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Jim Thome happy to be in Baltimore; joins his 8th MLB team

Jim Thome (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Jim Thome has always been one of baseball’s “Mr. Nice Guy” with the media.

He has always been coveted by several teams, Cleveland twice, Philadelphia twice, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

He has now joined his eighth MLB team, the Baltimore Orioles, who are one of the surprise teams in baseball this year with a record of 42-36, .538 winning percentage, 6 GB the NY Yankees in the AL East.

Thome arrived in Baltimore on Sunday in exchange for two minor leagues from the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is 41 years old now and is expected to make a good team, better.

Thome is back in the American League with his 609 career homers and he can play DH on a regular basis without having to play the field.

On Sunday, against his former team, the Cleveland Indians, he received standing ovations eventhough he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 6-2 loss.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Baltimore Orioles news

Tampa Bay Rays clinch playoff spot; AL East championship still within reach

The Tampa Bay Rays have secured the franchise’s second playoff berth.

But they have their sights on the AL East title and the best record in the league.

The Rays, two years ago made the improbable run from one of the worst teams in baseball to one of the best and the World Series, retained their half-game lead over the New York Yankees in the division.

Stuart L. Sternberg Tampa Bay Rays owner (MLB)

The magic number to clinch their second AL East chanpionship in the past three years is any combination of four Tampa Bay wins or New York Yankees losses. The Rays own the tiebreaker after winning the season series between the clubs 10 games to 8.

David Price, who blasted the fans in the Tampa area for Monday night’s low attendance of 12,446 fans, was the winning pitcher in Tuesday night’s 5-0 clinching game against Baltimore. Price, now a 19-game winner pitched eight innings, allowed six hits, struck out eight, walked none and only one runner got past second base during the game.

Tuesday’s announced crowd was 17,891, 5,000 below the Tampa Bay season average.

Team president Matt Silverman announced before Tuesday’s game that the Rays will be giving away 20,000 free tickets for Wednesday night’s regular-season home finale against the Orioles.

compiled from staff & Tampa Bay Rays news

Baltimore introduces Buck Showalter as their new manager

Buck Showalter, a former Columbus Clippers player was introduced as the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Buck Showalter (Orioles photo)

He told media gathered at his introductory press conference that he pledges to restore the luster and winning ways back into an Orioles franchise that has fallen on hard times over several years. Plus, the team is in a tough division, the AL East which has the Yankees, Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto, all whom are better than Baltimore.

The 54-year-old Showalter, has built contending teams before with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

The Orioles, 32-73, the worst team in the majors this season, will be a monumental challenge for Showalter, who is known for his no-non sense, attention to detail, preparation and ability to work with young talent.

Showalter was hired last week, but his first game will be Tuesday (today) against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Camden Yards.

compiled from staff, wire and Baltimore Orioles news

This time, Tampa Bay Rays gets a no-hitter in their favor

 

Going into Monday night’s game against Detroit, Matt Garza was 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA in 6 starts against them. The Tigers always managed to knock him out of the games early.

Well, Matt Garza received his revenge against the boys from Motown, after facing the minimum 27 batters to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-0.

"no-hit" Matt Garza (mlb)

Garza’s no-hit gem at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league teams without a no-hitter.

The Rays are now in second-place in the AL East behind the New York Yankees, a season-high 22 games over .500 and 3 games behind in the division race.

Garza set a team record for fewest batters faced in a complete game, allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, who was erased off the bases by a double play.

Garza, who is 26 years old, had a previous longest bid for a no-hitter was six innings twice, including June 26, 2008 at Florida, when he gave up a homer to Hanley Ramirez leading off the seventh inning and finished with a 1-hitter.

Garza, now 11-5, dominated the Tigers with high fastball after high fastball in a lineup without start players, Brandon Inge, Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez who are injured.

compiled from staff, wire and Tampa Bay Rays news

Indians continues roll with the ‘kids’ leading the way; 4th straight win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Aaron Laffey has had a good week so far. He welcomed the birth of his first son on Tuesday and on Wednesday, he pitched well. Allowing one run over six-plus innings as the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 for their fourth straight win.

The left-hander gave up five hits and struck out five. He was 0-8 in nine starts and 29 appearances at the major league level since beating Minnesota on August 16, 2009.

Matt LaPorta Indians (mlb)

Matt LaPorta and Shin-Soo Choo hit solo home runs for Cleveland, which matched its longest win streak of the season.

LaPorta is 4-for-9 in the series and 6-for-15 vs Toronto this season.

Cleveland has homered in 18 of its last 23 games and has at least one extra-base hit in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the AL.

The Blue Jays are glad that June 2010 is history because they were 9-17 and it took them out of the race in the AL East.

Toronto has lost four straight and is 3-11 in its last 14 road contests. The Blue Jays, an offensive powerhouse team at times, has been shutout twice.

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