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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Posted Mar 9, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 06:31 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE Orioles 2B Robert Andino was greeted with a standing ovation from those in the Rays dugout when he came to bat in the top of the first inning of what ended in a 3-3 10 innings later.
It was a tip of the cap to Andino, whose two-out, ninth-inning single scored Reimold with the winning run as the Orioles beat the Red Sox on the final night of the 2011 season.
The win enabled the Rays to clinch the Wild Card moments later.
“We just talked about that prior to the game, what was the appropriate thing to do? We saw him in the two-hole, we said let’s give him a nice round of applause,” Maddon said. “He was startled by it. He didn’t know what was going on. He was looking around. I thought it was pretty good.”
Andino wasn’t too startled. He doubled down the right field line.