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Great moments in Phillies-Rays history
2008-10-21 18:08
by Bob Timmermann


The Rays and Phillies have played each other in interleague play 15 times since 1998, with Tampa Bay winning 10 of the meetings. The Phillies won a series from the Rays just once, back in 1999.

The very first meeting between the two teams was in the Devil Rays' maiden season of 1998. It was played on June 26, 1998 at Veterans Stadium and the Phillies got a combined shutout from former All-Star Tyler Green along with Yorkis Perez and Jerry Spradlin, for a 7-0 win.

A handful of participants from that game were still active in 2008: Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jason Johnson along with second baseman Miguel Cairo, and two members of the Phillies, right fielder Bobby Abreu and third baseman Scott Rolen. The Phillies were managed by Terry Francona, who was apparently not smart at this time.

The Phillies biggest win in the series came on July 19, 1999 with a 16-3 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay's biggest win came on June 16, 2006 in a 10-4 win by the Devil Rays, highlighted by two homers by Julio Lugo against Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels at Citizens Bank Park. It was Hamels' fifth start in the majors.

2008-10-21 19:30:53
1.   das411
hmm...i know i was at that '06 game because it was when i bought my Hamels uni-shirt, and the two teams play in spring training all the time...not sure about any of the '98 ones though, because those happened well before recorded history started (aka they invented digital cameras), but is that the JJJohnson who pitched for TampaBay in that game Bob?
2008-10-21 19:49:15
2.   68elcamino427
Two homers by Lugo - Hilarious!

Let the Slugfest begin!

Bombs away under the Big Top!

2008-10-21 20:54:25
3.   Eric Stephen
The greatest moment in Phillies-Rays history occurred on November 18, 1997:

1) Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Houston Astros as the 6th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

2) Traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kevin Stocker

2008-10-22 05:26:07
4.   D4P
Joe Torre didn't become smart until he went to the Yankees. He apparently got dumber between 2007 and 2008.
2008-10-22 08:22:07
5.   ToyCannon
How dumb was he to take a team that you didn't think was very good and get it into the NLCS?

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