April 17, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers nab top spot in first week of voting

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  (PhatzRadio / SI Wire)    —   The first edition of SI.com’s 2014 MLB Power Rankings is here, and it comes in a brand new format. For this season, we will be polling our MLB experts each week to come up with a comprehensive ranking of all 30 teams. A first-place vote earns a team 30 points, a [...]

NCAA College Football: East Carolina, Ohio meet in Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

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Quarterback Shane Carden spearheads the prolific Eastern Carolina offense.(Photo: James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — While a weekend of sun and 80-degree temperatures at the beach in Florida is nice, East Carolina and Ohio haven’t lost sight of their mission in the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl. The Pirates (9-3) and Bobcats (7-5) not [...]

MLB – ALDS: Red Sox beat Rays 3-1 in Game 4 to reach ALCS / Tigers rally past A’s 8-6 to force Game 5 in ALDS

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Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win baseball’s American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo: John Raoux) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — From worst to first, and now back in the AL championship series. Shane Victorino ‘s infield single snapped a seventh-inning [...]

MLB – ALDS: Lobaton’s HR in 9th lifts Rays over Red Sox 5-4 / A’s top Tigers 6-3 for 2-1 AL division series lead

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Lobaton hits a home run in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth inning to win Game 3 of an American League baseball division series in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Tampa Bay Rays won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The [...]

MLB – ALDS: Ortiz hits 2 HRs, Red Sox lead Rays 2-0 in ALDS / Vogt’s single in 9th lifts A’s over Tigers 1-0

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David Ortiz celebrates his first two-homer playoff game as the Red Sox take a 2-0 ALDS lead.(Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports) BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before. He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout. “I like it a lot better [...]

MLB Wildcard Playoffs: Cobb, Rays roll 4-0 over Indians in AL wild card

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CLEVELAND (AP) — They shut off the lights, cranked up the music and turned their clubhouse into a nightclub. As Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop The Party” boomed off walls covered by plastic sheets, the Tampa Bay Rays sprayed each other with Silly String and emptied bottles of champagne as quickly as they could open them. This [...]

MLB Wildcard Playoffs: Rays to playoffs again after 5-2 win over Rangers

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Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price cheers between Texas Rangers batters during the sixth inning of an American League wild-card tiebreaker baseball game Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp) / AP ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The first person David Price looked for after pitching the Tampa Bay Rays into the playoffs was [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Twins’ skid hits 5 games in 5-1 loss to Indians

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Minnesota Twins’ Trevor Plouffe leaves the plate after umpire Larry Vanover called him out looking, on a pitch by Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Kazmir, in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone) (PhatzRadio / AP) — MINNEAPOLIS – The Cleveland Indians won their ninth straight game and [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Indians win 7th straight game with 6-5 victory over Twins

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mariano Rivera said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with hugs, tears and cheers. Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance in the Yankees’ home pinstripes, when captain Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him with two outs [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Rays put hurt on Orioles wild hopes

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(J. Meric/Getty Images) – The Rays’ Rich Thompson and Sam Fuld score on Chris Gimenz’s two-run double in the 7th. (PhatzRadio / AP) — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Wil Myers tied it with a two-run single on a jarring play in the seventh inning then pinch-hitter James Loney stunned the Orioles with a leadoff homer [...]