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DRaysBay Oct 21, 2016

Happy Anniversary Durham Bulls!

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the first Tampa Bay Rays - Durham Bulls affiliation agreement Happy 21st affiliated anniversary to the Tampa Bay Rays and Durham Bulls! On this date in 1996, the Devil Rays were granted the Durham Bulls as their Triple-A team for the start of the 1998 season. This was great for both sides. The Bulls would be making the jump from High-a, a move the team had been trying to make for decades. And the Devil Rays, the new kids on the block, would be associated with a feeder club rich in history. The Bulls history can be traced all the way back to 1902 with...
DRaysBay Oct 21, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Chicago Cubs Win Again and Charlie Sheen wants to pitch

Chicago Cubs one win away from the world series, sad times in Toronto, and Ricky Vaughn to suit back up? Links: How do you beat Andrew Miller, August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs provides some options The Cleveland [redacted] are heading to the World Series and Carlos Estevez aka Charlie Sheen aka Ricky ‘the wild thing’ Vaughn aka not the Rays PR guy wants to throw ceremonial first pitch in the first game The Blue Jays season is over, meaning Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion may have played their last games at home in Rogers Centre and everything is awful north of the border The...
DRaysBay Oct 18, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The bloody pinky game

Was it ketchup? Okay, so that was dramatic. Trevor Bauer started but couldn’t make it out of the first inning, because the stitches on his pinky opened up. Happy Halloween pic.twitter.com/zny8FFTmmL— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 18, 2016 That turned it into a bullpen game, and the Indians bullpen was wholly up to the challenge. Only two runs in eight and a third innings against them. Eight strikeouts, seven hits, one walk. Oh, and Jose Bautista thinks it’s all rigged, uses odd circuitous language to say so. Craig Edwards investigates, finds that the Jays haven’t been treated...
DRaysBay Oct 7, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Division Series Are Underway

Toronto and Cleveland gained early series advantages The playoffs are officially underway as the first two games of both of the American League Division Series took place yesterday. The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers played their highly anticipated rematch from last year’s ALDS with Toronto busting out the lumber in a 10-1 rout. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, the Indians took the first game against the Boston Red Sox behind three homers and Andrew Miller’ dominance. TBS for some reason thought Tyler Naquin was the first Indians outfielder to play in the post season since Larry...
DRaysBay Oct 5, 2016

NL WC GDT: Clash of the SPs with weird last names

In which I root for Matt Moore, no matter what team he is playing for. Some of you may dislike the voodoo magic the San Francisco Giants have clearly cast on Major League Baseball. This is understandable, and I'm also just barely sick of this EYBS (Even Year BullS***). But there is one man that I root for, no matter what. His name is Matthew Tyler Moore, and I don't know what his real middle name is. Anyway, I want to see Matt Moore make it all the way there, to the big time, to kick butt in the playoffs and beat David Price in the World Series to win it all. THAT is my dream, and my...
DRaysBay Sep 29, 2016

Game 159 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox

The Rays hope to avoid a four game sweep at the hands of the White Sox TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Chris Archer 8 19 4.02 3.78 27.7% 7.9% .234 .297 29 32 194.2 3.1 Jose Quintana 13 11 3.21 3.54 21.4% 5.9% .245 .293 21 31 202 4.7 The last time a pitcher in the major leagues ended the season with at least 20 losses was over a decade ago when Mike Maroth lost 21 games with the Detroit Tigers. The last time a right-handed pitcher did it, was in 1980 when Brian...
Rays Index Sep 29, 2016

The Rays still have strong TV ratings but there is a scary trend emerging

For the 2016 season, the Tampa Bay Rays ranked 13th among the 29 Major League Baseball teams that call the United States home, according to new data from Nielsen (via Shadow of the Stadium). That’s a good thing, but it is also a bad sign. During all the Rays’ struggles with […]
DRaysBay Sep 27, 2016

Rays 6, White Sox 13: Cobb Clobbered

Sale cuts through Tampa Bay like they are retro jerseys, but Rays avoided no-hitter and shutout, so we got that going for us. Here’s some not so fun facts about tonights game right off the bat: The batting order from 5-9 included 4 of 5 batter hitting under .200 The 1 of those 5 above the Mendoza line was Alexi Ramirez Alex Cobb is coming off of a 1.1IP 7ER start Chris Sale was on the mound for the White Sox So, that’s less than encouraging. Alex Cobb giving up a double, single, and a homerun to the first three Chicago batters even less so. Remember like four lines up I wrote a...
Rays Index Sep 27, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays honor José Fernández with jersey in dugout

After the death of José Fernández on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays honored the Miami Marlins pitcher by hanging a jersey in their dugout during Monday’s game in Chicago with his name and number on the back. Like other teams, the Rays used one of their own jerseys instead of a […]
DRaysBay Sep 25, 2016

Tampa Bay mourns loss of Jose Fernandez

All Star pitcher had Tampa roots Before he was an All Star, Rookie of the Year, or the guy whose joyful home run celebration against the Atlanta Braves went viral, Jose Fernandez was a local prep star leading Tampa’s Alonso Ravens to two state championships. Fernandez fled Cuba as a teen in 2007 with his mother and sister, an ordeal that included jail time in Cuba and a difficult trip across the Gulf to Mexico, as he recounted in this 2009 profile and in even greater detail here. They eventually made their way to the Tampa area. Fernandez had played youth baseball in Cuba, and once...
Rays Index Sep 25, 2016

Pregame ceremony to honor David Ortiz has been canceled

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that their scheduled pregame ceremony to honor David Ortiz on Sunday has been canceled. The move comes after the tragic news that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident late Saturday night. Ortiz asked the Rays to cancel the ceremony. […]

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