The Yankees have spent a lot of money. The Red Sox will be strong. The Rays, in the aftermath of the Pat Burrell signing, seem likely to improve as well. The A.L. East is going to be a tough race in 2009. The addition of Pat Burrell improves the Rays' chances of defending their American League Championship, writes Tyler Hissey.
January 5, 2009
FoxSports.com baseball writer Dayn Perry, formerly of Baseball Prospectus, recently answered several questions about the Winter Meetings and the Tampa Bay Rays in an email exchange with Tyler Hissey. In the interview below, Perry discusses the CC Sabathia signing and the Rays' chances of repeating as American League Champions.
December 14, 2008
Resiliency and resourcefulness have been two of the Rays' trademarks this season, and they showed both on Sunday in one of their most significant wins of the season. The Rays won a game in which they trailed 3-1 in the eighth, blew a 4-3 lead in the ninth, fell behind 5-4 in the 10th and then rallied to win.
August 4, 2008
Shortstop Jason Bartlett ran the bases prior to Monday's 4-0 win against Oakland and even took a turn in the portable sliding pit set up along the first-base foul line. Afterward, he said his right knee, which he sprained while stealing third base against Boston on July 2, was nearly good enough for him to return to the lineup.
July 22, 2008