On this day during the magical season of 2008, the Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0 as James Shields spun a two-hit complete game shutout.
The win capped off a three game sweep that pulled the Rays into a tie for first place.
The Rays jumped out in front in the third inning on a wild pick off by Josh Beckett, scoring Jason Bartlett. They added another in the seventh on a solo homer from Evan Longoria, and scored again in the eighth when Carl Crawford doubled home Bartlett. On the hill, Shields struck out nine and walked one.
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Marc Topkin reports on how Kevin Kiermaier is spending his quarantine.
Yandy Diaz owns Juan Toribio.
Day ? without baseball: the exclusive video of #Rays Yandy Díaz using just two fingers to beat me in arm wrestle. I kept telling him I would win and he finally got sick of me. pic.twitter.com/BwKYRRFOVP— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) April 25, 2020
Blake Snell with a funny story about the time he gave up a grand slam to Miggy Cabrera.
.@snellzilla4 has a great story about the time Miggy hit a grand slam off him. pic.twitter.com/Vc2znuLSGP— MLB (@MLB) April 26, 2020
Austin Meadows with some unusual squats.
13/10 would squat. pic.twitter.com/R1duWSORaE— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 25, 2020
Anthony Castovince on the best pitchers never to throw a no-hitter.
Joe Posnanski at the Athletic is starting a new series: 60 moments.
Blake Snell sings his way to a playoff spot in the Players League.
Tim Kurkjian writes about defending Wade Boggs.
A.J. Cassavell writes about old friend Kirby Yates.
Puig to the Giants?
Sources: Yasiel Puig is very close to sign with San Francisco Giants, a source tells me. The contract amount is unknown, but would have a one-year option.— Francys Romero (@FrancysRomero10) April 26, 2020
Both sides, Puig and Giants are waiting for MLB to clarify the return date of baseball to make the official agreement. pic.twitter.com/I6f7xWT7go
Katherine Acquavella tells us that MLB player salary “an increasing concern.”
Sam Fels at Deadspin (???!!!???) says that we’re in for more cheating after the light punishments.
A fun anniversary from over the weekend: Let’s remember Brandon Allen from 2012.
On this day, 2012:— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 26, 2020
Brandon Allen hits a pinch-hit, walk-off homer in his first official at-bat with the club. pic.twitter.com/E9jiXjqFn5