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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles embrace heightened expectations that accompany success within the rugged AL East, which again figures to be one of the most balanced divisions in baseball.
The teams begin the season Tuesday at Tropicana Field, each brimming with confidence and eager to set the tone for achieving a goal of playing deep into October.
''We feel we have a group that is capable of getting to the playoffs, playing the last game of the year and winning it,'' Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said Monday.
''You should never run away from expectations,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon echoed. ''We don't believe it's hyperbole. We really think it can be done.''
So do the Orioles, who stopped a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons by winning 93 games and beating Texas in the AL wild-card game last fall.
One of the challenges this year is to prove their run, which ended with a loss to the AL East champion Yank...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Rays finished third and with a record of 90-72 in the A.L. East last season. To start the season, the Rays have placed designated hitter Luke Scott (right calf strain) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24, designated C Stephen Vogt and C Robinson Chirinos for assignment and reassigned C Craig Albernaz to the minor leagues. The Rays have selected the contracts...
Luke Scott is out, and Shelley Duncan is in.
The Tampa Bay Rays added Duncan to the Opening Day roster Sunday, a day after placing Scott, a designated hitter, on the 15-day disabled list. Scott sustained a right calf strain last week, which he said was caused by drinking too much alkaline water.
A big part of the equation for us was how long we thought Luke was going to be out...
The Rays and Orioles are currently opening up their seasons at Tropicana Field, and Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria is already making absolutely absurd plays at third base.
After making a terrific play defensively in the top of the fifth, Longoria ended the inning with what is definitely the top web gem we've seen so far in the first two days of the MLB season.
Can the O’s roll their hot finish from last year into the new season? The grass has been cut, the limestone has been set perfectly down the lines, and the plate has been cleaned. In just a few hours, the fans will pack the seats to kick off the start of Major League Baseball’s 2013-2014 season. Nothing beats Opening Day. The stadiums will be filled to capacity with optimism...
Top Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is
dealing with a mild elbow issue, according to Steve Melewski of MASN Sports.
General manager Dan Duquette confirmed the injury in a text
"Dylan has some mild tightness in his right elbow which
he is resting until it's resolved, which we expect will be in a couple of
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Jones keyed a seventh-inning rally with a two-run, go-ahead double and Chris Davis followed with a three-run homer Tuesday to help the Baltimore Orioles open the season with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Matt Wieters homered early off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price. Wieters later drew an intentional walk from reliever Jake McGee ...
Here's your very first 2013 installment of Free Agent Frenzy. We're going to call this one the I Can't ****ing Believe That Guy is Still Out There edition, since that's what always happens in March. The masses forget about some useful players, and you get to swoop in before Opening Day to rescue them.
Also, please note that it's perfectly OK to make roster moves...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays have taken the bang a gong thing literally.
A gong with the Rays starburst logo has been placed close to a wall near the right-field foul line at Tropicana Field as a tribute to T. Rexs 1971 hit, Bang a Gong. Upon bench coach Dave Martinezs suggestion, the song has served as the Rays entrance music throughout the spring.
Details are foggy...