It took until the final day of the season to figure out who would be playing who and where in the American League. The Tampa Bay Rays finished off the season with a win, clinching both the AL East title and home-field advantage throughout.
The Cincinnati Reds had a chance to clinch the National League Central title while out on the road this past weekend.
The New York Yankees wasted no time in squaring their season long series with Tampa at 8-8 on Tuesday night. In the friendly confines of the new Yankee Stadium, the sweet swinging Bronx Bombers have hit everything Tampa has thrown at them.
Rocco Baldelli returned to the Tampa Bay Rays with a bang. In his first at-bat since re-joining the team as a September call-up, Baldelli homered on his first swing against Baltimore Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez (he was pinch-hitting).
The Atlanta Braves stayed atop the National League East as they defeated the NY Mets 9-3. The Braves received a solid pitching performance from Jair Jurrjens, as he allowed three runs on six hits through 5.2 innings while striking out eight (though he did walk six).
The Tampa Bay Rays swept a statement series Wednesday against the American League West first place team, the Texas Rangers. It was a possible divisional series matchup, and despite the lack of fans at the Trop, the Rays players seemed to treat it like a playoff series.
You know your team is going bad when you get swept by the current worst team in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles.
Coming off their first winning season in the team’s history and a World Series appearance, the Tampa Bay Rays looked to stay on top of the American League East in 2009. While the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox were out spending money, the Rays stood pat and only spent money on slugger Pat Burrell. Read the Rest…