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Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night.
Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot.
Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to pick up his 20th save after an RBI single by Pedro Florimon off Jamey Wright.
Justin Morneau homered for the Twins, who have lost eight of nine. Deduno gave up five runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Thielbar had not allowed a run in his first 17 appearances during his rookie season before Zobrist's homer.
After Brian Dozier hit a third-inning RBI double, the Twin...
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Your browser does not support iframes.Baseball players have an array of weird things they do before and during a game as a way of superstition.Judging from this video clip, Tampa Bay Rays Yunel Escobar is no different.Seen here is Escobar going through his pre-game handshake ritual with different routines for several of his Rays teammates. How he is able to remember all of those...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- "Swarm" has been the buzzword of late within the Tampa Bay Rays.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. It would be convenient to credit the rattail. Luke Scotts quirky hair design, which looks like something gifted from the 1980s, does not hold mythical powers or mysterious sources of strength.
But there is something odd, interesting cool about Scotts style choice, which made its debut at the start of the current 10-game homestand last Friday. His recent numbers...
The Tampa Bay Rays' hitters and starting pitchers have led the way during the team's red-hot stretch.
A contributor to the Rays' string of strong starts, Chris Archer is hoping to see some more of that hitting prowess in his next outing.
Archer will try to help Tampa Bay match its longest win streak of the season Tuesday night against the scuffling Minnesota Twins....
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Alex Cobb threw his second bullpen session Monday in his continued recovery from a mild concussion.
The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander said he felt 10 times better off the mound compared with the last time he threw Friday, though he added there was not much difference in his condition while throwing 47 pitches in the latest session because last time felt great...
Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks has looked like a different player since returning from the disabled list earlier this month, and he had perhaps the best offensive game of his young career in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hicks finished Monday's game with a four-hit night -- the first of his career -- which included two doubles and a triple. In seven games since...
Oswaldo Arcia digs into the batter's box without much fear.
The Twins' free-swinging outfielder has seen major league pitchers adjust to him since his debut on April 15, but he's made the appropriate adjustments in return. The left-handed Arcia isn't afraid to face some of the league's top left-handed pitching. Such was the case last week when Arcia lined a base...
Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, while Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays extend their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 4-1 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Archer (3-3) limited the Twins to an unearned run and three hits to outpitch fellow rookie Kyle Gibson (1-2), who was...
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon feels his team reached an important regular-season milestone.
Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Rays improved to a season-high 10 games over .500 by beating the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night.
"The thing I like is that we're 10 games over," Maddon said. "You've got to...
Caleb Thielbar's impressive streak of scoreless innings may be over, but the Twins rookie has still been a bright spot for Minnesota during the first half of the year.
Before Monday's game against Tampa Bay, Thielbar had yet to allow a run in his first 19 23 innings of his major league career. Since making his debut on May 20, Thielbar made Twins history with his scoreless...
Scott Diamond seemed to have figured things out during his last start against the New York Yankees. He didn't earn a win, but he allowed just two earned runs in 6 23 innings. More importantly, he avoided a blowup in the fifth inning in that game.
One start later, Diamond's fifth inning woes made a resurgence. The Minnesota Twins left-hander surrendered four runs in the bottom...
The Minnesota Twins' offense and pitching both continue to prove unreliable during the team's rough stretch. Those troubles could continue Wednesday night as they face a hot pitcher while their own hurler tries to turn things around.
Minnesota tries to avoid losing its sixth straight road series when it faces Jeremy Hellickson and the Tampa Bay Rays, who seek a season-high...
If Kyle Gibson's major league debut was memorable and his second outing was forgettable, Gibson's third career start was somewhere in between.
The Twins right-hander allowed four runs Tuesday against Tampa Bay, all in the fourth inning, as he and Minnesota fell, 4-1, to the Rays at Tropicana Field. As a result, Gibson fell to 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA in his young career.
Some outstanding starting pitching has sparked the surging Tampa Bay Rays.
Scheduled starter Roberto Hernandez has been far from dominant, but his teammates haven't helped his cause, either.
Hernandez will try to lead the Rays to a fifth straight victory Monday night with the Minnesota Twins in town for the first of four matchups.
With David Price delivering a complete-game...
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