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Myers wins AL Rookie of the Year

When Tampa Bay acquired prized prospect Wil Myers via trade for James Shields, the expectations for his career with the Rays would be difficult to live up to.

On Monday, the 22-year-old received affirmation that he’s well on his way.

Myers was named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 23 of 30 first place votes to become the third Rays player in the last six years. Evan Longoria previously won the award in 2008 and pitcher Jeremy Hellickson did so in 2011. Read More…

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Red Sox advance to ALCS, end Rays season

ST. PETERSBURG — Perhaps Tampa Bay’s luck, after winning four straight elimination games, ran out.

Or maybe the talent and cohesiveness Boston displayed throughout the season proved to be too much.

Whatever the reason, the Rays’ season came to a close on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox rallied to win Game 4 of their American League Division Series 3-1, the clincher in a best-of-five series that the Red Sox also won 3-1. Read More…

Zimmer hopes to make one more memory

ST. PETERSBURG – After experiencing it 19 times in his more than 60 years in professional baseball, the chills still come to Don Zimmer.

Naturally, the October weather is considerably calmer as the seasons are in full flux, but at the few ballparks that are still lucky enough to have baseball still going on, there is an unmatched electricity.

“These kind of games never get old,” Zimmer said. Read More…

Price tweet creates nerd inquisition

ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay ace David Price has often been a hot topic on the social media website Twitter, allowing him to interact with fans about everything from his dog to his outings.

On Saturday night as the Rays left Boston in a 2-0 hole – fresh off a start that saw the defending Cy Young Award winner surrender seven runs in seven innings – Price learned the hard way that sometimes the micro messages of 140 characters have repercussions.

The left-hander tweeted, regarding criticism from TBS studio analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci: “Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT hack it…Tom Verducci wasn’t even a water boy in high school…but yet they can still bash a player…SAVE IT NERDS” Read More…

MLB Postseason Predictions

I won’t go too deep into my reasoning here, but here are my postseason predictions for the MLB Playoffs. It’s a crapshoot anyways so here goes:

AL:

Wildcard:
Tampa Bay def. Cleveland

ALDS:
Boston def. Tampa Bay
Detroit def. Oakland

ALCS:
Detroit def. Boston

 

NL:

Wildcard:
Pittsburgh def. Cincinnati

NLDS:
Pittsburgh def. St. Louis
Atlanta def. Los Angeles Dodgers

NLCS:
Atlanta def. Pittsburgh

 

World Series:
Detroit def. Atlanta

Story: Romero’s debut powers Rays to third straight win

ST. PETERSBURG – Enny Romero was justifiably exhausted – both physically and mentally – after Sunday’s game.

Making his major league debut, the 22-year-old allowed just one hit and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, as Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore 3-1 at Tropicana Field. Read More…

Blog: On feeling sorry for Zach Jones

I’m feeling for Zach Jones today.

Really.

Now you may not be able to sympathize at this point for a guy you’ve never heard of (or if you have, it’s undoubtedly a different one), nor one that is playing minor league baseball right now. Read More…

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