9/25/2016 | Red Sox K record 11 straight, win 11th in row
Rays catcher Luke Maile had three chances to tag Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out at plate in the 10th inning, but he avoided the tag twice -- despite being beaten by more than 15 feet on a relay throw from the outfield. On the third try, Maile tagged Pedroia, but the ball came loose. And David Ortiz's last hit at Tropicana Field will go down as a game-winning double as Boston beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon.
9/25/2016 | Kiermaier day to day with bruised hand
Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox due to a bruise on the palm of his left hand. The Rays' Platinum Gold Glove-winning center fielder was removed from the game after the Rays batted in the bottom of the fourth.
9/25/2016 | Somber Rays reflect on Fernandez tragedy
Jose Fernandez was in the thoughts of those inside the Rays' clubhouse prior to the team's home finale against the Red Sox Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
9/25/2016 | Rays, White Sox set for clash in Windy City
The Rays and the White Sox kick off a four-game series in Chicago on Monday night. Tampa Bay will send Drew Smyly to the hill, while old friend James Shields will start for the White Sox.
9/24/2016 | Red Sox win 10th straight, clinch playoff spot
Danny Farquhar was one strike away from getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Dustin Pedroia was one walk, bloop, or blast away from bringing in a run to tie it, and maybe getting the Red Sox the lead. On a 2-2 count, he crushed one over the wall -- a blast that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead and clinched a postseason berth for the Red Sox. It was the blow Boston would need in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
9/23/2016 | Longoria headlines Rays' annual award winners
On Friday, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA announced its annual team awards at the Clutch Hitters Luncheon. Evan Longoria was honored with the Don Zimmer Award, given to the most valuable Rays player.
9/23/2016 | Porcello eyeing 22nd win as Sox home in on berth
Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello will make his 32nd start of the season hoping to move the Red Sox closer to clinching the American League East on Saturday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Boston's magic number to secure a playoff spot is two.
9/23/2016 | Rays fearless in halting motivated Yankees
One of the hottest hitters in the Majors waited on deck Thursday night as Alex Colome induced a game-ending lineout to center field from Jacoby Ellsbury, preserving a 2-0 Rays win over the Yankees. "I don't worry about that," Colome said of Gary Sanchez. "I'm not afraid of him."
9/22/2016 | Snell sets tone to help Rays silence Yankees
Blake Snell hurled five effective innings and Corey Dickerson homered, helping the Rays put another dent in the Yankees' postseason hopes with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Tropicana Field. Brad Miller drove in the game's first run to help Tampa Bay take the finale of this three-game series with New York, which opened the day 2 1/2 games back -- with four teams to jump -- in the chase for the second American League Wild Card spot.
9/22/2016 | Archer takes aim at Papi for last time as Sox hit Trop
As the surging Red Sox head to Tropicana Field trying to inch closer to the American League East title, David Ortiz makes his latest final stop to a familiar road haunt. Ortiz has bashed 34 career homers at the Trop, including No. 500 last season. The only visiting venue he's gone deep more times at is Rogers Centre. On Friday night, Rays right-hander Chris Archer will throw his final pitches to Big Papi.
9/21/2016 | Seeking big sweep, Yankees call on Cessa
Finishing strong is mandatory for the Yankees if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive. That means taking care of business against a last-place team like the Rays.
9/21/2016 | Young fan Paulk gets tour led by Longoria
Evan Longoria hosted a special guest on Wednesday when he had Colton Paulk at his locker prior to the Yankees-Rays game at Tropicana Field.
9/21/2016 | Rays go back-to-back-to-back in 4-HR inning
Things were looking pretty gloomy for the Rays, down by six runs with two outs and no one on in the third inning against the Yankees on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
9/21/2016 | Rays bringing up Querecuto for infield depth
The Rays will select infielder Juniel Querecuto's contract on Thursday to add infield depth for the remainder of the season.
9/20/2016 | Competitive Boxberger chooses to face Sanchez
Brad Boxberger would point to the competitor in him. It was his choice. Face the prodigious Gary Sanchez -- a player his own teammate compared to Babe Ruth -- or walk him with first base open and two outs to face Billy Butler, a player the Yankees picked up less than a week ago.
9/20/2016 | Rays 'thrilled' with how Cobb has progressed
Doubt crept into the mind of Alex Cobb -- his rehab after 2015 Tommy John surgery indefinitely paused after a far-from-sharp July 11 appearance. His 2016 season -- and future -- were uncertain. His mechanics weren't there. His two starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte were a mess.
9/20/2016 | Go-ahead Gary: Rookie powers Yanks vs. TB
Gary Sanchez's increasingly convincing candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year Award kept the Yankees' postseason dream alive for another day. Sanchez slugged a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
9/20/2016 | Tanaka, Cobb set to duel in AL East matchup
Masahiro Tanaka has burst into the American League Cy Young Award conversation, and he will hope to keep the Yankees' playoff hopes alive when he faces Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. Alex Cobb will be making his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery for Tampa Bay, and he has a 3.06 ERA in his first three appearances.
9/19/2016 | Souza to have season-ending hip surgery
Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday to correct a lingering left hip problem.
9/19/2016 | Inbox: Will Cobb provide bigger boost next year?
With the Rays' pitching staff be much improved with Alex Cobb in top form next year? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
9/19/2016 | Smyly, Rays aim to hold off contending Yanks
A classic end-of-the-season storyline will be in play as the Yankees and Rays kick off their final series of the season Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. The Yanks remain in contention for a playoff spot, so these will be must-win games. Meanwhile, the Rays have been playing their spoiler role well recently by not rolling over in Toronto or Baltimore.
9/18/2016 | Trumbo keeps races rumbling as O's top TB
If there was any lingering doubt about Mark Trumbo's back, he laid it to rest with one swing in the eighth inning Sunday. After missing the past two games with back spasms, the Major League leader in home runs crushed a first-pitch fastball for his 43rd homer of the season to give the Orioles a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rays at Camden Yards.
9/18/2016 | Franklin hopes to return to finish season
Nick Franklin and Steven Souza Jr. are showing the wear from a season. One continues to play, while the other remains day to day.
9/17/2016 | Given chance, Rays' Shaffer taking advantage
Richie Shaffer came through in the clutch Saturday night. The Rays' top pick of the 2012 MLB Draft doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.
9/17/2016 | O's need Miley to bounce back against Rays
Sunday afternoon's Rays-Orioles matchup at Camden Yards will bring the end to the season series between the American League East rivals, and the finale has the trappings of an intriguing matchup.
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