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NYY news: Long, cold winter

Photo by Adam Hunger/ Yankees will have to deal with Rays’ World Series run all winter; Could Yankees eat money to move Adam Ottavino?; A look into the nature of playoff stats; Yankee Stadium hosts election poll worker training. New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: In addition to losing and missing out on a chance at winning the World Series, the Yankees’ ALDS loss to the Rays has ensured that they’re going to have to hear about Tampa Bay all winter. In a lot of ways, the Rays are the anthesis of the Yankees, and losing to them in particular is going to lead to a long winter. New...


World Series Game Two Lineup

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Will the big bats wake up? The Tampa Bay Rays will look to even things out tonight in game two of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers after dropping last night’s series opener, 8-3. They’ll look to the 2018 American League Cy Young, Blake Snell, to help them right the ship. However, they’ll also need to snap out of their offensive funk and actually provide some run support for Blake. Over their last 10 games, the Rays are averaging just three runs per game and have a record of 5-5 against the Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers over that time. Going...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

The Rays are the antithesis of the Yankees, and that includes winning pennants

The Rays have annoyed the Yankees all season, and now they're in the World Series.

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The Yankees could use a defensive check-up

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ New York’s putrid defense puts undue pressure on pitching and run creation. Baseball, offensively at least, is a sport of irregular production. It’s not terribly uncommon for a team’s best hitter to go hitless in an afternoon or even a weekend. Streaky hitting, as the Yankees know all too well, can swing a playoff series in either direction. The Yankees put up 22 runs in two wins against the Indians. Though the Yankees outscored the Rays by four runs through the ALDS’s first four contests, they lost the series in a decisive Game Five in which they scored a...

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A Cubs fan’s guide to the World Series

Mookie Betts stealing home runs | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Are you cheering for the Rays or the Dodgers? Since the Cubs were eliminated from the Postseason my rooting interests for the World Series have generally leaned towards underdogs. I wanted the Rays to beat the Yankees (and they did) I wanted to Padres to beat the Dodgers (they did not). After two thrilling Championship Series that both went to game seven the stage is set for the Fall Classic and today I’ll cover the three biggest questions I see ahead of tonight’s Game 1. Can money buy a championship? You basically...

The Denver Post

Andrew Friedman’s Series: Tampa Bay GM built Rays, then left to build Dodgers

Tampa Bay is 28th again in this pandemic-shortened season at $29 million, yet it upset the Yankees ($83 million) and Houston ($81 million), earning a berth for the title against the top-spending Dodgers ($95.6 million).

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The playoffs were dominated by sustainably great prospect systems

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports For the Dodgers, Rays and other playoff teams success often starts from within. The teams with the best regular season records from each league will meet to decide the 2020 World Series. Strong and sustainable farm systems have led the way for both organizations, as well as many of the teams that made impressive runs throughout the 2020 season. The Yankees must continue to refine their player development network to keep pace with the top teams in the sport. The Los Angeles Dodgers have become the model that many teams seek to emulate. The Dodgers’...

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Yankees fan confidence sinks as Rays capitalize on success

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, Tampa has become the people’s team. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Yankees fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Tampa Bay Rays are the most popular team in the country. Whether it’s because Rays fever is sweeping the nation or they are playing the most despised team in baseball, one thing is clear – Tampa has become the people’s team. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts...

Los Angeles Times

Tampa Bay Rays enter World Series with a reputation for giant slaying

The small-market Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros to reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

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NYY News: Please don’t be stingy

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Looking at where the Yankees’ payroll stands; Hoch answers fan questions; a Cole/Tanaka double-date MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka: Fresh off a season in which the $265 million Yankees finished second in the AL East to the $73 million payroll of the Tampa Bay Rays, all signs point to the Bombers being one of the many teams looking to cut costs for the 2021 season. With a number of salaries coming off the books, current projections anticipate that, post-arbitration raises, the Yankees will have about $171 million in expenses—roughly $30 million-$40 million...


Tanyon Sturtze, Pitcher On 2004 Yankees, Really Wants Astros To Complete Comeback

Just like how Bill Mueller knows what the Houston Astros are feeling right now, Tanyon Sturtze knows what’s going through the minds of Tampa Bay Rays players. The Rays blew a 3-0 series lead in the American League Championship series, and on Saturday they’ll have to take on the Astros in a deciding Game 7. […] The post Tanyon Sturtze, Pitcher On 2004 Yankees, Really Wants Astros To Complete Comeback appeared first on NESN.com.

Bless You Boys

ALCS Game 7 Open Thread: Astros vs. Rays

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ If scores hold, this will be our thread for the NLCS Game 7 on Sunday as well. Three years ago, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. powered the Astros to a 4-0 Game 7 victory over the New York Yankees. On Saturday, the two will square off as the Astros try to finish off their comeback from a 3-0 series deficit and reach their third World Series in four seasons. If the Rays can right the ship and take the series, they will play in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2008. Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Time/Place: 8:37 p.m., Petco ParkSeries: 3-3Media:...

The Crawfish Boxes

Want some stats? Here’s your breakdown from the Astros’ Game 6 win

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Stay updated with our statistical report: Framber, Altuve, Correa, and Tucker on the list! When you’re in the postseason, you’re gonna have plenty of chances to make history. After an out-of-this-world victory in Game 5 on Thursday, the Astros won again on Friday night to force an against-the-odds Game 7. They were the 39th team to trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, but after Friday’s showdown against the Rays, they are now only the second to force a Game 7, along with the Red Sox back in 2014 against the Yankees. But let’s take a look at Friday’s action...

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What the Yankees can do if DJ LeMahieu walks

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Yankees’ stalwart second baseman is in line for a hefty free agent contract this offseason Over the last two seasons — campaigns beset by injuries, uncertainty, and, ultimately, playoff disappointment — there have been few constants for the Yankees. Certainly one of them is DJ LeMahieu, the erstwhile Colorado Rockies second baseman who moved to the Bronx on a two-year, $24 million contract ahead of the 2019 season. LeMahieu has been nothing short of brilliant for the Yankees, providing top-end defense (as well as versatility) and a thoroughly dependable...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Yankee GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone think team has what it takes to win

On Wednesday, five days after the Yankees were eliminated from the American League Division Series by the Rays, Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone acknowledged the frustration and disappointment for their fans.

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NYY news: “They’re a better franchise than we are right now”

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Cashman, Boone hold end-of-season press conference; LeMahieu nominated for Hank Aaron Award; Thames interviews for Tigers vacancy MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees held their annual season’s end press conference on Wednesday afternoon, with both Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman taking the podium. These sessions usually produce a laundry list of surprise injury news, but thankfully the Bombers have none to report. Luke Voit has plantar fasciitis and received a PRP injection for it, but that’s all. Game Two of the ALDS dominated the conversation, where Boone...

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Hal Steinbrenner apologizes to Yankees fans: “We failed...we didn’t even come close”

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees owner shares his thoughts after another disappointing postseason exit. On Tuesday afternoon, Hal Steinbrenner appeared on The Michael Kay Show, where he provided his first public comments since the Yankees fell to the Rays in the ALDS. The Yankees’ owner addressed a variety of issues regarding the team’s 2020 campaign, its future, and the state of the game in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Steinbrenner’s comments kick off the Yankees’ offseason information tour. Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman will follow soon, offering their own...


The Offseason: 10/14/2020

Photo by Brian Garfinkel/ Where the Astros are on the brink Have you ever thought about who you’d like the Phillies to pattern their organizational structure after? Consider: They could be like the Yankees, spending their money on better scouts, better data, better everything They could be like the Rays, penny pinching their way to figuring ways to do things differently, yet effectively They could be like any of these teams still in the LCS with the types of resources they have, but they look like they are increasingly becoming poisoned by an owner that has no idea what he actually...

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The Rays beat the Yankees at their own game

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Yankees’ hitters executed the perfect plan against Cleveland, and then promptly abandoned it in the next round. When the Yankees swept the Indians in the Wild Card Series, it felt like the start of an unstoppable run to the Fall Classic. Their lineup, hamstrung by injuries to key contributors for much of the season, was finally healthy, fully intact, and clicking on all cylinders. They executed their game plan perfectly against Cleveland, humbling the presumptive AL Cy Young winner and delivering timely big blow after timely big blow. Game...

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For Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres, the work starts now

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Torres is reminiscent of “The Captain,” but not in a good way. In Game Five of the ALDS against the Rays, Gleyber Torres bobbled a Yandy Díaz groundball into the 5.5-hole with one out into Gerrit Cole’s fourth inning of work. Though Díaz never came around to score, Cole needed another seven pitches to strike-out Willy Adames for the would-be fourth out. It’s a small thing, but on three days rest, Cole was only able to reach 94 pitches after allowing one homer and two heart palpitation inducing near-wall-scrapers to the final four batters he faced. On...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

CC Sabathia didn’t like Yankees ‘opener’ idea with Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ in ALDS

The former Yankees ace called out the Yankees for trying to be too smart in the American League Division Series against the Rays.

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Gamethread: ALCS Game 1, Astros vs. Rays

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ It’s a last-minute gamethread! Sorry, all, lame-o gamethread writer here. As I explained in the comments of Laura’s story, I had it fixed in my head that MLB was so afraid of the NFL that it wasn’t starting games up until Monday. OOPS. The game is underway, and Tampa, the rightful World Series rep in 2020, is winning, 2-1! Here’s the schedule (best-of-seven, italics below are games “if necessary”) Sunday, October 11ALCS Game 1, Astros vs. Rays-Yankees winner, San Diego, TBS Monday, October 12ALCS, Game 2, Astros vs. Rays-Yankees winner, San Diego, TBSNLCS...

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OTD 10 years ago: Rangers beat Rays, win first postseason series

Photo by J. Meric/ 10/12/2010: Cliff Lee dominates, Rangers defeat Rays in Game 5 of ALDS It was ten years ago tonight that the Texas Rangers won Game 5 of the 2010 ALDS over the Tampa Bay Rays and clinched their first postseason series win in franchise history. Rangers’ ace Cliff Lee took the mound against Tampa Bay and absolutely shined, giving Texas what was, at the time, the franchise’s biggest win. It sent the Rangers to the ALCS for the first time and secured a date with the hated Yankees, who had easily dismissed the Twins a few days before. I remember where I was and who I...


Rays and Astros in ALCS: Root of all evils for Yankees

Houston has its villainous history with the Yankees, but the trolling Rays are no bargain either.


Cracks in the foundation, exposed in October, contribute to Yankees early postseason exit

In the immediate aftermath of the Yankees' AL Division Series Game 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Aaron Boone and his players described a somber clubhouse.        

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2020 American League Championship Series: Astros vs. Rays Game 1, Sunday 10/11, 6:37 CT

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Pretty sure I know who most of you are rooting for. I’m pretty sure that almost everyone here will be rooting for the Rays to win this series. And for whatever it’s worth, I think they will do so. The Rays were outscored by the Yankees in their Division series 24-21 but scored when they needed to, and got relief pitching when they needed it, and beat New York at their own game, hitting two solo homers in the decisive Game 5. They have postseason-experienced pitchers in Blake Snell (who starts tonight) and Charlie Morton, and despite the Astros making...

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ALCS Game One: Open Game Thread

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Trash can bros vs. the flappy bois After a day off yesterday, the ALCS gets underway today while the NLCS starts tomorrow and can I just say: this is some junior circuit bias nonsense. Putting Game 1 of the ALCS on a Sunday night against the NFL/Sunday Night Football (and for those of us in Seattle specifically, the Seahawks?) and also making the Rays play just one day after their marathon duel against the Yankees? It’s just rude. I’m hoping Tampa Bay isn’t at too much of a disadvantage. Vegas favors Houston to win the game, and the series, to...

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ALCS Game One open thread

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Care to hate watch with us? I wish we could have a Yankees game thread and recap for you tonight. Instead, we can hate-watch the ALCS. Considering it’s a matchup between the Rays and Astros, two teams I loathe, I wouldn’t blame you if you bailed. I think gouging my eyes out would be more preferable, to be honest. If you’re interested, tonight’s game features a battle of southpaws, as Framber Valdez squares off against Blake Snell. First pitch is scheduled for 7:37 PM, and you can watch on TBS. Have at it.

Who is Yankees' most surprising player & Are Phillies playoff hopes still alive? | MLB WHIPAROUND

The MLB WhipAround crew debates who the most surprising player for the Yankees has been in their successful, but injury-riddled season. Plus, are the Phillies out of the playoff picture without Jake Arrieta? #FOXSports #MLB #JakeArrieta #Yankees #Phillie

Gregorius lifts Yankees with a 2-run single | Rays-Yankees Game Highlights 7/18/19

Daily Recap: Didi Gregorius hit a key two-run single in the 6th to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win and a doubleheader sweep over the Rays Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Inst

MLB Network Showcase: Rays vs Yankees 7/18

Tonight's MLB Network Showcase game features the Tampa Bay Rays against the New York Yankees. Bob Costas and Tom Verducci had the call.