The Tampa Bay Rays will be back at it tonight, returning to Tropicana Field after an incredible road trip in which they took a series from the San Francisco Giants, swept the Chicago White Sox, and capped it off with another series victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 12-4, division leading Rays will welcome the Baltimore Orioles into town for a three game set. The Rays currently hold the best record in baseball, and have the largest division lead of any team as they are up 5.5 games on the Orioles and Yankees, who are tied for second.
News and Links
- Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows are on a must-see tear - Blake Schuster, Yahoo Sports
- 5 key numbers from Rays’ stellar road trip - Juan Toribio, Rays Baseball
- Power Rankings: Hot, cold starts shake it up - Alyson Footer, MLB.com
Only the Astros could have prevented the Rays from taking over the top spot. Tampa Bay has the second-most wins in baseball and the best winning percentage with a 12-4 record. They won seven of nine during their cross-country road trip with the Giants, White Sox and Blue Jays. Individually, leadoff man Austin Meadows has 12 hits in 22 at-bats with two doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs in his past five games.
- Tampa Bay Rays Starting Rotation Continues to Impress With MLB’s Best ERA - Quinn Allen, Baseball Essential
- MLB power rankings: Is this the best team the Rays have ever had? - Jesse Yomtov, USA Today
- MLB Power Rankings: Why it’s time to believe in the Rays - Mike Oz, Yahoo Sports
- What Have We Learned …. 16 Games In - Neil Solondz, Rays Radio
- Five things we think we know about why Rays have best record in majors - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($)
- Rays journal: Charlie Morton looks for more sizzle, less fizzle on fastball - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($)