The MLB playoffs get started Wednesday afternoon with the Rangers facing the Rays in the first round of the American League playoffs. Check out Dave Sheinin's MLB playoff preview here, and his predictions here. Thomas Boswell's column about predictions can be found here. For the in-game box score, click here....
According to a piece by the Detroit News' Tom Gage, MLB's vice president for On-Field Operations, Tom Watson, may have been swayed to suspend the Detroit reliever because of a letter sent in by the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin, a beat writer who also happens to be the chairman of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers Association.
On Monday, the day portion of a day-night doubleheader between the Pirates and Reds drew barely 2,000 fans. A day matchup between those two teams drew more fans on Wednesday ... barely. If you ever wondered what a near 50,000-person stadium would look like with 2,000 people in it, that section in the background behind Pirates starter Zach Duke is a pretty good indication. Three-six people per section, throughought the park. Yikes.
The good news is that the Orioles have only been swept once in their last eight series. The bad news is they haven't won any of those series either. Baltimore will look to get its first series win since the all-star break on the road against the White Sox -- one of four American League teams the Orioles don't have a losing record against.
| August 21, 2009; 1:36 PM ET |
Categories: Orioles, Rays, White Sox | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, chicago white sox, tampa bay rays
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This weekend provides some rather juicy matchups with plenty of early playoff implications, here are the best and feel free to vote at the bottom for which pairing intrigues you the most.
| August 21, 2009; 11:44 AM ET |
Categories: Braves, Giants, Marlins, Playoffs, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies, Yankees | Tags: Florida Marlins, atlanta braves, boston red sox, colorado rockies, new york yankees, playoffs, san francisco giants, tampa bay rays, texas rangers
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When I was in middle school, one of my best friends put together a science project where he postulated that the reason Johnny Cash always wore black was because it kept bugs away (true story). Something tells us that isn't the motivation behind Joe Maddon's new hair style, but Johnny Cash may be himself: Every road trip the Rays have a different theme, and this one is "Cash". Guess Joe went with the musical interpretation of cash, huh? All things considered, I think he might be even funnier with green hair though, don't you?