Rays Take Series Against the Birds


Rays 4, Orioles 2


What a thrill it is to turn on your car radio just as Jonny Gomes is rounding third on his way home after touching  Baltimore starter Brian Burgess for a blast to leftfield.



Trivia Fact of the Night:

In 1960, White Sox owner Bill Veek was the first to put the player’s names on their uniforms.




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                                  The Good,The Bad,and the Ugly



                                                 The Good


The Rays’ Carl Crawford hit a single to center in the top of the 7th inning to secure the win for the Rays’ 4-2. Carl Crawford also scored a run and currently is the American League leader in runs scored.  Carl currently has 26 runs and the closest player to him is White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin with 21 runs.



Honorable mention “Good” guys:


*** Carlos Pena grounded out to secons base in the top of the 1st inning, but got an RBI when Crawford crossed the plate to put the Rays up early 1-0.


** DH/outfielder Jonny Gomes hit a blast to leftfield off Brian Burgess in the 4th inning. It was Gome’s third homer of the year.




* Rays closer Troy Percival recorded his 6th save of the year. In recording the save, Percival now has 330 saves for his career. that ties him with John Wetteland for 10th place on the all-time save list. Up next for Troy is former Oakland A’s pitcher and moustache pirate Rollie Fingers with 341 saves. 



                                                   The Bad


Only two Rays did not get a hit today in the game. Aki Iwamura and Evan Longoria put up goose eggs in the hits department today. The Rays offense also stranded 10 men on the bases today.



A near disaster almost happened in the 4th inning today. An unexpected rain shower began to pelt the turf before the grounds crew could get the tarp out on the pitching mound. After tossing dry on the mound and working the dirt, the crew got the mound in shape to resume the game


Had the game been cancelled, it would have been a double re-scheduling for the Rays against the Orioles this year. In the opening series, the Rays had their second game of the season cancelled by rain.



                                                The Ugly


B J Upton went to the turf in the top of the fifth inning while in the batter’s box. B J had just swung on a pitch and camw out of the box grabbing his shoulder area.


After Rays head trainer Ron Porterfield examined Upton, he was replaced by Nathan Haynes at the plate and in the field. Upton is going to be re-evaluated in the morning, and is listed as day-to-day right now. Upton’s injury would have been a major blow to the Rays offense and outfield defense.



Former Rays Player of the Night:

Alot of Rays faithful might not remember Joe Biemel. He was with the club in 2005, and appeared in 7 games for the team. Biemel was traded to the L A Dodgers at the deadline in 2005 and has been with the team since that trade.

Today Biemel got another win for the dodgers. Joe currently is tied for 13th in the win category with 3 for the year. As a reliever, it is unusual for a relief pitcher to have three wins at this point in the season. Biemel currently has a .90 ERA in 10 games this year.



The Rays are currently enroute to Boston for their weekend three game series that will decide the early leader in the American League East. Boston and Tampa Bay are currently only a half a game apart before the Thursday night result of Boston’s game against the Blue Jays.

If Boston falls to Toronto, the Rays could find themselves in first before their game tomrrow night at 7:05 P.M.

UPDATE   11 P.M.

As of an hour ago, we are tied for first, but in first position because of winning percentage only. Winner of this series does alot to set the bar for the rest of the series aginst each other.  Do not forget we play each other 17 times a year, and this thing is far from over folks.



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