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July 20, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays concluded their search for a general manager yesterday, hiring Chuck LaMar to build one of baseball's two new teams from the ground up. LaMar, 38, formerly was director of minor league operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates and currently is the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager for player personnel. He also will carry the title of senior vice president of baseball operations with the Devil Rays and begin his duties immediately with the expansion team, which begins play in 1998.
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April 9, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays couldn't do anything to Pedro Martinez, and neither could the weather. Fighting 42-degree temperatures and intermittent rain, Martinez struck out 16 in eight innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory yesterday over visiting Tampa Bay for his first win of the season. "You just have to understand what's happening to your body," said Martinez (1-0), who recorded his first six outs on strikeouts and brought a no-hitter into the sixth. "It's different.
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October 18, 2005 | Daily News Staff Report
Sources said Gerry Hunsicker, former general manager of the Astros who is considered a candidate for the vacant Phillies' GM job, met with the Devil Rays yesterday in New York. Sources said the 2-hour meeting was informal.
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July 26, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth straight victory, beating Curt Schilling and the visiting Boston Red Sox, 4-3, last night on Aubrey Huff's two-out RBI double in the 10th inning. Jorge Cantu scored from first base when the game-winning hit off Schilling (2-4) soared over rightfielder Trot Nixon's head and bounced off the wall to end Boston's first extra-inning game of the season. Boston's lead in the AL East has shrunk to one game over the second-place New York Yankees.
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April 3, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays don't feel like an expansion team, and they aren't playing like one, either. The new American League club became only the fifth first-year franchise to win its initial series last night, beating the visiting Detroit Tigers, 7-1, with Tony Saunders and Esteban Yan combining on a five-hitter. Tampa Bay, which won two straight after losing its opener, joined Houston (1962), Kansas City (1969), San Diego (1969) and Toronto (1977) as the only expansion teams to finish their first series over .500.
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May 28, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Tony Saunders, who suffered a broken left arm while delivering a pitch, was released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., yesterday. Saunders suffered a broken humerus, the bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow, in the Devil Rays' 8-6 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. He will miss the rest of the season. A team official said no surgery would be required, but the injury will take at least three to four months to heal.
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August 3, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Tim Wakefield celebrated his 38th birthday getting a familiar result against Tampa Bay. Tim Wakefield pitched seven solid innings and David McCarty hit a three-run homer to lead the visiting Boston Red Sox over the Devil Rays, 6-3, last night. Wakefield (7-6) gave up three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out three to improve to 10-1 against Tampa Bay. Kevin Youkilis had a two-run double during a three-run fifth as the Red Sox rebounded from two straight losses to American League Central-leading Minnesota.
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May 11, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were so close. Then again, that's been the case a lot of times during the longest losing streak in the major leagues since 1988. "It makes it tougher to handle when you know you were close," Ben Grieve said after last night's 6-5 loss to visiting Baltimore stretched the Devil Rays' skid to 15 games. "But as far as our attitude, I think it's better knowing that we had chances to win for the majority of the streak," Grieve added. "I think if we were getting blown out and not in any of these games, we'd kind of realize that maybe we really, really stink instead of just kind of stink.
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August 10, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Curt Schilling was struggling and his perfect record at Fenway Park with the Red Sox was in jeopardy. And he knew Tampa Bay wasn't going to make his outing any easier. "You can say what you want about strength of schedule or teams under .500," Schilling said. "There are no patsies in this league. If you don't go out and execute, you're going to get into trouble, and tonight was about execution. " Aubrey Huff hit one of Tampa Bay's four homers and the Devil Rays handed Schilling his first home loss this season, snapping a nine-game road losing streak with an 8-3 victory last night over the Red Sox. Schilling was 7-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 previous starts for Boston at Fenway.
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May 23, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays handed control of the struggling franchise to John McHale Jr. McHale, who was named chief operating officer, has been president and chief executive officer in Detroit since January 1995 and led the effort to fund and build Comerica Park. At 12-31, the Devil Rays have the worst record in the major leagues. Tampa Bay ranks 27th among 30 teams in home attendance, 15,830 per game, and recently denied a published report that the rift involving owner Vince Naimoli and his partners might threaten the club's ability to pay players.
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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October 24, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - When the Angels won the 2002 World Series, a common observation was that manager Mike Scioscia played a National League style of baseball, emphasizing the details of small ball that seem to be overlooked in a league where teams have a designated hitter and often seem content to sit back and wait for a three-run homer. Scioscia's bench coach then was Joe Maddon, who became manager of downtrodden Devil Rays before the 2006 season. And Maddon has brought the same approach to Tropicana Field.
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October 22, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The excitement of beginning an expansion franchise for the Tampa Bay Rays was tempered slightly by the news Oct. 15, 1997, more than five months before the team would play its first game. At that time, Major League Baseball announced that the Rays (then known as the Devil Rays) would be placed in the high-rent district of the American League East. The Boston Red Sox hadn't quite become the dominant power that they are today, but would make the playoffs in the 1998 season, beginning a string of seven postseason appearances in 11 years.
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October 22, 2008 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Scott Kazmir and Cole Hamels, the lefthanded starters for tonight's first game of the World Series, have never faced each other in the major leagues and, according to Kazmir, have done little more than "said 'hi' and 'bye' a couple times. " But they know each other. They have been compared and matched up side-by-side since they were teenagers. After all this time, in this most amazing of settings, someone gets to take a very big lead in the comparison standings.
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October 22, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tropicana Field isn't much to look at, either within or without, and until this season, it was an improbable setting for a World Series. But baseball, a game replete with probabilities and statistics, is most interesting for the things that happen unexpectedly. The Tampa Bay Rays, nee Devil Rays, are the champions of the American League, which is of great and somewhat belated interest to the citizens of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region. Well to the north, in a city that knows far more about expected failures than unexpected successes, the citizens of Philadelphia are also celebrating, cheering the return of the Phillies to the World Series after a long and largely deserved 15-year absence.
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October 21, 2008
WHOA, WHOA, whoa, whoa. We know it's been a while since he was pacing the Eagles' sidelines, but Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden spouted off some talk yesterday that struck a nerve if you're a Philly fan. According to the Tampa Tribune , Gruden said he was happy for the Tampa Bay Rays and that he hopes they beat up on the Phillies in the World Series. Gruden: "Congratulations to the Devil Rays. We are really excited for them. Awesome job. Just hope we can beat Philadelphia.
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October 20, 2008 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
The Tampa Bay Rays never had won more than 70 games in a season before this year. They used to be called the Devil Rays. And they play in a dome. What more needs to be said? At least the Devil Rays used to have a mascot. Their newly shortened name and sunburst icon "invokes the magnificence of life in the Sunshine State," according to team president Matt Silverman. Silverman fires off a letter to anyone who uses Devil Rays on air or in print and asks them to donate to the "Drop the Devil" campaign, which goes to charity.
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October 20, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays are mohawk haircuts and cowbells and fans who didn't start rallying behind the team until the playoffs. They are artificial turf and indoor baseball and a fish tank behind centerfield and catwalks that can interfere with a ball in play. They are a brief and ineffective history and an altered nickname and a tradition so sparse they had to stretch to find candidates to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. The Tampa Bay Rays are also the new American League champions, and the Phillies' opponents when the World Series opens Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
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September 26, 2008 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lou's two teams It wasn't long ago that Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose team has clinched the best record in the National League, was guiding a Tampa Bay squad that was headed nowhere. A native of the Tampa area, Piniella managed the Devil Rays from 2003 to '05, when Tampa Bay dropped between 91 and 99 games per year. This year, the Rays are going to the playoffs for the first time under manager Joe Maddon. "When I managed there, we had a $22 million payroll," Piniella, 65, told reporters before his team met the New York Mets on Wednesday.
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October 26, 2007 | Daily News Staff Report
Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar was named the Phillies' director of professional scouting yesterday. LaMar spent last season with the Washington Nationals as special assistant to the general manager and national crosschecker. "Chuck brings a lot of experience in many different capacities to our club," general manager Pat Gillick said in a statement. "We're pleased we had the opportunity to bring someone with his background into the organization. " LaMar was with the Devil Rays from its inception in 1995 through the 2005 season.
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