Found October 03, 2011 on Rays Index:
Yeah, the Rays were very unlikely to win scoring three runs tonight, but tossing out J.P. Howell in the seventh to face Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded and two outs was the equivalent of playing Russian roulette with a half-loaded gun. Was Jake McGee unavailable? What about Matt Moore for one batter? This was freakin’ game 3 of the ALDS. For Joe, the commercial break before Howell threw his first pitch was like waiting for the lethal injection guy to stroll over and plunge the syringe. Right on cue, Hamilton torched a two-run single to right field to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead. The reality is this game was right out the script for so many of the Rays’ 70+ losses this season. Enough pitching to win but anemic bats. It just feels so much worse in the playoffs. Related posts:Postgame Shot Of Joe: J.P. Howell Is Not Back [HOWELL VS KAZMIR] JP Howell And Jamie Moyer Were Separated At Birth Postgame Shot Of Joe: Shoppach Wasn’t Honest © Joe Rays Fan for Rays Index, 2011. | Permali...

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Powering to the Win

The Rangers hit four home runs Tuesday afternoon, all solo shots, as they win the ALDS 4-3. Coming into the game, Tampa Bay had out-hit Texas, but trailed in the series. Tampa had put up the power, seven home runs to the Rangers two, but Texas evened that out this afternoon. One problem with all those Rays hits is they we’re followed up. The Rays struck out 35 times in four...

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Rays rookie LHP Matt Moore found himself surrounded by autograph seekers by the visitor's dugout after batting practice Saturday afternoon, having made quite an impression in his seven shutout innings in Friday's Game 1 victory. Rangers manager Ron Washington, who called Moore "special," said what makes the 22-year-old stand out is his poise. He pointed out how...

Inability to stop running game burns Rays

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Upton brothers keep parents in motion;Rays' October surprise lands B.J. in playoffs with D'backs'

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