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Rays’ Joey Butler making up for lost time at plate

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St. Petersburg He would be forgiven if he said he told them. You would understand if he said he always had a bat. You would nod if he said that the scouts who looked at him and determined that he was lacking were all wrong. Instead, Joey Butler just smiles. And keeps on swinging. He has spend an eternity in the minor leagues, playing on fields where no one watches, in games no one remembers, and for a long time,…

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Rays lose their fourth straight, AL East lead

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As bad as the AL East may be, someone else is ruling it these days. The Tampa Bay Rays lost command of the division Tuesday night as they dropped their fourth consecutive game. This one was a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings. Leading Seattle was Kyle Seager, who hit two home runs and drove in six. He had a grand slam in the eighth against Jake McGee, last year’s best reliever for the Rays. He homered…

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