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Ranking the AL East: Third Base

In our third installment of ranking the AL East it seems only natural to look at third base. If you missed last week’s post of second base you can check it out here. Spring training has officially started so baseball is ever closer and what better way to get in the mood than ranking some […]

Red Sox Advance to ALCS with 3-1 Win Over Rays

They may be itchy, they may be unruly, but the beards will live to grow another day. The Boston Red Sox will be playing in the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino drove in the go-ahead run in the 7th inning with an infield hit, Craig Breslow recorded five huge outs in relief of Jake […]

Rays Walk Off with 5-4 Win Over Uehara, Red Sox in Game 3

Two blinks of an eye, two swings of the bat, two home runs. Evan Longoria hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3, then Jose Lobaton hit a home run of his own off closer Koji Uehara with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tampa […]

Indians Host Rays in AL Wild Card Game; Who Do Red Sox Want to Play in ALDS?

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild card play-in game. The Rays will send Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.76 ERA) to the mound opposite the Indians’ rookie starter Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12). First pitch is at 8:07 PM. Why do we care? Well, the winner advances to play […]

Walks Sting Lester as Rays Thump Red Sox

Jon Lester turned in his shortest and worst start of the season as the Boston Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on a night where the Sox southpaw ace tied a career-high by allowing seven walks. The Rays homered three times against Lester, as Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce all […]

Moore Too Much for Red Sox as Offense Keep Scuffling

The Boston Red Sox continued their slide in the American League East on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field as they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays by a final score of 5-3. After an early lead on a mammoth home run by David Ortiz, the team surrendered five runs to the Rays in the fourth […]

Mike Napoli’s Double Gives Red Sox Walk-Off Win, 3-Game Sweep of Rays

Mike Napoli came on with one out in the inning after Dustin Pedroia worked a seven-pitch walk to get on first base. Napoli was fighting at the plate before he fouled a ball off the mask of catcher Jose Molina and Molina needed to replace it. The next pitch from reliever Joel Peralta (0-1) was […]

The Changing Landscape of the American League East

Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen. This is not in the AL East we’re used to any more. After a turbulent regular season, marked by the Baltimore Orioles making the playoffs and the Boston Red Sox finishing in last place, the offseason that followed has been equally hectic. A flurry of big-name acquisitions by […]

Rays Winners in Blockbuster Trade with Stronger Royals

The Tampa Bay Rays were already a powerful nemesis to the Red Sox in the American League East, but the franchise that could once be penciled in for last place in the division has made a few moves this winter to ensure that they’ll be competing for many more years. In a blockbuster driven by […]

Rays Rally and Red Sox Crumble to Complete Crushing September Collapse

Blame it on the rain. On a night that started out looking like everything could be forgotten. The Red Sox would make the playoffs and the collapse would be nothing but an after thought. The Rays were down 7-0 to the Yankees and the Red Sox were up on the Orioles. Unfortunately, the baseball gods […]

Red Sox Win Pivotal Game, Push Wild Card Lead to 4 Games Over Rays

Beckett Returns, Bullpen Strong Josh Beckett returned in his most anticipated start of the year versus the Tampa Bay Rays in a crucial game in the Wild Card race. Beckett did not disappoint after a slow start, throwing six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out seven. […]

Longoria, Upton and Kotchman all Homer as Rays Rock Red Sox, Cut Wild Card Lead to 3

When nothing is going right, nothing is going right. Such was the case Thursday night at Fenway, when a freakish broken-bat grounder led to four runs by the Tampa Bay Rays, who homered three times to beat the Red Sox, 9-2, and cut Boston’s wild card lead to three games. Broken Bat Ends Up Breaking […]

Lester Gives up Three in First, Rays Complete Sweep

The Red Sox are in absolute free fall, and by the time they hit the ground, they might be looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff race. Rays starter James Shields allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, and the Rays battered Jon Lester and the […]

Red Sox Late Rally Falls Short; Rays Walk Off in 11th

Down 5-3 in the ninth inning and armed with a 2-7 record in September, the reeling Red Sox were in desperate need of a comeback. The Red Sox got exactly what they needed when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury each delivered solo home runs off Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth to tie the game 5-5. After […]

Price Silences Red Sox as Rays Take Rubber Match

One shudders to think how good the Tampa Bay Rays might be if they ever built an offense as good as their starting pitching. The Red Sox got a taste of that scenario Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. David Price pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball, and the Rays homered twice off John Lackey to beat […]