Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Game Recap June 11, 2017

 

 

The Tampa Bay Ray’s finished their series against the Oakland Athletics Sunday with a 5-4 win, giving the Ray’s 34 wins this season. The Ray’s won 3 of the four games against the A’s at home at Tropicana Field, scoring 13 runs to the A’s 4 on Friday, and went 6-4 Saturday before losing to the A’s 2-7 later in the day. The box score for today’s game can be found here.

According to the Tampa Bay Rays Instagram, the team is now 7-1-1 since May 12th.

With Sunday's win, the #Rays are now 7-1-1 in their last nine series since May 12.

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Family Fun and a Couple of Runs

Sunday’s are for the family, and the Rays didn’t disappoint. Sunday games at home mean extra family-friendly entertainment, including a face painter, juggler, magicians and an opportunity for kids to run the bases. But it wasn’t a magician that gave the Rays an edge over Oakland on Sunday.

Mallex Smith, fresh off the injury list June 2 and called up from Triple-A and the Durham Bull’s before the first game in this series June 9th, was hot today.

Full speed.💨💨

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Mallex Smith’s Hot Start

“Red-hot since his call-up, Smith is now 7-for-14 with a homer, six runs scored, three RBIs and four steals in his four games as Tampa Bay’s starting center fielder,” MLB Fantasy Player News and Updates said. Sunday alone Smith scored two runs, an RBI, a double, and a walk.

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“Just another strong game on his part,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said of Smith’s performance according to Fox SportsSmith’s interview can be found here.

Chris Archer

Tampa Bay Ray’s pitcher Chris Archer had 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 E, 6.00 ERA, and 1.67 WHIP.  He struck out 8 A’s and had 3 walks for the first time in his last five starts. His mildly disappointing performance today has been a theme lately, allowing four or more runs in his last 6 outings according to ESPN.

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Highlights

Up Next…

Tampa Bay Rays start a two game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday before starting a four game series at the Tigers.

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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Game Recap June 4, 2017

 

The Boston Red Sox took their 31st win this season today against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the fourth game of the series. The teams split wins with the Orioles taking the first two and the Sox clinching it on the back half.

Andrew Benintendi goes deep twice to back Chris Sale’s 6 strong innings. #WinDanceRepeat

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Sale’s Performance Dominated

Sale took care of business today with 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, and 9 K. Orioles only three runs of the game came from three hits in the first inning but they struggled to stay ahead after that.

#SaleDay: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 SO 👊

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Benintendi’s Comeback

Before Sunday’s game Benintendi was struggling 1 for 9 in this series. He got one base hit in Saturday’s game which ended his 5 game no hit streak. Benintendi had 4 AB, 3 R, 4 H, and 3 RBI. He achieved his first multi-homer game, knocking two balls out of the park. He has three lifetime homeruns versus the Orioles, all taking place in Camden Yards.

#FlowBros recognize good hair & good hits.

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Mookie Betts

Betts started off the game with the first at bat and achieved 4 AB, 2 R, 1 H, and 0 RBI.  Notably, Betts hit is 500th hit during the game, which is in this third year of playing. Betts proved to be a formidable opponent for the Oriole’s pitcher Chris Tillman, repeatedly dodging Tillman’s efforts to kick him off first.

You're looking at Mookie's 500th career hit. Congrats, @mookiebetts!

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Speaking of Tillman….

Tillman had a rough day. A pitch in the sixth inning hit catcher Francisco Pena and ultimately cost the Orioles two runs. Tillman had a season-high four walks and the bases were loaded, showing Tillman’s struggle to return strong.

More information on his rough day here: Baltimore Sun

Next week

Boston starts a three game series against the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 6, and will finish off the week with a three game series against Detroit. The Red Sox schedule can be accessed here.

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Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins Preview

Houston Astros (35-16) at Minnesota Twins (26-20)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)

Starting Pitchers: B Peacock (2-0) (0.87) vs. E Santana (7-2) (1.80)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +105 / Houston Astros -125 — Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, ROOT-Southwest

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Coming off of a 8-4 win, and series sweep, against the Orioles Sunday night, the Houston Astros will go into the Labor Day matchup with the Minnesota Twins in a position to win. The Astros (35-16) are currently first in the American League West and the Twins (26-20) are first in the American League Central, despite a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday night.

The Twins lost in extra innings (8-6) and have alternated losses in the last four games played. Ervin Santana will start the series for the Twins with a 7-2 record for 2017. His career stats are 140-118, 4.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP.

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Brad Peacock will start the first game of the series for the Astros, and his career stats are: 13-17, 4.30 ERA, 1.39 WHIP.  Clearly Santana has the senior advantage, but the Astros youth has continued to provide exciting games throughout the season, with the team having the youngest average position player age in the American League.

Santana is one of the best pitchers the Twins have to offer, but they still might get shaken up by the Astros continuously effective team. It was not that long ago that the Twins fell to Houston in the Spring training game in March with a 8-4 final score. Tune in tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 to see the Astros take on the Twins at Target field.

 

 

 

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Years of soccer leads to lifelong passion for young boy

Ivan Moreno, 20, has always enjoyed watching soccer, but he can’t say the same for playing the game.

 

“My earliest memory is when I was in second grade my parents made told me to join the soccer team at my Christian private school,” Moreno said. “It was really hot, and I was really upset, and I just wanted to go home.”

 

After that year, he transferred to a public elementary school, and his parents wouldn’t let him give up on soccer. They made him play soccer with the PPO Piranhas; a team that had subsets for different age groups in his local city, Pembroke Pines.

 

“After two years of being forced to go to soccer teams and soccer camps I liked it,” he said. “I had a great time; playing, hanging out with friends. You’re exercising and it’s competitive and overall a great time socially, physically, and mentally.”

Moreno didn’t have much choice on whether or not he would love the sport, because it’s in his blood. As a Latin American, he said he was surrounded by the sport as long as he can remember. His dad is from Chile, currently ranked fourth in the world according to FIFA, and his mom is from Peru, which is currently ranked 17th.
“Hispanics have a very, very strong tie to soccer, especially their own countries team,” Moreno said. “To my family, the Chilean soccer team is life, and they expected me to be just as passionate as they were.”FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Over time, Moreno tried different sports, but soccer is the only one that stuck. For varying reasons, he ended up quitting karate, swimming, wrestling and tennis.

 

“I like the competition, showing your skills in front of an audience, the social aspect of having a team on a physical level,” he said. “It was an early example of direct involvement with people who don’t think exactly like you, and it helped me deal with people and helped me work with them.”

 

After eight years of being a player, he became the captain of his team. Another year later, and he was the assistant coach.

 

“It shifted from an individualistic perspective to a team perspective; how to work with others and trying to get people motivated,” Moreno said.

Even though his parents forced him to start, he’s glad they did, he said. When he has kids, he plans on getting them involved in sports.

 

“It’s a great way to get motivated and socialize, and it teaches a lot of lessons,” he said. “It would be cool if they liked soccer but any sport or team sport will do, so they can get that feeling.”