What can the Rays use most during the second half of the season? What could really help improve their chances of making a run at the playoffs? Roger Mooney says it's Longo just being Longo.
It was the first game after the All-Star break, a second Opening Day of sorts, but for the Rays it was a pretty big game.
LHP David Price has been the workhorse of the pitching staff with a team-high and league-high 1472⁄3 innings. He has pitched at least eight innings in seven of his past 10 starts.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore left oblique, retroactive to July 9, which means he could be back as soon as July 24. But manager Joe Maddon said he was unsure whether Hanigan would be ready by then.
After a first half of starts and stops and extended periods of ineffective play, the Rays open the second half tonight, Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman said he still believes in the cast he assembled last winter.
While saddled with a losing record and fighting the Red Sox to stay out of the AL East cellar, the Rays rolled into the All-Star break with 13 wins in their final 18 games.It leaves the Rays in the hazy area of maybe a contender, maybe a seller as the second half of the season begins Friday in Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.
Outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the Tampa Bay area has the demographics to succeed as a major-league market but reiterated the Rays’ need for a new ballpark.
With the captain of the New York Yankees set to retire after the season, Derek Jeter’s 14th All-Star game tonight will be his last. He says he won’t approach the game any differently.
MINNEAPOLIS — Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night.