New York Minutes

Friday night: Rained out; make–up date unannounced.

Saturday afternoon: Rays get some help from Ben Zobrist and Willy Aybar’s home runs. Grant Balfour and the bullpen blow the lead in the eighth inning, but they’re bailed out by a four–run Rays ninth inning. Dan Wheeler nearly blows it again, sending the tying run to the plate with nobody out, but the Rays win 9–7.

Sunday afternoon: Rays blow the lead thanks to Balfour, J.P. Howell and a major defensive gaffe by Aybar. They go down in flames 4–3.

Monday night: Andy Sonnanstine gives up four home runs to the Yankees. Despite the first home run this year from Gabe Kapler, the Rays lose 5–3 on national television.

As one can see, this weekend for the Rays started off quite well, then fell into disarray. They can come back home and face yet another turnaround project. Their next opponent, the Angels, also had a slow start this season. Hopefully for us, it still is slow. Then we get the Washington Nationals, who are basically today’s Devil Rays. At least they should be drafting Stephen Strasburg.

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It is now time for the Yankees and Red Sox to fight to the death. Then we can have the remains. Until next time, go Rays.


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