ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Joey Rickard hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles, boosted by three home runs, beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 Sunday. Caleb Joseph, Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles. It was 5-all when Joseph opened the ninth with his third hit, a single off Alex Colome (1-3). Rickard put the Orioles ahead, Schoop was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Adam Jones added a sacrifice fly. Brad Brach (2-1) earned the win with two innings of shutout relief. Schoop's 15th home run, a solo shot off reliever Chase Whitley, tied in the eighth. Evan Longoria's three-run homer off starter Chris Tillman put the Rays up 5-3 in the fifth.
ESPN.com Who are the best players in Major League Baseball right now? To determine this, ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts, contributors and Insiders to rank the top 100, which we'll count down from No. 100 to No. 1, 20 players per day for five days. To compile MLBRank, we collaborated with Microsoft Research and The Wharton School and polled 65 ESPN experts on a list of 167 players. After seven days of voting in June, we have our results. We continue our countdown with Nos. 60-41 as slugging outfielders, dominant relievers and hard-throwing starters are joined by a rookie who is having one of the more impressive debut seasons in history. Position(s): Third baseman Team: Seattle Mariners
CHICAGO (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose's obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher's interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time Tuesday night. His bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and Ellsbury was awarded first base. Ellsbury set a single-season mark last year by doing it 12 times. This was the third time he nicked a catcher's mitt this season. Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, had 15,890 plate appearances in his career. Ellsbury matched the odd mark in only 5,129.