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The Phils get infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash.

phillies logoThis past Friday, to fill in the hole left by backup shortstop Freddy Galvis being placed on the 15-Day Disabled List as he recovers from MRSA, the Phils made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving infielder Jayson Nix in exchange for cash. Jayson joined the team before yesterday’s opening day game with the Texas Rangers.

Nix, a six year veteran infielder, who had played for the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, the Blue Jays and the Yankees since 2008, has appeared in 425 games, with a batting average of .218 (267 for 1222), as he has hit 55 doubles, 2 triples and 37 home runs, and knocked in 126 RBIs, while scoring 141 times. He has also walked 105 times. Until Galvis has recovered from MRSA, he will act as the team’s backup shortstop.

Welcome to the team Jayson. Hope you’ll fill Freddy’s shoes admirably while he’s on the disabled list.

Yesterday, the Phils lose their third straight spring training game, as they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

Ben RevereYesterday afternoon, the Phils get creamed for five runs in the bottom of the seven inning, before they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, knocking in Leandro Castro, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Galvis, who had earlier singled, is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s second out. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the bottom of the seventh as the Rays tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Justin Christian, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jeremy Moore’s double, would score on Vince Belnome’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Darin Ruf, beating the throw to the plate, as Moore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base on the throw home. The Rays then took the lead three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after Moore is thrown out on a fielder’s choice throw to the plate on Eddy Rodriguez’s ground ball to the pitcher Michael Stutes, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while Belnome would move up to second base, and then a walk to Jerry Sands, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ray Olmedo hits a two-run single, knocking in Belnome and Rodriguez, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead, while sending Sands over to third base. The Rays then made it a 5-1 lead as Cole Figueroa hits a two-run double, scoring both Sands and Olmedo, before going on to third on the throw to the plate. The Rays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out. Moore hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Rays a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roberto Hernandez pitched three strong innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three. Jeff Manship recorded his first hold of the spring as he recorded two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Phillippe Aumont also recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first blown save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 22.50), as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Matt Moore pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. C.J. Riefenhauser pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk between them (Gomes), while striking out two (Gomes). Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Revere (Single), Darin Ruf (Single), Leandro Castro (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Wil Nieves (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit. The Phils also had four walks (Dom Brown (2), Ruf, pinch hitter Reid Brignac), and a stolen base (Revere (1)), in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils’ next game is being played tonight against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field in a game already in progress.

Hudson Hockey – November 12, 2013

JP, BL, and Silva talk NHL with the Stamkos injury, Yakupov asking for a trade, and the GMs gathering in Toronto. WPU Head Coach Joe Ballance calls in to discuss Pioneer hockey with the boys as well.

Hudson Hockey November 12 2013

mid-April view of the Tampa Bay Rays

AL BEast Notebook – April 15

Tampa Bay is off to a terrible start. After Monday afternoon’s loss in Boston the Rays are sitting in the bottom of the AL East at 4-8.

My biggest concern with the Rays is here front and center: they just can’t hit!

- Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist are doing pretty well at the plate, but they are getting no help. Batters 5 through 9 in the order, plus #2 (that’s two thirds of the lineup!) are hitting a paltry .169.

- As a team they have hit just four home runs in twelve games. Before Longoria’s homer in Monday’s game they had gone over six games without bopping one out.

- Rays are just 1 for their last 28 with runners in scoring position.

- Tampa has scored AL-worst 35 runs (2.9/game)

And they haven’t been facing amazing pitchers in pitchers’ ballparks: Fenway Park and the Ballpark in Arlington, and the Indians and Orioles at home. They simply can’t hit.

Where is Wil Myers when you need him?

The Rays have been victimized by some poor officiating. One of the games against the Rangers ended on an egregious called third strike that should have loaded the bases for Longoria, and today in Boston Longoria was incorrectly called out at first on a play that should have brought home a run in the sixth. Both games were lost by one run.

The biggest strength of the Rays is David Price. That has not been an advantage, as the team is 0-3 in his starts.

Matt Moore has been a bright spot. He has not given up a run yet in his two games and has two wins. However, a high pitch count has prevented him from pitching past the sixth inning.

The bullpen has a 5.22 ERA.

Roberto Hernandez won the #5 starter job but he has been poor, holding a 6.08 ERA and allowing 21 base runners in 13.1 innings. Unfortunately, the pitcher he was selected over, Jeff Niemann, had shoulder surgery and will miss the whole season. If Hernandez continues to struggle, the Rays will have to bring up Chris Archer, who made four starts in the majors last year.

Due up: Three series: @Baltimore, Athletics and Yankees, followed by a 10-game road trip.

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Jameer Nelson Shines, but Orlando Magic Drop Seventh Straight Game as Miami Heat Win 27th in a Row

Despite being shorthanded, the Orlando Magic remained competitive with the hottest team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, for much of their all-Sunshine State matchup. However, in the end, the Heat got a near triple-double from LeBron James as they defeated Orlando 108-94 on Monday night at the Amway Center.

“When they got rolling, we had to try to stop them,” said Orlando’s Kyle O’Quinn. “But they got rolling too quick.”

James paced Miami (56-14) with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Mario Chalmers had 17 points, Chris Bosh recorded 12 points and nine rebounds, Ray Allen tallied 12 points and Rashard Lewis finished with 11 points.

The Magic (18-53) received a game-high 27 points from Jameer Nelson, who also dished out 12 assists, while Tobias Harris scored 20 points, E’Twaun Moore registered 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and O’Quinn notched 12 points and six boards.

The Heat outshot Orlando 37 of 78 (47.4%) to 37 of 86 (43%) from the field and 15 of 28 (53.6%) to 9 of 24 (37.5%) from 3-point range. The visitors outrebounded the Magic 44-43, but Orlando held a 44-26 advantage on points in the paint and a 19-11 edge in fast break points.

After the first quarter ended with the score tied at 28-all, Miami outscored the Magic 27-18, 23-22 and 30-26 over the final three periods.

Miami was without second-leading scorer Dwyane Wade, who missed his second consecutive game with a bruised right knee, while Magic center Nikola Vucevic missed his third straight contest as he continues to recover from a mild concussion.

“They’re a great team,” Magic rookie Moe Harkless said. “They got a lot of different weapons out there. Obviously there’s a reason why they’ve won so many games in a row. They just took it to another level at that point in the game. We couldn’t punch back. They hit us and we couldn’t find a way to hit back.”

Orlando is at Charlotte on Wednesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.

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As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

Domonic BrownAs the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1.

The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI groundout, three-unassisted, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Frandsen followed Brown with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Brown. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Humberto Qunitero hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Quintero, who had earlier reached base with a double, would score on a throwing error by first baseman Shelley Duncan on a grounder hit by Ender Inciarte, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Raul Valdes received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Michael Stutes threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Horst (2-1, 4.80) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shreve) between them, while striking out three Rays (Bastardo (1), Papelbon (2)). Roberto Hernandez (0-2) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits and a walk. Cesar Romos pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits. Adam Liberatore pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI), followed by Ryan Howard (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Humberto Quintero (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Double, 3 RBIs) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Ben Revere) in the game.

The Phils (14-15) play their next spring training game against the Tigers (18-12) at Joker Merchant Park in Jupiter, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong start against the Red Sox on March 21, receiving a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be going for one final strong start as he prepare to be the Phils’ opening day pitcher. The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.74), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on March 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out five, in the Tigers’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end his spring training with a good start. The Phils will be trying to do well in their last spring training game on the road.

Notes from Rays Camp

AL BEast Notebook – March 20

- Rays closer Fernando Rodney saved the eighth and his seventh game for the Dominican Republic as the DR beat Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic Championship on Tuesday night. Rodney gave up just one hit in those seven scoreless performances.

- The starting rotation is starting to shape up. Pitching prospects Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi were sent down to the minors last week, leaving Jeff Niemann and Roberto Hernandez contending for the number five starter spot. In his last two games, Hernandez has given up three runs (two earned) in each, along with eight strikeouts, one walk and eleven hits in nine innings. Meanwhile, Niemann has allowed one run in each of his last two games, along with six strikeouts, three walks and eight hits in eight innings of work. Niemann is currently in the lead but both pitchers ought to have a couple more starts of audition before the season starts.

If Jeff Niemann wins out, the Rays would continue an amazing streak of sticking strictly to homegrown talent in their rotation. According to Chris Cwik, the last time the Tampa Bay Rays used a free agent starter was eleven years ago. Roberto Hernandez would end that streak.

Whoever it is, they will join David Price, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, and Alex Cobb in the rotation.

- Evan Longoria (.387 with five doubles in eleven games) and Luke Scott (.375, three homers and four doubles in nine games) are hitting well this spring for the Rays. Infielders Kelly Johnson (.147 with ten strikeouts in 34 at bats) and Sean Rodriguez (.195, eleven strikeouts in 41 at bats) are not.

- The Rays are fortunate to continue to have a healthy roster with no key players injured. The only player dealing with any semblance of hurt is outfielder Sam Fuld, who is unlikely to get a bench spot anyway.

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Scallops in a Wine Sauce Recipe

If you are like me you love scallops and are always looking for the best way to prepare them. This recipe will be the last one you need! Serve it and your family and friends will rave! I wrote this for one pound so that you could easily convert it for whatever size you need.

Scallops

Ingredients:

1 Pound of Sea Scallops

1 1/2 Cups Dry White Wine (I prefer a Chardonnay)

1 1/2 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Half of a Lemon for Juice

1 Tablespoon Butter

2 Garlic Cloves Minced

Kosher Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Directions:

  1. Lightly coat Scallops with Salt, Pepper, Paprika
  2. Heat oil and garlic in a skillet over high heat.
  3. When oil begins to smoke add scallops.
  4. Sear each side until it is golden brown (about a minute per side)
  5. Add 1/2 cup of wine, butter, and juice of the lemon and lower heat to medium.
  6. Simmer for 2 minutes
  7. Remove the scallops from the pan.
  8. Add remaining wine and lemon juice.
  9. Bring to a boil and reduce by about half.
  10. Put Scallops on a plate and cover with the remaining sauce.
  11. Serve Immediately

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30-1 MLB countdown previews: #20 Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been the darling of MLB since they dropped the “Devil” out of their name. They have done a great job of developing young players who have made the team not only competitive, but up there with the likes of the best teams in the AL East division. They have made the playoffs 3 of the last 5 seasons, and managed to go 90-72 last season under manager Joe Maddon. General Manager Andrew Friedman has been shrewd in his decisions, deciding to rely on the influx of talent the Rays have in the minor leagues. That point was driven home by the off season trade of James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals. The deal brought over prized OF prospect Wil Myers as well as pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery. Yes, the future looks brighter and it can be said the Rays have a chance to get the best in this trade. But, added to the free agent losses of CF BJ Upton and Carlos Pena, how much of a step back do the Rays take in 2013?
I think there should be mixed feelings about this team going into this season. The loss of Shields, Upton and Pena does hurt. Jeff Keppinger performed very well as a role player last season and he signed a more lucrative deal with the White Sox. The position players the Rays have brought in have a lot of upside, but to this point, are considered disappointments. Free agent signing James Loney, who has had RBI seasons of 90, 90 and 88 in his career, sloped to a .249, 9, 41 line in 144 games for the Dodgers and Red Sox last season. Yunel Escobar, acquired in a trade from Miami through Toronto, hit just .253, 9, 51 in 145 games last season. They signed Kelly Johnson, who dropped to .225, 16, 55 in 142 games for Toronto last year. He is expected to platoon with Ryan Roberts, who finished with a .236, 12, 52 line after being traded from Arizona to Tampa last season. The Rays are depending on Loney to replace the power Carlos Pena took with him to Houston (19 HR despite a .197 average). With Ben Zobrist (.270, 20, 74) moving from 2B to RF full time and Desmond Jennings (.246, 13, 47, 31 SBs) moving to CF to replace Upton (.246, 28, 78), the Rays will be essentially looking for Roberts and Johnson to replace the run production Upton leaves behind. However, the Rays get a healthy Evan Longoria for a full season after being held to 74 games last year.
Matt Joyce (.241, 17, 49), Luke Scott (.229, 14, 55) and Jose Molina (.223, 8, 32) round out the Rays everyday lineup. I’d lineup them like this: Jennings CF, Loney 1B, Zobrist RF, Longoria 3B, Joyce LF, Roberts/ Johnson 2B, Scott DH, Molina C, Escobar SS. The Rays will be counting on Myers (.314, 37, 109 in the minors last season),SS Hak Ju Lee and even Raul Mondesi Jr to come up and make a big impact. Rather than count on guys like Escobar, Loney and Johnson to overachieve, the Rays would be more in favor of the former.
The Rays do bring back the AL Cy Young Award winner in David Price (20-5, 2.56). In spite of the loss of Shields, the Rays still have a good rotation with Matt Moore (11-11, 3.81 in 31 starts), Jeremy Hellickson (10-11, 3.10 in 31 starts) and Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03 in 23 starts) returning to the rotation. 2004 first round draft pick (#4 overall) Jeff Niemann returns after making just 8 starts in 2012. Odorizzi, Chris Archer and the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernandez) give the team some options in regards to depth. Hernandez can perhaps eat some innings until Odorizzi and Archer are ready to make an impact.
Fernando Rodney had the greatest statistical season for a closer since Dennis Eckersley in 1990. In 76 games, Rodney pitched to a 0.60 ERA (5 ER in 74 2/3 IP) and finished with 48 saves. I agree that Rodney has established himself as the closer he was supposed to be years back with Detroit and LA, but he cannot be expected to duplicate that season. Losses of JP Howell (1-0, 3.04 in 55 games), Burke Badenhop (3-2, 3.03 in 66 games) and Davis (3-0, 2.43 in 54 games) will hurt. However, Joel Peralta (2-6, 3.73 in 76 games) and Jake McGee (5-2, 1.95 in 69 games) leaving the chance the pen can be effective. Perhaps the other player to be named later, Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) can provide some stability in the pen.
My issues with this team lie with the fact they have taken a step back for the present to improve the future. The future will tell how good of a decision it was to sacrifice the 2013 season to have this “dynasty”. In my opinion, Vegas is very kind to the Rays, giving them an over/under of 86. Unless Myers comes up early and dominates and the team gets some surprises in the bullpen, I see the Rays taking a major step back this season. I predict a 79-83 season, 5th place in the AL East. Maybe this will be the step back that propels the Tampa Bay Rays to the forefront of the American League for year to come.

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