AL East Notes: Red Sox, Rays, Orioles

The AL East delivered two memorable games last night: the Rays overcame a 7-0 deficit with two Evan Longoria homers to beat the Yankees and the Orioles had a dramatic comeback of their own against the Red Sox. The result: the Rays play the Rangers in the ALDS and the Red Sox start preparing for the offseason. Here are some links from the division…

  • Rob Bradford of WEEI.com says manager Terry Francona deserved better than this, though his decisions didn't always work out. It's unclear if the Red Sox want Francona back next year; they now have ten days to decide whether to pick up two $4.25MM options for 2012 and 2013.
  • GM Theo Epstein, who admits this month has been "one for the ages," tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he and his staff were doing little things behind the scenes to stop the steady stream of losses (the Red Sox were 7-20 in September).
  • It was because of Carl Crawford that the Rays initially installed low fences in the left field corner, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Crawford, who signed with the Red Sox for $142MM last offseason, missed a critical catch for Boston last night and it was Longoria who cleared the short wall with a game-winning home run.
  • Orioles owner Peter Angelos, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Buck Showalter are scheduled to meet today, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. MacPhail is expected to step down, yet there's a sense that Angelos will want MacPhail around in some capacity. Showalter appears to be torn between his current role and the possibility of becoming the GM, according to Connolly.


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71 Comments on "AL East Notes: Red Sox, Rays, Orioles"


Member
3 years 9 months ago

I can see the intro video for MLB The Show 2012 now…

Oh the humanity!

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MattCMoore
3 years 9 months ago

Yea, they usually have a couple different ones. I see last nights epicness and a Justin Verlander mantage.

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

Just a phenomenal night for baseball. Too much fun.

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3 years 9 months ago

That really was so much fun.  

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

It was just awesome. Me and my roommate literally just sat in front of the tv all night switching between every game. Best final day of the regular season in history, i really feel sorry for anyone who missed it.

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Bombastic_Dave
3 years 9 months ago

Both series were great!  Triple play in the TB/NY game and so many clutch hits and homers, sacrifices, both up and down, strikeouts and timely grounders.  Just amazing baseball.  Amazing. 

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

The worst part is that none of this would have happened if MLB had 2 wildcards….take note Bud

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3 years 9 months ago

Maybe, it might not have happened last night, but it could just as easily happen with two wildcard spots.

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Bombastic_Dave
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not a fan of the one wildcard, let alone two.  But baseball’s still baseball, however it’s organized, and I’ll love it all the same.

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rizdak
3 years 9 months ago

I agree with you. Two wildcards trying to make it to a World Series in which home-field advantage is decided by the AS game and a DH is rotating in/out of their lineup… meh.

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bosox21
3 years 9 months ago

You mean to tell me having two one game play ins won’t be this exciting next season? Give me a break. Next year you’ll be saying how great the two wildcard team system is. Just wait. This gives the opportunity for more fans around the country to have their teams compete up until the final week of the season. Isn’t that what fans want?

I do agree though that the AS Homefield thing is a joke and needs to be changed

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Alex
3 years 9 months ago

The two wild card system won’t take effect until 2013.

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$7562574
3 years 9 months ago

why not 3 wildcards per league?

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GoAwayNow
3 years 9 months ago

Or 12

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bglaszcz
3 years 9 months ago

Everyone is a winner!

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3 years 9 months ago

How was it fun? TB played Scranton/Wilkes-Barre & the Sox played Mother Nature & Spoiler Seekers. I’m not whining — the Sox didn’t deserve October anyway & even if they limped in, they would’ve been round 1 see-yas. But c’mon, the Rays got lucky & now we have to endure “fans” who only wear Rays’ blue in October — trust me, I’ve been to the Trop about 2 dozen times.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

no matter the competition, the rays earned every inch with an amazingly improbable comeback, boston sunk its own ship at the very last second, and the phils-braves game was a wild extra innings ride all by itself

if you didn’t think last night was fun, this might be the wrong sport for you

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Muhammad Farooq
3 years 9 months ago

What a night for Baseball and for the fans. Thank you MLB for giving the fans night full of thrills and chills.

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chico65
3 years 9 months ago

*Sigh*

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Tyler
3 years 9 months ago

Yankees blow a 7 run lead. Lose to a walk off and the media is already making excuses. Thats like saying the Cardinals won last night because of the Crawford Boxes in Houston. haha