Found September 28, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
As the Tampa Bay Rays continue to make a push toward the postseason, the Chicago White Sox try to prevent their playoff hopes from slipping further away. The visiting Rays look to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games when they continue their four-game set with the reeling White Sox on Friday night. Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth and three relievers held Chicago to two hits over 2 2-3 scoreless innings in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win Thursday. After losing seven of eight, the Rays (86-70) have won eight in a row to move within two games of Oakland for the AL's final wild-card spot. "The belief has never gone away. We've felt like we had a good chance to be a playoff team from the beginning of the year," Longoria said. "The pressure is not on us playing from behind. It's not ours to lose, it's ours to win. We're behind, but we're close enough." While Tampa Bay is in the midst of its longest winning stre...

Rays rookies dress like girls and sing ‘Call Me Maybe’ for hazing (Video)

The Rays veterans may end up taking the cake this season for most humiliating form of rookie hazing. During their recent road trip to Boston, the Rays rookies were forced to dress up in leotards and wigs and put on a performance of the popular pop song “Call Me Maybe” in front of the Green Monster at Fenway. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the gentleman you...

Rays Rookies Forced to Don Leotards and Wigs While Singing “Call Me Maybe”

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays was kind enough to capture video of the Rays rookies getting playfully hazed. The rookies were forced to dress up in wigs, leotards and sing “Call Me Maybe” on the warning track. The laughs from the rest of the Rays players make the video just that much better. You have to give it to the rookies as it definitely looks like they gave it their...

Rays rookies dress in drag, do dance number

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price posted this video on his Twitter of this fantastic bit of rookie hazing before tonight's Rays game in Boston against the Red Sox. Tampa's rookies dressed like Jane Fonda, complete with colored leotards, headbands and wigs, and did a little dance in the outfield while "Call Me Maybe" played over the PA at Fenway Park. Well done...

Rays rookies don leotards, legwarmers, wigs for Fenway dance number (videos)

There have been several brilliant instances and wonderful examples of the hazing that has been done by major league baseball teams of late as the long marathon of a season winds down, but perhaps none have been as hilarious — or so well choreographed — as the paces the Tampa Bay Rays put its rookies [...]

Pena's homer keeps Rays close in wild-card race

Carlos Pena admits he has not lived up to expectations this season, primarily his own. However, he made a large contribution Wednesday, hitting a two-run, go-ahead homer that led to the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-2 win over the Red Sox in Boston. The Rays remain three games behind the Oakland A's in the race for the second AL wild card. The Los Angeles Angels are also a game in...

Rays keep pace in wild-card race

Matt Moore pitched one-hit ball into the sixth, Matt Joyce homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays stayed three games behind in the chase for the second AL wild card Saturday by beating the sliding Chicago White Sox 10-4. Tampa Bay, with nine wins in 10 games, remained three games out of the second wild card behind Oakland, which beat Seattle 7-4 Saturday. Moore (11-11) went 5 1-3...

Zobrist fields a ground ball off his hat

. Well, this is certainly unique. In Friday's 3-1 Rays loss to the White Sox, Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist (really, he's at short now?) had a grounder from Dayan Viciedo bounce off his glove, bounce off of his head for a second, and fall back into his glove, allowing Zobrist to throw Viciedo out at first in plenty of time. Talk about something you don't see every day.... [follow]

Rays Ruin Fenway Park's Centennial Send-Off, Look Poised to Rev Up 'Time Machine' for Another Improbable Run (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays just will not quit. Last year around this time, they were closing the gap on the Red Sox in the wild card standings and beginning to put the pressure on. Now, the Red Sox aren't their target, but they're turning up the heat just the same. Tampa Bay won again on Wednesday night, spoiling what should have been a night to celebrate Fenway Park and all of its...

Rays' 4 HRs back Moore in win over Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Moore pitched one-hit ball into the sixth, Matt Joyce homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays stayed three games behind in the chase for the second AL wild card Saturday by beating the sliding Chicago White Sox 10-4. Tampa Bay, with nine wins in 10 games, remained three games out of the second wild card behind Oakland, which beat Seattle 7-4 Saturday. The White...

Rays 4, Red Sox 2

Carlos Pena and Ben Francisco hit back-to-back, tape-measure homers in the fifth inning on Wednesday night to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their seventh consecutive victory, 4-2 over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays remained 3 1-2 games behind Baltimore for second place in the AL East. Tampa Bay began the day three games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. It was the final...

Rays fans bring heads of mannequins to game

Not sure what is going on in this video, but this guy flat out has to be a serial killer, right? If it wasn’t weird enough bringing two beheaded mannequins on sticks, this guy has the crazy eye. The game was at Fenway Park and one thing is for sure…not one single Red Sox fan messed with this guy. If a guy has the balls to bring severed heads to Fenway, you can only imagine...

Former first-round pick Scott Kazmir has earned a MLB Spring Training invite

Scott Kazmir’s final start of the season wasn’t run to write home about about; 4.2 innings, two earned runs, three hits, six walks, three strikeouts. But considering this is the final start of his comeback season, the fact that he is on the mound getting professional hitters out is something to write home about. Last year, after only one start with the Los Angeles Angels...

Rays sweep two in Boston, keep pace in wild-card race

BOSTON -- Just like last year, the Tampa Bay Rays have a tough road ahead if they are going to make the playoffs. They made it last year on the final night of the season. Can they do it again? "I want it to be exactly like last year," manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday night after the Rays' 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox bolstered Tampa Bay's hopes in the chase...
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