September 28, 2004 |
The Boston Red Sox rallied past host Tampa Bay and clinched their second straight trip to the playoffs. Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 43rd home run and Johnny Damon hit his career-high 19th homer as the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 7-3. The win assured Boston of no worse than the AL wild-card berth as the Red Sox closed within three games of the AL East-leading New York Yankees with six games remaining. Boston players shook hands and exchanged hugs and high-fives after the final out. "No one's going bananas, we still have a job to do," Damon said.
May 6, 2006 |
Curt Schilling moved into a tie for the American League lead with his fifth win and David Ortiz put Boston ahead with a three-run double, leading the Red Sox over the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 6-3, last night. Schilling (5-1) rebounded from his only loss of the season, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter. In other games: At Toronto, Russ Adams homered and had four RBI to lead the Blue Jays over the Angels, 13-3.
October 28, 2008 |
If the Tampa Bay Rays ever needed a vintage performance from lefthander Scott Kazmir, it was last night while on the brink of elimination. Not known for going deep into games, Kazmir lived up to that reputation in Game 5, which was suspended after 5 1/2 innings with the score tied at 2-2. The game will resume, weather permitting, at 8 o'clock tonight with the Phillies coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. The performance continued a postseason pattern of first-inning blahs for Kazmir.
October 16, 2008 |
One win away from a berth in the World Series, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't playing it safe. Maddon said during a news conference yesterday that he is switching his rotation for tonight's Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. With a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, Maddon has decided to start lefthander Scott Kazmir in place of righthander James Shields. If the series goes beyond tonight, Shields - the Game 1 starter - will pitch Game 6 Saturday at Tropicana Field.
October 23, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays' chance of getting off to a quick start against the Phillies was foiled in the first inning last night. That's because lefthander Scott Kazmir continued his postseason struggles at the start of games. Kazmir was the losing pitcher as the Phillies took Game 1 of the World Series, 3-2. The Phils jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Chase Utley hit a 92-m.p.h. fastball on a 2-2 count for a two-run home run. "I made one bad mistake, a fastball to Utley," Kazmir said.
July 7, 2008 |
No respect Despite the flurry of nationwide publicity generated by Tampa Bay's dramatic dash to the top of the American League East standings, the Rays still don't seem to command respect among all-star voters. The Rays, who have the best record in the majors at 55-32, lead the AL East, formerly the exclusive playground of the Yankees and Red Sox, by 5 games. But when the AL all-stars were announced yesterday, no one from baseball's top team was voted to the starting lineup.
May 16, 2008 |
Music blared in the Tampa Bay clubhouse and four large, flat-screen televisions mounted around a column in the middle of the room were tuned to the same in-house channel displaying the AL East standings. The surprising Rays are on top, and the sputtering Yankees are on the bottom. No one was gloating, though. "I want us to celebrate hard for 30 minutes postgame and then move on. I want us to dwell on a loss for no more than 30 minutes," manager Joe Maddon said after yesterday's 5-2 victory dumped visiting New York into the cellar.
October 22, 2008 |
Phillies fans may or may not remember 1996 for the team's pitiful 67-95 record. Or, maybe they choose to remember that year because the All-Star Game came to Veterans Stadium. Few probably realized that their lives as fans were about to change radically. That year, two Stanford doctoral students worked on a research project that turned into the Internet search engine Google. It wasn't just Google that altered the sports landscape. In the last dozen years, technology has exploded onto the sports scene, bringing real-time statistics, message boards, chat rooms and blogs, and fantasy leagues for every occasion.
October 16, 2008 |
It was for moments like these that the Boston Red Sox shelled out $103 million for righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka will try to resuscitate the sagging Sox tonight as they attempt to wiggle out of a deep hole in the American League Championship Series for the third time in five years. Trailing the surprising Tampa Bay Rays by three games to one in the best-of-seven series, the Red Sox will send Matsuzaka to the mound against Scott Kazmir in Game 5 at Fenway Park. "I'm not Beckett, but if I can pitch like he did last year and hand the ball off to the guys behind me, that would be great," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter yesterday.
October 21, 2008 |
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to wait another day to announce his starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies tomorrow at Tropicana Field. All signs, however point to lefthander Scott Kazmir. "I will set that up [today]," Maddon said yesterday in his Tropicana Field office. "I want to be able to talk to all the guys first, talk among ourselves first and talk to the pitchers. " Kazmir last pitched Thursday in the Rays' 8-7 loss to Boston in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.