Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Maddon to name Game 1 starter today and other notes from crazy night
Posted Sep 29, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 02:31 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Joe Maddon will until this afternoon to name a starter for Friday’s Game 1 of the ALDS in against the Rangers in Texas.
Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are candidates, as is rookie Matt Moore.
The Rays will finalize their 25-man postseason before Friday’s game.
Here are some notes from the Rays 8-7, 12-inning victory Wednesday night on final night of a wild ride to the Wild Card …
—The Rays reached the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons, joining the Yankees and Phillies as the only teams with at least three playoff appearances since 2008.
—The Rays trailed Boston by 11 ½ games on July 27. At the time, the Red Sox were in first place. Since then, the Rays went 38-11 and the Red Sox were 26-24.
—The most the Rays trailed this season in the Wild Card was 10 games.
—Evan Longoria’s game-winning homer was the fourth walk-off clout of his career. He has six walk-off hits, including three this season.
—Before tying the game in the ninth inning with a two-out, two-strike home run, Dan Johnson was 0-for-5 as a pinch-hitter. His other home runs this season was a three-run homer in the ninth inning that capped a comeback and gave the Rays their first win of the year.
—Both teams combined to use 18 pitchers Wednesday.
—The Rays have now won 30 straight games then they scored at least five runs.
—David Price, who allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings, 0-2 in six September starts.