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Rivalry renews in the shadow of the Rays

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

American League East Standings

Tampa Bay Rays 52-32
Boston Red Sox 50-37 -3.5
New York Yankees 45-40 -7.5

Yeah, that is about what everybody expected. The Yanks and Sox playing an epic four-game series over July 4 desperate to keep the Rays from pulling away in the division. Remember when we were all making fun of Joe Maddon in spring training?

This is like some science fiction movie when the hero wakes up in the future and looks at the newspaper. “Tampa Bay is in first place? What happened? You damn dirty apes!”

Everybody around baseball figures the Rays will crack under the pressure of playing games that count for the first time. Two things: They may be too young to realize that. The owner also has a few billion. If they want to make a trade, they can make a trade.

But here is how the Rays start September:

Sept. 2 NY Yankees
Sept. 3 NY Yankees
Sept. 4 NY Yankees
Sept. 5 @ Toronto
Sept. 6 @ Toronto
Sept. 7 @ Toronto
Sept. 8 @ Boston
Sept. 9 @ Boston
Sept. 10 @ Boston
Sept. 12 @ NY Yankees
Sept. 13 @ NY Yankees
Sept. 14 @ NY Yankees
Sept. 15 Boston
Sept. 16 Boston
Sept. 17 Boston

16 games in 17 days, nine of them on the road, 13 of them against the Yankees or Red Sox. If the Rays get to Sept. 1 still in the mix, that stretch will make or break them.




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