Found June 27, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

The scene from two weeks ago is the beautiful home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field. A baseball fan is sitting in his seat, minding his own business, when all of a sudden something strikes his thigh. Thinking it was a foul, the fan ignored it (Quick aside, how do you not know when [...]


Bullet that fell through the Tropicana Field roof and hit a fan not part of a game day giveaway

Charles Sweatt, the police chief of the small town of Parker in the Florida Panhandle, was in attendance at Tropicana Field on June 16 for the Rays game against the Marlins, when he felt something sting his leg. At first Sweatt thought he must have been nicked by a foul ball, although upon further inspection there was no ball to be found in his vicinity. What was found, by another...

Deflected ground ball drills ump in the face

A ground ball by Tampa Bay Rays batter Carlos Pena deflected off the glove of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and hit first base umpire Brian Gorman in the face during Wednesday's game at Kaufmann Stadium. Hosmer's error in the top of the eighth inning bloodied Gorman, who had to be treated by trainers for a cut on his face. However, Gorman was able to stay...

Despite ugly outing, Cobb saves Tampa Bay's bullpen

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb didn't feel like a hero after allowing 13 hits -- one off the team record -- in an 8-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday. However, that was exactly what manager Joe Maddon called him after Cobb, despite a five-run third inning, gutted it out to pitch an eight-inning complete game and save the Rays' already short-handed bullpen...

Rays looking for offensive support in KC

Chris Archer might be making his final start in the major leagues this season, but if his second outing goes anything like his debut, he'll have made a solid case for a future spot in the rotation. The Tampa Bay Rays hope to provide him with a little more offense this time around. Tampa Bay looks to get back on track Tuesday night after being shut out in its series opener with...

Fan hit by stray bullet while attending Rays game at Tropicana Field

If it wasn’t already difficult enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to attract fans to its decrepit ballpark, Tropicana Field, to root, root, root for the home team, marketing folks are now faced with dealing with yet another deterrent: fans being struck with what police have deemed a “falling bullet.” Charles Sweatt, 54, a police [...]

Rays activate Scott for Thursday's game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays activated designated hitter Luke Scott from the 15-day disabled list and have him batting cleanup against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Scott has been sidelined since June 15 because of back stiffness. To make room on the roster, right-handed pitcher Chris Archer was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Scott is batting .220 with...

Rays need to turn things around against Tigers

Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays have company an unwelcome visitor that has been trudging upstairs from the AL East cellar and suddenly has made itself right at home. Their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, have tied them for third place. And if things don't improve in a hurry against the Detroit Tigers, who come to town for a four-game series starting Thursday...

Tigers-Rays Preview

Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields said the only bad pitch in his last outing turned into a three-run homer. The three-run homer Max Scherzer surrendered the last time he took the mound was the least of his concerns. Shields will try to help the Rays avoid a season high-tying fourth consecutive loss in Thursday's four-game series opener in St. Petersburg, where Scherzer gets...

Shields, Rays struggle in loss to Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Max Scherzer struck out seven in six innings and Miguel Cabrera had four hits and drove in two runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Scherzer (7-5) allowed two runs and four hits in his second start following the death of his brother earlier this month. The right-hander was replaced after walking...

Royals 5, Rays 4

Billy Butler greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with a solo home run in the eighth, powering Kansas City to a 5-4 victory on a scorching Wednesday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also homered for the Royals, who got their first three-game home sweep of the Rays since 2001. Aaron Crow (1-1), the fifth Royals pitcher, was the...
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