The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays 2008-10

This is the 4th and final article in a series of articles examining how small payroll teams have found success in recent years. The goal is to try and determine what methods were successful in an attempt for the Pirates to emulate them.

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Bucs Score Late and Earn Split

The Pirates had nothing going against Javier Vazquez. They’d managed a single run – a solo homer from Delwyn Young – and just one other hit in eight innings. Vazquez had whiffed 12. But when the 9th came, a new pitcher – Rafael Soriano – was on the hill. Andrew McCutchen singled and Adam LaRoche was given a free pass. Those runners eventually wound up at 2nd and 3rd. Andy LaRoche came through with a two...

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