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Rays look to continue strong second half

Jul 22, 2008 - 10:11 AM Oakland (51-48) at Tampa Bay (58-40) 7:10 p.m. EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- There may not have been a team that needed the All-Star break more than the Tampa Bay Rays.

Losers of seven straight prior to the mid-summer classic, the Rays have won three of four since and will look to continue their winning ways Tuesday night when they take on the Oakland Athletics.

The Rays have regained the lead in the AL East from the Boston Red Sox (58-43), who have dropped three of four to start the second half, while the A's continue to plummet in the AL West.

Tampa Bay will throw righthander Andy Sonnanstine (10-4, 4.58 ERA), who will be looking to rebound from a rough start on July 10. The 25-year old suffered his first loss since May 27, allowing six runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 13-2 thrashing by Cleveland.

Sonnanstine will try to match the Monday night performance of teammate Scott Kazmir. The lefty scattered two hits and four walks over seven innings while striking out nine in the Rays' 4-0 win.

The loss was Oakland's sixth straight and the offense has managed only nine runs during the slide.

Dallas Braden (1-0, 4.80) will make his first start of the season for the A's. The lefthander, who has made nine relief appearances this season, will replace Joe Blanton in the starting rotation. Blanton was traded to the Phillies on Thursday for three minor leaguers. Last season, Braden went 1-8 with a 6.72 era in 14 starts for Oakland.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 8 9 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - DALLAS BRADEN, JERRY BLEVINS (6TH), BRAD ZIEGLER (7TH), HUSTON
    STREET (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, TREVER MILLER (8TH), AL REYES
    (8TH), JASO

    Jul 22 10:07 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BEN ZOBRIST ALLOWED RYAN SWEENEY TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MURTON ON FIRST, K SUZUKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C GONZALEZ (.262, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics 8, Rays 1  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 22 9:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED RAJAI DAVIS. ERROR BY CARL
    CRAWFORD ALLOWED CARLOS GONZALEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J HANNAHAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: W BANKSTON (.273, 0-FOR-2, HBP)

    Athletics 7, Rays 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 22 9:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BOBBY CROSBY SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GONZALEZ ON FIRST, R DAVIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.226, 1-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Athletics 5, Rays 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 22 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED RYAN SWEENEY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SUZUKI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.225, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics 4, Rays 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 22 9:20 PM
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    RUWTbot Added 26 roots

    Athletics 3, Rays 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JACK HANNAHAN (5) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE SCORED CARLOS GONZALEZ AND BOBBY
    CROSBY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: W BANKSTON (.279, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 3, Rays 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 22 8:18 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS PENA SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 END BOTTOM, 3RD

    Athletics 0, Rays 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 22 8:10 PM