Pirates listening to offers for Doumit At the trade deadline Pirates GM Neal Huntington made it known that catcher Ryan Doumit was available for trade and the Pirates are taking the same stance this off-season. Trade talks surrounding Doumit is expected to heat up at the 2009 Winter Meetings in Indianapolis which will run from December 7-11. Pittsburgh has held preliminary trade discussions with the Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rockies interest has been lukewarm as the Pirates have been eyeing short-stop prospect Hector Gomez or Eric Young jr. The Rockies are likely to pass on Doumit and go with Chris Iannetta next season. Pirates management though expects interest to pick up at the Winter Meetings with three more suitors already being mentioned;
The improbable dream has happened for the Tampa Bay Rays who went from worst to first, the young Rays completed a stunning run to their first pennant, holding off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 Sunday night behind Matt Garza’s masterful pitching in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. The Rays nearly let the series slip away when they blew a seven-run lead late in Game 5 and lost Saturday night. Game 7 belonged to David Price and Matt Garza. Price the 2007 first overall pick struck out J.D. Drew with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning to preserve the Rays 3-1 lead. In the ninth, Price went through four batters to send the Rays to the World Series.
Jayson Stark said it best in his column today that the Phillies come from behind win last night is what baseball is all about. The Dodgers bullpen which has been one of the league‚Äôs best this season, gave up five runs in 4 innings as the Dodgers could not hold off the Phillies. The Dodgers are in a must win situation when they send Chad Billingsley to the mound in Game 5 Rays lead Red Sox 2-1 The Tampa Bay Rays are playing phenomenal baseball and can play any kind of game. The Rays hit four homeruns in game 3 and got a strong pitching performance from Matt Garza. Andy Sonnanstine will try to win Game 4 for the Rays when he faces knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night.