Found October 03, 2013 on
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The city changes almost daily but the Tampa Bay Rays are playing the same game everywhere one that establishes them as a legitimate threat to the American League's three division winners in this year's playoffs.
Next stop Boston after the Rays used their trademark pitching and defense to stifle the Cleveland Indians and another raucous hostile playoff crowd 4-0 in Wednesday's wild-card game.
"We pitch well we play defense well" says Rays manager Joe Maddon. "Anytime you can pitch and play defense you have a shot in a short series. There's no other way around it."
What the Rays must get around next as they make their way around the country is the best team in the AL the Red Sox squad that finished 5 ½ games in front of Tampa Bay in the AL East. That best-of-five series starts Friday at Fenway Park.
Playing in their third city in four days –and their second winner-take-all game in three days after a one-game play-in Monday at Texas – the Rays go...
BEST OF MAXIM
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is set to start the Wild Card Game for the Rays. Despite missing two months after being struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on June 15th, Cobb has quietly put together an excellent season.
In 22 starts and 143.1 innings, Cobb has a 2.76 ERA, the lowest mark on the team. The ERA is...
Just call them road tested.
A different city, a different stadium, the same result. This time, the Tampa Bay Rays earned an escape from the win-or-go-home tightrope they had walked since Sunday.
Behind another efficient outing from right-hander Alex Cobb, the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday in the American League wild-card game at Progressive Field to win their...
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will play at least 22 times this season. The Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 to advance to the American League Division Series and face their foe, the Red Sox.
The Red Sox and Rays have quite a history for the Rays being just a 15 year old franchise. In 2008 the Rays beat out the Red Sox for the AL East and defeated them in the ALCS in...
The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the American League wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering...
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined to finish the shutout 4-0 over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game.
In two starts against Cleveland this year, Cobb gave up a combined 12 hits in 14 scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay will now move on to the American League Division...
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for taking care of the Reds in the play-in game to earn the right to play in the NLDS. I picked the game incorrectly as I thought Johnny Cueto would have more to offer than what he did. But I could not be happier for the city of Pittsburgh for ending their long drought. Of course, it was kind of wistful watching Russell Martin perform so...
On Monday night in Texas, Joe Maddon demonstrated once again why he is one of the best managers in the game. The computer whiz who uses modern technology to analyze every statistic and situation clearly out-managed Ron Washington. The 163rd game of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays resulted in another ‘do-or-die’ game vs […]
A Cleveland Indians fan threw a partially-filled cup at Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus in an inappropriate attempt to vent some frustration during Wednesday night's American League Wild Card playoff game at Progressive Field.
It happened in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out and the Rays holding a 3-0 lead. Indians batter Michael Brantley hit the...
During the eighth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-0 AL Wild Card game victory over the Cleveland Indians, one Cleveland fan decided to hurle his plastic drink at Rays outfielder David Dejesus. Wasted beer, team eliminated, not a great night to be an Indians fan.
With the win, the Rays will face the Boston Red Sox in a best-of-5 American League Division series starting on Friday.
The Tampa Bay Rays moved on to the AL Division Series on Wednesday night, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 behind a great effort from Alex Cobb. The Rays will take on the Red Sox in Boston starting on Friday afternoon, but the real fun starts today.
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Champagne and silly string - the story of the 2013 Rays (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
In some non...
The Red Sox will open their post-season run today at 3:07 PM against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Jon Lester (15-8) will get the ball for The Carmine Hose, while lefty Matt Moore (17-4) takes the hill for the Rays. Moore shut out the Red Sox on two hits back on July 22nd. While just 24, this will be Moore's third post-season start. Lester had been on a roll until last Saturday...
First Pitch: Friday 3:07 | Fenway Park | TBS/WEEI
2013 vs. Rays: 12-7 | +14 Run differential
Game 1 Matchup:
Matt Moore, LHP 2013: 17-4, 3.29 ERA
Jon Lester, LHP 2013: 15-8, 3.75 ERA
Career vs. Sox: 2-2, 3.86 ERA, 0.989 WHIP
Career vs. Rays: 12-9, 4.30 ERA, 1.318 WHIP
2013 vs. Sox: 2...
Tonight, two teams will battle for the wildcard and earn the right to play in the American League Division Series this weekend at Fenway Park. I thought it would be insightful to compare and contrast those two teams from a slightly different perspective. So I found the one person who has actually worked for both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians organizations.
A loser Indians fan hurled a plastic cup at Rays outfielder David Dejesus last night as Nick Swisher was realizing he was in a postseason game yet again. Ty Duffy points out, " The liquid is brownish. The spill pattern suggests it was not filled with beer."
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