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Odorizzi on batting in AL: 'This is what we dream of'

Holding the opposition in check has proven to be the easy part for Jake Odorizzi more times than not. Picking up a win from it is another story.
Via Rays.com
2 hours ago

Sturdevant records K in Major League debut

Rays reliever Tyler Sturdevant waited a long time for his opportunity, longer than most, but he finally made his Major League debut on Tuesday after parts of seven seasons in the Minors.
Via Rays.com
2 hours ago

Unlikely offense recharges Rays in win

Logan Morrison continued to stay hot against his former club, as the left-handed hitting first baseman had three hits, a walk, and scored twice on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Rays 4, Fish 3: Rays dangle the game in front of Marlins, callously take it away

Alex Colome needs to be cloned or something, holy cow. The Rays had every opportunity to score a lot of runs, and they only score a few. The Marlins had every opportunity to take the lead, and yet they never did. I had every opportunity to turn this game off and enjoy a day off, but I didn't. Everyone in this situation is dumb and wrong, but the Rays managed to also win a baseball...
Via DRaysBay
4 hours ago

Rays’ Kiermaier Fractures Hand; Out for at Least Two Months

The Tampa Bay Rays will be without center fielder Kevin Kiermaier for the next eight-to-ten weeks while he recovers from surgery to treat a mild displacement caused by two metacarpal fractures in his left hand. Kiermaier, the recipient of the 2015 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for American League defenders, suffered the fractures while diving in an attempt to make a catch in the...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Rays pitching after 42 games

(Photo Credit: MLB.com) Through 42 games, the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff has met certain expectations, while lagging in others. A few weeks back we took a look at the Rays offense. Today I’ll take a peripheral look at the pitching staff, in an attempt to determine how Tampa Bay’s hurlers are doing at the quarter point of the season. First off, let’s define a few terms...
Via X-Rays Spex
12 hours ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Blake Snell

  TEAM: Tampa Bay Rays AGE: 23 POSITION: Starting Pitcher BATS: Left THROWS: Left HEIGHT: 6-foot-4 WEIGHT: 180 lbs. ACQUIRED:  The Tampa Bay Rays selected Snell with their fourth of seven supplemental first-round draft picks in the 2011 First Year Player Draft. Snell was chosen directly from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington.  ***** STENGTHS The tall and...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier likely out 8-10 weeks with broken left hand

MIAMI (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks with a broken left hand.The team announced before Monday's game at Miami that Kiermaier will undergo surgery Tuesday in St. Petersburg to repair two fractures in his left hand.Kiermaier, who was hurt diving for a flyball Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, has been placed on the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays 5/23/16 starting lineup, etc

The Loria Dome, where Rays play tonight. (Photo Credit: Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times) Rays 5/23/16 Starting Lineup Guyer LF Mahtook CF Longoria 3B Pearce 1B Souza RF Beckham 2B Motter SS Casali C Moore LHP Noteworthiness ― No DH tonight since the Rays are playing in an NL stadium. ― The left-handed hitting Corey Dickerson, Brad Miller, and Logan Morrison are absent from tonight’s...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Could a Rays-less Tampa Bay be the Spring Training Capital of the World?

ShareLast week, I wrote a piece for SaintPetersBlog.com in which I discussed how local Tampa Bay politicians have made the Rays second fiddle by focusing too much of their time, money, and interest into Spring Training and Minor League Baseball. My conclusion was that in order for the Rays to truly be successful in Tampa Bay, they need a monopoly of interest, by both fans and politicians...

The plays Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Tigers 9, RAYS 4 (boxscore) THE GOOD: If there was an upside to the Logan Forsythe injury it is that it gave Logan Morrison a second life and he is making the most of it. Prior to the injury, Steve Pearce was starting to eat away at Morrison’s playing time...
Via Rays Index
1 day ago

An offensive explosion for the Tampa Bay Rays

Whenever the Tampa Bay Rays have gone away from the Trop this season, strange things seem to happen with the team. Every road trip early on this season has dealt interesting results, and fortunately for this latest one, a scorching offense has been the result. Looking back at the baseball that has played in the past six games of this eight game road trip, the Rays have totally remade...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay CF Kiermaier breaks hand trying to make catch

DETROIT (AP) Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has broken his left hand trying to make a catch. Kiermaier was hurt in the fifth inning of Saturday's game at Detroit. He broke his glove hand and will be evaluated again on Monday to see how long he might be sidelined. Kiermaier, one of the top defensive outfielders in the majors, made a diving attempt to catch James McCann...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Shoulder Maintenance Workout Behind Chris Archer's Impressive Pitching Performance

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer led his team to a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, striking out seven batters in six innings to earn his third straight win. He now has 61 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings pitched The 27-year-old pitcher's shoulder maintenance regimen helps him maintain health and maximum strength for future starts. Archer said it's important...
Via Stack
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: The redemption story of Erasmo Ramirez

Picture this: It’s March 31, 2015, and we are evaluating the trade that just happened between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners. The Ray’s  reliever, Mike Montgomery, has been sent to the Mariners in exchange for a below-average starter in Erasmo Ramirez. “Well, at least we got another starting arm” was my initial reaction. The little knowledge I had of Ramirez...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Stay Late for Smyly

No strong pitchers duel today, so we’ll take a look at some third-party candidates on this baseball Tuesday. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) versus Kansas City’s Kris Medlen After tossing five straight starts with two earned runs, Tanaka broke the mold and threw it away with eight shutout innings in a tough-luck 1-0 loss to the Orioles last time out...
Via The Sports Post
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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