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Five Facts: Evan Longoria

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Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Chris Archer brings fresh analysis to ESPN

The networks have a habit of hiring current players during the MLB Postseason as guest analysts. Fox used A.J. Pierzynski and David Ortiz over the past few to mixed success. TBS has also utilized current players during its coverage. But the people who stick out and bring their “A” game to the table are few and far between. Fox hired then-New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter for the...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five Facts: Alex Cobb

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Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays ready to keep building after another sub-.500 finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The resourceful Tampa Bay Rays have always used a different measuring stick to gauge their progress. The budget-minded team missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the second straight season, yet Kevin Cash doesn't feel his team is that far away from being a contender again. ''Personally for me, I don't see a ton that needs to be done...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Butler homers twice, Rays finish season with a bang

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) -- Mark Buehrle failed to become the fifth major leaguer to pitch 200 innings or more in 15 consecutive seasons, and the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays missed out on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 12-3 Sunday in their regular-season finale. Starting for the second time in three days, Buehrle (15-8) needed...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly: 'Very happy with how I finished'

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Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Boxberger iced down after 40th save

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Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Tampa Bay Rays

It was a year of change for the Tampa Bay Rays like perhaps no other club. Gone were nearly every vestige of the roster that made them baseball’s perpetual overachievers over the past near decade, with David Price, Ben Zobrist and 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, as well as the architects of the operation in manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman. That is a large...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Mikie Mahtook looked overmatched in each of his previous stints with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this year. Now, he's another reason for optimism in Tampa Bay in 2016. Mahtook looks to help the Rays clinch their fourth Citrus Series victory in five years Wednesday night against the visiting Miami Marlins. This is already...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Tampa Bay Rays

The best word to describe the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays might actually be “mediocre”. The team topped out at ten games above 500 on June 20th, and went an AL-worst 35-51 since that date. But despite those struggles, the Rays never fell more than six games below .500, and weren’t truly buried in the AL East until the calendar flipped to September. Preseason Prediction: Just like...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Forsythe’s Breakout, Britton’s Aim, Bullpen Banter, more

Logan Forsythe isn’t sure he can explain his breakout. At least not definitively. The Tampa Bay infielder points to consistency, but that’s more byproduct than causation. He indirectly cites BABiP – “I’ve had some balls fall this year” – but it’s not as though his .323 mark is outlandish. Opportunity might be a bigger factor. His high-water mark for seasonal plate...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Lose to Rays Again in Series Finale

The Red Sox came into the final game of the series hoping for a win to at least split the series with the Rays.  The Sox had Wade Miley on the mound vs. Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays.  The Sox got out to an early lead, but the Rays rallied late and came away with the win. The Sox offense got on the scoreboard early when they scored two runs off of Ramirez in the bottom of the 1st...
Via Fenway West
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Lose Against Rays; Stay in the Basement in the AL East

The Red Sox took to the field against the Rays once again in a battle for who is the worst in the AL East.  The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound vs. Drew Smyly for the Rays.  It was a battle of the former Tigers and in this instance Smyly would end up coming out on top.  Porcello kept the Rays off the scoreboard until the 7th inning, but it would end up unraveling quickly. Porcello...
Via Fenway West
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Schoop Ruins Dinner For Rays Fans

Down the right field line is an odd place for a buffet. But hey, Tropicana Field is an odd ballpark. Hence you have opportunity for odd things to happen on batted balls. Jonathan Schoop took that opportunity and ruined dinner for the poor Tampa Bay Rays fans in the immediate area, who did nothing to deserve their fate. The good news is that it looks like all the baseball really...
Via Food and Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays minor leaguer makes casual foul ball catch while eating (Video)

A Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer impressed his future employers during Friday night's game at Tropicana Field by casually catching a foul ball with one hand while eating in front of the left field stands. It happened in the third inning as Baltimore Orioles batter Chris Davis hit the foul ball into the bar area just outside the field of play. The unidentified prospect didn't move...
Via Holdout Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

New 'Rays Rookies' series to premiere Sept. 20 on Sun Sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays premiere "Rays Rookies," an original series by Sunburst Productions in partnership with the University of South Florida. "Rays Rookies" is a television program designed to engage the Rays growing youth fan base that is hosted by kids, for kids ages 8 to 13 years-old. In addition to baseball bloopers, trivia and top ten plays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Fields and the value of faith and positive thinking

Over the last calendar year, Houston righty Josh Fields has been a top-30 reliever. That may not be the type of lede that grabs you by your collar and shakes a click out of you, but the “how” might intrigue you. Because Fields has changed one thing — a new pitch has helped — but it’s something that he changed mentally that really made the difference. And his faith had everything...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Moore Without Matt Moore’s Fastball

This past August 22, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore reminded everyone of how excellent he can be. The former consensus top-three prospect (alongside Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, that year) was dominant. Over 6.0 innings, Moore recorded 16 strikeouts! Thirteen of those strikeouts came over a stretch of just 15 batters! He allowed just a single run! As the abundance of exclamation...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier Leaps, Crashes Into Wall To Make Ridiculous Catch (Video)

Kevin Kiermaier’s attempt to rob a home run this weekend didn’t go too well, but he made up for it and then some Monday night. The Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder made one of the most incredible plays of the season right off the bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Third baseman Manny Machado led off the bottom of the first inning with a bomb to center field, but Kiermaier...
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chris Archer has great reaction to Kevin Kiermaier catch

    Chris Archer had a great reaction to a beautiful catch made by Kevin Kiermaier in center field on Monday night. Kiermaier robbed Orioles leadoff hitter Manny Machado with a great catch against the wall for the first out the Rays recorded in the game.     Archer was worried that the first batter he faced had hit a home run against him, so he kept the celebration...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
Via The Outside Corner
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays outfielder fooled by Tropicana Field catwalk

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier climbed the outfield wall at Tropicana Field on Friday night, and instead of coming down with the ball, he landed with a little embarrassment. He was anticipating the hard hit ball by Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales would land close enough to the wall where he could rob a home run, but the ball traveled so high...
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier and Daniel Nava take chest bump to extreme on fly ball in outfield (VIDEO)

Daniel Nava seemed really excited when Rays teammate Kevin Kiermaier caught this fly ball during Wednesday night's game against the Twins. So stoked you might say, that Nava gave his fellow outfielder a premature chest bump congratulation even before Kiermaier hauled in the ball. Both players came up laughing after the accidental collision and then resorted to a more traditional...
Via The Other Paper
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays catcher Curt Casali strains hamstring rounding bases on home run (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali suffered a strained hamstring during Tuesday night's game against Minnesota in unusual fashion, as he hurt it while rounding the bases after he hit a home run.It happened in the fifth inning as Casali hit the homer down the line and over the left field wall. Casali felt the pain before he reached first base, and as the video shows, there didn't...
Via Holdout Sports
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays catcher strains hamstring circling bases after homer

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali came up gimpy while circling the bases following a home run Tuesday night, suffering a strained left hamstring. Casali appeared to take an awkward step while rounding first base after hitting the home run during the Rays’ 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. He looked to be in discomfort throughout the rest of his trot and limped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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