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Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays blow four-run lead, fall 8-6

Brad Miller went 3-5 with two runs and an RBI in the second game of the doubleheader yesterday, and the Rays still lost. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Another blown lead, another loss. The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, 8-6. The Rays scored four unanswered runs in the front three innings, and two more in the fifth...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 hours ago

Rays option Sturdevant; Webb back from DL

The Rays made a roster move after dropping both ends of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Right-hander Tyler Sturdevant was optioned to Triple-A Durham in order to make room for right-hander Ryan Webb, who is returning from the disabled list.
Via Rays.com
11 hours ago

Ramirez's bullpen struggles continue vs. O's

Erasmo Ramirez could do no wrong at the beginning of the season. When the right-hander took the mound, he was money. But he's struggled lately, and on Saturday night, Ramirez took the loss when he could not hold a one-run lead in the Rays' 8-6 defeat in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader, which Baltimore swept.
Via Rays.com
11 hours ago

Smyly looks to stay dominant in AL East in finale

After parts of two strong seasons with the Rays, left-hander Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.78 ERA) has struggled to find that form in 2016, especially since May. But in five starts within the American League East, Smyly has found success. He faces Tyler Wilson and the Orioles in the series finale on Sunday.
Via Rays.com
12 hours ago

Rays 6, O's 8: The (im)perfect 10

Come to complain about the Rays 10 game losing streak. Stay for the Ron Swanson reaction gif recap. The Rays decided that not scoring was un-fun, and set out to change that right-quick in game 2 of the doubleheader. In the 1st, Rays got the offense started with a 2B past a diving Joey Rickard from Logan Forsythe, a bloop single from Corey "Big Bloopin" Dickerson, followed up by...
Via DRaysBay
14 hours ago

Rays 0, Orioles 5: Question: Will the Rays ever win again?

The Rays will have another chance tonight to end their losing streak that has gone on for what seems to be an eternity. This afternoon, however, there was never any point that you felt the Rays had a reasonable shot at winning. Matt Andriese filled in for the spot start and pitched relatively well. He went 4.2 innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out...
Via DRaysBay
20 hours ago

Rays call up Danny Farquhar for doubleheader

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up relief pitcher Danny Farquhar today as their 26th man for the team’s doubleheader today at the Baltimore Orioles. After being acquired via trade this offseason from the Seattle Mariners, Farquhar has spent most of his 2016 season pitching for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. For most of his career, Farquhar has had an ERA that is wildly out of pace...
Via Today's Knuckleball
23 hours ago

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Moore, Rays fall 6-3 to first place Orioles

With a little help from his friends, Matt Moore was good through five innings Friday night. The other 1-2/3 innings of work, well… (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays struck early Friday night, scoring three runs before the first out was recorded in Baltimore. However, Tampa Bay was unable to hold the lead, and fell 6-3 to the first-place Orioles. The Rays (31-40...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Rays Roster Moves: Rays acquire Oswaldo Arcia, DFA Andrew Bellatti

Oswaldo Arcia hits a home run in 2015. (Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA Today Sports) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The team has designated RHP Andrew Bellatti for assignment in order to clear roster space for the outfielder. #Rays get Arcia for PTBNL or cash. Expected...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

First Pitch: How to fix Chris Archer

Today’s Knuckleball does its best to provide you, the readers, with up-to-date news and analysis, but even we know we can’t possibly cover everything. Luckily, that’s where the rest of the baseball world takes over. With First Pitch, we’ll aim to bring you some of the best content from around the web for your enjoyment. Here’s what stood out this Friday: – At the blog...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Rumors & Rumblings: Rays rookie lefty Snell making adjustments

Blake Snell was the consensus Minor League Player of the Year in 2015. However, the Tampa Bay Rays left-hander is finding that the transition to the major leagues is difficult, even for someone with his pedigree. “It’s just so different,” Snell said. “There is just so much more at stake. The preparation is so much detailed. You have scouting reports on all the hitters, you...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Blake Snell Needs to Get Strike One

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell entered the season one of the top prospects in major-league baseball. Among the top-20 names on a number of the industry’s preseason lists and a dark-horse Rookie of the Year Candidate, there were rumors that the young left-hander might agree to a contract extension with the Rays that likely would have placed him on the club’s Opening Day roster. That...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays place Steve Pearce, Mikie Mahtook on DL, recall Nick Franklin, Ryan Garton

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Steve Pearce and Mikie Mahtook on the 15-day disabled list after both players were injured in Monday night's 7-4 loss to Cleveland.Pearce strained his right hamstring running to first base after hitting a fly ball in the ninth inning. Mahtook suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Josh Tomlin pitch in the second.Pearce is...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays interested in bringing back Carl Crawford

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly open to turning back the clock. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays would at least be willing to discuss bringing back former outfielder Carl Crawford if he were interested in joining the team. Crawford was recently released by the Dodgers and is available for a league minimum salary. He was hitting just .185 in 2016, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night draws best attendance in decade

Following the horrific attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of last Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays came up with a great way to help those affected. While Friday night was scheduled to be “Pride Night” at Tropicana Field, the Rays upped the ante with an announcement that they were dedicating the night to the Pulse nightclub victims and that included...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Pride Night draws largest crowd in a decade

The Tampa Bay Rays held Pride Night at Tropicana Field on Friday, drawing the biggest regular-season crowd in a decade, ESPN reports. Officially, 40,135 people attended the event, which was reasonably priced at $5 per ticket. As promised, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Pulse Victims Fund (over $300,000 in total), which was created in the wake of the horrific terrorist attack...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays attract biggest crowd since 2006 for Pride Night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —€” The Tampa Bay Rays felt it was a great night, even though they lost.Jeff Samardzija threw a four-hitter and the San Francisco Giants won their sixth consecutive game Friday by beating the Rays 5-1 on Pride Night, before the biggest regular-season crowd at Tropicana Field in a decade.The announced attendance of 40,135 was the first regular-season turnout...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Orlando with old AA minor league cap

The Tampa Bay Rays are going to great lengths honor and help the victims of the Orlando shooting tonight. The Tampa Bay Rays organized a night to honor the victims of the nightclub massacre that took place in Orlando last weekend. On Friday the Rays sold tickets to a game against the San Francisco Giants for just $5 and committed to donating all of the proceeds to the Pulse Victims...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays to support victims of Orlando shooting on Pride Night

The Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate Pride Night on Friday against the San Francisco Giants, and the team is hoping to raise a considerable amount of money for the Pulse Victims Fund, which will provide support to the families affected by the tragic shooting that occurred in Orlando last weekend.All tickets for the game will cost $5, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the fund...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays dedicate Pride Night to Orlando shooting victims

The Tampa Bay Rays were about to celebrate Pride Night — a night dedicated to the LGBT community — this Friday. But, given the events of this past weekend in Orlando, the Rays have announced plans to dedicate the night to the victims of the mass-shooting at the Pulse night club. According to the release, tickets for the game against the San Francisco Giants will be discounted...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Dedicate Annual Pride Night To Victims Of Orlando Shooting

Rays Press Release – June 14, 2016   PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays will dedicate Friday’s annual Pride Night to the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando. Beginning this morning, all open seats to Friday’s Rays-San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m. game at Tropicana Field will be available for $5 with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Pulse Victims Fund...
Via Hot Stove MLB
11 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Expect From Blake Snell's Second Start

Back in April, we saw top pitching prospect Blake Snell make his MLB debut in a spot start for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was impressive, recording six strikeouts, one walk, and only allowing two hits and one run over five innings. It was a promising first appearance for the 23-year-old Snell, who has a high ceiling in terms of future performance. A few months removed from his debut...
Via The Sports Quotient
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Proof that the Rays’ Evan Longoria is an All-Star

Criticism to the professional athlete can serve positive or negative purposes. It can prove to be damaging to the psyche of the athlete depending on how they receive it or the context it is spoken in. The mentally weak fall into the insecurity of being called out for poor performances, and it drowns them with ideas of self-doubt and the inability to improve. Criticism can also...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Hideki Matsui hits home run to second deck of Yankee Stadium on Old Timers’ Day (VIDEO)

What has Hideki Matsui been up to since retiring? It probably includes taking plenty of batting practice. The former outfielder looked like an everyday big leaguer with his home run at the Old Timers’ Day game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Facing David Cone, Matsui crushed one to the second deck in right field — and on his 42nd birthday, no less. Yep, Hideki Matsui’s still...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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