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“That all men are created equal…”

Well I hope that everybody on the other side of the pond had a very enjoyable Independence Day. Its not exactly something that is celebrated over here (I can’t imagine why!!!), but I enjoy it, as it always gives me a good reason to re-read the Declaration of Independence, which in my mind is one of the finest written pieces of political text – of any text, in fact – ever produced.

Still, whatever the Declaration says, it’s demonstrated time and time again that, as far as baseball is concerned, all men are not created equal. In fact, some are just so unequal that it is almost ridiculous. Take Evan Longoria, for example…

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2 of 3 from the Fish; next up – Sweet Lou

Blitz recap from the weekend (and last week actually), before I get on with what I’m supposed to be doing… I am going to be super busy at work for the next couple of weeks (boo!), but then super un-busy for the following two months (yay!), so blogging might be a stop-start affair until then.

Right, here we go. The Angels series (and road-trip) ended with a hard-luck loss after another outstanding start from Scott Kazmir. Then it was back to the Trop for a three-game weekend series with the Marlins…

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Net lag: Monday Night Rays go back-to-back-to-back

I hope that no-one will mind that I am only mentioning last night’s defeat to the Angels in passing – I didn’t watch it live (with a 3am start time, I think I am excused that), and I won’t have the chance to watch it tonight. But its another road loss for James Shields, and it sounds like a tough one, where he was making his pitches, but just got beat by good hitting a couple of times. Thems the breaks.

Monday night’s game, on the other hand, I did watch, and so saw all the breaks going the Rays way. Actually thats underselling things a little, because against the in-form Joe Saunders our hitters really found their swing…

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Notta lotta hits

7 hits on Thursday and 6 hits yesterday isn’t much to show from the first two games against the White Sox, but fortunately, thanks to some battling performances, and the first run scored against the Chicago bullpen in 30 or so innings we did at least manage to win one of the two games.

The White Sox, like they were when we faced them earlier in the season, are a tough opponent. Possibly the toughest we’ve come up against so far…

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A sports fan’s mentality

Why is it that. despite an excellent win last night over the Orioles, its still the negatives that are annoying me more than the positives are pleasing me? Now, I know from experience at football that I am a far more positive person than most sports fans, but even I am frustrated at many of the little things from last night.

Now don’t get me wrong, the hitting was great. Absolutely brilliant. Carl Crawford went 2-4 with 3 runs scored. BJ Upton went 4-4…

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Best. News. Ever. Plus, Net lag: Of Perci and E-Jax

The first thing I do every morning when I get in to work is, as I’m sure is the case with most people, check my e-mails. And then delete most of them. Including the one from the Rays saying ‘Postgame alert for the Tampa Bay Rays’. I mean, I don’t want to know what happened in last nights game until I watch it!

But this morning there was a second e-mail from the Rays. And its subject made me very happy indeed…

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The plot thickens…

The fun in Rays-world continues! Three games at Camdem Yards, 2 wins, and suddenly its May 2 and the Rays are sitting in first place in the AL East (on percentage points) at 16-12. How ’bout that?!

I watched games one and two of the series, but missed the finale yesterday afternoon…

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Right, so that brings us up to date with the action, but not on the big decision that is coming the Rays’ way this weekend. Who should stay and who should go?

Here is the Rays’ pitching staff as is currently stands…

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