Fresh off a sweep of the Chicago White Sox the Tampa Bay Rays will host the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series at Tropicana Field beginning on Monday night. The Rays (49-40) are now 6-1 in July and the Twins (37-48) are exactly the opposite, 1-6 in the month. David Price is now 2-0 after Sunday’s complete game victory against Chicago and the lefty has showed no signs of injury or weakness since coming off the disabled list. If Price returns to his Cy Young form then the Rays will be a frightening team to face for the rest of the season.
The Rays are now tied for second place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles and the offense has become quite formidable.
The Rays have eight players with 30 or more RBIs and are finding consistent contributions throughout the lineup. Luke Scott has come alive over the last couple weeks and is batting .344 in his last ten games. Coming into Saturday night’s game White Sox starter Chris Sale had not allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed batter all season, until Scott laced a double down the right field line to start the Rays’ scoring. Continue reading
In a remarkable display of class, the Boston Red Sox invited the Boston Blades to Fenway Park on May 9. As a celebration of their remarkable Clarkson Cup championship, the first in franchise history, the Blades were recognized.
With their Cup victory, the Blades have helped Boston become the first city in North America during this century to have won five major championship titles.
Said titles include: the Super Bowl (2001, 2003, 2004), World Series (2004, 2007), NBA Finals (2008), Stanley Cup (2011) and Clarkson Cup (2013).
Proudly wearing their white jerseys, the Blades were brought out to home plate for a pregame ceremony. Although the field was soaked with a downpour of rain from earlier in the day, the Blades were joined by head coach Digit Murphy (the first women’s hockey coach to win 200 and 300 games at the NCAA level) as their special day was not spoiled. Continue reading