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On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:17 pm
 
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By Matt Snyder

Follow all the action live on CBSSports.com's scoreboard. Also, keep your eyes on that Playoff Race page, which updates after each game concludes and has elimination numbers for every team still alive.

Beantown Throwdown: Oh. Yes. This is what it's all about. The Red Sox have a four-game lead over the Rays for the AL Wild Card. The Rays are now visiting the Red Sox for a four-game series. The pressure is definitely on the Rays for the time being, as they need to get at least three of four. A Red Sox split means a four-game deficit for Tampa Bay with 10 games to go, and that's an awfully tall order. Of course, if the Rays take the first two, the pressure would shift back to the Red Sox to avoid blowing what once looked an insurmountable lead (also worth noting, the Angels are currently a half-game behind the Rays, so if the Rays sweep, this thing might become a three-team race). On the other hand, the Red Sox could bury the Rays by winning three of four or sweeping them. In fact, a sweep would knock the magic number all the way down to three. As for the immediate action, the pitching matchup tilts in favor of the Rays Thursday night with Rookie of the Year candidate Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.96) of the Rays taking on Kyle Weiland (0-1, 6.75) of Boston. But that doesn't always decide the game. As CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler notes, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz are back in the Red Sox lineup, so that should help the hometown team. Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET.

Still Streaking: The Tigers were down to one inning Wednesday, trailing by three runs, but that still wasn't enough to break the winning streak. It now sits at 12. Thursday night, the Tigers are looking for lucky No. 13. Amazingly, considering where things were two months ago, the Tigers are now only 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the best record in the AL. With the Yankees idle Thursday, the Tigers can creep to three. Max Scherzer (14-8, 4.27) will start Thursday for Detroit as it visits the A's in Oakland. The A's send Brandon McCarthy (8-8, 3.45) to the mound. Tigers at A's, 10:05 p.m. ET.

Ogando back on hill: Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando was 10-3 with a 2.72 ERA after stifling the Angels July 19. Since then, he's 2-5 with a 6.08 ERA. The Rangers skipped his turn in the rotation once and then let him back in for a September 10 start. He allowed five runs in five innings in a Rangers loss, though only three were earned. Still, he hasn't fared very well since mid-July. With the Angels idle Thursday night, a Rangers win could push the AL West lead to 3 1/2 games. Ogando (12-8, 3.71) will start against Fausto Carmona and the Indians. Fortunately for the Rangers, Carmona has been awful recently (6.84 ERA in last five starts). Indians at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:29 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:54 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

lol, Rays have no chance.

can't even beat BAL

this really shows East Coast media bias, the Big Story in the AL is DETROIT

If you really think this is true, you'll need to explain how the Tigers were the lead for On Deck yesterday (go look for yourself). Or why Scott Miller's most recent column was about the Tigers.

Wow.

- Matt





Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:52 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

So two teams fighting for the final playoff spot is now bias? This is the story the Tigers have received plenty of coverage on their streak. Two teams playing each other for a playoff spot is more of a story at this point.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:10 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

As an Angels fan, I hope the Rays take 2 or 3 of the series v Red Sox however I do not hold my breath cos the Red Sox have looked mightily impressive at the plate against the Jays so maybe I am barking up the wrong tree bu if the Angels, by some miracle take the AL wildcard, it will mean that the Red Sox will have blown what all season seemed the biggest shoe in of the season; both Yankees and Red Sox in the post season



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:46 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

lol, Rays have no chance.

can't even beat BAL

this really shows East Coast media bias, the Big Story in the AL is DETROIT




Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:18 pm
 

On Deck: Rays shippin' up to Boston

lets go rays!!!!!!!


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