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Topic - Joe Maddon
Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox made the biggest news on the first day of the winter meetings, an indication of the timeout in the trade-and-signings market.
With the winter meetings off to a slow start, Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York's baseball rivalry.
The resilient Rays won four win-or-go-home games over the previous nine, but couldn't win another to send the best-of-five matchup back to Fenway Park for a decisive Game 5.
Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.
Marlon Byrd was walking to his car, ready for another ho-hum night at a mostly empty Citi Field in late August, when his cellphone rang.
It was the first two-homer postseason game for David Ortiz, who is the only player remaining from the 2004 Red Sox team that won the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years. He was also a star of the '07 team that won it all; both times, they opened the playoffs by eliminating Lackey's Los Angeles Angels.
They play in a lopsided dome from a best-forgotten era in stadium construction.
The Boston Red Sox scored five runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of Tampa Bay's bad luck and bad defense to beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL division series.
The Rays face another do-or-die game Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game. Tampa Bay is in the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons.
Machado's leg buckled when he reached the first-base bag in the seventh inning of Monday's game at Tampa Bay. He was in obvious pain while being treated on the infield dirt near first by team trainers and stadium medical officials.
Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis still has vivid memories of that day 12 years ago, when two hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center towers.
David Price is all warmed up for the college football season.
Joe Maddon manages one of the best teams in baseball. And the Tampa Bay Rays could wind up going home after one game this postseason.
Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.
Derek Jeter returned to the New York Yankees' lineup _ again _ with customary flair, making an immediate impact on a team desperate for power.
"So if it were to happen, it's one of those that's almost the word `devastating' in a sense, but we have to recover from those kind of moments, if it does actually occur."
"This is how we have to operate within our little world," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.