Posted May 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
The clubhouse door opened up and the Tampa Bay Rays could be seen dancing - a stark contrast to what happened a night earlier. Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Boston closer Alfredo Aceves, and the Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, a day after losing in the final inning. ''We're a lot of fun when we win,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said, smiling at the thought of his team's postgame celebration. When the door opened, an elder male fan came out of the Rays' clubhouse and was putting his Red Sox shirt back on, telling people he was invited in to celebrate with the Rays. ''Something like that,'' Rodriguez said, breaking into a smile when asked about his team's `dance party' after the victory. ''Every team wants to win. We just want to remember how much fun it is.'' Will Rhymes went 3 for 3 with three singles and an RBI for the Rays, who lost Saturday night...

Rays try to take series from Red Sox in Fenway

Designated hitter Luke Scott didn't do much hitting in the Tampa Bay Rays' series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Instead, he got hit - and the benches cleared as a result. He appears to have a good chance to turn the tables given his history against Josh Beckett. Scott, Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce and the rest of the Rays will take their hacks against Beckett on Saturday...

Interview with Reynaldo Rodriguez

Recently I had a chance to do a quick interview with Red Sox prospect Reynaldo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a 26 year old slugger out of Colombia who is currently playing for the Portland Sea Dogs. He has a powerful bat and was discovered by the Red Sox in an independent league when he was playing for the Yuma Scorpions. In 2009, he was named the Independent Leagues top prospect...

Ryan Sweeney's Return to Lineup Just the Spark Red Sox Offense May Need

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Ryan Sweeney's bright Hollywood smile said more about the outfielder's excitement to be back in the Red Sox lineup than any of his postgame comments on Monday. After missing the...

Carlos Pena, Rays Express Confidence that Former Teammate Carl Crawford Will Impact Red Sox Upon Return

BOSTON -- For nine years, Carl Crawford shined in Tampa Bay. Due to the outfielder's contributions, the Rays ascended from the bottom tier of Major League Baseball to the upper echelon. Although Crawford plays for Boston, former teammate and Rays first baseman Carlos Pena continues to keep in touch with him. And Pena is abreast of the slew of injuries that have prevented Crawford...

Adrian Gonzalez Thinks That Jarrod Saltalamacchia Should Get Consideration As An All-Star

BOSTON -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia currently leads all catchers in the majors with eight homers. The Red Sox backstop has been sizzling at the plate, belting three homers in the last six games. He's lifted his RBI total to 21 while raising his batting average to .274 from the .080 on April 19 -- and for that matter, a .221 average on May 21. His teammates are paying close notice...

Doubront tames Tigers, Sox win 7-4.

Felix Doubront continues the roll he's on as he goes six innings, allowing just two runs and he gets in his fourth win in five decisions as the Sox beat the Tigers, 7-4. The Sox got to Doug Fister early as they managed to score five runs in the first three innings. There was a blessing in diguise as Mike Aviles appeared to strike out but the umpires declared it to be a foul...

Vote: Will Jarrod Saltalamacchia Be an All-Star This Season?

His last name is 14 letters long, and with the way he has been hitting the baseball, he has a legitimate shot of landing a spot on the team comprised of the best players from 14 American League teams. Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- yes, it is 14 letters and the longest last name in baseball history -- has been the talk around Boston for the past week. Now, his name is being associated...

Luke Scott and Rays relive memories in Boston

Last night, there was another dust up between the Red Sox and Rays. It wasn't as bad as previous encounters, just some flexing and trash talk. In recent years, this has become one of the marquee rivalries. One only has to think back to last year and the Red Sox collapse that allowed the Rays to sneak into the playoffs.Let's look at some of the recent encounters.June 5, 2008...

Destination Red Sox Nation - 5/26

Destination Red Sox Nation is our look at how the minor league teams of the Boston Red Sox fare each night. Game story and box score links as well as links to team rosters, team stats and league standings can be found by clicking on the read more button below if you're on the home page. If you would like to listen to any of the Red Sox minor league affiliates' games...

Video: Salty's 2-Run Walkoff Homer Gives Red Sox 3-2 Win

For the first time this season, the Boston Red Sox have walked off with win thanks to the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. With Daniel Nava on second base, Salty came in to pinch-hit for Marlon Byrd and delivered the heroics for the Red Sox as he gave them a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bays to get their record back to .500. {mp4remote}

Rays Return the Favor and Get To Our Closer

Clay Buchholz took the mound for the Sox and probably had his best outing to date, however this time the Rays had the late inning rally against our closer and took the win.  Clay pitched well and left the game in line for a win.  Buchholz gave up his first run in the 4th inning with a Zobrist RBI ground out with Joyce on 3rd.  Clay didn't give up his 2nd run until the 7th...

Game 48: Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

Now that lineup is stacked! Red Sox (23-24) Nava LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez RF Ortiz DH Youkilis 1B Saltalamacchia C Sweeney CF Middlebrooks 3B Aviles SS Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (4-2, 3.96) Tigers (23-24) Berry CF Raven RF Cabrera 3B Fielder 1B Young DH Peralta SS Dirks LF Laird C Worth 2B

Epstein says Cubs 'clearly better than this'

Theo Epstein expected some rough stretches for the Chicago Cubs. He didn't envision this. With 12 straight losses entering Monday's game against San Diego, the Cubs were on one of the longest skids in franchise history and tied with Minnesota for the worst record in the majors. Epstein says he doesn't think ''this is indicative of the type of team we are'...

Interview with Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts is a shortstop (who is being converted to second base) who was drafted by the Red Sox in the 5th round of last year’s draft. He had committed to Tennessee but he signed on August 15th for $750,000 with the Sox and played in one game for the GCL Red Sox, where he went 2-4 with a stolen base. According to SoxProspects, he is known for his athleticism and is projected...

Red Sox Lineup vs the Rays 5/27/12

Aviles SSPedroia 2BOrtiz DHYoukilis 1BGonzalez RFSaltalamacchia CMiddlebrooks 3BNava LFPodsednik CF Buchholz SP 1:35 start on NESN and nationally on TBS
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