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1029593 2038-01-01 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-01T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-08-21 02:56:56.0 UTC 2009-08-20T22:56:56.000-04:00 up-next-for-tampa-bay-rays-vs-texas-rangers Published 2009-08-21 12:27:30.0 UTC 2009-08-21T08:27:30.000-04:00 sports/baseball/rays DTI 54208738 > Tonight-Sunday What's new: The Rangers have morphed a bit into last year's Rays, adding improved defense, quality pitching (fourth in ERA in the American League) and speed to their usual show of power to make an unexpected run at the wild card. Rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Julio Borbon add speed and excitement. Veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez was acquired to replace injured Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Outfielder Josh Hamilton, the onetime Rays prospect, has been inconsistent, injured and in the news recently for a lapse in sobriety. Key stat: The Rays are 8-17 vs. AL West teams this season, 17-15 vs. Central teams and 27-18 vs. East teams. Connections: Hamilton is a former Rays No. 1 draft pick, third-base coach Dave Anderson a Gibbs High product. … Rays first baseman Carlos Peña, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Gregg Zaun and coach Dave Martinez are ex-Rangers. Series history: The Rangers swept a three-game July series, outscoring the Rays 20-7. They lead 63-46 all-time but are 26-26 at the Trop. Marc Topkin, Times staff writer By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer Baseball,Pinellas,Rays,Sports Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Texas Rangers By MARC TOPKIN The Rangers have morphed a bit into last year's Rays, adding improved defense, quality pitching and speed to their usual show of power to make an unexpected run at the wild card. 2STC Sports 2 Star dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz Up next: Texas Rangers St. Petersburg 4 sp_raysnext082109-2STC 2009-08-21 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-08-21T00:00:00.000-04:00 The Tampa Bay Rays next host the Texas Rangers and former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Josh Hamilton. Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/08/20/54208738-up-next-for-tampa-bay-rays-vs-texas-rangers StaffArticle sports,baseballBaseballsports,baseball,raysTampa Bay RaysTampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Josh HamiltonMarc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MARC TOPKIN</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 2290320 2016-08-20 02:33:02.0 UTC 1 Week Ago rays-rangers-saturday-preview sports/baseball/rays Rays-Rangers Saturday preview StaffArticle 2290398 2016-08-21 01:36:36.0 UTC 1 Week Ago rays-rangers-sunday-preview sports/baseball/rays Rays-Rangers Sunday preview StaffArticle 2290133 2016-08-19 00:35:00.0 UTC 1 Week Ago rays-rangers-friday-preview sports/baseball/rays Rays-Rangers Friday preview StaffArticle &gt; <p> <i>Tonight-Sunday</i> </p> <p> <b>What's new</b>: The Rangers have morphed a bit into last year's Rays, adding improved defense, quality pitching (fourth in ERA in the American League) and speed to their usual show of power to make an unexpected run at the wild card. Rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Julio Borbon add speed and excitement. Veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez was acquired to replace injured Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Outfielder Josh Hamilton, the onetime Rays prospect, has been inconsistent, injured and in the news recently for a lapse in sobriety. </p> <p> <b>Key stat</b>: The Rays are 8-17 vs. AL West teams this season, 17-15 vs. Central teams and 27-18 vs. East teams. </p> <p> <b>Connections</b>: Hamilton is a former Rays No. 1 draft pick, third-base coach Dave Anderson a Gibbs High product. … Rays first baseman Carlos Pe&ntilde;a, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Gregg Zaun and coach Dave Martinez are ex-Rangers. </p> <p> <b>Series history</b>: The Rangers swept a three-game July series, outscoring the Rays 20-7. They lead 63-46 all-time but are 26-26 at the Trop. </p> <p> Marc Topkin, Times staff writer </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:43:26