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Fan Hospitalized After Foul Ball Hits Her Face

The ball slipped through a small gap in the protective netting

(Newser) - A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a foul ball in the seventh inning of a game between the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the AP reports. The foul ball got through a small gap between netting behind an area for photographers, hitting the woman... More »

Rays Dupe Uribe With Hidden-Ball Trick

Dodger foiled as he's caught unaware of where the ball is

(Newser) - Dodgers third-baseman Juan Uribe might want to remember a baseball fundamental: Keep your eye on the ball. Yesterday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays brings us a seemingly innocuous play, notes USA Today , in which Uribe made it to third base on a sac fly. He then made the... More »

Blue Jays Pitcher Beaned by Line Drive, Hospitalized

Happ in stable condition after heavy hit

(Newser) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ is in stable condition in the hospital after being hit in the head by a searing line drive from the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings. Play at Tropicana Stadium was halted for 11 minutes while Happ, who was bleeding but conscious,... More »

A Baseball First: Knuckleballer Wins Cy Young

Mets' RA Dickey is NL winner; David Price wins in AL

(Newser) - Knuckleballer RA Dickey of the New York Mets and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays won baseball's Cy Young awards today. The 38-year-old Dickey became the first pitcher who relied predominantly on a knuckleball to win the Cy Young, and he was an easy winner. He finished the... More »

Pitcher's Ejection Ignites Spat Over Baseball's 'Code'

Manager Davey Johnson snitches on former player, now foe

(Newser) - A pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays got ejected from a game last night for smearing pine tar in his glove, and the incident has set off a debate about the sport's "unwritten rules," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today . The debate isn't about the not-so-shocking... More »

Stats Can't Explain Sox Collapse

It was spectacularly unlikely

(Newser) - “It’s hard to describe how epic the Red Sox collapse was,” writes Nate Silver in the New York Times , calling it statistically like Bill Buckner’s famous botched play of 1986 “multiplied by itself two or three times over." On Sept. 3, the Red Sox... More »

Red Sox Miss Playoffs After 'Worst Collapse Ever'

Last-day losses cap miserable month for Red Sox, Braves

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox are in the record books and out of playoff contention after a terrible night capped a terrible September. The Red Sox allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles last night, the AP reports. Minutes after the Red Sox trudged off the... More »

Star Slugger Manny Ramirez Fails Drug Test, Retires

Tampa Bay star tested positive in spring training

(Newser) - Another baseball star goes down: Manny Ramirez has retired after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training, reports the New York Times . It was the star slugger's third offense, and he would have faced a 100-game suspension. Ramirez didn't join his new team, the Tampa Bay Rays, on... More »

Matt Garza Gives Rays 1st No-Hitter

It's the first such gem in Rays' history

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays finally wound up on the right side of a memorable pitching performance. Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in franchise history and the fifth in the major leagues this season, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0 last night. "We needed one. I don't care who it... More »

Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game for A's

Oakland ace tosses majors' 19th perfecto

(Newser) - Dallas Braden pitched the Athletics' first perfect game in 42 years and just the 19th in major league history today, dazzling the majors' hottest team in recording a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to... More »

White Sox' Buehrle Throws Perfect Game

(Newser) - White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle retired 27 consecutive Tampa Bay Rays today for a perfect game and a 5-0 win, the Chicago Tribune reports. There were a couple of dicey moments, particularly in the ninth inning, when center fielder DeWayne Wise barely caught a drive by Gabe Kapler destined for... More »

Pitcher Attacked Me Over 'Roids Remarks: Fan

Says Romero 'grabbed me by the neck and threw me back'

(Newser) - A Florida baseball fan says Philadelphia Phillies pitcher JC Romero attacked him over a few wisecracks about steroids, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Robert Eaton, 25, said he was soliciting Phillies players for autographs when he asked Romero for "some juice"—slang for steroids. Romero, recently suspended for... More »

Key to Winning: Scrubs Having a Breakout Season

(Newser) - It takes more to build a winning baseball team these days than pure statistical analysis, writes Darren Everson in the Wall Street Journal. You need someone with what Everson terms “Bellhorn Syndrome.” Mark Bellhorn, owner of a .264 slugging average the previous year, became an inexplicable hero for... More »

Yankees Take Scorn for (Gasp!) Spending Money

Yankees Are Doing There Job, Filling Stadiums, In It To WIn

(Newser) - Given the reaction to the Yankees' deep-pocketed acquisition of three big-name players, it's easy to assume the team is nothing less than evil personified, writes Sean Collins in Spiked. But set aside for the moment that the moves are actually a wise investment for a team that's building a new... More »

Cubs' Piniella, Rays' Maddon Voted Top Managers

Chicago posted NL's most wins; Tampa Bay had first-ever winning season, reached World Series

(Newser) - Lou Piniella and his Tampa Bay successor, Joe Maddon, have been voted baseball’s managers of the year, MLB.com reports. Maddon’s first-ever recognition is no surprise after he led the Rays to their first-ever winning season and the American League pennant. Chicago’s Piniella won the honor—his... More »

Cubs' Soto, Rays' Longoria Named Top Rookies

Both win easily, with Tampa star a unanimous choice in AL

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria were named the rookies of the year today in the National and American leagues, respectively. Soto, 25, was voted an All-Star Game starter and finished the season with a .285 batting average, 23 home runs, and 86 RBI,... More »

Phillies Win World Series

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Phillies edged Tampa Bay 4-3 tonight to capture the team's first World Series pennant since 1980. Pedro Feliz singled home Eric Bruntlett in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and provide the winning run, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. The two teams had to... More »

Brrr: Boys of Summer Brace for Winter

Phillies, Rays will resume Game 5 amid freezing wind chill

(Newser) - Baseball weather, it's not. When the World Series resumes tonight in Philly, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s and a wind chill below freezing, MSNBC reports. The Phillies and Rays will pick up where Monday's night's Game 5 left off: tied at 2 in the bottom of the... More »

Fox Vetoes World Series Day Game

Prefers prime time start

(Newser) - With all the late starts and later finishes plaguing the World Series, many are pining for an old-fashioned day game—including Bud Selig. The commish says he’d love to schedule an afternoon contest, if only Fox would let him. But the network insists on starting in prime time, when... More »

Bookies Call Game 5 for Phillies

Under Vegas rules, the fat lady sung at the bottom of the fifth

(Newser) - Game 5 of the World Series is stuck in a rain-soaked limbo in Philadelphia but it's all over in Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Nevada gaming ‘house rules’ state that a canceled game reverts to the score of the last finished inning, making it a 2-1 victory for... More »

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