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After struggling offensively against the Angels, the Rays head to California to face the A's in the beginning of a ten-game road trip.

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The Rays lost the series to the Angels as they were shutout on Thursday afternoon 2-0. The offense managed to produce a measly three hits while going 0-8 with runners in scoring position. For a detailed recap, head on over to Michael’s post here.il Myers discussed his and the team’s recent slumps after the game yesterday, video courtesy of Steve Kinsella.

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There are two days left of August baseball and the Rays still hold a half-game lead over the AL Wildcard. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay is now two and a half games behind Boston for the AL East, and they’ve fallen behind in the loss column as well. Boston heads on a six-game road trip now to face the White Sox and Tigers. The Rays begin their ten-game road trip today with the first stop in Oakland.

David Price takes the mound tonight for the Rays against Jarrod Parker of the Athletics. Parker has been solid over his last ten starts, running into trouble only once against the Angels on July 28th when he gave up six earned runs and seven walks. Aside from that, he’s been fairly dominant, going at least eight innings in each of his last three starts. The Rays bats will need to wake up in Oakland in order to defeat Parker and the A’s.

In other news, Matt Moore had a rehab start in Durham last night in which he got rocked. Moore gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings. His next start will be with the Rays and will most likely be against the Angels. No starter has been announced for Sunday’s game against the A’s yet, but I doubt we see Moore start that soon.

Congratulations are in order for the Charlotte Stone Crabs who clinched a playoff berth last night! They started the year off 8-22 and have definitely made a huge turnaround since then.

Per Bowman Scout, Enny Romero was promoted to the Durham Bulls and will make his first AAA start on Monday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Top <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> LHP Enny Romero has been promoted to AAA <a href="https://twitter.com/DurhamBulls">@DurhamBulls</a> and will debut for them on Labor Day. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FutureAce&amp;src=hash">#FutureAce</a></p>&mdash; Bowman Scout (@BowmanScout) <a href="https://twitter.com/BowmanScout/statuses/373216918376697856">August 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Links:

-Dave Cameron of FanGraphs discusses why we should be paying attention to playoff odds and emphasizes the importance of remaining schedules.

-Torii Hunter and the Tigers walked off a huge win yesterday against the Athletics. Grant Balfour could not protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth.

-Roy Halladay gave Matt Harvey a pep talk about his recent injury.

-Do not bring up Brandon Phillips’ OBP during an interview with him.

Not too many pictures were posted yesterday, but the theme for the Rays road trip to California was college football jerseys.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just another day in the <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball">@RaysBaseball</a> clubhouse: <a href="http://t.co/7RmjxrGcuQ">pic.twitter.com/7RmjxrGcuQ</a></p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB/statuses/373218580889751552">August 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Yes...myself and DeJesus are the lone USF reppers! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GoBulls&amp;src=hash">#GoBulls</a> <a href="http://t.co/M7BcHOs8pX">pic.twitter.com/M7BcHOs8pX</a></p>&mdash; Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) <a href="https://twitter.com/Evan3Longoria/statuses/373292332377853952">August 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Longoria also tweeted this after yesterday’s loss:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>With every success come failures along the way. It&#39;s the moments in between that define our character. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23believe&amp;src=hash">#believe</a></p>&mdash; Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) <a href="https://twitter.com/Evan3Longoria/statuses/373191845322690561">August 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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