The Rays were looking good after they took the last 3 out of 4 from the Athletics at home, but reverted to there early season form against the White Sox on Monday. Edwin Jackson pitched great until the 7th inning when he gave up back-to-back-to-back one run shots to let the Sox back into the game. Dan Wheeler came in the game and gave up a two run shot, which put the Sox up and they won 5-4. The Rays hitting stayed hit against the Sox and was led by Delmon Young who belted a home run early in the game.
The Rays will try and put the game past them and rebound against Baltimore in a 3 game series. The Rays have not fared well against the Orioles in a while and it always seems that the O's have our number. Joe Maddon told the press that he believes it is because the Orioles have some great "professional" hitters and we have young pitching. Well, the Rays are sending there two aces to mound in the last two games of the series and that will be there best chance to take the series. The Rays also fell into luck and will not have to go up against Erik Bedard in this series. Bedard has owned the Rays, and the MLB for that matter, and missing him is a great thing for the Rays. On paper the pitching match ups in the last two games seem to favor the Rays, but that's why they play them on the field. The Rays send Jason Hammel, who has been horrible this year, to the mound tonight against Daniel Cabrera.
Camden Yard has always been dubbed a hitters park, so maybe the Rays can take advantage of that. The Rays hitters have been on fire since they had a meeting with Steve Henderson after losing the first game to the A's. If the Rays can continue to see the ball well and hit it they maybe able to take this series from the Orioles. While the Rays are not really playing for anything, it would be nice to see a good run to finish up the year and get the fans excited. Besides, Herman Edwards said it best, "You play to win the game."
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