October 27, 2008 |
After two losses in Philadelphia, the Tampa Bay Rays have kept their composure - at least in the locker room. The Rays didn't dodge any questions after their 5-4 Game 3 loss that ended early yesterday or last night's 10-2 defeat that gave the Phillies a three-games-to-one lead, one win away from the championship. "I will state the obvious, especially after a game like today: Their bats are hot and ours have been cold, and they have pitched pretty well and there is a little bit of anxiety on our part, and that isn't a good combination," slumping Rays first baseman Carlos Pena said after he went 0 for 3 last night with two strikeouts.
August 18, 2006 |
The Toronto Blue Jays traded 2002 AL rookie of the year Eric Hinske and $2.8 million to the Boston Red Sox yesterday for a player to be named. Hinske, an outfielder who also can play first and third, is hitting .264 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs. Boston is assuming the $1.1 million left on his contract this season. Toronto will pay half of his $5.6 million salary next season. Barry Bonds' personal trainer again refused to testify before a San Francisco grand jury investigating the Giants slugger, but a federal judge did not jail Greg Anderson for contempt of court.
July 2, 2006 |
The Phillies have become the team that athletic directors schedule on homecoming - you know, the old pushover opponent, the surefire win. It was Canada Day here yesterday, the nation's 139th birthday, and those who showed up to see the country's only major-league baseball team play left in a nice, festive mood. Kind of the way you feel when your alma mater knocks the stuffing out of Rag Doll U. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Phillies, 5-2, at Rogers Centre on the strength of a pair of sixth-inning home runs off Cory Lidle.
September 23, 2008 |
Jason Bartlett doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays took another step toward their first AL East title by beating the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2, last night. The victory reduced the Rays' magic number for winning the division crown to four, after Boston lost to Cleveland. Any combination of Tampa Bay wins and Red Sox losses totaling four would make the Rays champions of the AL East. After Boston lost, a roar resonated throughout the clubhouse.
October 23, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist received welcome news when he arrived at Tropicana Field about four hours before last night's Game 1 of the World Series. Zobrist, who had not started any of the Rays' previous 11 postseason games, was in the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing right field. Not bad for somebody who had appeared in three of Tampa Bay's postseason games and was 0 for 4. The Rays don't have a true regular at the position.
March 29, 2002 |
Phillies manager Larry Bowa gets his day in court today. Bowa's appeal of his one-game suspension, issued last week for his March 9 run-in with umpire Marty Foster, will be heard this morning by Bob Watson, major-league vice president in charge of discipline. The appeal will take place over the telephone. Bowa didn't sound optimistic about getting his suspension, scheduled to be served Wednesday in Atlanta, overturned. "They're not going to change anything," he said.
May 4, 2002 |
Damian Moss will never know whether he could have completed his no-hitter. But despite his uncertainty, Atlanta eventually broke through for a win last night, as Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the visiting Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1. Moss allowed no hits through seven innings, but was pulled after throwing 116 pitches. He also walked seven. He did strike out six. "I knew about the no-hitter, but that was the last thing on my mind," Moss said.
June 3, 2002 |
Minus Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, the Boston Red Sox still looked like a first-place team. Frank Castillo (4-5) shut down the majors' most dangerous lineup and, backed by three home runs, visiting Boston breezed past the New York Yankees yesterday, 7-1. Rickey Henderson, Nomar Garciaparra and Doug Mirabelli homered for the Red Sox, who won two of three at Yankee Stadium in a matchup of the teams with baseball's best records. Boston left town with a two-game lead over New York in the AL East, and improved to 7-4 against the Yankees and 22-5 on the road this season.
May 27, 2005 |
It's not a good time for Boston to be struggling. Eric Hinske homered as part of a six-run first inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Red Sox with an 8-1 victory last night. The Red Sox have lost seven of 10 and open a three-game set tonight in New York against the rival Yankees. New York and Toronto moved ahead of Boston into second place in the AL East. The Red Sox fell to fourth place, a half-game behind. As recently as May 6, the Red Sox were 6 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees.
April 26, 2003 |
Toronto fans turned out despite the SARS outbreak and the Blue Jays treated them to a victory. Vernon Wells homered in the ninth inning as they beat Kansas City, 6-5, last night. A crowd of 16,417, the largest since Opening Day, turned out at SkyDome 2 days after the World Health Organization warned against travel to Toronto because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome. A couple of fans were shown on the JumboTron holding up a sign that read: "What SARS?" "It's good to see the fans come out," Wells said.