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After splitting their series with the Texas Rangers, there was nothing more that the Tampa Bay Rays would have preferred than to complete a four game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles.
This is exactly what they did, with the help of a James Loney’s walk-off home run Monday night in Tampa. With no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Joe Maddon sent out Loney to pinch hit for Sean Rodriguez. There was no question that Maddon made the right move after Loney lined an 0-1 fastball over the right field wall.
James Loney (Photo credit: Chris O’Meara/AP)
With just six games left in the season, this win could not have come at a better time for the Rays, who are trying to preserve a two-game lead in the American League Wild Card race. By sweeping Baltimore, the Rays have almost completely knocked the O’s out of the race, as they now sit five games behind the Cleveland Indians. The three other contenders for the Wild Card spots, however, were able to win on Monday and still find themselves in the mix. The Kansas City Royals are now three games out of the Indians’ second Wild Card spot, while the Rangers are only one away.
The Rays start a road series with the New York Yankees tonight, who may have lost almost all hope of reaching the postseason this year after failing to sweep the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon. Unless the Rays were to lose all three games, the Yankees can pretty much be counted out. That is not to say, however, that they are not a dangerous ballclub. If the Yankees were to win the series, it may be a serious blow to Tampa, who still have to worry about both the red-hot Indians and the Rangers.
The Rays still find themselves in a heated Wild Card battle going into the last six games of the season, and need to hope that they can ride the momentum of Loney’s walk-off homer right into the playoffs.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Wil Myers tied it with a two-run single on a jarring play in the seventh inning then pinch-hitter James Loney stunned the Orioles with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep that put a serious damper in Baltimore's wild-card hopes with a 5-4 victory Monday.
The Orioles also lost All-Star third baseman Manny...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb was named the American League player of the week for the period ending Sept. 22, MLB announced Monday.
Cobb, 25, was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in starts at Tropicana Field against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 16 and Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 21. He allowed two runs and six hits with 10 strikeouts in eight innings against the...
Joe Maddon sought some assistance in devising his lineup for Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees, so the Tampa Bay Rays manager walked from his team's hotel in Times Square to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Maddon said he sat in the back for his late-morning visit.
''I was looking for inspiration,'' he said. ''I saw St. Jude - don&...
Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.
Tampa Bay roughed up Hiroki Kuroda in tightening its grip on an AL wild-card spot with its fifth straight win. Matt Joyce had a leadoff homer as the Rays jumped ahead 3-0 in...
Delmon Young was signed to a 1-year deal by the Philadelphia Phillies last offseason. Analytic types had a field day with Ruben Amaro‘s decision to give regular playing time to the right fielder who was coming off a season with the Detroit Tigers where he had grounded into as many double plays (20) as he had drawn walks. Young produced a .261/.302/.397 BA/OBP/SLG line and ...
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Wednesday's game he expected to see a different David Price than the one who's showed up for his most recent starts.
Maddon said Price appeared motivated this week seemed more animated around the clubhouse and in the dugout.
“I think you're going to see prime David” Maddon said.
Well the left-hander has been more prime...
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings was left out of Monday's lineup due to a hamstring strain suffered in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Orioles. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was among those tweeting the news, with manager Joe Maddon apparently not expecting the injury to keep Jennings out of all of the Rays' remaining games.
#Rays say Jennings...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.
Tampa Bay roughed up Hiroki Kuroda in tightening its grip on an AL wild-card spot with its fifth straight win. Matt Joyce had a leadoff homer as the Rays jumped...
Matt Moore turned in another short outing. Shortstop Yunel Escobar left the game with an ankle injury. Catcher Jose Lobaton left with a bruised right elbow.
And the Tampa Bay Rays won.
Just shows when things are going well for the Rays they go well and they are going well right now.
The Rays began their season-ending six-game road trip Tuesday with a 7-0 victory against the New...
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings exited Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles after injuring his left hamstring, and the team is considering him day to day. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters -- including Bill Chastain of MLB.com -- yesterday that the ailment isn't "awful," adding that he believes Jennings could return to the team's lineup...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Maddon sought some assistance in devising his lineup for Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees, so the Tampa Bay Rays manager walked from his team's hotel in Times Square to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Maddon said he sat in the back for his late-morning visit.
"I was looking for inspiration," he said. "I saw St. Jude -...
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury after running through the first base bag awkwardly on Monday afternoon in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Machado spent several minutes on the field in obvious pain before being carted off by the Orioles training staff.
In 155 games coming into Monday, Machado has hit ...
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Both the Yankees and Indians were off yesterday, so the ground to make up is still 4 games. Things are looking bleak. Here are how the teams in contention fared yesterday:
Rays: 5-4 win vs Orioles. James Loney belts walk-off home run in the 9th.
Rangers: 12-0 win vs Astros. Derek Holland throws complete-game shutout. Of course...
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Monday's key results
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Buzz: The Rays scored three runs in the last three innings, capped by James Loney's game-ending homer to right field off reliever Tommy Hunter, to earn a four-game sweep. Tampa Bay right-hander...