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25 Best Sluggers in MLB History

By Aaron Tallent, 4 months 1 week ago
"The Long Hot Summer" premieres on ESPN this Sunday before moving over to ESPN+. The "30 for 30" documentary tells the story of the exciting 1998 home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the complex feelings about it that emerged afterward in the wake of the steroid scandal.   Debating the best sluggers in MLB history was always a fun topic for baseball...

Tampa Bay Rays 2019: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 8 months ago
The Rays were quite pleased to win 90 games in a 2018 season that started brutally bad and included a string of key injuries that forced them to employ some innovative strategy. But they were far from satisfied. Team officials started talking that way right from the start of the offseason, plotting to be aggressive and take advantage of some rare financial flexibility to do so at a higher...

5 MLB Teams That Could Disappoint in 2018

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 years 7 months ago
Though a slow-moving free agent market dominated the offseason, and there’s been a significant increase in the number of MLB teams expected to take on rebuilding projects, optimism is still high in most clubhouses. However, as rosters take shape and with Opening Day just around the corner, there are a handful of clubs with the potential to disappoint fans in 2018.   Milwaukee...

Who Should Win the 2017 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the American League?

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 years 3 months ago
On Sunday, MLB announced the American League and National League rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game, the 88th edition of the Midsummer Classic. The game, set for Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, will be packed with the brightest stars in the game on one stage. In a sizable switch from previous years, this year’s game will not determine home-field advantage in the World...

5 MLB Teams on the Rise in 2017

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 3 years 7 months ago
Spring training is winding down, and rosters are being finalized. As each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs prepares to leave sunny Arizona or Florida, we take a look at five clubs capable of putting poor past results behind them. Expect these clubs to be on the rise in 2017.   Tampa Bay Rays Following a competitive 2015 and led by a strong starting rotation, underrated position...

Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Preview, Predictions & Schedule

By Athlon Sports, 3 years 8 months ago
Back in the day, the Devil made them do it. But what possessed the 2016 version of the Rays to lose more games than in any year since the name truncation was an unholy amalgam of shoddy fundamentals, slapdash base running, leaky defense and patchy pitching. On paper, little has changed. That means either the Rays believe enough in their players to regard last year as an aberration, or their...

Tampa Bay's Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

By Charlie Miller, 5 years 3 months ago
Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let...

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland

By The Sports Network, 5 years 3 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Salazar had a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians gave him support with three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Salazar (7-3) had his perfect game broken up on a leadoff walk by Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth, then Curt Casali doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the inning to end the no-hit bid....

Cleveland Indians (33-41) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-35), 7:10 p.m. (ET)

By The Sports Network, 5 years 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays are still in a virtual tie for first place in the AL East, but haven't been playing like contenders lately. The Rays are percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles in the division and will start a four-game series Monday versus the Cleveland Indians. Tampa Bay has lost five of its last seven games and suffered a 5-3 setback on Sunday to the...

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland

By The Sports Network, 5 years 3 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning and yielded just two hits through eight in his second major league start, a superb effort that carried the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson (1-0) set down 19 consecutive Rays before giving up a solo home run to onetime Indians star Grady Sizemore. The rookie...