MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir yielded five hits in six scoreless innings Saturday and Tampa Bay clinched its first-ever playoff berth with a 7-2 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro's bases-loaded hit in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

MLB: Tampa Bay 14, Baltimore 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam homer Friday, Cliff Floyd drove in five runs and the Tampa Bay Rays stormed past Baltimore 14-3.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Edwin Jackson gave up only one run and six hits in seven innings Thursday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 win over Toronto.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, LA Angels 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Eric Hinske and Cliff Floyd each hit two-run homers Monday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 6 (12 innings)

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro drove in the winning run with a 12th-inning single Thursday and the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Oakland Athletics 7-6.

MLB: Tampa Bay 11, Seattle 3

SEATTLE, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Willy Aybar's three-run first-inning homer Sunday started the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to an 11-3 rout of Seattle.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Cleveland 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro had a home run and three RBI Tuesday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A solo homer by Carlos Pena in the sixth put Tampa Bay in front Friday and the Rays won their third straight game -- 5-2 over Detroit.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 19 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria hit a grand slam homer in the bottom of the sixth Saturday and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat Toronto 6-4.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Chicago Cubs 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria and Cliff Floyd each hit solo home runs Tuesday to power the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: T. Bay 4, Chi. White Sox 3 (10 inn.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- A solo home run by Gabe Gross in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday lifted Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Chi. White Sox 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir and five relievers combined to hurl a four-hit shutout Saturday when the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Chi. White Sox 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 30 (UPI) -- Cliff Floyd led off the ninth inning with a home run Friday, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 decision over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Texas 12, Tampa Bay 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Josh Hamilton hit a grand slam and totaled five RBI Tuesday, propelling the Texas Rangers to a 12-6 victory over Tampa Bay.
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Cliff Floyd
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (L) and general manger Omar Minaya (R) talk with former Met Cliff Floyd as Floyd returns to Shea Stadium as a Chicago Cub player to face the Mets on May 14, 2007. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff).

Cornelius Clifford Floyd (born December 5, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres.

Floyd was born to parents Cornelius Clifford Floyd, Sr. and Olivia Floyd. After spending 13 years as an only child, Floyd was joined by brother Julius. Sister Shanta was later adopted when the Floyds noticed her as a six-year old classmate of Julius' who had been troublesome for her then adoptive parents. The three siblings were raised in Markham, Illinois, a small suburb south west of Chicago. Floyd's father, a former Marine, worked double shifts at a U.S. Steel plant in Chicago to allow the family to live in a safe and stable neighborhood.

At Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois, Floyd was a three-sport star in baseball, football, and basketball. In basketball, he led his high school to the Class AA Sectional Playoffs. In leading his team to the Illinois state baseball championship as a senior, he hit .508 with 130 RBI during the final two years of his high school prep career. He was heavily recruited by Arizona State University, Stanford, and Creighton University, but when the Montreal Expos drafted him as the 14th pick in the 1st round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Floyd made no hesitation and chose to go to the minor leagues.

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