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The Bay Cave:
The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed first place in the division after they defeated the New York Yankees Friday night and the Boston Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Joe Maddon said the following after acknowledging they were in first place, via the Tampa Bay Times. It’s always good to validate what you had been doing. You get to that particular point, and you’re there, and you want to stay there. There’s no question. Now it’s up to us. We have to continue to play the game properly. And continue they must. The Rays have a 17-3 record in the month of July and five more games to surpass their record win total in July of 19 wins. A big contributor to the team’s success is rookie Will Myers, who is continuing to play good baseball. With a 2-for-5 performance against CC Sabathia and the Yankees, Myers has had eight straight multi-hit games which makes him the first American League rookie since 1934 to do that. He is batting .322 with five home runs for the Rays this season. Tampa Bay will look to continue their streak of good baseball Saturday when the send pitcher Chris Archer to the mound Saturday.
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Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano...
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First, Tampa Bay’s official Twitter account tweeted out an ad for a “steel alloy phone with Kevlar cord,” that would need to be installed by Sept. 10. It was a playful shot towards the Red Sox and David Ortiz after Big Papi smashed a telephone with his bat on Saturday.
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Hideki Matsui has re-signed with the New York Yankees and retired with his first major league team.
The 2009 World Series MVP signed a minor league contract Sunday in front of dozens of Japanese and American media and New York general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman.
The 39-year-old Matsui then put his signature to his official Major League Baseball retirement...
David Ortiz went full-on Big Papi on a dugout telephone on Saturday after he struck out. The Tampa Bay Rays Twitter account then trolled Ortiz in epic fashion.
Hideki Matsui did great things for the New York Yankees, so it’s only right that he retired as one. In 11 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, Matsui had a line of .282/.360/.462 with 175 home runs.
Hideki Matsui signs a one day minor league deal with Yanks and then retires as a Yankee pic.twitter.com/sSfdy2UP2Y
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) July 28, 2013
Yankees captain Derek...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to preserve an early lead and the streaking Tampa Bay Rays tagged CC Sabathia once again, beating New York 10-6 Friday night.
The Rays have won 20 of 23 and took sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since June 10, 2012. Tampa Bay moved a half-game ahead of Boston....
After the requisite leaping chest bumps by the starting pitchers near the mound Chris Archer and David Price wrapped their arms around each other.
“I’m just following your lead” Archer said.
And Price said … nothing.
“He was just like (silent) with a big smile on his face” Archer said.
There were plenty of smiles and hugs and hearty handshakes Saturday after Archer...
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Moore picked up his 14th win of the...
Chris Archer threw a two-hitter for his second shutout in three starts, outpitching Ivan Nova and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday
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Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said before the game...
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