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Rays Clinch First Winning Season With Victory

The Rays clinched their first winning season on Friday night with a 14-3 victory over the Orioles at home in Tampa Bay, according to Associated Press.

"Going into spring training I knew we were better," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We just didn't know how much better. Eighty-two wins is a big moment, and I want this to be the standard of what we do, to get that number on an annual basis."

It took the Rays eleven Major League seasons to record a winning record, only the Seattle Mariners (fifteen seasons) took longer.

"You've got to break through the barrier eventually. We've done it, now let's move on down the road," Maddon added.

Via ESPN


Longoria To Hit, Throw This Week

Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria will resume hitting this week as he continues a rehab program for a broken bone in his right wrist, according to Associated Press.

He hopes to return sometime around Sept. 1. The rookie will begin throwing on Wednesday and, hopefully, hitting by the end of the week.

"I still don't know how it's going to feel swinging," Longoria said Tuesday night. "I'm being a little tentative to do so. I'm going to give it a couple more days. It's definitely taken some good steps forward in the past week. A lot less pain in the last week."

Via ESPN


Cal Ripken Jr. Buying Rays' Minor League Team

Cal Ripken Jr. is buying a minor league baseball team in Florida, the Class A Vero Beach Rays of the Florida State League, according to Baltimore Business Journal.

The Rays are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and this will be the third minor league franchise acquired by Ripken Baseball, which also owns the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Augusta GreenJackets.

Via Baltimore Business Journal


Upton Apologizes For 'Mental Lapse'

Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton has apologized for a "mental lapse" in recent weeks, claiming that he doesn't want to distract the first-place Rays, according to The Associated Press.

"There's no excuse for it. It can't happen, especially in the middle of a pennant race," said Upton.

Upton has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling by manager Joe Madden.

Via ESPN


Rays' Percival Decides Against Surgery

Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival has decided not to have surgery and hopes to resume throwing off the mound in four or five days, according to The Associated Press.

Percival damaged cartilage in his right knee while fielding a bunt against Oakland on Thursday. He may have surgery after the season ends.

"Without it, it's very feasible it's two weeks," Percival said. "When I'm good to go, I'll be out there. I don't think it's going to get any worst, any better."

Via ESPN


Rays Aug 2008 Archive

  • Hurricane Places Rays-Angels Series In Doubt

    Tropical Storm Fay, which was expected to continue gaining momentum on Monday afternoon, could reach hurricane force when it reaches Florida's Golf Coast on Tuesday.

  • Maddon, Upton: Let's Move On

    Rays' Manager Joe Maddon and B.J. Upton would like to move past a recent incident that involved the manager benching the outfielder for a lack of hustle.

  • Rays End Ziegler's Scoreless Streak

    Tampa Bay ended Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler's 39-inning scoreless streak on Thursday night.

  • Sabean: Rays Should Sign Bonds

    Giants' GM Brian Sabean believes that the Rays should sign Barry Bonds for the stretch run.

  • Rays Targeting Winn And Aurilia?

    With Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford on the disabled list, the Rays could be targeting Randy Winn and Rich Aurilia of the Giants.

  • Rays Likely Lose Crawford For Regular Season

    Rays outfielder Carl Crawford will undergo surgery on his right middle finger on Thursday and will miss six-to-eight weeks.

  • Rays' Crawford Out For The Season?

    Rays outfielder Carl Crawford could be forced to have season-ending surgery if he isn't able to come off the disabled list in two weeks.

  • Rays Get Franchise-Record 71st Win

    The Tampa Bay Rays routed the Seattle Mariners 11-3 on Sunday for their franchise-record 71st victory.

  • Rays Promote Price To Triple-A Durham

    The first-place Rays have promoted pitcher David Price to Triple-A Durham as the first pick in the 2007 draft continues to excel in the minor leagues.

  • Rays Tie Franchise-Record For Wins

    The Tampa Bay Rays tied the franchise-record for wins, 70, on Saturday with an eleventh-inning victory over the Mariners.

  • Rays' Upton Not Upset Over Benching

    Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton is not upset over being benched by manager Joe Maddon for not running out a ground ball.

  • First-Place Rays Acquire Bradford

    The Rays acquired RHP Chad Bradford from the Orioles on Thursday.

  • Rays' Baldelli Says He's Ready To Return

    Rocco Baldelli claims that he's ready to return to the major leagues for the Rays after a 20-game rehabilitation stint in Double-A.