The outcome of ‘Wild Card Wednesday’ has made the Yankees’ playoff match-ups the toughest possible. Verlander and the Tigers are no easy task and the Rays are built for playoff success.
Sure, the Yankees have locked down the AL East and home-field advantage. But they’re still gunning to win game No. 162.
I’m hardly a stat geek, but it doesn’t take Bill James to know that the odds are against the Yankees to win the World Series. Unless Boston misses the playoffs.
Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach all connected in the third inning for three of Tampa Bay’s five solo home runs against CC Sabathia, lifting the Rays over the New York Yankees 5-1 Friday night.
Curtis Granderson backed a solid pitching performance by Freddy Garcia with a two-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Tampa Bay’s David Price agreed with Steiner Sports to autograph collectibles, including baseballs and pictures. Some of the souvenirs will bear the inscription, “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K,” and be signed by both Price and Jeter.
Baseball could field an All-Star team just from the players who will be missing from Tuesday’s game.
The Rays feel facing the Yankees for the first time in 2011 isn’t a big deal. That may be because the AL East leaders have a more pressing concern. Though, so do the Yankees.
The Rays, who had the AL’s best record this season, are trying to become the sixth team in major league history to win a postseason series after losing the first two games at home.
Cliff Lee shut down the Tampa Bay Rays while outpitching David Price and leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory in the opening game of the AL playoffs.
Kevin Millwood allowed two hits over seven innings, Felix Pie hit a two-run triple and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Rays 2-0 before a capacity crowd of 36,973 on Wednesday night.
Securing the second playoff berth in franchise history is just a start for the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL East title is still on the line, and so is the best record in the league.
What better way to sort out the top three starters on each AL team than to rank them?
B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays knocked around CC Sabathia, took a few lumps of their own and left the Bronx with the confidence – and schedule – that could carry them to an AL East title.
Although nothing officially will be decided in the finale of a four-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, the winning team would seem to have an advantage in the race for the AL East title.
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