Rays begin road trip in Miami

The Tampa Bay Rays finished the second-best homestand in their history, with a much easier path between now and the All-Star Game as they try to claw their way back into wild-card contention.
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Tampa Bay (41-40) went 8-1 at Tropicana Field, finishing a grueling stretch of 16 games against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals and going 10-6 in those games to rise back above .500.

Now the Rays have a stretch of 16 straight games against teams with losing records, including a three-game series at the Miami Marlins (34-51) starting Monday.

That’s considerably better than his overall numbers this year — he’s 2-5 with a 6.14 ERA, though his last start was solid. He limited Arizona to one run and five hits in six innings last week. Against Tampa Bay last year, he pitched well, holding the Rays to two runs and two hits in six innings.

The in-state rivals will meet again right after the All-Star break for three more games, http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/chandler-jones-jersey-elite but the extended run against lesser opponents is something the Rays must dominate if they want to get back into wild-card contention.

Even after winning eight of nine games, Tampa Bay is still 11 games behind Seattle for the second AL wild card. Still, being 42-41 after opening the season 1-8 isn’t bad, especially considering the injuries they’ve dealt with and the talent traded away since the end of last season.

The Flyers entered free agency looking like they weren’t going to make a major splash, despite desperately needing a winger for their second line to play with sophomore Nolan Patrick. Well, they made a Authentic Chandler Jones Jersey big splash and landed one of the top left wingers on the UFA market for a reunion that, frankly, many Flyers fans didn’t see coming.

Van Riemsdyk slides into his new role with ease, and gives the Flyers another weapon on an already potent power play. And best of all, he’s a known quantity who has played with Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds.

Does this deal make sense?
Remember how there were nine years between Rocky Balboa and Creed? Yeah, it’s like that: A Philadelphia favorite re-emerges to help establish Josey Jewell Jersey a young star. That’s what JVR could do for Nolan Patrick.

As for the contract, kudos to whatever voodoo GM Ron Hextall used to get this deal capped at five years, lest a 34-year-old JVR would make $7 million for the Flyers. Five years, even at this AAV, is just a perfect scope of contract length. It gives them a good player now; it gives them some cost certainty (copyright, Gary Bettman) for when Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov and Patrick will need their big contracts.

The main question surrounding this deal is what happens with Simmonds. The 29-year-old winger makes $3.975 million against the cap this season and then goes unrestricted next summer. He has a limited no-trade clause, and the chatter was that he was on the block. Does JVR’s return hasten that move, or is Simmonds solidly on the Flyers next http://www.officialbroncoslockerroom.com/elite-josey-jewell-jersey season?