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The Rays Tank: Series Split, Off to Seattle

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The Rays lost to the Angels last night, splitting the series with them 2-2. Now, Tampa Bay is off to Seattle to wrap up the ten-game road trip.

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After a very rocky start, David Price settled down nicely, but the Rays offense failed to provide run support as the Rays lost 6-2, splitting the series with the Angels. Price retired ten in a row and 14 of his last 15 batters, going seven innings but allowing six earned runs and eleven hits.

The offense went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. The only scoring of the game for the Rays came on a two-out, two-RBI double from James Loney in the third inning. Yunel Escobar also made another headfirst slide into first base, which if he ran it through, I definitely think he could have been safe.

The Rays head up to Seattle next to wrap up this ten game road trip. Felix Hernandez was originally scheduled to start this weekend against the Rays, but had his start pushed back due to lower back cramps. The expected pitching matchups now are Cobb/Iwakuma on Friday, Archer/James Paxton on Saturday, and Moore/Erasmo Ramirez on Sunday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Some <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a>, including <a href="https://twitter.com/wilmyers">@wilmyers</a>, wearing new T-shirts <a href="https://twitter.com/Evan3Longoria">@Evan3Longoria</a> had made up <a href="http://t.co/DzWuL6YQt7">pic.twitter.com/DzWuL6YQt7</a></p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/375759211163971584">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/skittykatz">@skittykatz</a> did he make one for each specific player or was everyone given Team Wil shirts? &gt;&gt;&gt; All 20 were TEAM WIL. That was the point</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/375817758220378113">September 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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I’m still not understanding what the point was, but okay.

According to this article from Bill Chastain of MLB.com, Joe Maddon had the following to say about what it meant for a rookie to get t-shirts made in his honor,

"He has to be both good and well-liked. You can be one or the other, but I think the combination of being really good and also well-liked within the group permits something like that to happen."

Myers told Chastain that he was pretty excited about the shirts.

Scoreboard Watching:

Mariano Rivera blew his sixth blown save of the season as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees and now hold a six and a half game lead on the AL East. The Athletics also lost yesterday, so no ground was gained on their Wild Card lead. The Yankees still sit two and a half games behind the Rays, and both the Orioles and Indians sit three games behind Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card position.

Links:

-The MLB Fan Cave presents "Hakuna Machado"

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-Neil Weinberg examines the underrated superstar, Evan Longoria.

- Felix Hernandez’s teammates call him "Fifi", not "King".

-Stadium drama in Anaheim!

-Ben Revere provides the comedic relief to wrap everything up.