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9 hrs ago | NJ.com
It's odd enough that the Yankees don't have a chance at October baseball. It was even weirder how their 6-1 loss to the Rays went down at the Tropicana Field.
10 hrs ago | St. Petersburg Times
And so the saddest summer of them all has come to this: In their own park, the Rays have been turned into extras. They sit on the fringes of the moment, out of the spotlight, applauding another team's star.
Looking forward to 2015 -- something I was hoping to delay at least six more weeks -- is unavoidable with the recent, fantastic start by Nate Karns . Ian covered his majestic power-curve over the weekend, and came away noting it might be the best pitch among all of the arms in the Rays system -- no disrespect to Clockhands McGee.
Jun 22, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Colome pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports Alex Colome has been on the Tampa Bay Rays prospect map for quite a while, and it appears as if his 8-year minor league career might finally be culminating.
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, left, and Manager Joe Maddon, right, laugh as Cecil Fielder takes the lineup to the umpires before the Rays spring training game against the Twins at Charlotte Sports Park Monday in Port Charlotte, FL. Principal owner Stuart Sternberg saying last week, in response to a question, that the payroll is headed down for 2015 is hardly a surprise after the Rays jumped from $62 million to a franchise-record $80 million, which he termed "an enormous aberration."
Brewers 4, Marlins 2: Miami star Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays and a CT scan.
Chris Young of the Yankees celebrates his game-winning, ninth-inning, three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
Not since 1969 have the Orioles gotten the opportunity to celebrate a division title in Baltimore. After a sweep of the Red Sox in Boston, the O's magic number is down to 8. The earliest they can clinch the division is Monday since the Blue Jays won on Wednesday night.
Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is carted off the field after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports In a terrifying moment on Thursday night, young Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch from the Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Fiers , prompting the outfielder to collapse instantly, clutching his face.
With the Blue Jays trying to continue their playoff push, their bats are certainly coming alive at the right time. Toronto, which opens a three-game series against the Rays at Rogers Centre on Friday, is coming off a tremendous offensive showing in its three-game sweep of the Cubs.
Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays has not given up a hit through seven innings against the New York Yankees. The right-hander was in complete control Thursday night until he walked consecutive batters with one out in the seventh.
The Tampa Bay Rays are going to have to win every series in September to finish this season with a winning record. Tampa needs to go 12-4 the rest of the way to get to an 82-80 record.
Sept. 16, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist doubles to deep right against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports Ben Zobrist has achieved a lot in his career.
Sternberg said the 2015 payroll is "clearly going to be lower" than this year's franchise-record $80 million, and he pointed out - albeit a small sample size - that they have had the most success when they have spent least. "We've run payroll into the and gotten into the World Series and well into the playoffs, and our two highest payrolls a the years we stepped it up were 2009 and 2014, and those are the only two years we haven't played significant September baseball," Sternberg said.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 09:20 pm
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