Found July 22, 2013 on Baseball Prospectus:
The Rays have ridden strong pitching to within a game and a half of first place in the AL East.

Rays' Yunel Escobar to return Monday potentially

The Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Saturday as he is trying to heal a mild right-hamstring strain. "He's feeling a lot better today, to the point where it's not sore," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But I don't want to push it, because I don't think it's necessary. But he's definitely...

Chicago Cubs trade rumors: Garza still a Cub…for now

On Friday night while prospect Junior Lake was making his major league debut, it seemed like Matt Garza was going to be packing his bags for Arlington. The Cubs and Rangers had a deal set in place, and got to the point of swapping the medical records of all the players trading sides. After looking at all the records, the Cubs were concerned about one of the players they were to receive...

Recap: Matt Moore shuts down Red Sox, Rays within half-game of AL East

Matt Moore is no joke.  Moore came in the hottest of all the Rays with a 4-0 record and a 1.35 ERA in his past month and he single handedly brought Tampa to within a half game of top of the AL East with a two hit shutout as the Rays beat the Red Sox with a 3-0 victory. Moore got his first career complete game shutout and his AL leading 14th win. For the Sox, Brandon Workman pitched...

Moore's first shutout lifts Rays past Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore wanted to smile when he reached the mound in the ninth inning Monday needing only three outs for the first shutout (or complete game of any sort) of his career. "It was a lot of fun," he said. But Moore resisted the urge to crack even the shyest of grins, as well as the urge to speed things up and sprint for the finish line...

Rays ready to Rumble

The Guru Contributing Writer The Tampa Bay Rays are the hottest team in baseball right now. The Rays have won five straight games, 17 of their last 19 and are 15-2 in July. Tonight the Rays invade Fenway Park looking to lay claim to first place in the American League East. The Red Sox currently lead the Rays by 1 1/2 games. There's a lot on the line. "Big series,"...

Rays hold off Blue Jays, complete 3-game road sweep

TORONTO (AP) -- Luke Scott and Kelly Johnson hit back-to-back home runs, Evan Longoria also went deep and the Tampa Bay Rays survived a late scare to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep. The surging Rays have won 13 of their past 14 games and 20 of their past 24. After starting the season 14-18, Tampa Bay is a major league-best 44-23 since May...

Rays Matt Moore Spins Two-Hit Shutout to Start Series With Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore pitched a two-hut shutout to win his 14th game and beat the Boston Red Sox in game one of a four game series against the Boston. The win moved Tampa Bay within a half game of the Red Sox in the American League East. Ben Zobrist had three hits and James Loney drove in two runs for the Rays, who earned their sixth consecutive victory and won for the...

3 Stars of the Game: Game 101

Ryan MacLeod Contributing Writer It may have been the late game the night before but the Red Sox came out and were shut down imediatly by Matt Moore, who single handidly pulled the Tampa Bay Rays to within .5 a game of the Red Sox in the AL East standings. Here are the 3 stars of last nights game. Star 3: Ben Zobrist Zobrist went 3-5 last night, getting more hits than the entire...

Rays Continue Road Trip with Four Games in Boston

After the All-Star break the Tampa Bay Rays are forced to run the gauntlet of the American League East with a 10-game road trip that began in Toronto, with stops in Boston and New York as well. A clean sweep of the Blue Jays over the weekend was the perfect jumping off point for a [...]

Matt Moore silences Red Sox for first career shut out

BOSTON (AP) -- Matt Moore pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Monday night to move within a half-game of first place in the AL East. Ben Zobrist had three hits and James Loney drove in two runs for the Rays, who earned their sixth consecutive victory and won for the 18th time in 20 games. In his first start since...

Game 101: Rays at Red Sox - Surging Rays invade Fenway

Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer The two best teams in the American League happen to reside in the AL East. They also happen to clash tonight in Fenway Park for the first of a four-game series. Although the Boston Red Sox (60-40) are 9-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) this season, those first 12 games came at a time when the Rays were middling around the lower-half of the...

Daily Rundown: Rays Blank Sox, 1/2 Game Back

The Tampa Bay Rays opened a four-game series in Boston with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night to move to within a half game of the Red Sox in the American League East. Matt Moore went the distance for Tampa Bay to pick up his 14th win. Moore allowed [...]

Your Morning Dump...where the Sox offense gets shut out

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. One of Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon’s favorite things about visiting Fenway Park is the convenient reminder of the AL East standings, which are updated daily and posted on the scoreboard on the Green...

How we see it goin' down: Rays - Sox series

First Pitch: Monday 7:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10 Arms: Monday: Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) Tuesday: Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58 ERA) Wednesday: David Price, LHP (4-5, 4.03 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (7-3, 3.76 ERA) Thursday: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (9-3, 4.62 ERA)...

Recap - Moore holds Sox completely in check

Jim Monaghan Contributing writer Matt Moore allowed just two hits over nine innings as he tossed a complete game shutout in the Sox 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park Monday night. For the surging Rays it was their sixth straight victory, and the eighteenth in their last twenty games; they're now tied with the Red Sox in the loss column. For their part, the Red...
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