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September 28, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 6, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 28, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 16, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 23, 2008 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 7, 2008 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 16, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 22, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 16, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 21, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The first domino in this month's trade market fell Thursday when the Houston Astros acquired starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for pitching prospect Daniel Mengden and catching prospect Jacob Nottingham. The deal was the much-awaited first in what should be a flurry of moves before 4 p.m. next Friday. How many of the Phillies' tradable pieces will be moved - and for what return? - is the burning question among the Philadelphia region's baseball fans with one week to go until the deadline.
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May 31, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
RUSSELL MARTIN hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers last night. Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew McCutchen walked. Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield. Martin then ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap to give the Pirates their 16th win in 20 games.
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May 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies made what they consider a low-risk, high-reward deal Wednesday when they signed righthander Carlos Zambrano to a minor-league contract. The team's assistant general manager, Scott Proefrock, said Zambrano would report to extended spring training to be evaluated. There is no timetable for him to pitch in a minor-league game. Zambrano, who will turn 32 on June 1, has had a checkered career that has included three all-star appearances and several altercations that led to suspensions.
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May 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies insisted before the game that revenge wasn't the motive, only the chance to get closer to .500. Afterward, Kevin Frandsen admitted that consecutive routs in Cleveland two weeks ago served as a motivating force. After being outscored by 20-2 by the Indians in two games, the Phillies earned revenge on Tuesday night with a 6-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. "They kicked our butt [in Cleveland] and I hope the guys would realize that and I feel like we did," said Frandsen, who got the Phillies going with a solo home run in the first inning.
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September 4, 2009 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeter nearing milestone Entering last night's play, Derek Jeter needed eight hits to pass Lou Gehrig as the Yankees' all-time hit leader. It would be another stunning milestone for the 35-year-old Jeter, who will ostensibly go down as one of the greatest players for the greatest baseball franchise. Gehrig, ridden with ALS, never had the chance at 3,000 hits, a mark he would have almost certainly reached had he remained healthy. He retired at 35 with 2,720 hits. Jeter has 2,713 hits.
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June 21, 2009 | By Andy Martino Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays shared an experience in October, as two unlikely teams fighting through a rainy World Series. This week, they meet for the first time since the postseason, spring training aside. Both are dealing with the repercussions of success, though the Phils have enjoyed a smoother encore so far. The teams have a number of similar problems, as their bullpens and starting rotations suffered the injuries and drop-offs in performance common after a long playoff run. But both the Phils and Rays benefit from the leadership of managers who have demonstrated an ability to steer their teams through adverse circumstances.
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October 28, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 28, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
A wet World Series night began and ended with B.J. Upton running the bases. In the first inning, he hit a ground ball to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and barely ran it out. Five innings later, Upton turned up the speed and helped the Tampa Bay Rays tie Game 5 of the World Series at 2-2. Moments later, Major League Baseball delayed the game because of rain. The game was eventually suspended and will resume with the Phillies batting in the bottom of the sixth inning. The resumption is scheduled for tonight at 8, weather permitting.
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October 27, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
Cole Hamels is having a postseason to remember. The stylish Phillies lefthander is 4-0 with a 1.55 earned run average to this point of the playoffs going into what is likely to be his final appearance of the season. Hamels has been so good, in fact, that Phillies fans could be excused for believing there's no way he can lose. Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Scott Kazmir will be out to help his team demonstrate the flaw in that logic tonight in Game 5 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park.
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October 24, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There wasn't much difference between the way James Shields pitched in Game 2 of the World Series and the way Scott Kazmir pitched in Game 1. Both threw a lot of pitches, both danced the line a little dangerously. But Shields never made the big mistake, like Kazmir did by surrendering that two-run homer to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. And the Rays' batters broke through against Phillies starter Brett Myers, something they couldn't do against Game 1 starter Cole Hamels.
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