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The Tampa Bay Rays are still hoping to make a run at the AL East title, but for now they can content themselves with leading a different set of standings.
Bloomberg Businessweeks second annual list of smartest spenders in sports ranks the Rays No.1 out of 122 pro franchises in MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL. The list is the handiwork of Businessweek reporter Ira Boudway, who used regular-season and post-season records and available payroll data to calculate the amount a given team spent per win over the past five seasons. In the case of baseball, he included first-half performances by the teams in 2012.
According to Businessweek, Every team was then compared against league average to see how well they turn wages into wins, producing a total score called the efficiency index. The lower the index the better.
Heres what the magazine, which hits newsstands Friday, found: No. 1, the Rays; 2, the Texas Rangers; 3, the Detroit Red Wings; 4, the Los Angeles Lakers; 5, the Boston Celtics; 6, the Pittsburgh Penguins; 7, the New England Patriots; 8, the Green Bay Packers; 9, the New York Giants; 10, the Boston Bruins. Among he least efficient teams: 119, the New York Islanders; 120, the New York Mets; 121, the Minnesota Timberwolves; and 122, the St. Louis Rams.
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ARLINGTON, Texas-- One has won American League Manager of the Year honors twice over the last four seasons and led his team to its first-ever World Series while the other guided his club to back-to-back American League championships, the first two pennants in franchise history.
The parties in question here are Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and Texas manager Ron Washington. Not only...
Carlos Pena is no longer the Tampa Bay Rays' everyday first baseman. Manager Joe Maddon said Pena -- the team's top-paid position player at $7.25 million -- will still play, but not as often. Luke Scott and Jeff Keppinger will both be used at first base, too. Pena is hitless in his past 17 at-bats with 10 strikeouts, and his .188 average is lowest of all major-leaguers...
Usually, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't put more importance on any one game than another. But it was obvious how crucial winning Wednesday's game was, and avoiding a sweep by Texas, as he had the bullpen warming in the third inning and pulled starter Alex Cobb in the fifth as an early 6-0 lead started to slip away. Using six pitchers, Tampa Bay held on for...
As of Septemeber 1st, all Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters beyond 25 players. The Rays have announced some roster moves to bring in some extra bodies for the stretch run.
The team has called up Reid Brignac, Chris Gimenez, Rich Thompson, and Cesar Ramos. Sean Rodriguez would have been the favorite to get called up but after injuring his hand due to punching...
The Tampa Bay Rays plan to activate right-hander Jeff Niemann off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Niemann hasn't pitched since May 14 when he left a start at Toronto with a fractured right leg after being struck by Adam Lind's line drive. Niemann was 2-3 with a 3.88 ERA in seven starts before the injury.
The Rays will call up...
Evan Longoria homered twice, Tampa Bay roughed up Matt Harrison and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
After dropping the last two against the AL-West leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep.
Harrison (15-8) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and permitted...
Ryan Dempster missed one start earlier this season because of passport problems. But it looks like the Rangers pitcher isn't the only one to run into travel issues. Rays starter David Price also left his passport at home this week on the eve of a series against the Blue Jays, their AL East foes. Fortunately for Price –– who was in Texas facing Dempster's team –– he...
Facing Toronto's Brandon Morrow might provide the Tampa Bay Rays with a good opportunity to get back on track at the plate.
After being shut out for the second time in three days, the Rays try to beat Morrow for the third time this season when they continue their four-game road set against the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Tampa Bay (71-60) has totaled eight runs over the last...
They could easily have become Texas Toast, watching their recent Wild Card run and division title hopes burn to a crisp with a prolonged losing streak.
Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays popped out just in time with a crucial 8-4 victory over the Rangers Wednesday night a win that snapped a four-game slide and allowed them to take a bite out of the first-place Yankees AL East lead.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Evan Longoria homered twice, Tampa Bay roughed up Matt Harrison and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. After dropping the last two against the AL-West leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep. Harrison (15-8) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He took a no-hitter...
Outstanding pitching has been the theme of the second half for the Tampa Bay Rays, but it was the offense that helped them avoid a season-high fifth straight loss.
Matt Moore has generally received a nice boost from the Rays' bats - even though he's rarely needed it of late.
Moore has allowed seven runs in his last six starts, and he'll try to win a fifth straight decision...
Carlos Villanueva pitched six sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat slumping Tampa Bay 2-0 on Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Rays.
Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card berth. The Rays have been shut out twice in the past three games, losing 1-0 at Texas on Tuesday...
TORONTO (AP) -- Moises Sierra homered and threw out pinch-runner Elliot Johnson at home plate for the final out, preserving Brandon Morrow's first win since June 6 and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run as the Blue Jays handed the Rays their sixth loss in seven games.