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Illinois Head Coach Fires Back After Being Fired

After an investigation concluded that Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckham mistreated his athletes, Illinois fired him. On Friday evening, Beckham finally responded to the event. Statement from Tim Beckman: "I am shocked and disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas and the University of Illinois made today …. " — Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 28, 2015 Tim Beckman statement...
Via Gamedayr
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier left hanging on curious home run at Tropicana Field (VIDEO)

Kevin Kiermaier was left in a precarious position after climbing the wall during Kendrys Morales' curious home run that bounced off Tropicana Field's catwalk Friday night. The Rays player has been one of the best defensive outfielders in Major League Baseball this season, but even Kiermaier couldn't anticipate — or figure out — what happened on this play. After Morales...
Via The Other Paper
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Kiermaier tries to rob HR ball that lands 30 feet before fence

Whoops! Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier scaled the fence at Tropicana Field, looking to rob a home run from Kansas City Royals slugger Kendrys Morales, but the ball landed a few feet short. The play (and subsequent GIF) look hilarious, but in reality the ball hit the catwalk and dropped in the field. After video review the umpires granted Morales a home run. If only Kiermaier...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Illinois fires head coach Tim Beckham one week before 2015 season opener.

Tim Beckham. Image via has fired head football coach Tim Beckman. The move comes a week before the Fighting Illini's Sept. 4 season opener against Kent State.The firing is a result of a school investigation into accusations that Beckman pressured players into playing where injured, and interfering with medical decisions.In a statement from the school, a preliminary...

Series Preview: Royals at Tampa Bay Rays, August 28-30

After a short homestand, the Kansas City Royals take a jaunt to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays for a three-game series before returning home again on Tuesday. The last time these two teams met, the Royals lost Alex Gordon for weeks, but did end up sweeping a four-game series, so all was not […]
Via Pine Tar Press
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James Loney drops appeal, will serve 1-game suspension Thursday night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension. The lefty-hitting Loney decided to serve his suspension in Thursday night's game against Minnesota. The Twins' starting pitcher is left-hander Tommy Milone. Loney played Tuesday and Wednesday after appealing the suspension and an undisclosed fine announced by Major...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Whatever Happened to Grady Sizemore?

Kids watching baseball in 2015 may not know how special Grady Sizemore once was. Right now they see him as a guy coming off the bench for a lackluster Tampa Bay Rays team that has deployed nine different outfielders this year. After getting released from the Philadelphia Phillies on June 1st, he joined the Rays just two weeks later on a minor league contract. In 34 games, Sizemore...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Loney appeals 1-game suspension for bumping umpire

  Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert in Saturday's game at Oakland. Loney appealed the sanctions announced Tuesday and will be able to continue playing until the appeal process is completed. Loney was ejected after striking out in the sixth inning...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' James Loney critical of umpire who ejected him

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney was ejected Saturday after striking out. He then turned to umpire Paul Nauert to vent some frustration, bumping him in the process.You can see the video here:After the game, Loney didn't hide how he felt about Nauert.“I thought it was a ball when I took it, but I was still like, ‘I struck out.’ You’re kind of mad,” Loney told the...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland A's game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. Following an awful start to their 10-game trip, the Tampa Bay Rays are in position to record a well-earned split on the trek. They can conclude their journey with a fourth straight victory Sunday over an Oakland Athletics club that continues to struggle against the AL East. Tampa Bay (62-61) opened its road swing by being...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer Produces a Masterpiece

Amid the ever-increasing dominance of pitching this season, Chris Archer has been a singular figure among the leaderboard of best pitchers durinwg 2015: he’s not only a newcomer to the best handful of starters that populate baseball, but he’s also gotten to where he currently is in a rather unique way. In late April, I noticed that Archer was now throwing his slider almost...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays reliever McGee to miss 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee will have surgery on his left knee Friday and could miss the rest of the season. The Rays said McGee is expected to miss from six to eight weeks. The regular season ends on Oct. 4. McGee was injured on Tuesday night and an MRI on Thursday that revealed a meniscus tear in his knee. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and rookie...
Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Moore’s Demotion Will Pay Dividends for Tampa Bay

The long-awaited return of gifted left-handed starter Matt Moore from the laborious rehab of Tommy John surgery finally came to fruition early last month, much to the delight of the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays and baseball fans alike. In a single day, Major League Baseball regained two of the brightest young arms the game has to offer in Moore and Jose Fernandez, who also managed...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Erasmo Ramirez for Real?

Every year, a number of starting pitchers seemingly come out of nowhere to become significant contributors at the major-league level. Sometimes, like in the case of Jacob deGrom, the sudden evolution is real and sustainable. In the case of the majority of short-term success stories, the league adjusts, the pitcher can’t respond to those adjustments, and he disappears from the...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: The demise of Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays for many stretches of the 2015 season were leading the American League East division, but today the Rays are five games back in their division. There are a variety of reasons they have slipped in the standings but one key aspect to look at, is the lackluster numbers the starting third baseman has produced. Evan Longoria was looked at to be one of the premier talents...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays face daunting 10-game road trip ahead

Chris Archer The next time the Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field is August 25th. By that time, the Rays may very well be out of the playoff race. Even though they are only 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second wild card, they will have a hard time staying that close by the next time they are home. Starting Friday, the Rays play ten consecutive road...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rookie Gets Silent Treatment; Celebrates HR With Imaginary Teammates

Richie Shaffer and his family had the night of a lifetime Tuesday night in Chicago. The Tampa Bay Rays rookie collected his first major league hit in a big way, homering to right field in the seventh inning as part of the Rays’ blowout win over the White Sox. The home run was also the first hit of Shaffer’s career. Making the moment even better, his family was in town to see...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays rookie hits first HR, gets ignored by teammates

One of the silliest traditions in some MLB clubhouses is ignoring a player after he launches his first career homer. In Chicago on Tuesday night, Richie Shaffer of the Rays hit his first MLB homer, a solo shot in the seventh inning to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-1. As Shaffer came back into the dugout, he found his teammates huddled up ignoring him, so he did what any rational...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Call up Richie Shaffer

With a 52-54 record and a meager 10% chance of making the playoffs, there likely won’t be much reason to pay attention to the Rays over the next two months. Simply put, it’s unlikely they’ll be playing too many more meaningful games from here on out. However, the Rays just got a bit more interesting today. They called up former first round pick Richard Shaffer from Triple...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Kim DeJesus thrilled about husband being traded to Angels

David DeJesus was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Angels on Tuesday, and nobody is happier about it than David’s wife, Kim. Upon learning of the trade, Kim sent off a flurry of tweets expressing her elation over the deal. @David_DeJesus3 is officially an Angel!!!!!!! And I'm officially in heaven!!!!!!!!!! — Kim DeJesus...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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