Rays Use Familiar Formula To Dominate Rangers 8-1

Pitching, Defense, and 3-Run Homers

The Tampa Bay Rays received an outstanding start from rookie right hander Jake Odorizzi who delivered six scoreless innings against a tough Texas Rangers lineup. The Rays stacked their lineup with nine right handed batters in order to take advantage of Rangers lefty Joe Saunders who allowed five runs before leaving after getting struck by a line drive with two-outs in the fourth inning. The Rays offense received a pair of three run homers as Sean Rodriguez connected off Saunders in the third inning and Ryan Hanigan blasted his off Daniel McCutchen in the fifth.

Joe Maddon After The Game:

I am a fan of all sports but am most passionate about baseball. From the fanatical to analytical, nothing about the game escapes me. Being born and raised in Northeast Ohio I'm very familiar with the heartache and pain that sports can bring and hope that I bring some understanding of the other side to my coverage. I will focus mostly on baseball but also cover the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the most electric franchises in all of sports. Always willing to converse about any sport and have only one rule and that is be respectful at all times.