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!
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).
Rays Starting Lineup
Red Sox Starting Lineup
(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.
by Steve Carney
With David Price dealing with a left triceps strain and a possibility that he could end up on the disabled list for the first time in his career, we want to know what course of action you think manager Joe Maddon should take!
Voting ends at Midnight on May 17, so get your vote in now, and you can vote as often as you want!
by Steve Carney
Boston hitters used an eight-run third inning to blow open Wednesday's matchup and snap the Rays six-game winning streak with an 9-2 decision.
Tampa Bay starter David Price, who allowed two-out doubles in both the first and second inning without damage, walked Stephen Drew to start the third, then allowed a single by Jacoby Ellsbury, before Dustin pedroia's single two batters later brought in Drew to open the scoring.
David Ortiz then singled away from the shift into left field to score Ellsbury to extend the lead to 2-0. Pitching coach Jim Hickey, manager Joe Maddon, and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield came out to check on Price (1-4), who had been dealing with allergies earlier this week, and removed him from the game with left tricep tightness.
"I just felt a little tightness in my trice on a couple fastballs," Price said after the game. "It wasn't like excruciating pain, but I've never felt anyhting like that before."
"[David's] had an MRI; everything looks to be pretty good," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't think it's going to be anything serious, from what I'm hearing, so hopefully it's just going to be a couple of days."
Jamey Wright was brought on in relief, and didn't fare much better. The right-hander gave up an RBI double to Mike Napoli, and a run-scoring single to Jonny Gomes before Saltalamacchia walked to load the bases two batters later, and Drew unloaded them with a grand slam to make it an 8-0 game.
Tampa Bay got a pair back in the bottom of the inning, as Ryan Roberts led off the frame with an infield single off Jon Lester (6-0), and scored on a triple by Desmond Jennings. Jennings would score two batters later on a groundout by Ben Zobrist.
Will Middlebrooks extended the lead back to seven runs in the eighth with a solo homer off Kyle Farnsworth.
Tampa Bay can still clinch a series win in Thursday's finale, as Alex Cobb (4-2, 3.09 ERA) takes on Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.