June 19, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) and first baseman Carlos Pena (23) celebrate after a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Rays defeated the Nationals 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Rays Vs. Nationals: Tampa Bay Drops Final 2 Games In Washington

The Tampa Bay Rays will continued winning in interleague play with a 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

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Rays Vs. Nationals Recap: Tampa Drops Series With 5-2 Loss In Washington

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped their series to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night with 5-2 loss. After the drama of their Game 1 win, the Rays lost the final two games as Nats starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez controlled the final two games. Gonzalez gave up just two runs to the Rays in six innings of work and Joe Maddon's club could not rally against the Washington bullpen.

Tampa took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Desmond Jennings singled home Hideki Matsui. After falling behind 2-1, Sean Rodriguez tied it up with a single that knocked in Ben Zobrist. But that's all the offense would manage as the Nats took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a double by Danny Espinosa. The two-run inning came off Joel Peralta and the Nats would never look back.

The Rays will stay out on the road and face the Phillies on Friday night with James Shields on the mound.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals Preview: Matt Moore Starts For Tampa Bay As They Try To Take Series From Washington

The Tampa Bay Rays enter Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals with an opportunity to take a series from the NL East division leaders and earn some ground back in the AL East. Matt Moore will start for Tampa Bay, coming off his best start of his young career. Seven shut-out innings with eight strikeouts and three walks against the Miami Marlins on June 15 to bump his record up to 4-5 and improved his ERA to 4.16.

The Nationals will counter with pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who despite his hot start has cooled off a bit in June, going 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in his last three starts.

The three batters that could make or break the Rays' game on Thursday could be catcher Jose Molina, Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton. All three batters are a combined 2-for-22 against Gonzalez.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals Final Score: Tampa Bay Can't Score Enough, Go Down 3-2

The Tampa Bay Rays tried to take the series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night, trying to follow up their series opening win. Chris Archer was on the hump for the Rays making his Major League Baseball debut and was knocked around early by the Nats, giving up three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Archer was able to settle down after that however, giving up no hits through his next five innings of work.

The Rays offense struggled against Nats ace Stephen Strasburg, as he fanned 10 rays batters through seven innings giving up six hits and just two runs. Outside of a Jose Molina home run and a Hideki Matsui RBI single, the Rays offense struggled to knock in base runners, dropping the second game of the series 3-2.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals Preview: Chris Archer Makes Debut Against Stephen Strasburg

The Tampa Bay Rays have an opportunity to take down one of the best pitcher in the Majors as they go up against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The catch is that they will have to do it using a player making his major league debut on Wednesday.

Chris Archer, acquired in the eight-player trade with the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Matt Garza, will make his debut. Archer has started 14 games down at AAA Durham this season and has gone 4-8 with a 4.81 ERA. His last game started in Durham was June 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies affiliated Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. Archer went seven innings, allowed two runs on three hits and struck out five earning the win.

If the Rays are going to defeat the Nationals they have to deal with Strasburg (8-1, 2.45 ERA), who has won his last five starts, striking out 44 and walking eight in 29 innings. Even stronger is his performance at Nationals Park, where he's won twice and allowed only one earned run in 12 innings, while striking out 17.

However, if the Rays get a couple runs off Strasburg to start the game, the Rays could be on their way to a sixth straight road victory. In the span of road wins they have averaged 6.8 runs per game. What could also help is if Carlos Pena continues his success against Washington, hitting .333 with five home runs and eight RBIs against the Nationals.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch from Nationals Park. Television coverage will be provided by Sunshine Sports with radio coverage provided by WDAE 620 AM and WGES 680 AM

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals Final Score: Tampa Bay Holds On To Win 5-4

The Tampa Bay Rays handed the Washington Nationals their fourth loss in a row on Tuesday evening as the Rays jumped on Chien-Ming Wang early. B.J. Upton picked up an RBI single in the first inning, but it was in the third inning when the Rays really put on the hurt.

Carolos Pena hit a two-run home run to center, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead. Shortly after Pena's home run, Elliot Johnson hit a base clearing triple knocking in Ben Zobrist and Jose Lobaton in a four run inning. Wang lasted just 3.1 innings giving up seven hits and five runs.

The Nats made a push in the fifth inning when Michael Morse hit a two-run home run to bring Washington within a run of the Rays, but Tampa Bay was able to hold on for the win.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Joel Peralta Ejection: Rays Reliever Pulled From Game With Foreign Substance On Glove

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected in the eight inning of Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals. Peralta was sent to the showers by homeplate umpire Tim Tschida for having a foreign substance on his glove. Davey Johnson indicated that there had been chirping about pine tar during Spring Training, but it's still unconfirmed exactly what substance was on Peralta's glove. Johnson asked Tschida to check Peralta's cap and glove.

Peralta was with the Nationals organization just two years ago, playing for Triple-A Syracuse. Johnson also said it was no secret that he was a member of the organization and there was already info held over there. As Adam Kilgore notes, Trent Jewett, the Nationals first base coach, managed Peralta in Syracuse.

Video of the ejection below:

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals: Tuesday Starting Lineups

Prior to Sunday's 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays had dropped four out of their last five games. But with the "W' in the books, Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning streak, as they travel to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals, who were swept by the Yankees over the weekend. Taking the mound for the Rays will be David Price (8-4) opposite Chien-Ming Wang (2-2).

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised by SUN.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Rays (37-29)

Desmond Jenning LF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson SS
Will Rhymes 3B
David Price P

Nationals (38-26)

Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Jesus Flores C
Chien-Ming Wang P

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Fresh off a 3-0 victory over the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to David Price in game one of a three game interleague series against the Washington Nationals. Prior to the shutout victory, the Rays had lost four of their last five games. Price is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA and will face Chien Ming-Wang who is 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA.

The series is the third straight interleague series for the Rays after getting swept by the New York Mets and beating the Marlins two game to one. Tonight's game also marks the first career start for Price against Bryce Harper (batting .294 with seven home runs) and the rest of the Nationals.

Game Date: Tuesday, June 19

First Pitch Time: 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC

TV Coverage: Sun Sports, MASN2

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Nationals throughout this interleague series, visit Federal Baseball.

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Rays Vs. Nationals: Rich Thompson To Be Called Up For Series In Washington

The Tampa Bay Rays will continue interleague play in Washington against one of the game's best pitching staffs.

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