• On Friday night, the Rays opened the series with the Mariners in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win. Ty Wiggington, was activated from the DL, butarrived late to the park because of flight issues and was not in the starting lineup. However, Wiggy was inserted into the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs and promptly drove his the third pitch he faced into left field to drive in pinch runner Josh Paul for the winning run. James Shields was once again strong but did not receive enough support for the win, giving up only 5 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings. His only mistake was a 2nd inning solo home run by Kenji Johjima. The bullpen was strangely effective as Dan Miceli and Seth McClung innings. The biggest play of the game may have occurred during just the second at bat of the game. With combined for 2 hitlessIchiro on first, he tried to go from first to third on a ground ball single to right field. Instead of accepting the play as routine with the speedy Ichiro, Delmon Young charged hard and came up firing, nailing Ichiro at third and thwarting an early rally.
  • On Saturday, the Mariners held off a late rally and evened the series handing the Rays a 4-3 loss. J. P. Howell showed better stuff than he had shown in his first callup earlier this season. However, he still gave up 8 hits and 3 walks in 6.2 innings and 3 early runs that the team could not overcome. The Rays scored all of their runs on solo home runs by Rocco Baldelli, Delmon Young and Ben Zobrist. The Rays also turned the rarest of feats, with a first of its kind triple play in which, on a strikeout Dioner Navarro threw a runner stealing second, and Zobrist then proceeded to throw back to Navarro to nail the runner coming from third, for the 2-6-2 triple.
  • Kevin Witt broke out of his mini slump in huge fashion on Sunday afternoon with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Rays a 7-6 win and a rare series win. Witt thinks he has been pressing a bit since being called up and this home run may lift some of that pressure off of his shoulders. Brian Stokes was called up from Durham to replace Casey Fossum, who is out for the season, and made his major league debut. Stokes, who had been moved to the bullpen recently in Durham, was on a strict pitch count and was pulled after 4 innings and 72 pitches. He gave up 7 hits, 3 walks but only 2 runs and left tied 2-2, despite some obvious first day jitters. However, the bullpen blew the lead as Chad Orvella and faced 5 batters and failed to record an out in the 5th inning. The more pitchers came on and managed to pitch 5 scoreless innings and keep the Rays in the game long enough for Witt to provide his dramatic moment. Despite the recent promotion of Edwin Jackson, who Joe Maddon says will compete for the closer’s job, Seth McClung once again came on in the 9th a shut down the Mariners for the save. Despite the win, the Rays were eliminated from the division race as the Yankees won. Rocco Baldelli was given the day off and Delmon Young made his first start in center field.
  • Yesterday afternoon, the Rays dropped the opener to the Mariners 2-1 spoiling a strong performance by Tim Corcoran who was out-dueled by local boy Boof B
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    . The Rays took the lead in the bottom of the 5th on a long home run by Dioner Navarro. White. Unfortunately, However that was all the offense the team could muster and after pitching shutout ball for the first 6 innings, Corcoran was finally touched for a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the top of the 7th by RondellCorky made a good pitch that actually seemed to fool White who managed to somehow golf the pitch over the left field wall despite swinging with his back knee nearly on the ground. #$!@#$!$@#$. The loss drops the Rays tragic number in the wildcard race to 1.
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