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791986 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2008-09-01 02:14:56.0 UTC 2008-08-31T22:14:56.000-04:00 bartlett-offensive-star-as-rays-sweep-orioles Published 2008-09-02 13:45:03.0 UTC 2008-09-02T09:45:03.000-04:00 sports/baseball/rays DTI 42551320 ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the Rays' record offensive outburst in a sweep of the Orioles, they, as they have all season, scored in some wild ways. Five bases-loaded walks. Two bases-loaded hit batters. In Sunday's sixth inning alone, Tampa Bay scored three runs without putting the ball in play. But one particular play stole the show in the Rays' 10-4 victory in front of 32,379 at Tropicana Field, completing a series in which they racked up a club-record 34 runs over a three-game stretch. Sure-handed shortstop Jason Bartlett hit his first home run in more than a year, spanning 471 at-bats, with his solo shot to leftfield in the seventh. Acquired from the Twins in the offseason, Bartlett has become what manager Joe Maddon labels a candidate for team MVP. But as the Rays (84-51) capped their winningest month in club history with their ninth sweep of the season, pulling 51/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East to begin a tough September stretch, Bartlett believes the fact that every member of the team has had MVP moments in its remarkable run shows why it can sustain its success in a playoff push. "There's not one guy that stands out; it's somebody different almost every night," Bartlett said. "People talk about 'team of destiny' and all that stuff, and I think this is how it happens. It's pitching, defense, a timely hit by somebody different every night." The Rays had all of the above Sunday afternoon. There was James Shields (12-8), giving the bullpen a break by giving up just one run in seven innings to tie his career high in wins. There was utilityman Ben Zobrist, who stepped in at center after B.J. Upton was hit by a pitch (Upton is okay) and made a great diving catch in the seventh. There was Rocco Baldelli (3-for-3) and backup catcher Shawn Riggans (2-for-5, two doubles) helping a lineup of right-handed hitters carve up an Orioles southpaw for the second straight day, "hoping to dispel the rumor we can't hit left-handed pitching," Maddon said jokingly. But what had Maddon impressed the most was how the Rays did it. He pointed out the "spectacular" mental approach in their at-bats (drawing seven walks for a series total of 25), to how they consistently beat Baltimore to the first-base bag from the first (Carlos Pena) to the seventh (Akinori Iwamura, who forced an error). "I liked the idea we kept adding on, these guys are still running hard with a big lead late in the game," Maddon said. "We have to play with the foot down, the pedal to the metal. We can't take anything for granted. "The moment you do that, everything blows up." Maddon said that because of their depth, he wasn't surprised the Rays went 21-7 in a month in which they played without core players such as Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, Troy Percival and even Bartlett for stretches. And as Tampa Bay pursues its goal of playing deep into October, 12 of the next 15 games will come against the defending world champion Red Sox and the Yankees, whom the Rays host Tuesday. But Bartlett said they're "pumped" for September, as "no one wants to play us, especially at home." "We're an anonymous group," Maddon said. "And we're playing in a non-anonymous way right now." Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com. Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer Baseball,Rays,Sports Bartlett offensive star as Rays sweep Orioles JHIATTN Shortstop Jason Bartlett hits his first home run in more than a year as Tampa Bay routs Baltimore, completing a sweep. The Rays' division lead grows as Boston loses. 4STC Sports dhyj3h4p338e dhyj3 Rays 10, Orioles 4: A smashing end to a stellar August <p> <b>&gt;&gt;</b><b>fast facts</b> </p><p> <b>Busting out</b> </p><p> The Rays had their best offensive three-game series in franchise history, scoring 10 or more in three straight games for the first time for a club-best three-game total of 34 runs. </p><p> 34Runs </p><p> 40 Hits </p><p> 11 Doubles </p><p> 25 Walks </p><p> 1 Home run </p><p> 6 Hit batters </p><p> 5 Bases-loaded walks (two Sunday) </p><p> 2 Hit batters with bases loaded (one Sunday) </p><p> .367 Rays batting average in series </p> <p/> Dateline 1 sp_rays090108 A smashing end to a stellar August 2008-09-01 04:00:00.0 UTC 2008-09-01T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2008/08/31/42551320-bartlett-offensive-star-as-rays-sweep-orioles StaffArticle sports,baseballBaseballsports,baseball,raysTampa Bay RaysST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the Rays' record offensive outburst in a sweep of the Orioles, they, as they have all season, scored in some wild ways.Baseball,Rays,SportsBaseball,Rays,SportsJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2283139 2016-06-25 20:26:09.0 UTC 2 Months Ago slumping-rays-shut-out-by-orioles-in-doubleheader-opener sports/baseball/rays Rays' losing streak at 10 games after sweep by Orioles StaffArticle 2285671 2016-07-17 01:06:52.0 UTC 1 Month Ago rays-offense-stalls-again-in-loss-to-orioles sports/baseball/rays Rays offense stalls again in loss to Orioles (w/ video) StaffArticle 2283173 2016-06-26 02:07:16.0 UTC 2 Months Ago rays-orioles-sunday-preview sports/baseball/rays Rays-Orioles Sunday preview StaffArticle <p> ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the Rays' record offensive outburst in a sweep of the Orioles, they, as they have all season, scored in some wild ways. </p> <p> Five bases-loaded walks. Two bases-loaded hit batters. In Sunday's sixth inning alone, Tampa Bay scored three runs without putting the ball in play. </p> <p> But one particular play stole the show in the Rays' 10-4 victory in front of 32,379 at Tropicana Field, completing a series in which they racked up a club-record 34 runs over a three-game stretch. </p> <p> Sure-handed shortstop Jason Bartlett hit his first home run in more than a year, spanning 471 at-bats, with his solo shot to leftfield in the seventh. Acquired from the Twins in the offseason, Bartlett has become what manager Joe Maddon labels a candidate for team MVP. </p> <p> But as the Rays (84-51) capped their winningest month in club history with their ninth sweep of the season, pulling 51/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East to begin a tough September stretch, Bartlett believes the fact that every member of the team has had MVP moments in its remarkable run shows why it can sustain its success in a playoff push. </p> <p> &quot;There's not one guy that stands out; it's somebody different almost every night,&quot; Bartlett said. &quot;People talk about 'team of destiny' and all that stuff, and I think this is how it happens. It's pitching, defense, a timely hit by somebody different every night.&quot; </p> <p> The Rays had all of the above Sunday afternoon. There was James Shields (12-8), giving the bullpen a break by giving up just one run in seven innings to tie his career high in wins. </p> <p> There was utilityman Ben Zobrist, who stepped in at center after B.J. Upton was hit by a pitch (Upton is okay) and made a great diving catch in the seventh. There was Rocco Baldelli (3-for-3) and backup catcher Shawn Riggans (2-for-5, two doubles) helping a lineup of right-handed hitters carve up an Orioles southpaw for the second straight day, &quot;hoping to dispel the rumor we can't hit left-handed pitching,&quot; Maddon said jokingly. </p> <p> But what had Maddon impressed the most was <i>how </i>the Rays did it. He pointed out the &quot;spectacular&quot; mental approach in their at-bats (drawing seven walks for a series total of 25), to how they consistently beat Baltimore to the first-base bag from the first (Carlos Pena) to the seventh (Akinori Iwamura, who forced an error). </p> <p> &quot;I liked the idea we kept adding on, these guys are still running hard with a big lead late in the game,&quot; Maddon said. &quot;We have to play with the foot down, the pedal to the metal. We can't take anything for granted. </p> <p> &quot;The moment you do that, everything blows up.&quot; </p> <p> Maddon said that because of their depth, he wasn't surprised the Rays went 21-7 in a month in which they played without core players such as Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, Troy Percival and even Bartlett for stretches. </p> <p> And as Tampa Bay pursues its goal of playing deep into October, 12 of the next 15 games will come against the defending world champion Red Sox and the Yankees, whom the Rays host Tuesday. But Bartlett said they're &quot;pumped&quot; for September, as &quot;no one wants to play us, especially at home.&quot; </p> <p> &quot;We're an anonymous group,&quot; Maddon said. &quot;And we're playing in a non-anonymous way right now.&quot; </p> <p> <i>Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.</i> </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:41:44