI on Wednesday, and the Rays manager has responded.
Valentine was defending himself for arriving to the ballpark later than usual for a recent game when he brought up Maddon. To make himself look better, he told the hosts that Rays manager Joe Maddon only arrives to the park...
There are few dances moves from the 1990's better remembered than the "Carlton Dance" from the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.Last night, one Tampa Bay Rays crew member decided to show off his version of the Carlton for the cameras.I'm pretty sure that Alfonso Ribeiro would have been proud: (Courtesy of Sports Grid)
Rays manager Joe Maddon joked with reporters and on Twitter about how Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine incorporated his name into his bizarre interview.
ST. PETERSBURG -- That commanding AL East lead the New York Yankees held not so long ago has officially been razed.
Welcome to the hottest division in baseball: A first-place deadlock between New York and the Baltimore Orioles -- with the Tampa Bay Rays suddenly 1.5 games behind both teams and a month of baseball still to play.
Who could have imagined this back on July 18 when...
Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Coupled with Baltimore's 12-0 win at Toronto, the Yankees fell into a tie for the division lead with the surging Orioles after sitting atop the standings by themselves for 84 consecutive days -- New York's...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Coupled with Baltimore's 12-0 win at Toronto, the Yankees fell into a tie for the division lead with the surging Orioles after sitting atop the standings by themselves for 84 consecutive...
The Rays entered this series 3 1/2 games back behind the AL East leading New York Yankees. With a chance to sweep the series and climb to a 1/2 game behind New York, Tampa Bay found themselves gaining just one game in the division after losing the final game of the series.
The Rays found themselves down 4-3 in the sixth inning until Luke Scott hit his 13th home run on the year to...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The New York Yankees had held sole possession of first place of the American League East for 84 consecutive days. Now they have to share. The Tampa Bay Rays used three home runs and a stalwart pitching effort from Alex Cobb on Tuesday at Tropicana Field to beat New York 5-2, allowing the Baltimore Orioles to climb into an AL East tie by routing the Blue...
The Tampa Bay Rays (75-61) beat the New York Yankees (76-59) 5-2, tonight in Tropicana Field.
W - Alex Cobb (9-8), L - Freddy Garcia (7-6), S Fernando Rodney (42)
Robinson Cano hit a two-run HR (29) to start the game in the first inning.
Derek Jeter had two hits as he raises hit batting average to .316 on the season.
Freddy Garcia had an awful game as he...
The Big Pajamas
Fans hear regularly just how much baseball players have improved in terms of strength, conditioning, and speed over the years, but such a generalization ignores the glaring omissions. Not everybody looks like Dan Uggla and requires a scratching post to get to the spot between the shoulder blades. As John Kruk famously pronounced, “Lady, I’m not an athlete...