The divisional lead remains about the same for the Rays as they have returned to the road and kept the pressure on. After winning the Angels series, they defeated the White Sox 94 in Chicago to start this wellpublicized weekend series. Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist hit home runs, and between those was sandwiched a milestone: Rocco Baldelli took Octavio Dotel deep into the left field bullpen for his first MLB home run since May 3, 2007. If he wasn’t officially back before, he is now. Congratulations on this achievement, Rocco. Now please give us a few more like that one.
Now it’s time to show the rest of America what the Tampa Bay Rays have been doing this season. Their first FOX game of the season will be regionally broadcast today, followed by a national telecast tomorrow on TBS. This will give the team much needed exposure and, hopefully, an adjustment to the national spotlight. The FOX crews are also going out to Tropicana Field, I believe for the very first time, next week. Now is the perfect time to keep on winning and display our skills to everyone else out there. Andy Sonnanstine is about to go for his 14th win, which would tie the franchise record. Pena has been hitting like it was August 2007 rather than 2008. The bullpen has been holding up well too when the guy with the highest ERA, Trever Miller, would have been the best reliever last season, it speaks volumes to the improvement of this team. And until we show everyone else who doesn’t watch ESPN games, go Rays.