Devil Rays Sting The Yanks, 8-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After a week without a win, the Tampa Bay Rays were hardly shy about describing their celebration July 5.James Loney got doused with an ice bucket. David DeJesus banged away on his cymbals. Loud music thumped through the clubhouse.And it all started with Erasmo Ramirez.The right-hander pitched out of early trouble in his latest terrific outing against the New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay took advantage of some shoddy defense for an 8-1 victory that snapped its longest losing streak of the season at seven games.“At the plate we got going, finally,” Logan Forsythe said. “It’s nice to have a quality game.”Loney and Forsythe each had a two-run single for the Rays, who had dropped 11 of 13 while falling out of first place in the AL East.They salvaged the finale of a frustrating series at Yankee Stadium that included walk-off defeats in the first two games.Alex Rodriguez hit his 670th home run, the only damage against Ramirez (7-3) in six innings. Yankees hitters entered 2 for 27 (.074) against him this year and didn’t fare much better.“They have a bunch of big left-handed hitters, lot of power, and I think his changeup really plays well for him against these hitters,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s able to separate a lot with the fastball and the changeup combination.”It’s not just the Yankees, though.Ramirez is 5-1 with a 1.18 ERA in seven starts since May 30, yielding no more than two runs in any of them. He is 7-2 with a 2.17 ERA since joining the rotation on May 14.“The right pitch, the right moment. Good defense behind me. Everything just came through,” Ramirez said. “Just happy how everything is going right now.”The only bad news for the Rays came in a four-run eighth, when rookie outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was hit by a pitch on his right hand. He was removed in the bottom half and said X-rays were negative.But he received stitches for a “really deep” cut that left his pinkie numb.“I can’t really bend it too well right now,” said Souza, who will see a hand specialist in Kansas City and is day to day. “I’ll take some more lacerations if it gets us more wins, if that’s what it takes.”Ivan Nova (1-2) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings, the shortest of his three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He has lost five consecutive decisions against Tampa Bay after winning six of his first seven.The right-hander walked three and threw wildly past third base on a bunt, allowing a run to score on the error.“I thought he did a pretty good job for not having anything,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He just had a hard time throwing strikes.”Second baseman Jose Pirela, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, made two errors on one play in the eighth. Forsythe knocked in two runs with a bloop single that landed on the right-field line beyond a drawn-in infield.Loney grounded a two-run single in the first and made a nice play at first base in the bottom half to thwart a bases-loaded threat.New York didn’t get another hit until A-Rod’s 16th homer of the season leading off the sixth.“It was more of a mechanical thing,” said Curt Casali, who caught Ramirez. “As soon as he figured that out, it was smooth sailing. … I was proud of the way he battled today because we needed him bad.”Casali had a sacrifice fly in the second following Kevin Kiermaier’s leadoff triple, which glanced off the glove of a rapidly retreating Brett Gardner in center field after he initially misjudged the line drive.“We didn’t play our best game today — both sides of the ball,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “You tip your cap to Ramirez. He kept us between speeds all day.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Cahill completes return to Millwall

first_imgTransfers Socceroos legend Cahill completes Millwall return Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 07:16 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Cahill Australia Transfers Millwall Premier League Championship The Australian attacker will return to English football once again, coming back to the club where he made his professional debut Tim Cahill has made his return to English football, linking up with Millwall, the club where he made his professional debut.The club announced the move on Monday, confirming the Australia international will be presented to the crowd before Tuesday night’s Championship match against Derby County, though they have not announced when the 38-year-old attacker will be available for selection. Millwall, who currently sit 15th in the Championship on 34 points, confirmed the deal is for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s hard to put into words [what it feels like to wear a Millwall shirt once again],” Cahill said in quotes published on Millwall’s official website. “I’m still taking it in now. The first thing I wanted to do when with [manager Neil Harris] was to walk on the pitch and in the tunnel and have that feeling again that brings back so many memories.”Once you go over that white line, you get a nervous sensation back that I had when I was a 16-year-old when I first signed here.”Millwall was Cahill’s first English club after leaving Australia as a youth player in 1997. He made his Millwall professional debut in 1998 and played with the club until 2004, making 251 appearances for the Lions and scoring 57 goals.Cahill moved to Everton for a £1.5 million fee in July 2004, and featured with the Toffees for eight seasons. He then spent three season with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the United States before moving to the Chinese Super League for spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou. Cahill returned to his native Australia to play for Melbourne City in the 2016-17 season and the first part of the 2017-18 campaign, before agreeing to a move back to Millwall. “The players will thrive off the enthusiasm that he brings,” Millwall manager Neil Harris told the club’s website. “When I played with him, I appreciated what he did. Since then, I’ve followed his career and admired what he has done and I know full well what he can bring to my dressing room.”Cahill confirmed he hopes this return to Millwall can help him secure a place in the Australia squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the veteran eyeing a fourth global tournament appearance. “I’m really happy,” Cahill added. “I’ve had a great career as a footballer, but to come here now at this stage of my career, with eyes on a World Cup place, it’s such a professional environment.”It’s familiar. Not much has really changed, which is surprising, but it’s nice to come back to where I was as a kid.”The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me. I’ve always said that if I came back to England, I’d come home. Millwall is where I learnt my trade and it was the most important learning period of my life — my apprenticeship in understanding football. “To come home to where it all started, it’s emotional, but it’s happy emotions, because you wish for it to happen, you want it to happen, but when it finally comes to fruition, it’s the perfect move.”last_img read more