With Joe Maddon at the helm, the Rays are one of baseball's most progressive teams and consistently go against the grain. As FanGraphs' Wendy Thurm writes, homers are increasing and stolen bases are decreasing in baseball -- except for the Rays.
Matt Joyce hit a two-run triple and eight pitchers combined on a shutout, leading the Tampa Bay Rays past the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Saturday night and pushing the AL East race to the final day of the season.
Evan Longoria scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by shortstop Yunel Escobar in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 Friday night after blowing a seven-run lead.
Center fielder B.J. Upton was not in the starting lineup against Boston on Tuesday night, and Rays manager Joe Maddon said it was not because of Upton's confrontation with teammate Evan Longoria in the dugout Sunday.