Posted March 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
The budget-conscious Tampa Bay Rays relish the challenge of finding ways to remain competitive in the rugged AL East. Three playoff berths and one trip to the World Series over the past five seasons speak to the type of job manager Joe Maddon and executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have done despite operating within the constraints of one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. That's not easy while playing nearly half your games against the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox - teams with much deeper pockets. ''In our opinion, it's the toughest division in all of professional sports,'' said Friedman, who faced the task of replacing several key players this winter while the Blue Jays were spending generously to improve a roster that could be poised to battle to Rays, Yankees and Orioles for supremacy in the East. ''You can debate who's going to be first through fifth, but I think th...

Price giving away tickets to opener

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price announced on Twitter that he'll be on the lookout for fans in Rays gear and will be giving away 100 tickets to the season opener.

Tampa Bay Rays lineup breakdown

For the Tampa Bay Rays, this past offseason was one of addition and subtraction, of gains for the future and losses for the present. On the plus side, they locked up third baseman Evan Longoria with a handsome six-year, 100 million extension that solidifies the former junior college transfers place as an elite presence in the major leagues. However, they lost center fielder B.J....

Jamey Wright makes Rays roster

Jamey Wright signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays over the winter. On Tuesday it was announced that the 38-year-old had won a spot in the bullpen to start the season. Wright has made several teams opening day rosters after being a non-roster invitee to start the spring. The Rays figure to use Wright in low pressure situations. This spring the right-handed Wright has...

Rays David Price is Giving Away 100 Tickets for Team’s Opening Game

It’s pretty sad that a perennially competitive team like the Tampa Bay Rays can’t even sell out on Opening Day. Rays pitcher and last season’s Cy Young award winner David Price, is doing everything within his power to ensure that his team has strong home support when they open up their season against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. In a story via Yahoo Sports, Price went...

20 Best Photos Of Kelly Nash – New Tampa Bay Rays Sideline Reporter

If you’ve been following BC, the name Laura McKeeman should ring a bell. We crowned her the next Erin Andrews back in 2011. Then she became Miss Florida 2012. Then, to cap it all off, she left her post with the Rays and became the sideline reporter for the Padres. Kelly Nash is her replacement in Tampa. Lets just say the Rays didn’t miss a beat. Nash, who used to cover the University...

Fernando Rodney gets into the groove

By ANDREW World Baseball Classic champion? Check. Premier major-league closer? Check. Someone who can cut the rug? Check. Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney is versatile in more ways than one. Hes a force on the mound, no doubt, having earned 48 saves with a 0.60 ERA last season. His skills translate to the international stage, where he helped lead...

Price throws 4 scoreless, Rays tie Orioles 4-4

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- It's unusual for an opening day starter to have his final outing of spring training come against the first opponent of the season. David Price, however, is not a typical pitcher. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner breezed through four scoreless innings Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles tied 4-4 in a game called after 10 innings...

As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

As the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1. The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third...

Tampa Bay Rays fall short to Phils 10-1

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Freddy Galvis homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays 10-1 Tuesday. Galvis, who hadn't played an inning in the outfield in six professional seasons, made his first start of spring training in left field, a position where the Phillies do not have a set opening-day starter. The 23-year-old Galvis, usually...

Niemann goes 6 strong, Rays fall to Blue Jays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam that capped a six-run rally in the eighth inning off Kirby Yates and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Wednesday. Jeff Niemann, still uncertain whether he will be in Tampa Bay's rotation to open the season, made a final statement in his favor, pitching six scoreless innings of two-hit, no-walk ball...

Phillies Slam Tampa Bay Rays; Domonic Brown, Freddy Galvis Lead The Way

Strong offensive performances from Freddy Galvis and Domonic Brown today led the Phillies to a 10-1 victory of the Tampa Bay Rays in Clearwater. Brown continues to bat like an All-Star and new outfielder Galvis hit like an outfielder to give the Phillies a win. Brown just continues to rake...
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