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The Rays Tank: Back-to-back W's

Helly looked like Helly. Wil looked like Wil. So the Rays won again in Anaheim.

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It may only be a two-game win streak, but it's a win streak.

With 5.1 shutout innings from Jeremy Hellickson and two home runs from Wil Myers, the Rays defeated the Angels 3-1 last night, with Hellickson securing his first win since July 26th.

Myers was in the midst of a 17-game homerless streak before his two homer night, and Joe Maddon had the following to say about the young hairy lad:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I probably spend too much time thinking about this, but I got Wil Myers as Ricky Bobby.</p>&mdash; Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) <a href="">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Okay, then.

For the full postgame recap, head this way.

Injury update

Per Marc Topkin, Jesse Crain played catch Wednesday and was encouraged by the results, and is expected to throw off the mound for the first time this upcoming weekend. If he continues to progress he'll transition into bullpen sessions, batting practice then simulated games; with that timetable indicating a return during the last week of September.

"Dude, it's not even close to being over."

If you read anything today, read Tim Brown's piece on Chris Archer.

If you weren't already proud to call him a Rays player, you will be.


- Baseball Prospectus and MLB Advanced Media announced a multi-year partnership to share data and analysis, with the first feature being Postseason Probabilities, an "interactive visualization of the current standings and each team's chances of winning the division or wild card, or securing a postseason berth."

- MLB announced this year's postseason schedule, returning the Division Series back to a 2-2-1 format, where higher-seeded teams will host the first two games.

- Oh, the pure joy of a winning season. Pittsburgh is a baseball town this summer.

- Statistics: life ruiners.

- Joe Girardi is attempting to talk Mariano Rivera out of retiring.

- The Red Sox had themselves a game yesterday.