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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The ball soared off B.J. Upton's bat in the bottom of the ninth inning late Thursday night, carrying with it a touch of the magic that has eluded the Tampa Bay Rays this season and keeping their long-shot playoff hopes alive just when the lights seemed to be flickering out.
All Upton needed was to loft the shot deep enough to score pinch-runner Elliot Johnson on a sacrifice fly for the winning run. But the ball just kept sailing well over the head of Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, playing shallow in hopes of preventing a score.
And then it disappeared over the wall a walk-off, three-run blast as the few remaining fans in a small Tropicana Field crowd of 12,963 roared in a dramatic scene reminiscent of the Rays' surge to the postseason last September.
"We've been missing a little bit of the magic this year and it doesn't get much more magical than that moment right there," said manager Joe Maddon. "I've b...
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The Tampa Bay Rays hosted their first ever "Star Trek Night" at Tropicana Field during Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.
Fans were encouraged to attend the game in Star Trek costumes, so many fans dressed as Klingons and Star Fleet officers.
We couldn't help but notice that there weren't many younger fans dressed in costume, unlike...
Getting a baseball player to autograph a baseball or T-shirt has always been among the most common sights at a game.
Getting a baseball player to respond to a tweeted invitation to come out of the clubhouse and play a little game of pre-game catch in the parking lot? That's taking it a step further.
But that's what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Elliot Johnson did on...
This certainly is unique. Getting Blanked brings us this video of Rays utility infielder Elliot Johnson playing catch with some fans before Tampa Bay's 13-3 blowout win over the Red Sox.
What lot/section? RT @chrisbelltb: @elliotjohnson9 We are in the lot, we have chairs waiting you want to come out, maybe play catch?
— Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) September 19...
The Tampa Bay Rays' offense has awoken over the past three games, but there's a very real possibility it's too late to make a difference.
With their margin for error dwindling, the Rays look to stay hot at the plate while running their winning streak to four Saturday night as they continue this three-game set with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay (81-70) hit...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches Friday night to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention with a 12-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of Shields (15-9), who limited the Blue Jays to six singles...
B.J. Upton hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Vicente Padilla, capping Tampa Bay's six-run ninth inning and lifting the Rays to a sorely needed 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay salvaged a split of the four-game series and remained 5 1/2 games back of Oakland for the second AL wild-card slot. The Rays (80-70) have 12 games left on their schedule...
Although his team's late-season slump could prevent him from a shot at the most important trophy, David Price still has a good chance to take home a very nice piece of hardware.
Seeking to become the American League's first 19-game winner, Price's first order of business Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox will be helping his club to much-needed back-to-back victories...
The Tampa Bay Rays found themselves in a hole early in the series. Coming off a road trip that included five of six losses to the Yankees and Orioles, the Rays saw their playoff hopes slip a bit more during the first two games against the Boston Red Sox.
After losing the first game on Monday, the Rays seemed to have possibly bounce back on Tuesday. The Rays jumped to a 3-0 lead...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rays manager Joe Maddon is not so beholden to his charts and statistics to indulge the occasional hunch or wild notion. So amid a streak where the Rays have lost four straight and seven of eight, Maddon joked on Thursday that he might have found the answer: he lost a prize pair of his iconic eyeglasses bought in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, just...
The Tampa Bay Rays hope a comeback win can spark a last-ditch postseason push.
Given their history with the last-place Toronto Blue Jays, they seem to be in good position to pick up a few more victories.
James Shields looks to continue his dominance over the Blue Jays when he takes the ball for the Rays in Friday night's series opener.
Tampa Bay (80-70) appeared headed toward...
After struggling mightily all month, the Red Sox finally seem to have found something resembling a groove, winning four of their last five games and dealing a healthy blow to whatever remaining hopes the Tampa Bay Rays had of sneaking into postseason play. Likewise, the Sox have more or less stuck with the same group of starters throughout, and that won't change on Wednesday...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three outs away from taking a third loss in four nights against the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays rediscovered a missing piece from their recent playoff teams. "We've been missing a little of the magic this year, and it doesn't' get much more magical than that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his club rallied with six runs...
Clay Buchholz pitched himself 7 strong innings, however the Rays would rally in the 9th and walk away with a way to split the series with the Sox. Andrew Bailey showed the first real sign of struggle since he has been back from injury and ended up allowing 5 runs to score in the 9th. It was another gut punch of a loss in a long line for the Sox.
Buchholz took the mound and pitched...
Just moments after BJ Upton slammed a 3-run blast off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the 9th to complete a 6-run rally, Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione summed it up the Red Sox 7-4 loss to Tampa in four words - "This typifies the season."The Red Sox entered the bottom of the 9th with a 4-1 lead only to have closer Andrew Bailey help pull defeat from the jaws of...