D-Rays 19, New York 6. Our Hangover feature takes on a new meaning today. Maybe you decided to play a little D-Rays drinking game yesterday as a way to warm-up for your Saturday night shenanigans, and decided to take a shot every time the Rays scored a run. Since the All-Star break, that is a game that would be safe for a recovering alcoholic. Well, if you did decide to play that game, you probably did not make it out Saturday night, you probably passed out in a pool of your drool and today you have tied for the worst hangover in the history of the D-Rays drinking game. As Rays fans, we can not help but feel snake-bitten since the break. The team entered the game 3-11 since the break and had the second worst batting average as well as the worst ERA in the major leagues over that span. They had just come off a game in which they were shutout 6-0 and managed only 2 hits. On Saturday they were playing their 2nd game of the series in Yankee stadium, a place the team has never fared well and were facing one of the great pitchers of all-time, in Randy Johnson. The game started off much the same way as every other game over the past few weeks. Randy Johnson retired the first 5 D-Rays he faced. In the midst of that stretch, the Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back and belly-to-belly home runs, to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then something strange happened…After the first 5 Rays were retired, the floodgates opened. Over the course of the next 7 innings, Devil Rays hitters went 17-31 (.548) and scored 19 runs. Tomas Perez tied the major league record, held by hundreds of people, by hitting 4 doubles in one game and was 5-5 overall. The 5 hits was more hits than Perez had in May (4) and more hits than he had in June (4).

Hidden amongst the stellar hitting performance by the D-Rays, was another shaky performance by Jae Seo, who despite picking up his first win with the Rays, is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. With J. P. Howell continuing to pitch well at AAA Durham, and Andrew Friedman on record as stating that he would like to see Howell pitching for the Rays this season, Seo looks like he would be the odd-man out at this point. Seo worked into the 6th inning and gave up 9 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs. He allowed 2 home runs in the 1st inning and struck out only 1. Not including his 2 inning relief appearance against the Marlins immediately after the Rays acquired Seo, he is now 1-5 in 6 starts with a 6.29 ERA. In 34.1 innings, he has surrendered 45 hits and 14 walks to only 10 strikeouts. Seo clearly does not have the same stuff he had last season with the New York Mets and it may be time to take him out of the rotation for the rest of this season. Give him the off-season to get his mechanics back in order and give him a shot at the 5th spot in the 2007 rotation.

The game dropped the Yankees 1.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and a half game behind the White Sox in the wild card race. So what could possibly be worse than taking a brutal beating by the lowly Devil Rays in your home park and losing ground in the playoff race? How about having to sit through all 9 innings of the blow out while sitting directly behind a group of greased-up, sober, Long Island guys at the Stadium for a bachelor party…ouch.

Boston 7, Los Angeles Angels 6. For the love all things good and holy, WHY? Why do managers continue to pitch to Big Papi with the game on the line? We understand that there is an idiot savant batting behind Ortiz that knows only one thing…hitting baseballs very hard, but this is BIG PAPI! A manager could put all 25 players out in the field and a few in the stands and Ortiz would still find a way to win an important game. With the Spankees getting spanked all over Yankee stadium, the Red Sox won an important game to give themselves a bit of breathing room in the AL East. Surviving Grady summed it up the best. “Two words: Big Papi”. Of course, the Soxaholix suggest their is a “bigger” reason for the heroics.

Oakland 7, Toronto 4. The Jays lost to fall 6 games back as their playoff hopes are beginning to fade as well as their desire to add a bat to the lineup such as Julio Lugo.

Chicago White Sox 13, Baltimore 11. The O’s did not do the Yankees any favors. In fact we wouldn’t put it past Peter Angelos and his disdain for the Yankees to…nah.



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