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Monday night, Rangers vs. Rays, first game of a pivotal September series at Tropicana Field.
Rays lefty David Price, sitting in the home dugout on the first base side, said he could hear fans chanting at him all the way from the left field seats.
Price tipped his cap. The fans went, "Yeah!" And as Price recalled Wednesday, the fans probably thought it was quite cool, conversing with him from 400 feet away.
Ah, the simple pleasures of cheering for a team that draws only 10,724 in the middle of a pennant race. And 10,786 the next night. And 14,827 the night after that.
Sorry, no one could blame the Rays if they ordered Mayflower moving vans and snuck out of town, Baltimore Colts-style.
Where exactly would they draw worse?
The Rays' poor attendance is nothing new - they were last in the majors last season, next-to-last in 2011 and 23rd in '09, the year after they went to the World Series. But the crowds this season might be the most disappointing yet.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The next step in Jesse Crain's possible Tampa Bay Rays debut is a brief appearance in a Fall Instructional League game.
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Wil Myers' sense of relief was easy to see.
The Tampa Bay right fielder was let off the hook for a defensive lapse Wednesday night that put the Texas Rangers ahead in the 11th inning of a matchup between AL wild-card leaders when the Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory in the 12th.
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The Tampa Bay Rays had a chance to grab some breathing room in the race for the AL wild cards.
Hurt by a shaky outing from Matt Moore, it just didn't work out.
Moore allowed three home runs for the first time this season and Tampa Bay lost 8-2 to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, leaving the teams tied atop the wild-card standings.
''There's someone responsible...
It was Joe Maddon said a signature win. And to emphasize his point he moved his right hand in the air as if he were signing his name.
Or writing Tampa Bay Rays.
Or writing something however he wanted to sign the Rays 4-3 12th-inning win Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers in front of 14827 at Tropicana Field.
“I want to believe this game has to give us some kind of impetus...
The Tampa Bay Rays will try to protect their razor-thin lead in the AL wild-card race by continuing their success against a fellow contender.
David Price will seek to provide another solid outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night while leading the Rays to their eighth win in the last 10 matchups.
After passing Texas for the top wild-card spot, Tampa Bay (83-69) dropped...
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has no illusions about the AL wild-card race ending before the final days of the regular season.
Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each and the Texas Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night that pulled them even with Tampa Bay at the top of the AL wild-card race.
It wasn't the worst loss of the season for the Texas Rangers, at least not yet.
But Wednesday night's 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays is one they will remember if they don't reach the postseason. There were so many ways they could have won it.
''This is tough because we were right where we wanted to be with the right person (Joe Nathan) on the mound...
Charles T. Ross, 19, the underwear-only-clad bozo who stormed the field after making a grand entrance by flipping over a dugout during Monday’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field, spent Monday night in jail after security apprehended him. Ross was booked by Tampa police and charged with resisting a […]The post Underwear-clad bozo at Rays game...
The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers played a pennant-race classic
Wednesday night, a game that may have saved the Rays' season and
crushed the Rangers' â or not.