Posted April 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering home run against Tommy Hunter, giving the Tampa Bay Rays an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles for the Rays, who twice came from behind before wasting a late two-run lead. Fernando Rodney (1-0) blew a save opportunity by allowing a run for the first time since last Aug. 18. Brian Roberts' RBI double off Rodney in the ninth made it 7-all. Chris Davis went 4-for-4 for the Orioles, hitting a three-run homer for the second straight day and driving in four runs. He also had an RBI single and a double. Joyce, who had a bunt single as a pinch hitter in the seventh, won it by homering on a 2-1 pitch. Duncan's first hit for his new team finished a four-run sixth that wiped out an early 4-0 deficit. The Orioles regained a one-run lead in the seventh, only to watch the Rays answer with three more runs to go ahead 7...

Kid has ball entire time as adults search for Matt Joyce’s game-winning HR (video)

The Tampa Bay Rays won the team’s Wednesday match-up at Tropicana Field against the Baltimore Orioles in dramatic fashion by a score of 8-7, capped by outfielder Matt Joyce’s walk-off homer off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the 9th inning. Of course, as with any walk-off win, Joyce’s homer initiated a celebratory atmosphere on the field, but just off the field in the stands...

Tampa Bay Rays mascot holds up controversial sign, organization apologizes

On Wednesday during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Rays mascot was handed a controversial sign and held it up and took photos with it.  The sign made light of Steve Irwin’s death, when a Manta Ray stinger pierced his heart in 2006.  The Tampa Tribune provided some background on the incident: The sign was made by Lloyd Johnson, 29, an Army veteran from...

Rays apologize for mascot, inappropriate sign

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that an insensitive sign found its way in Tropicana Field on Wednesday. "Last night Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan, the Rays said in a release. Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign...

Rays Mascot Holds Sign Saying Steve Irwin was on his Hit List (Photo)

In a story courtesy David Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot Raymond, got himself into a bit of hot water (no pun intended) when he was pictured holding an offensive sign from a fan about the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin during a game on Wednesday. As many of you know, Irwin, was an Australian environmentalist who was killed by a stingray in 2006. The sign...

Rays Apologize For Steve Irwin Joke

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays issued an apology to fans today over a Steve Irwin joke at a recent game. For starters, here’s the picture: In case you’re wondering, Steve Irwin was killed when a ray stung him in the heart while filming his TV show. Whoops! The Rays issued the following statement: Last night Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game...

Rays mascot holds up sign that pokes fun at Steve Irwin’s death (Picture)

Former television star Steve Irwin, who was better known to many as “The Crocodile Hunter,” died back in 2006 when he was stung in the chest by a stingray. It has been over six years since his death and Irwin knew the risks associated with working alongside dangerous animals for a living, but does that make it okay to mock his death? A Tampa Bay Rays fan at Tropicana Field on...

Rays apologize after mascot holds offensive sign

I guess ‘too soon’ isn’t going to cut it. While performing his Tampa Bay Rays mascot duties on Wednesday night, Raymond, found his way next to a fan holding a sign that depicted the late Steve Irwin, better known as the Crocodile Hunter. Hunter died when he was busy filming a scene in a documentary. A stingray stung him, causing him to go into cardiac arrest. The fan made a...

Tampa Bay Rays payroll and salaries for each player for the 2013 season

Take a look at the salary each member of the Tampa Bay Rays will be making for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.

Rays 3rd baseman Evan Longoria is already making insane defensive plays

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. In...

The Rays Killed Steve Irwin, And The American League Is Next

Oh, Raymond, no. The provenance of this photo is uncertain—it was reportedly taken at last night's Rays game, a heartbreaking loss to for Baltimore. We've been sent it a couple of times, and it's turned up on Twitter, but if you have any more info on who made the sign and who took the picture, please let us know. All we know is that Raymond is a heartless killing machine...

Bregman on pace to join Fontenot and Walker

LSU has produced two position players that were awarded the prestigious Freshman of the Year award in their first seasons on campus. Current freshman Alex Bregman is well on his way to joining Todd Walker and Mike Fontenot as the only position players to win the award for LSU.

Series recap: Rays lose opening series to Baltimore

Expectations remain high for the Rays pitching staff this season. Unfortunately, the orioles offense got the best of them, specifically first baseman Chris Davis. Davis went 5-for-11 with four runs scored, 11 RBI, and three home runs (one in each game). One of those homers was a three-run shot in game one of the series that put the Orioles ahead in the seventh inning for good. The...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 175: Brian Roberts` Injury, Baserunners Passing Baserunners, and the Pros and Cons of Trade Speculation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the latest injury to Brian Roberts, Evan Longoria running by Ben Zobrist, and the speculation about a Profar-for-Taveras trade.
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