The Tampa Bay Rays won their second consecutive road series on Sunday, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber-match of a three-game set. Backed by Shawn Riggans' 3-for-4 performance and Andy Sonnanstine's seven effective innings, the Rays closed out their road trip with a 5-1 record. With the win and a Boston loss, Tampa Bay now has a one-half game lead in the American League East.
June 29, 2008
The Tampa Bay Rays remained busy with their offseason efforts this week, signing three players to minor league deals with invitations to spring training—left-handed reliever Brian Anderson, right-hander Scott Munter and Josh Paul, who was the team's backup catcher in 2007.
February 2, 2008
Right-hander James Shields signed a long-term deal with the Rays for a simple reason -- because he wanted to. Shields, 26, gave up the potential payoff from his first two seasons of free agency in return for the security and comfort of staying with the Rays, agreeing to a deal that could last for seven seasons and pay him up to $44 million.
January 27, 2008
The Rays didn't make a lot of news of the annual GM meetings, but they were a popular topic of discussion. And the forecast is for more of the same at the upcoming winter meetings as well as through much of the offseason. That's because the Rays have a bevy of young, talented and relatively inexpensive players, and because they are willing to at least discuss trading them.
November 9, 2007