Kelly Nash

Playing A Little Pepper

Desmond Jennings is back in the lineup, missing the last 2 games because of a sore shoulder…The Rays would love a sweep of the Yankees, but can live with winning 2 out of 3. What they cannot do is lose this series…If the Rays win tonight, they will be just the 3rd team in MLB history (since 1900) to reach .500 after being at least 18 games below .500. The others were 2006 Marlins and the, yep, 2004 Devil Rays.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Matt Joyce, DH
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Curt Casali, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

 

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  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Well, it's been a nice little run, but it's really been over for awhile. I mean there's no way, is there? Is there? There are just too many teams ahead of them, right? It just can't be done since they dumped Price, isn't that true?
    No matter what happens from here on, it is a special thing to see a 300 lb. Yankee fan in a Jeter jersey going home sad.

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    • Skateman says:

      Fire Friedman, right?

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      • Ken H says:

        I certainly hope "Boy Wonder" gets little credit for what has been accomplished over the past 2 months. The Rays players and Maddon deserve all the props. Friedman's only contribution this year (Boxburger, Forsythe) doesn't outweigh his off season blunders (Balfour, Bell, Oviedo, Hannigan).
        Re-signing Loney was, IMO, his biggest move. Rays MVP to date. The dude just plays the game.

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  2. Hurricanes says:

    Ken H.: You are right on the money. No need for me to repeat what you said.

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  3. Political_Man says:

    I have to say it would be a very weird turn of events to make the playoffs and face the Tigers at some point.

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  4. Ken H says:

    Rays can't lose more than two games a week. Tomorrow is a must win game. Tough loss, they happen. I would like to live long enough to attend a Rays/Yanks game where the fans cheered louder for our players than the Yanks.

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  5. Dave L says:

    Baseballs long history would tell us that remaining above .500 for the season would the most realistic goal to hope for.

    For me passing the Yanks and even Toronto would be a very positive season end considering where we are and where we've been.

    As always in the AL East, the season long healthiest teams advance and the lame ones struggle. Unfortunately we were in the latter group this ill fated summer.

    Roster wise I feel good going into 2015.

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  6. Joe Dunn says:

    Didnt I hear the Saturday game was SOLD OUT?? But the box score said it was 91% full.....which was it??

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