Joe Nathan avoids disaster earning 26th save

getty images Those calling for Joe Nathan to be pulled from the closers job in Detroit got a little louder on Tuesday night as the 39-year-old nearly blew another save. Nathan retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 11th inning before giving up a single, a walk and an RBI single before retiring Sean Rodriguez via strikeout. Nathan blew a save on Aug. 9 at Toronto but has...
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Possible Trades to Upgrade Brewers at SS

In the heat of a four-headed pennant race, the Brewers could certainly benefit from some trade deadline reinforcements. In particular, Milwaukee should look for upgrades at shortstop. Starter Jean Segura has failed to live up to high expectations, posting a disappointing .585 OPS and 56 wRC+. Backups Jeff Bianchi (2 wRC+, sub-Mendoza .186 slugging) and the recently reacquired Irving...
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Twins' Hughes outdueled in loss to Tampa Bay

MINNEAPOLIS -- With two swings of his bat, Sean Rodriguez quashed the seemingly impending pitchers' duel set to take place at Target Field on Saturday night. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and anyone else who took a look at the matchup before settling into their seats or couches at home could've anticipated as much. "The names are there," he said before his team&...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ask the Rays: Sean Rodriguez

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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest home runs of the week

Before you get your Fourth of July festivities underway, why not take a look at some of these fireworks? By now, I’m sure you know who’s going to be at the top of this list, given the massive freakout surrounding his epic blast last week. But who will fill in the list behind our new kingpin? 1. Mike Trout vs Jason Vargas, 489 feet (June 27th) I have nothing to say. This was...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays finish off sweep of Yankees, push win streak to 5 games

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs, helping the streaking Tampa Bay Rays extend their longest winning string this year to five and handing the New York Yankees their season-worst fifth straight loss, 6-3 Wednesday. Ben Zobrist doubled twice among his three hits for the Rays, but ran into two outs. With manager Joe Maddon...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Playoff appearances by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays a year ago may seem like distant memories now, but both clubs are hoping solid efforts in their previous series will help them turn around their fortunes. The Rays host the Pirates for the first time in 11 seasons in the opener of a three-game set Monday night...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Yunel Escobar has two RBI as Rays continue dominance of Astros

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Yunel Escobar drove in two runs during a three-run sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astors 5-2 on Sunday. Escobar hit a two-run single and Sean Rodriguez had an RBI grounder off Dallas Keuchel (8-5) to give the Rays a 4-2 lead in the sixth. The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, including five wins in seven games against Houston...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays notes: Defensive evolution catching up to Rays hitters

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays' offensive struggles are a well-worn theme this season, but perhaps baseball's evolution partly is to blame. On Saturday, before the third game of the Rays' four-game series against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field, manager Joe Maddon spoke about the small margin of error for his team offensively this year. He said opponents...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rays not playing like the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays – Photo Credit – Keith Allison In my opinion, Joe Maddon is the best manager in baseball.  He is a strategic genius with the National League-style way he coaches. Most importantly,  he wins. He took a Tampa Bay Rays team who had only reached the 70-win mark once in their short history and has led them to five 90-win seasons since 2008, including a World Series...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays at Red Sox game preview

TV: FOX Time: 7 p.m. ET While the Boston Red Sox remain hot, apparently so do the collective tempers between them and the Tampa Bay Rays. As the Red Sox look to extend their season-high winning streak to six, it's uncertain if both clubs will be able to keep their emotions in check Saturday night at Fenway Park. A.J. Pierzynski tripled home a run in the bottom of the 10th inning...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays at Red Sox game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Maybe a benches-clearing incident was exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed. The defending world champions have yet to lose since Sunday's fracas in Tampa and the Red Sox will get a chance to exact a little revenge Friday night when they open a three-game set against the visiting Rays. With an 8-3 lead in the seventh...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays change narrative with winning streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There were three dominant narratives before the Tampa Bay Rays began their current winning streak. These were neon-bright elephants parked in the clubhouse of whichever city they found themselves throughout the past two weeks: Seattle, Anaheim, here. The Rays can't score. Logan Forsythe can't hit. Longo? Evan Longoria looks more Lost-O at the plate...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays deliver 8-5 blow to Red Sox for series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The World Series champion Boston Red Sox lost their 10th straight game for their worst slide in 20 years, and brawled with the Tampa Bay Rays during an 8-5 defeat Sunday. Rays pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez connected for a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh. Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double later in the inning and then took third on defensive indifference...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three ejected as benches clear in Red Sox-Rays finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Three were ejected after tempers flared between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Red Sox left-fielder Jonny Gomes, plus two Rays players, shortstop Yunel Escobar and designated hitter Sean Rodriguez, were dismissed from the series finale at Tropicana Field after benches cleared in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, Escobar reached...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three ejected as benches clear in Red Sox-Rays finale

Boston's Jonny Gomes and Tampa Bay's Yunel Escobar and Sean Rodriguez were ejected from Sunday's contest after a bench clearing brawl between the teams.
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Another dramatic victory provides Rays with one more step in climb out of AL East basement

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A climb from the basement begins with a single step. Or in Cole Figueroa's case, a raised right fist on a sprint to second base, then a beeline to shallow right like he ran with his heels on fire, then a leap into an impromptu mosh pit that began in the dirt between first and second after scoring Desmond Jennings on a bloop double that found the turf in...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays beat Athletics on Rodriguez homer in 11th

The Rays had been desperately searching for their first walkoff win, a hint of magic that could spark their so-far disappointing season. And they might have gotten that spark Thursday, Sean Rodriguez circling the bases after his two-out, three-run homer in the 11th lifted Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory over the A's in front of 11,257 at Tropicana Field. The Rays snapped a four-game...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Sean Rodriguez ends the game with 3-run home run

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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez saves day with 11th-inning HR to lift Rays past A's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th inning Thursday to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Rodriguez's team-leading fifth homer came off Luke Gregerson after Desmond Jennings' two-out single had tied it against Dan Otero (4-1). Yeonis Cespedes' sacrifice fly had given the A'...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays outlast Yanks in 14-inning marathon

Just what the Tampa Bay Rays need, a long, bullpen-taxing game Friday night to chase Thursday’s bullpen-taxing doubleheader sweep in Boston. But that’s what they got against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium — a marathon. And if you’re going to play all night, you might as well win, which is what the Rays did, scoring five times in the top of the 14th inning for a 10...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ICYMI: NY Yankees turn 5-4-3 triple play!

Thursday night while every sports fan was glued to ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 installment, Bad Boys, the New York Yankees were rolling all over the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price.  During the top of the second inning, the Yankees tagged the former Cy Young pitcher for four runs.  Yankees ace, CC Sabathia returned to the game with a comfortable 4-0 lead.  However, he quickly found...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rookie Yangervis Solarte Starts Impressive 5-4-3 Triple Play

Alex Rodriguez’s absence from this year’s lineup had many New York Yankees fans worried about who would fill his shoes, but 26-year-old rookie Yangervis Solarte already is making a name for himself at third base. Solarte acted fast in the second inning of Thursday night’s game when Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Sean Rodriguez slammed a ground ball down the third base line. Solarte...
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Easiest Triple Play You'll See For A While...

((HT: MLB/YES))Sean Rodriguez did the one thing you really don't want to do with runners on first and second...Pull a pitch right at the third baseman...You can guess what happens next...Your browser does not support iframes.CC Sabathia has now been on the mound for the last three triple plays the Yankees have fielded and Rodriguez has now hit into the last two triple plays the...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Turn 5-4-3 Triple Play vs. Rays

Your browser does not support iframes. On Thursday night during C.C. Sabathia’s first win of the season, the Yankees pulled off a 5-4-3 triple play. While this is a pretty rare feat, it was relatively easy to turn, as Sean Rodriguez hit the ball right to Kelly Johnson on third base. Last year’s 4-6-5-3-4 that the Yanks turned was much more impressive. [CBS Sports] The post...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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