Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays

Rays journal: Team playing like it has ‘nothing to lose’

Rays journal: Team playing like it has ‘nothing to lose’

ST. PETERSBURG — The unnecessarily dramatic ending aside, the Rays felt pretty good about what transpired Sunday in securing a 5-4 victory and a series win over the previously red-hot A's."It showed me that we got a really good team here,'' roo...
Published: 09/16/18
Winning record gives Rays something to hold onto

Winning record gives Rays something to hold onto

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays, barring a total collapse by the A's or Yankees, are not going to post enough victories to make it into the playoffs.But after hanging on to the beat the A's again Sunday, 5-4, they insured that for the first time sinc...
Published: 09/16/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-A’s game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-A’s game

As impressive as Willy Adames' 420-foot homer was, making it more so was it came in the at-bat after his base­running blunder, getting doubled off second on Jesus Sucre's bases-loaded liner. All players make mistakes; good ones move on quickly.A...
Published: 09/16/18
Rays hang on to beat A’s 5-4, guarantee a winning season

Rays hang on to beat A’s 5-4, guarantee a winning season

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays, barring something really extraordinary, are not going to log enough victories to make it into the playoffs this year.But by hanging on Sunday to beat the A's for a second straight day, 5-4 this time, they made it offi...
Published: 09/16/18
Jake Bauers’ blast leads Rays rebound

Jake Bauers’ blast leads Rays rebound

ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday was about frustration.The Rays woke up feeling down, knowing that losing Friday's game, and the chance to sweep the A's, had pretty much ended their long shot hopes of actually getting into the race for the final Ameri...
Published: 09/15/18
Updated: 09/16/18
Rays journal: Triple-A Durham wins another league title

Rays journal: Triple-A Durham wins another league title

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays officials talk a lot about how winning at the minor-league level can benefit players when they get to the majors.Well, they have reason to be even better now.On Saturday, Triple-A Durham won a second straight International...
Published: 09/15/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-A’s game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-A’s game

INF Brandon Lowe can be forgiven if he can't keep track of the details from a season that saw him rise from Double A to Triple A to the majors. But the numbers are pretty good mile-markers, his second-inning homer his fifth in the majors, 27th overal...
Published: 09/15/18
For starters: Rays vs. A’s, on double opener day

For starters: Rays vs. A’s, on double opener day

UPDATE, 5:02: Neither  Rays manager Kevin Cash nor A's countpart Bob Melvin making much of the opener vs. opener matchup, saying it was going to happen at some point with more teams doing it. Melvin did say he may again pinch-hit in the leadoff ...
Published: 09/15/18
Rays Tales: Why every day is Sunday fun day

Rays Tales: Why every day is Sunday fun day

ST. PETERSBURG — The stories typically start coming out around this time, how (most of) the teams headed to the playoffs all have such good chemistry, though the reality is that 90-something W's can mask a lot of issues and create plenty of pos...
Published: 09/15/18
Rays fall 2-1 in 10 innings to A’s, playoff hopes pretty much end

Rays fall 2-1 in 10 innings to A’s, playoff hopes pretty much end

ST. PETERSBURG  — With the weekend series against Oakland presenting his Rays with basically a final opportunity to at least make it a race for the last American League playoff spot, manager Kevin Cash wanted them, more than anything,...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
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