Posted August 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings for his first home win in three months and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Monday night. Hellickson (8-8) allowed one run and six hits in ending a stretch of seven consecutive home winless starts, dating back to a 2-1 victory over Boston on May 16. Tampa Bay was coming off an 8-2 road trip that concluded with a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels. The Rays went ahead 4-1 in the fourth on Jose Labaton's RBI single and a run-scoring double from Desmond Jennings off Will Smith (4-5). Hellickson worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth. The right-hander appeared to have induced a double-play grounder from Billy Butler, but second baseman Ryan Roberts throw after recording an out at second looked like it broke through the webbing on first baseman Jeff Keppinger's glove and wound up behind the bag. Unfazed, Hellickson then got an inning-ending double-play from the next batter, Salvador Perez. ...

Upton forgets to touch first, settles for single

One of the simple things that Major League Baseball players have to remember is that they need to touch first base on a hit. During Saturday's Angels/Rays affair, Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton hit a long drive that clearly looked like it was going to be a double. However, Upton forgot the rule in the intro and had to settle for one long single: Your browser does not support iframes.

Rays fail to turn double play after ball goes through Jeff Keppinger’s glove (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Players make errors all the time. Both physical and mental miscues are a part of the game on a daily basis. Equipment malfunctions — not so much. They do happen, however, as the Rays reminded us during their game against the Royals on Monday night. In the bottom of the sixth with Tampa Bay leading 5-1 and runners on first and second, a ground...

Rolling Rays planning for more good news

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. For months, the Tampa Bay Rays have been waiting for all the pieces of their battered lineup to fall back into place. Now, on the heels of their hugely successful road trip, that could finally happen this week in the friendly confines of Tropicana Field. The club plans to bring back designated hitter Luke Scott on Tuesday from the disabled list, where he&...

Joe Maddon pied in face before game

And people wonder why the Tampa Bay Rays are successful. Joe Maddon’s bunch keeps the clubhouse atmosphere as light as they come in professional sports. Today’s exhibition is just another example of the keeping-it-loose mantra. While Maddon was being interviewed during MLB Network’s “The Rundown” – a live review and preview of all that’s happening in baseball ...

Royals downed by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings for his first home win in three months and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Monday night. Hellickson (8-8) allowed one run and six hits in ending a stretch of seven consecutive home winless starts, dating back to a 2-1 victory over Boston on May 16. Tampa Bay was coming off an 8-2 road...

Matt Moore’s Slider Has Turned His Season Around

This is not quite the rookie season that many envisioned for Matt Moore. He was supposed to be at worst a contender for the rookie of the year, he was supposed to be one of the top pitchers in the league in just his rookie season. He was supposed to be, essentially, the pitching version of Mike Trout this year, maybe to a slightly lesser extent. While the season totals will not look...

Tampa Bay Rays squander another quality start by P David Price

The Tampa Bay Rays squandered another quality start by SP David Price. Despite winning 12 of their last 14 games and posting eight wins in their last ten game road trip, the Kansas City Royals silenced the Rays bats last night, logging a 1-0 win in 10 innings. Royals P Luke Hochevar was able to shut down the Rays offense which had been averaging over six runs per game...

Rays staying even-keeled during hot streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. You might expect a team that had just swept three of four series and won five straight to be bouncing off the clubhouse ceiling. You might think the players inside would be giddy over having steamrolled the pitching staff of the Los Angeles Angels in four games and closing the gap on the first-place New York Yankees to four in the AL East. But the general...

Ben Zobrist: A Love Story!

It’s no secret amongst my baseball loving colleagues that I have had what you might call an advanced stat man crush on Ben Zobrist for several seasons now. And quite frankly can you blame me? Okay well, maybe don’t answer that question, I suppose. The point of the matter is Zobrist is an advanced stat stud and in my mind could be one of the most underrated fantasy, maybe even...

Who’s Hot: Tampa Bay Rays rotation

Let’s throw a little change of pace into this week’s edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not. Instead of individual players, we will touch on the starting rotations that have been the best (and worst) of the past month. Not surprisingly, the teams with quality starting pitching the past few weeks are in the playoff mix (with one exception), while the team on the “Not” list slides...

Closed Captioning Calls Carlos Pena Hitler

I'm sure it was an honest mistake.

Rays lose in 10th to Royals in pitching duel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Eric Hosmer's two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the only run in Kansas City's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in a classic pitchers' duel between the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Rays' David Price. The run off Joel Peralta (1-5) was unearned after an error on Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist. Jeff Francouer scored...

Royals-Rays preview

(AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays don't currently look like the team that was scuffling to score runs back in June when they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. The surging Rays put up some eye-popping offensive numbers against a fellow contender and will look for some revenge against the Royals on Monday night to start a three-game home set. Tampa Bay (67-54) holds the AL's...

A Brief And Pathetic Note Of Fantasy Baseball Whining

TESTIFY20 innings pitched by my guys tonight: 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 23.00 K/BB ratio, 1 win, 3 saves. (Would have been two wins if the Rays could have done something, anything, with the odious Luke Hochevar to support David Price, but that's why they are the Rays.)Nice big boost in pitching ratio numbers. As close to the money as I've been in some time. Still enough time left...
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