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 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!
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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.
by Steve Carney
Rays starter David Price left Wednesday's game with the Boston Red Sox in the third inning with what was being called tightness in his left tricep.
Price had allowed two runs on a walk and two hits in the inning before manager Joe Maddon and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield came out to examine him. Reliever Jamey Wright then allowed both runner he inherited from Price to score as well.
by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays will look for their seventh straight victory Wednesday in the second of three games against the Boston Red Sox. David Price (1-3, 4.78 ERA) will start against Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73 ERA).
Rays Starting Lineup
Red Sox Starting Lineup
Rays fans would love to see David Price snap out of his early-season search for Cy Young form.
On Tuesday a possible reason for Price's struggles emerged. Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin was first to report Price has problems with allergies that at time have made him step away from the mound.
Topkin talked about it Tuesday morning with the Sports Page (the full podcast is available at THIS link).
Go HERE for the full story out of the Times.
Price faces Jon Lester on Wednesday.
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. was gracious enough to join WDAE's Sports Page live in studio on Wednesday morning.
Ripken, in town for an event with Transitions to promote vision health for children, spoke plenty about the Rays.
And he has no problem with the assortment of "quirky" Joe Maddon pre-game rituals, which on Tuesday featured a merinque band and dancer in the clubhouse.
"I love Joe Maddon as a baseball guy," Ripken said. "In some ways, all fhis talk about all the other things takes the focus off how good a baseball guy he is."
Go HERE for the full conversation.
by Steve Carney
Rays hitters beat up John Lackey for five runs, and Matt Moore became the first Rays pitcher to start a season 7-0 as Tampa Bay defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Moore stumbled out of the gates, giving up a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the top of the first inning, but recovered to toss six innings of work, allowing just three hits. He walked two, struck out eight, and hit a batter.
Watch David Ortiz's 3-run homer in the first off Matt Moore
Moore immediately righted the ship, though, retiring the next 12 Boston hitters in order, and allowed just one more hit over the next five innings.
Tampa Bay scored all their runs in the fourth inning off starter John Lackey (1-4). Evan Longoria led off the inning with a single, and moved to third on a single by James Loney. Luke Scott then delivered Longoria on a check-swing double down the left-field line, and after Kelly QJohnson struck out, Jose Molina's single-- one of his three hits on the evening-- brought in both Loney and Scott to tie the game.
Yunel Escobar's single moved Molina to second base, and after Desmond Jennings' fly out moved both runners up a base, Matt Joyce's infield popup landed safely on the turf and stayed fair, allowing both runners to come home and break the tie.
Watch Matt Joyce's infield popup break a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning!
Jake McGee allowed a pair of walks in the seventh inning, but Josh Lueke got Shane Victorino to line out to Loney at first base to end the last rally Boston would have.
Joel Peralta, who showed off his dance moves in the clubhouse before the game, had a perfect 8th inning of relief, and Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth in order to earn his seventh save.
The Rays have now won six straight game, currently the longest active winning streak in baseball, while the Red Sox have dropped 9 of their last 11.
Tampa Bay will look to extend their winning streak Wednesday, when David Price (1-3, 4.78 ERA) takes on Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage starting on 620 WDAE / 95.3 FM at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.