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Joe Maddon talkin' 'bout practice

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with

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He's supposed to be the franchise manager and reporters are talkin' 'bout practice?

The Rays have a style all to themselves, and that's no more true than in the following video, featuring manager Joe Maddon honoring 76ers great Allen Iverson by rehashing his famed "practice" answer. Iverson's jersey was retired recently by the 76ers and Maddon is a Pennsylvania native.

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Stony Brook University alum Maxx Tissenbaum traded to Rays

Stony Brook infielder Maxx Tissenbaum avoids a tag

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Former Stony Brook University baseball player Maxx Tissenbaum was sent to the Tampa Bay organization on Wednesday as part of a seven-player trade between the Padres and Rays.

The full deal:

The Padres get reliever Alex Torres and minor league starter Jesse Hahn.

The Rays get Tissenbaum, versatile utility player Logan Forsythe, reliever Brad Boxberger and minor leaguers Matt Lollis...

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'Anchorman 2' cast vs. Evan Longoria

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy and Christina Applegate

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Will Ferrell and the cast of the highly-anticipated 'Anchorman 2' have been on a media blitz promoting the new flick -- and that barnstorm has taken them opposite Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

The All-Star interviews members of the cast on baseball-related terms like "chin music" and "uncle charlie."

And yes, Baxter also makes an appearance.

Whammy!  

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Dodgers' Kershaw, Tigers' hitting woes, Rays' edge and other playoff notes

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws

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One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:

Rays have an edge

The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...

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Evan Longoria, Alex Cobb celebrate birthdays in style

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3)

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Evan Longoria had a pretty good 28th birthday.

Before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Monday, the Rays' third baseman was given a guitar signed by Slash. The gift was courtesy of Longoria's girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson:

Sweet new piece to add to the Man Cave! Thanks @jaimeedmondson!! #Slash #GNR pic.twitter.com/3mb6NZOv4g — Evan Longoria...

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David Price apologizes for Twitter rant; discusses David Ortiz situation

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price looks on

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Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.

Price’s opening remarks:

“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s...

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Tampa Bay Rays more battle-tested than Cleveland Indians

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws

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Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians have seemingly been playing elimination games for the past month, so when they meet Wednesday night for a winner-take-all Wild Card showdown it may seem like "another day, another game."

But despite similar team statistics, the Rays have faced a much tougher road to the playoffs. The Rays played not only in the tough AL East but faced...

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Yankees' playoff chances flatlining

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez sits in the dugout as

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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...

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Manny Machado gets carted off field after gruesome leg injury

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado grabs his

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his left leg while rounding first on an infield single.

It appeared to be a routine groundout, but after Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham mishandled the ball, Machado reached safely. His knee did not. Machado's leg buckled as he rounded first...

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Travis d'Arnaud is batting too low in lineup for Mets

Mets designated hitter Travis d'Arnaud #15 during a

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was ranked as one of the top-100 prospects in baseball for four consecutive seasons by Baseball America. He’s been in the top-50 each of the past three seasons and top-25 each of the last two. Prior to this season, BA ranked him the No. 23 overall prospect, the Minor League Baseball Analyst had him No. 9 and MLB.com placed him No. 6.

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