Tampa Bay D-Rays. The D-Rays ended a nearly week-long hitting strike in which they were apparently protesting Carl Crawford’s all-star snub, by taking out their frustration on their division rival, the Baltimore Horioles. In their first 7 games out of the break, the Rays scored a total of 21 runs in being swept by the Angels (3 games) and the Twins (4 games). On Friday and Saturday night, they combined for 27 runs. In doing so, they accomplished a couple of rare feets. On Saturday night, Julio “trade bait” Lugo put his value on display by becoming only the second shortstop ever to hit 2 home runs in a single inning. In addition, the Rays and the O’s became only the 4th set of teams and 1st since 1933, to each score 9+ runs in a single inning in a single game. By doing so, Tampa nearly blew 13-3 lead and had to hold on for dear life when Brian Meadows had to come on to record a 5-out save including pitching out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the 8th inning. But then the bats went cold again yesterday, as the team lost 4-2 and only managed 3 hits, and didn’t get their first hit until the 5th inning. Lugo sat out Sunday afternoon for the first time since returning from the DL on May 5th. Of course, this move imediately sent up red flags everywhere as speculation that a deal was in place for Lugo spread like wildfire. Needless to say, Lugo is still a D-Ray, for now. However, if anything good came out of the O’s win on Sunday, it was the O’s fans coming back from the edge. We guess the thought of being swept by the Tampa ‘Frickin’ Bay would have been just too much to handle. The Rays (41-58) are suddenly 19.5 games behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games behind the Orioles (45-55).
The Boston Red Devils (59-38) lost the rubber match of their series with the Mariners in bizarre fashion on Sunday and Red Sox nation is not taking it very well. In the bottom of the 8th inning Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead, 2-out inside-the-park home run to give the M’s an 8-7 lead. In the top of the 9th, Jason Varietek hit a 2-out game tying solo home run, only for Richie Sexson to answer in the bottom of the 9th with a lead-off, walk-off home run to give the M’s a 9-8 win.
The New York Yankees (56-40) were unable to capitalize on the Red Hose’s loss, as they lost 2 of 3 to the Toronto Blue Jays (55-43) and are providing lessons on a new way to play the game. Recent pickup Sidney Ponson was hit hard in his second start with the Spankees, giving up 6 runs before being pulled in the 3rd inning.