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Tampa Bay Rays
Oh, man. It is not a good time to be a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. Injuries have taken over the Rays’ pitching staff in a big way this season. You know it’s bad when you HAVE TO rely on Erik Bedard to start. Matt Moore has decided to have Tommy John surgery, Alex Cobb went to the DL with an oblique injury and they’ve been without Jeremy Hellickson this season. What are they? The Blue Jays? Yet, the Rays have managed to not fall off the face of the earth. They are 2-3 this week, including dominating 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Evan Longoria is doing his part sporting a .333 average coming in to Saturday’s game. James Loney busted out 4 RBI in a thrashing of the Yankees on Friday. Wil Myers is starting to come around with a couple dingers on Saturday as the Rays took it to the Yankees for the second night in a row. David Price has a winning record, which is no shock , but his ERA is a whopping 4.39 so far this season. There have been lots of people suggesting that the Rays will find a way to win and be right in the mix of things come September. Joe Maddon will guide them to the playoffs. But injuries are something that even the great Joe Maddon can’t help.
-The Rays were on the receiving (giving?) end of the Yankees triple play.
-A huge Brett Lawrie celebratory high five to Evan Longoria who takes over first place on the all time Rays homerun list!