Dropping to second isn’t bad….Rays verses Yankees fighting all the way

On Sports in Florida….

   Tampa Bay Rays are now in second place after losing the last game against the Yankees which are their number one competition.

Eastern Standings:

yankee logoYankees  29-17

rays logoTampa Bay Rays  27-17

red sox logoRed Sox  25-22

blue jays logoBlue Jays  19-28

orioles logoOrioles  15-32

  Tampa Bay Rays has 2 secret weapons to close out games…but lately whether it be postponed games, rain outs or just previous poor pitching, they have not been able to fully utilize their pitching staff. I call them “The Double-Mint Twins”

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On the bright side…The Rays has been on fire with home run hitters..here are the star players…

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Brandon Lowe– (10) home runs for the season, Yandy Diaz-(9) home runs for the season and Austin Meadows-(9) home runs

Game stats for The Rays…

4/20 & 4/21
red sox logoL 4-6 L 5-6  at home (Tropicana Field) Related imagehome
4/22, 4/23(2), 4/24
kc royals logo  W 6-3 (double-header W 5-2, W 5-2) L 2-10Related imagehome
4/26, 4/27, 4/28
red sox logoPPD,  L 6-8, W 2-1 W 5-2 (Fenway )Image result for fenway park
4/29, 4/30, 5/1,(2), 5/2
kc royals logo W 8-5, PPD (double L-2-3/ L 2-8), W 3-1(Ewing M. Kaufman)Related image
5/3, 5/4, 5/5
orioles logo W 7-0, L 3-0, PPD 7-13(Oriole Park Camden Yards)Image result for oriole park at camden yards
5/6, 5/7, 5/8
Related image W 12-1, W 6-3, L 2-3Related imagehome
5/10, 5/11, 5/12
yankee logoL 3-4, W 7-2, L 1-7Related imagehome
5/14, 5/15
Related imageW 4-0, W 1-0(Marlins)Image result for Marlins Park
5/17, 5/18, 5/19
yankee logoL 3-4, W 2-1, L 5-13(Yankee Stadium) Image result for yankee stadium

In the last game, The Rays really got shaken up when one of their hitters Daniel Robertson got hit in the face by pitcher Chad Green during a fast ball.  He is going to be okay and Chad Green respectfully was removed after that pitch from the game.  We don’t know if this was retaliation from a bad hit to one of the Yankee hitters in a previous game or not but these guys need to stay focused and remember what the ultimate goal is to make it to THE END!! Good Luck Tampa Rays in the next 20 games…hopefully you will get right back on top!!

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Black History Legends……Day 8

Moses Fleetwood Walker

October 7, 1856-May 11, 1924

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Pictured above: Moses is sitting grouped with his (minor league) Oberlin College Team in 1880’s.

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Pictured above: Walker is posing with the (AA) Toledo Blue Stockings of 1884.  He joined the team on May 1, 1884 and played 42 games, averaged .263, scored 23 runs until he injured his ribs and he was let go in September 22, 1884. On August 23, 1889, Walker was also the last Negro to play in the International league until Jackie Robinson.

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Pictured above: left to right- Weldy Walker and his brother Moses Walker.  Both played for Toledo Blue Stockings. Him and his brother owned the Union Hotel in Steubenville Ohio and managed an Opera House in Ohio.

 

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Pictured above: Moses Walker was married to Arbella Taylor after college and had one child.  She later died of cancer at 32 years old on June 12, 1895.  Three years later, he got remarried to a Ednah Jane Mason the same year he was sentenced for mail robbery and tragically she died May 26, 1920.  He died on May 11, 1924 from lobar pneumonia in Cleveland, Ohio and buried next to his first wife in Union Cemetery-Beatty Park also buried there is his younger brother Weldy Walker.

Setting the record straight……

Pictured above: William Edward White was discovered as the first African-American to play for the Stockings in 1879 but because he lived his life as a white man he never received credit for being the first so Moses Fleetwood Walker took the plate in 1884 when he joined the (AA) in 1884.  During his reign, his brother Weldy Walker followed him as third African-American to play while Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. 

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