The Tampa Bay Rays played The Texas Rangers on October 4, 2011. The Rays ended their AL wild-card streak, losing 4-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Texas Rangers for Game 2 in Texas! Final score: 6-8 (Texas)
The Rays beat the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff spot in the 2011 playoffs!
BY: John Mamola
A historic day for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore as he improves his record to 8-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays grab a sweep of the O’s for the first time this season as Moore becomes the first left handed pitcher 23 years old and younger to start a season 8-0 since Babe Ruth in 1917.
The Rays offense seemed to take the day off following 22 runs scored on 28 hits combined the first two games of the series. The Rays bats only mustered three runs against Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman through six innings of work.
Desmond Jennings got things going for the Rays in their half of the third inning. With Yunel Escobar on first and two outs, Jennings nailed a 3-2 fastball down the left field line scoring Escobar to make it 1-0 Rays. For Jennings, it was his fifth RBI in his last five games.
Reflecting the past two evenings, it didn’t take long for the Orioles offense to react. Following a lead off triple by Manny Machado in the fourth inning, Adam Jones got the O’s on the board with a single to left center tying the game at one a piece. Jones’ single marked the only blemish on Matt Moore’s pitching line, as Moore pitched a strong seven innings allowing that single run on five hits.
The Rays took the lead back in the top of the fifth as former Orioles’ DH Luke Scott blasted a solo home run to right center field. Scott’s third home run of the season put the Rays in front 2-1. Matt Joyce continued his hot hitting with a solo home run off the foul pole in right field in the sixth inning giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. Joyce’s blast was reviewed as the ball hit the portion of the foul pole that was not painted yellow which lies between the bottom of the painted pole and the top of the wall. Originally Joyce’s home run was ruled a double, but was over turned by video review.
Matt Moore now leads Major League Baseball with his eighth win of the season, as Fernando Rodney reaps in his eighth save of the year. The Rays sweep the Orioles at Camden Yards for the first time since May 6th-8th of 2011, and have won nine of their last eleven games.
The Rays will head to Toronto a three game series beginning Monday afternoon as the country of Canada celebrates Victoria Day. The Rays will send Jake Odorizzi who will make his MLB debut against reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Catch all the action on 620am / 95.3 FM WDAE beginning at 12:30pm, with a 1:07pm first pitch.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead two-run double in a six-run ninth-inning rally, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore's franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings.
Joyce also homered and finished 3 for 5 with five RBIs.
It was the third straight road victory for the Rays, all of them come-from-behind wins.
Trailing 6-4, Kelly Johnson hit a one-out homer off Orioles closer Jim Johnson (1-4), whose club-record streak of 35 straight saves ended Tuesday.
Johnson then loaded the bases on two walks and a hit before Joyce hit a two-run double to the right-center gap for a 7-6 lead. Ben Zobrist followed with a two-run double off Darren O'Day, who later issued a bases-loaded walk to Luke Scott.
Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.
The Rays kicked off a short 6 game road-trip tonight up in Baltimore and were looking to bounce back from a rough loss and they would do it in stlye.
Tampa was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the first but Jeremy Hellickson would quickly cough the lead up when Chris Davis delivered a two-run single making it a 2-1 deficit for the Rays. J.J Hardy would then tack on with a solo homerun extending the Orioles lead to 3-1.
It would not take long for the Rays to recapture the lead for good. James Loney hit a sacrifice fly to score Ben Zobrist and after Evan Longoria and Luke Scott reached, Kelly Johnson delivered a three run blast to give the Rays the lead for good, it was 5-3 after three innings.
The Rays would continue to pound on the Orioles. Yunel Escobar would go on to knock in three runs on an RBI double in the fifth and a two run scoring single in the sixth extending the lead to 12-4 in the sixth inning.
Hellickson pitched decent enough through seven but in the eighth the Orioles would climb back into the game. Matt Weiters two-run single and a three-run homerun by Chris Dickerson helped contribute in a six run inning cutting the lead of the Rays down to 12-10.
Joel Peralta came on and got a four out save to hold together what once was a 12-4 lead for the Rays who took game one on this six game road trip, 12-10 over the Orioles. Rays and Orioles are back in action tomorrow with first pitch set for 4:05 PM.
Joe Maddon loves keeping his guys loose, even on road trips.
The Rays' themed travel attire has varied over the past few seasons from wearing grunge two years ago on a trip to Seattle to last year's "nerd" theme as they headed to Boston.
The latest theme, camoflage, for their late-night excursion to Baltimore produced some pretty creative looks from the guys:
WDAE's own Rays reporter Steve Carney snapped this shot of Fernando Rodney:
by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays were one strike away from finishing Thursday's game with a win before it fell apart.
Fernando Rodney gave up a bases-clearing double to Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, turning a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
The Rays closer gave up walks to Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz to start the frame. After Mike Napoli struck out, Daniel Nava also walked to load the bases. Middlebrooks then launched a Rodney changeup into the gap to bring in all three runners.
Ryan Roberts got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning, launching a solo home run into the seats in left-centerfield off Boston starter Felix Doubront (3-2).
Meanwhile, Cobb retired the first ten Red Sox hitters to start the game before Shane Victorino doubled with one out in the fourth inning and scored two batters later on a double by David Ortiz.
Cobb and Doubront went pitch for pitch until the bottom of the sixth, when James Loney walked to lead off the inning to end Doubront's night. Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce grounded into a fielder's choice to erase Loney, but Jose Lobaton and Roberts each walked to load the bases, and Jennings and Luke Scott both delivered run-scoring singles to make it 3-1.
Cobb left with one out in the seventh, with Jake McGee finishing out the inning. Joel Peralta threw a perfect eighth.
The Rays start a six-game road trip Friday in Baltimore with the first of three games against the Orioles. Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 5.25 ERA) will get the start against Jason Hammel (5-1, 4.93 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 with coverage starting on 620 WDAE at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to close out this ten-game homestand with a second straight series win and a 7-3 record overall. Alex Cobb (4-2, 3.09 ERA) will start against Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40 ERA).
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(via Tampa Bay Rays Press Release) - The Tampa Bay Rays have placed left-handed pitcher David Price on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain. To take his spot on the active roster, the Rays have recalled left-handed pitcher Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham.
This is the first DL stint of Price’s major league career (2008-13). His start yesterday vs. Boston was cut short when he left the game in the third inning due to the injury. He is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA (55-IP, 32-ER) in 9 starts this year.
Torres, 25, was 2-2 with a 2.39 ERA (37.1-IP, 10-ER), 49 strikeouts, 14 walks and a .190 opponents’ batting average in seven starts at Triple-A. During major league spring training, the southpaw allowed only one run in 4.2 innings pitched over three appearances and was optioned on March 12. He pitched to a 3.38 ERA (8-IP, 3-ER) over four appearances with the Rays in 2011, his only major league action to date. Over eight minor league seasons, the Venezuela native is 48-36 with a 3.59 ERA and 755 strikeouts.