Tampa Bay Rays
The Minnesota Twins have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for months. And manager Ron Gardenhire thinks his team is playing like it has given up.
Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Friday night.
Matt Moore won his 13th game this season, Luke Scott and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers, and the surging Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep by beating the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Thursday.
Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-best seventh straight game, beating the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, while Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays extend their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 4-1 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night. Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot. Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Rays ace David Price gave nine hits in five innings and the Minnesota Twins beat Tampa Bay 6-4 Saturday.
Sure, Desmond Jennings wants to see more pitches per at-bat. Yes, he’d like to take more walks this season. And maybe this is the year he finally masters the bunt.
Liam Hendriks worked out of a jam after left-fielder Josh Willingham lost a fly ball in the sun, but the Minnesota Twins still lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Tuesday.
Coming into the 2012 season, Matt Moore was likely the most-hyped pitching prospect in baseball – not without good reason.
David Price struck out five in three shutout innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Sunday.
Joe Mauer was impressed with the Twins pitching staff Sunday despite Minnesota’s 10-7 loss in 10 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jeff Keppinger homered and doubled, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Sunday for their sixth straight win.
The American League wild card standings show that the Tampa Bay Rays are solidly in the mix to return to the postseason. The Rays, however, have higher aspirations. Tampa Bay has made it very clear that it wants to win the American League East. The Rays’ 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night was the latest example of why they believe that making up six games and catching the New York Yankees is possible.
Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, Jose Molina drove in three runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Friday night to keep pace in the crowded American League wild card race with their ninth win in their last 12 games.