What The Heck Was Joe Maddon Doing Last Night?

If he were anyone else (and the box score looks like a Tony La Russa special), the Rays manager would be getting flayed this morning. But everybody loves Joe Maddon, and his magnum opus of overmanaging in the Rays' 5-4 win over Boston somehow came back around to directly stave off elimination. That doesn't mean we… » 10/08/13 9:20am 10/08/13 9:20am

Rays Keep Season Alive With Walkoff Homer Into Rays Tank

Facing elimination for the fourth time in eight days, the Rays overcame a blown Fernando Rodney save to extend their season and beat the Red Sox thanks to a ninth-inning Jose Lobaton homer that ended up in the center field fish tank. » 10/07/13 10:43pm 10/07/13 10:43pm

The Fatally Flawed Rangers Went Out With A Bunt And A Whimper

On August 31, the Rangers were sitting pretty. First in the division, a hefty wild card lead if it came to that, Texas had a 98.12 percent chance of making the playoffs. September was unkind—even with a seven-game winning streak that earned them a one-game playoff, they went 12-16 over the month, getting chased down… » 10/01/13 10:50am 10/01/13 10:50am

Rays Owner Says Terrible Attendance Will Affect Team's Payroll

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg set his sights high: "I felt we would be 28th, maybe with a shot at 27th." Surely, with the treasonous Marlins and the ignored Astros in existence, the Rays could draw more fans than at least a couple other teams. But no. Look at the charts. The Rays are dead last in MLB, having drawn an… » 9/25/13 11:00am 9/25/13 11:00am

Rays Win In 18, Set Stage For Wide-Open Wild Card Finish

I gave up on this game in the 16th. If only the Orioles were so sleepy, they could have been spared two further innings and grief. And, who knows, maybe if it ends in 16, Kelly Johnson here doesn't get drilled with DeJesus's helmet after a celebratory heave. But that's baseball: unpredictable. Sometimes it takes two… » 9/21/13 9:54am 9/21/13 9:54am

Wil Myers And James Shields Are The Wild Card Race's Best Show

It's fitting that Wil Myers and James Shields, the two principals involved in the Royals-Rays preseason trade that launched a thousand articles and blog posts about which team had just committed an unforgivable blunder/stolen a great player, are refusing to give us an easy answer to that debate. With two weeks left in… » 9/17/13 4:15pm 9/17/13 4:15pm