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It is a six-game stretch that could determine their shot at the post-season.
The Tampa Bay Rays will spend this week chasing the two teams they trail in the AL East race, with each of those opponents also representing a possible roadblock to a Wild Card berth.
Grab the remote control and settle back on the couch, though chances are youll also be on your feet and pacing considering the stakes at hand.
The Rays second-to-last road trip of the season with a three-game series starting tonight against the Orioles, followed by a three-game set against the Yankees represents both a risk and potential reward.
They trail New York by two games and Baltimore by one with 22 remaining on the schedule. So they can ill afford to fall too far off the pace at this point, without forcing them to make a mad dash at the end similar to last September.
On the other hand, going head-to-head against Baltimore and New York gives the Rays an opening to substantially improve their position heading into...
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Things to know before we proceed with this article about B.J. Upton:
(1) B.J. Upton is set to become a free agent after the end of this season, and he is newly 28 years old.
(2) Yesterday, in the last game of a series between the Rays and the Rangers, B.J. Upton slugged three home runs. They were his 19th, 20th, and 21st home runs of the year.
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It is a six-game stretch that could determine their shot at the postseason.
The Tampa Bay Rays will spend this week chasing the two teams they trail in the AL East race, with each of those opponents also representing a possible roadblock to a wild-card berth.
Grab the remote control and settle back on the couch, though chances are youll also be on your feet and pacing considering...
The Rays have released their 2013 schedule. As usual, they will open the season against an A.L. East opponent and at home.
The Rays will open the season at home for the fourth consecutive season and for the third time in the last four seasons against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are a few notables from the schedule.
Open the season with six games at home. Orioles 4/2-4/4, Indians...
The Tampa Bay Rays will kick off their weekend series with
the New York Yankees by sending their top starter, David Price, to the
hill. Price, who was scratched withgeneral soreness this weekend, is set to return to Tampa’s rotation as they
attempt to keep pace with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles in the American
League East, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times...
Once again, the Baltimore Orioles have a chance to grab sole possession of first place in the AL East.
That's if they can end Alex Cobb's recent run of success for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Making his first appearance against the Orioles, Cobb tries to help the Rays even their three-game set at Camden Yards on Wednesday night.
J.J. Hardy homered twice and had five RBIs in Baltimore...
The Tampa Bay Rays have been pitching well all season, but they are doing even better now that it matters most. In taking two of three from the New York Yankees and then two of three from the Texas Rangers, the Rays pitched to a 2.21 ERA, allowing only 14 earned runs. They limited the opponents to a .169 average. "We're just trying to keep that momentum going, trying...
Rich Thompson is a 33-year-old rookie. He had one at-bat with the Kansas City Royals in 2004 -- a double-play grounder -- and toiled in the minors for eight more seasons before returning to the big leagues this month with the Tampa Bay Rays. In short, he's straight out of central casting for the Dan Johnson-style hero who has enjoyed fairytale star turns for the franchise since...
Manny Machado led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the winning run on a single by Nate McLouth, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night to retain a share of first place in the AL East.
The rookie also made a key defensive play in the top of the ninth for the Orioles, who moved 18 games over .500 (80-62) for the first time since the end...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Manny Machado led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the winning run on a single by Nate McLouth, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night to retain a share of first place in the AL East.
The rookie also made a key defensive play in the top of the ninth for the Orioles, who moved 18 games over .500 (80-62) for the first time...
The Orioles splitting their four-game series with the Yankees in Baltimore was not ideal - it left them a game back in the AL East - but is was more or less the expected result given that New York is the better team but the O's had home-field advantage. Both victories for the team came in exciting fashion, perhaps especially the second one in which a hobbled Mark Teixeira slid...
Not enough power. Not a prototypical No. 3 hitter. Not enough speed to be a leadoff batter. However, Nick Markakis has plenty of qualities that have proved irreplaceable for the Baltimore Orioles. In an organization and city where playing every day means something -- see: Ripken, Cal -- Markakis has carried the torch, playing in 160-plus games in four of his first six big-league...
The American League East is the most closely contended division in all of Major League Baseball with just a few weeks remaining in the 2012 regular season. The top two teams, however, have been thrown an extra challenge after suffering injuries to to of their top offensive and defensive players.
The New York Yankees have a one game lead in the A.L. East over the Baltimore...
Office Space FTW!
Your mission (should you choose to accept it) consists of explaining how in the world the Baltimore Orioles reached mid-September with a statistically plausible chance at making the playoffs. How exactly does a team that ranks 16th in runs scored, 21st in batting average, 23rd in OBP, and 12th in slugging hang with the big bad wolves of the AL East? More importantly...