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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Derek Jeter drove a single just past the outstretched glove of second baseman Logan Forsythe to score Brett Gardner from second base in the top of the ninth inning and the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

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With each passing season it has become increasingly clear that we should never count out the Tampa Bay Rays. However, their remarkable run back to relevancy in 2014 has been more than just impressive, it’s actually been historic. With Friday’s 5-0 win over the New York Yankees , the Rays became the fourth team in MLB history to reach .500 after being as many as 18 games under .500 in the same season. The Rays were 24-42 and 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East on June 10. Since, they are 37-19, which puts them 9 1/2 behind the Baltimore Orioles, who currently lead the East. The Rays are now only two games behind Toronto (24-32 over that time frame) for third place in the East, and are 5 1/2 out of the second wild-card position. Obviously, they still have a lot of ground to cover in their final 40 games to get where many envisioned them in October, but they’re definitely in the mix after looking like obvious sellers two months ago. An eight-game winning streak immediately following the All-Star break helped them make up ground in a hurry and had general manager Andrew Friedman reconsidering their status right up until the July 31 deadline. Ultimately, he decided to move David Price to Detroit in a three-team trade , which still made sense in the long term. And surprisingly, it hasn’t hurt them in the short term, either. As ESPN Stats and Info notes , the Rays pitching was and remains steady even with Price gone. It has actually been more about their improvements offensively since June 10 that have engineered the turnaround. The Rays have been one of the most disciplined teams at the plate since June 10. Prior to that date the Rays ranked 17th with a .317 OBP as a team. From June 11 on the Rays have a .346 OBP as a team, the best mark in baseball over that time span. Ben Zobrist has tallied 27 walks from June 11 on, second in MLB behind only Paul Goldschmidt’s 36 walks. And finally, the Rays have chased only 25 percent of pitches outside of the strike zone from June 11 on, again the best mark in baseball over that time span. A good approach at the plate goes a long way, and the Rays improved approach has seemingly made them whole again. Now the challenge will be maintaining that discipline and not allowing a repeat of the 2004 season. During that season, the Rays became the second team to overcome being 18 games under to reach .500, meaning they account for fifty percent of the occurrences in MLB history. The others are the 1899 Louisville Colonels and 2006 Florida Marlins. On May 19 of 2004, the Rays were 10-28, but rebounded to go 25-7 and reach .500 on June 25. That’s a remarkably quick turnaround, but it was short-lived as they finished the season going 35-56.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.

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Jake Odorizzi is a different pitcher from the one who began the season as an untamed 24-year-old rookie. “The guy is confident,” Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said. No one would be surprised if the Rays’ clubhouse these days wasn’t full of John Waynes. The right-handed Odorizzi (9-9) won for the seventh time in his past 10 starts, striking out seven and holding the Texas Rangers to two runs, four hits and a walk in seven innings of a 6-3 victory on Thursday night.

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The man long assumed to be the next commissioner of Major League Baseball ended up being elected to the position late Thursday afternoon. Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, was chosen by a 30-0 vote by major league owners over Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner at the owners’ quarterly meetings at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency. Manfred will become the sport’s 10th commissioner on Jan. 15 when Bud Selig retires after 22 years on the job. It took all day for Selig to what he does best, which is to build a consensus among the owners, before Manfred got the necessary three-quarters of the votes — 23 — to get elected.

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With the possible exception of parents watching their kids , nothing beats a position player tossing an inning in a Major League Baseball game. The general awkwardness, the funky delivery, the potential for high comedy. The no-win situations. It’s like the proverbial car wreck from which there’s no turning away. Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia volunteered to pitch Wednesday night with his team getting blown out 10-1 by the Tampa Bay Rays, and the results were pretty good . Arencibia pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and throwing six of 10 pitches for strikes. Not as dominating as Chris Archer was for the Rays, with his 12 strikeouts, but also not as unfortunate as Miles Mikolas, with his 10 earned runs, was for the Rangers. Even more compelling, Arencibia was the 35th individual to make an appearance on the mound this season for the injury prone Rangers, which puts them just two shy of making history: If Arencibia pitches, #Rangers will be up to 35 pitchers, 2 shy of most pitchers ever used by a club (2002, Padres). — Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 14, 2014   Yeah, it’s not the kind of history one likes to make, but it’s history nonetheless. What’s sort of odd: Three position players have pitched a combined three innings for the Rangers this season — Chris Gimenez and Mitch Moreland are the others — and they’ve retired nine of the 10 batters they’ve faced. Logan Forsythe’s single against Arencibia is the lone exception. But for a team having lousy luck with its pitchers, it’s pretty good luck. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:      – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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Hoping that their ace will miss just two starts, the Texas Rangers placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to right elbow inflammation. General manager Jon Daniels said that Darvish is dealing with pronator tendinitis. “The (ulnar collateral ligament) was our first question, but Dr. (Keith) Meister didn’t feel that was involved,” Daniels told the media, referring to the team physician.

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee after hitting a broken-bat grounder in the third inning against the New York Yankees on Monday. The Orioles will update Machado’s condition on Wednesday. Machado already missed the first month of the season while recovering from surgery on his left knee. —Cleveland Indians outfielder David Murphy is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique.

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