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Tampa Bay Rays
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Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 92-71, 2nd place in the American League East
After missing the playoffs last season, the Tampa Bay Rays made a return to October in their eighth campaign under manager Joe Maddon. The 92 victories marked the fourth consecutive season in which they won at least 90 games, a notable feat for a franchise that used to be one of baseballs weakest.
In July, when they went a major league best 21-5, the Rays looked capable of winning the American League East and completing a long playoff run. A September slump kept them from catching the Boston Red Sox in the division. But they won nine of 11 games to close the regular season, including a victory over the Texas Rangers in the AL wild-card tiebreaker, to reach the Division Series.
This team included the emergence of Alex Cobb and Matt Moore as strong, young rotation members, as well as Alex Torres proving to be an impressive middle reliever. The promotion of hyped prospect Wil Myers provided a burst, and James Loney complemented E...
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David Price may very well have pitched his final game in a Rays uniform. The Rays were eliminated from the postseason with a 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday, and Price said on a conference call the following night that he does not expect to return to Tampa next season. “If you go with what’s been done in the past I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A day later, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is still excited about the result of Game 3 in this American League Division Series.
Sternberg called catcher Jose Lobaton's game-ending, 412-foot solo homer Monday "absolutely the most unexpected moment." The hit, which became the third to splashdown into the Rays Touch Tank in center...
The hat should have given it away.
Fernando Rodney is not only the man responsible for nailing down close ballgames in Tampa Bay. The owner of baseball’s crookedest cap is also quite the clubhouse comedian.
“Fernando, he’s a little bit of a practical joker,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday. “He likes to use different voices. He’s almost a little bit of a ventriloquist...
Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox was not won with ease, but after a 5-4 victory, the Tampa Bay Rays have forced a Game 4. The Rays did not play perfect baseball last night, but they got the breaks that they needed, especially when they needed it most. Jose Lobaton hit a ninth inning walk-off homerun to keep the Rays season alive, and hopefully give them the momentum...
Joe Maddon said after the Rays’ Game 2 loss at Fenway Park on Saturday that he was looking forward to returning to Boston for a Game 5. If the Rays win Tuesday and make that return a reality, Tampa Bay will send Game 2′s starter back to the hill Thursday in search of retribution.
Maddon said Tuesday that David Price, who was touched up for seven runs in Saturday’s Game 2, will...
Still scratching your head over some of Joe Maddon’s moves? Ye of little faith! In the end the Rays’ manager put all of his pieces in the right places producing a jaw-dropping electrifying result.
A walk-off homer by backup catcher Jose Lobaton into the tank beyond right-center field where no Rays player had ever gone deep at Tropicana Field? Of course! That was the plan all...
Rays ace LHP David Price said Wednesday night he expects to be traded this off-season.
"If you go with what's been done in the past I guess you're going to have to think you're going to get traded'' Price said. "That's kind of the way it's happened with this organization when pitchers kind of get to this period in their career. We've seen...
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2013-14 free-agent market.
Note that, this year, in addition to asking readers to estimate the years/dollars each...
It didn’t take very long to confirm that one of the most ridiculous rumors of the MLB postseason was completely false. On Monday night, Thomas Beisner, a Kentucky sports television host, tweeted out that a Red Sox fan was escorted out of the park during Game 3 of the ALDS for picking up a live ray out of the tank at Tropicana Field and throwing it. On Tuesday morning, a Rays team...
Our first AL Division Series is in the books, and the Red Sox will be moving on to await the winner of Thursday's Game 5 between the Tigers and Athletics in Oakland. Boston dispatched the Rays pretty easily, though Tampa Bay put up one hell of a fight in the final two games of the series at Tropicana Field. Here are five observations from watching the series.
1. If that was...
Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with nine executives who think the Rays will trade their starting pitcher David Price this offseason. The scouts’ consensus was that the Rangers, Cubs and D-Backs were the favorites for successfully dealing for the elite 28-year old righthander.
We had an email conversation about him late last night and this morning, and discussed whether...
Photo courtesy of Boston.com
The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth to erase a 1-0 deficit and beat the Tampa Bays Rays 3-1 at Tropicana Field. The win puts the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series where they will take on either Oakland or Detroit.
The game was scoreless until...
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Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
If Joe Maddon was the Red Sox manager (thank go he's not), he would say that we got "Out-Tropped." Last night in the 4th, the Rays used the catwalks to get "even" with Boston after Maddon felt they got "out-Fenwayed" in the first 2 games. Last night, what looked to be a routine...
American League Division Series – Game 4Boston at Tampa Bay6:07 ET TBSJake Peavy (12-5, 4.17) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 5.17)The first...