In 2007, the Rays selected David Price with the first pick in that year’s draft. Selecting Price as the top overall draft pick was probably not a difficult selection for Tampa Bay; the earned Price because of their 61-101 record the season before. Yes, Price had to spend some time in the minors, but in effect he was a finished product, both a polished college pitcher and a pitcher with incredible upside. If every other club in baseball had the top overall pick that year, at least 25 of them would have picked Price.
Tampa Bay also selected in that same draft a high school pitcher out of New Mexico named Matt Moore. From what I can tell he didn’t fall because of signing demands, and ended up signing with Tampa Bay for $115,000, a bonus in line with players drafted around him.
Rays manager Joe Maddon has been nothing if not consistent in his insistence that no game or series is more important than the next one. But in the big picture, this three-game series between Tampa Bay and Texas could be huge for Maddon’s club.
David Price and Derek Holland will kick off the series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Monday, with the Rays looking to crawl toward the top spot in the American League East against the Rangers, who own the best record in the AL.
Elliot Johnson’s sacrifice fly proved to be the difference in the Rays’ 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Tropicana Field with 27,311 watching.
The win moved the Rays to 46-42 on the season, keeping them 8 1/2 games behind the American League East-leading Yankees. David Price worked 7 1/3 solid innings for his AL-leading 12th victory.
Luke Scott drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh to start the Rays’ winning rally. Clay Buchholz then hit Jeff Keppinger before Desmond Jennings sacrificed the runners into scoring position.
Perhaps the Zim Bear giveaway fired up the troops, maybe they just get up for big games — like when they’re facing a Justin Verlander — or, more than likely, the Rays might have just reached a point where they had had enough and finally decided to fire back. And fire back they did in an emotional 4-2 win over the Tigers on Friday at Tropicana Field with 19,557 watching.
“We looked more normal,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “More like how we’re supposed to look. I think the energy level was better. Why? I have no idea why. It was just a matter of getting over that weekend at Bernie’s in Kansas City and Philadelphia, it just got better. It was just a matter of time. We have great professionals right here. It’s not always going to be an oil painting, but I really liked the way we went after it tonight.”
Joel Peralta is ejected for a “foreign substance” in his glove. This fact was brought to the attention of the head umpire at the top of the eight inning and, when confronted at the mound, Peralta was ejected from the …
With two outs, the bases loaded and a full count, Ben Zobrist had the chance to cap off a big ninth-inning comeback by the Rays, but it wasn’t meant to be.
A called third strike ended with the Mets winning, 9-6, and completing the sweep at Tropicana Field on Friday.
“I know they had lost a couple games before coming here, but they played really well against us,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said about the series. “They play the game hard, they play the game properly and they beat us.”
As Kyle Farnsworth comes off a rehab assignment in Port Charlotte, he is scheduled to pitch again in Jupiter on Thursday. In his first appearance back this year, Farnsworth threw only five pitches in one scoreless inning. Although he is …
The Rays and the Orioles met at Tropicana Field tonight, both coming off a week of rough match-ups. The Rays had lost their last three after being swept by the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles lost five in …
Tempers flare as White Sox LHP Jose Quintana gets ejected, from game three of three, against the Rays Wednesday. A strong warning was then issued to both dugouts in the fourth inning, by Home Plate Umpire Mark Wegner. It appeared to …