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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 and struck out nine to reach 200 for the second straight year. He fanned J.P. Arencibia leading off the second inning, giving the Rays the American League single-season record for strikeouts.
Luke Scott drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the Rays, who began the day 5 games behind Baltimore and Oakland in the wild-card race.
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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...
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. 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...
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...
A recent offensive surge has helped the Tampa Bay Rays remain a serious contender for an AL postseason spot.
Looking for a fifth consecutive victory, the Rays try to complete a series sweep Sunday by continuing their home dominance of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Desmond Jennings went 3 for 3 with a homer and Evan Longoria added a three-run shot as Tampa Bay (82-70) rolled to an 11-5...
The Tampa Bay Rays may be a bit too far back (6.5 games) to catch the AL East leading New York Yankees but they’re a more manageable 3.5 games shy of a wildcard spot. The Rays won their fourth straight game today, 11-5 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Among the 15 hits Tampa [...]
B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings also connected for the Rays, who moved within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has scored 43 runs during its winning streak.
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...
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...
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...