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The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.
Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):
TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...Read more »
It turns out Manny won't get to be Manny in Arlington after all.
The Texas Rangers released Manny Ramirez on Tuesday. The team had signed the 41-year-old to a minor league contract on July 3.
Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock. He's a career .312 hitter with 555 home runs.
Prior to signing with the Rangers organization,...Read more »
Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant again for the Yankees on Monday night against the Angels, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out seven. It was his ninth scoreless start this season (24 total starts), and fifth in the past six weeks.
Since July 7, Kuroda is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in seven games against some tough competition – he’s had to face the Orioles, Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers during...Read more »
It’s more than just a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two Wild-Card playoff spots. They actually have one of the easier schedules of the teams in the hunt.
Heading into Friday’s game against the Padres, the Yankees are 3.5 games out of the second Wild-Card spot. Texas and Baltimore are tied at a half-game behind the Indians and the Rays are four games up in the Wild-Card...Read more »
Arlington was the latest stop in the Mariano Rivera “farewell tour,” as the Yankees closer was reunited with former teammate John Wetteland, and was presented with a gift and charitable donation from the Rangers. In a pregame ceremony, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan was on hand to present a $5,000 donation to Rivera’s charitable foundation, and later Wetteland gave Rivera a cowboy hat and boots with the...Read more »
When the Yankees started the season without Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner was called upon to start in centerfield. Last night he showed why.
Gardner ran a long way to catch a ball hit by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus in the bottom of the eighth inning, saving what would have been at least a double.
At the time, the Yankees still trailed the Rangers 4-3. Gardner's two-out catch...Read more »
Manny will be Manny -- in Texas.
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with outfielder Manny Ramirez, the team announced Wednesday.
Ramirez had been spending the 2013 season playing with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He left the team on June 20 after hitting .352 with eight home runs (including the occasional moon shot).
The 41-year-old will report...Read more »
$25,000 - Monthly salary, in U.S. dollars, paid by the Taiwan Rhinos to Manny Ramirez, who quit the league this week despite the team’s pledge to raise it to $60,000. Ramirez made more than $206 million during his major-league career, which was abruptly cut short by a PED suspension.
500 - Hours of community service that must be performed by Lenny Dykstra, who was released from prison after...Read more »