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DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Rays vs Twins Preview: Let’s play three in Minny

Rays vs Twins Preview: Let’s play three in Minny

The Rays kick off a weekend series at beautiful Target Field in downtown Minneapolis Tampa Bay is 19-6 at Target Field with a run differential of 135-66 since it opened in 2010. If that doesn’t give you hope for the series, I don’t know what to tell you. The Rays (25-25) are coming off a series spit with the Los Angeles Angels and will look to build on back-to-back wins over the Angels to finish their series. The pair of victories improved the Rays to 25-25 on the season, five games behind the first place Yankees in the division. The Twins (25-18), who are off to their best start since...
DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Chris Archer is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now

Chris Archer is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now

Chris Archer’s 1.7 WAR ranks second in the American League It’s easy to take players for granted when they are doing well. Case in point could be Corey Dickerson, who is far and away the best designated hitter in baseball this season. This is no easy task, and should be celebrated while it’s happening. Another example could be the steady defense of Evan Longoria or Kevin Kiermaier, two anchors of this Rays team. An even better example might be Chris Archer and his return to form this season. His walk rate has ticked up from 7.6% in 2015 to 8.9% in 2017, but Archer is otherwise...
DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Cash Considerations: .500 yo-yo

Cash Considerations: .500 yo-yo

Kevin Cash presides over a split with the Angels It’s been weird, America. This week we stared into the Orb, and the Orb stared back. But if there is one thing we can rely on during these uncertain times, it’s that the Rays will hover around .500. So let’s see how Cash manipulated Lord Sauron this week. May 22: Angels 3, Rays 2 Oh, and sorry for the brief hiatus in the column, but it felt like I was writing the same column over and over. Then I watched the May 22nd game, and — well, dang, it looks like I gotta write the same column again... Ryne Stanek Overall, the...
DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Rays will face a different Twins team this year in Minnesota

Rays will face a different Twins team this year in Minnesota

Tampa Bay is 19-6 at Target Field since it opened in 2010 As a resident of North Dakota for the past decade, I’ve attended a heavy dose of Twins games. And as a Rays fan living in NoDak (AKA the geographic center of North America), I get pretty lonely living in an area where so few people share the interests of the team I grew up watching. Up here, the consensus majority of baseball fans are followers - sometimes proud, sometimes not - of the Minnesota Twins. I’ve had the privilege of attending the majority of games the Rays have played in Minnesota since 2010. And to be honest, it...
DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Kiermaier stealing Souza’s spotlight?

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Kiermaier stealing Souza’s spotlight?

Buster Posey is not pleased. Yesterday, Steven Souza Jr. made a fine play in right field to charge a short line drive and throw out Mike Trout at the plate to end the inning. Then the Angels broadcast cut to a closeup of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier trotting back to the dugout. You Souz, you lose. pic.twitter.com/1SYbfMf291— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 25, 2017 I mean, did they just assume that any good outfield play was Kevin Kiermaier? Doing that would make a broadcast right more often than not. I guess in a game where failing two out of three times counts as success . ....
DRaysBay May 26, 2017
Rays DOTF 5/26: Brandon Lowe goes yard in rough day for Rays' affiliates

Rays DOTF 5/26: Brandon Lowe goes yard in rough day for Rays' affiliates

It wasn't an easy day for the Rays' minor league teams, as the Stone Crabs grabbed their only two wins on the night, playing two short make up games. Travis Ott debuted for the Stone Crabs while Genesis Cabrera had a strong outing. Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-15) Game was postponed due to rain. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-22) Greg Harris' early struggles were too much for the Biscuits to overcome, losing 5-2 to the Chattanooga Lookouts. Joe McCarthy doubled in a run in the top of the first to give Montgomery a 1-0 head start. Lamonte Wade doubled in the tying run in the bottom half of...
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Rays 4, Angels 0: New World Order

Rays 4, Angels 0: New World Order

Thursday’s matinee to conclude a four-game set with the LA Angels saw the Rays looking to manage a series split with the Halos after being blanked for nearly two complete games to start the saga. They succeeded, and boy was it a fun one! The Souza Cannon! Steven Souza Jr. decided to show off his arm early in Thursday’s contest, cutting down some guy named Mike Trout at home plate. Maybe you’ve heard of him. With Trout at second base and two outs in the top of the first, Andrelton Simmons knocked a bloop single into shallow right field that one-hopped to Souza. Trout rounded third and...
Rays Colored Glasses May 25, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays: News and Notes on Getaway Day

Upon conclusion of Thursday’s game against the Angels, the Tampa Bay Rays will  head west to begin a nine-game, three-city road trip with stops in Minnesota, Texas and Seattle. As the Tampa Bay Rays prepare for their final game of the homestand against Los Angeles Angels and looking for split in the four-game series, they […] Tampa Bay Rays: News and Notes on Getaway Day - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Why I'm a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays

Why I'm a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays

There’s not much of my life I can remember before the Rays were part of it! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we're sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you'd like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules]. SB Nation will be collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across the network. How did I become a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays? For me it was a simple as having a father who was a...
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Rays vs Angels Preview: Tampa looks for series split

Rays vs Angels Preview: Tampa looks for series split

Matt Andriese takes the mound as the Rays go for the series split This afternoon, Matt Andriese and the Rays will look to conclude a four-game set with a win against the Angels before heading to Minnesota for a weekend series. The Angels won the first two games of the series with the Rays taking game #3 yesterday. In the opener, pitching and a dose of small ball led the Angels to a 3-2 win. In game #2, the Rays struggles continued at the plate as the Angels’ pitching staff combined to shut out Tampa on three hits. In game #3, Steven Souza Jr. - who was certainly due with just one home run...
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Steven Souza Jr. creates “Home Runs for Hope” campaign to benefit Consider the Lily

Steven Souza Jr. creates “Home Runs for Hope” campaign to benefit Consider the Lily

This season, for every home run Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. hits, he and his wife, Mikaela, will donate $1,000 to Consider the Lily, which rescues girls from broken homes in the Philippines. Souza Jr. has 7 home runs so far this season, which brings the donated total to $7,000. The Rays Baseball Foundation will also contribute $5,000 to Consider the Lily in support of Souza Jr.’s “Home Runs for Hope” campaign. In 2015, Steven and Mikaela embarked on a missionary trip to the Philippines with Unlimited Potential Inc., a religious organization consisting of current and former...
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Rays activate Tommy Hunter, place Jumbo Diaz on Disabled List

Rays activate Tommy Hunter, place Jumbo Diaz on Disabled List

Prior to today’s afternoon series finale with the Los Angeles Angles, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced that they have activated Tommy Hunter from the 10-day DL (calf strain) and have placed Jumbo Diaz on the disabled list with right arm fatigue. His placement on the DL is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning he is eligible to return on June 2nd. Tommy Hunter was placed on the DL towards the end of April after straining his calf while covering first base. Up to that point, Hunter had pitched in 10 games for the Rays this season and nine of those had been scoreless. He is a major league veteran...
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Fifty games in, has the outlook changed?

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Fifty games in, has the outlook changed?

And what does plate coverage get you? Big outing yesterday for the rookie Ryne Stanek. .@rstanek_55 pitched one inning... and struck out the side last night. pic.twitter.com/JzwJyXFkxn— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 25, 2017 There’s a lot of good postgame interviews from Rays Radio yesterday: Kevin Cash talked about how important it is to be ready to hit the fastball. Steven Souza sounds annoyed by some of the questions (which are sort of the same thing over and over), but he talks about how its important for him not to be too tight, and how staying loose helps to be ready...
Rays Colored Glasses May 25, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Watch: Brandon Lowe

Brandon Lowe may not have received much attention heading into this season from prospect hounds. The Tampa Bay Rays minor league second baseman is looking to change that. One could understand if Brandon Lowe was overlooked heading into this season. Last year, the Tampa Bay Rays minor league second baseman had a relatively underwhelming .247/.355/.343 […] Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Watch: Brandon Lowe - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay May 25, 2017
Rays DOTF 5/25: Bowling Green offense scored 13, Wood struck out 10

Rays DOTF 5/25: Bowling Green offense scored 13, Wood struck out 10

Hunter Wood struck out 10 and Jake Bauers continues hot May. The offensive standouts for the day were Jake Bauers and your choice of Hot Rod batters. Hunter Wood struck out ten despite picking up the loss for Montgomery. Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-15) Four runs in the eighth lead the Durham Bulls to a 6-5 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. Ryan Yarbrough allowed four runs in six innings. Jake Bauers continued mashing the ball with two doubles. Shane Peterson capped off the four run eighth inning with a two run homer to give the Bulls the lead. OF Jake Bauers: 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI 1B...
DRaysBay May 24, 2017
Rays 5, Angels 2: Souza leads the band

Rays 5, Angels 2: Souza leads the band

Erasmo Ramirez rebounds from a rocky first, while Steven Souza goes deep twice I was really excited with the way this one started out. Erasmo Ramirez retired Cameron Maybin! No, really, it’s true! Grounded to third. And you just got this warm feeling that it was gonna be a good night. The feeling didn’t last long, as Mike Trout dented the centerfield wall on a 3-2 fastball that was not well located, and Albert Pujols did what he’s done to middle-middle 3-1 fastballs for going on 17 seasons now. Just like that, it was 2-0 Angels. But could you just trust me for once? It’s gonna be...
DRaysBay May 24, 2017
Rays vs Angels Preview: Avoiding a series loss

Rays vs Angels Preview: Avoiding a series loss

The Rays hope to snap their losing skid The Tampa Bay Rays offensive force has hit a snag as they have been held scoreless over their past 17 innings. The last runs they’ve score came back in the first inning of Monday’s game when Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison both went deep. Last night, the Rays were shutout and have now lost three straight and are back two games under .500. The Angels have meanwhile climbed to two games over the .500 mark with their two straight victories over the Rays, improving to 25-23 on the season. They are currently tied for 2nd in the AL West, but are...
DRaysBay May 24, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays place Diego Moreno on the disabled list, recall Ryan Garton

Tampa Bay Rays place Diego Moreno on the disabled list, recall Ryan Garton

Ryan Garton has been dominant in Durham, will that carry over to the majors? Prior to tonight’s matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that they had placed Diego Moreno on the 10-day DL with right shoulder bursitis. In his place, the Rays have recalled Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham. Moreno made his return to the majors after spending the entire 2016 season in the minor leagues. Kevin Cash had used him very sparingly since his promotion at the beginning of the month as he has only pitched in five games. After a rough couple of outings to begin his Rays...
DRaysBay May 24, 2017
Alex Cobb looks ahead

Alex Cobb looks ahead

Cobb is unlikely to be in a Rays uniform in 2018. How does he feel about moving on? The featured guest on this week’s episode of This Week in Rays Baseball was Alex Cobb. It was an interesting, albeit classic media-player interview. Neil Solondz asked Cobb about his comeback from Tommy John surgery, and about this year’s team performance. Cobb gave some classic Athlete Answers and the interview began to wind down around the 13-minute mark. It was the final question of the interview that really caught my attention, however. Solondz used an elite-level segue to lead into asking Cobb...
DRaysBay May 24, 2017
Does the Tampa Bay Times care more about the Yankees than the Rays? Listen to The Hit Show for 5.23.17

Does the Tampa Bay Times care more about the Yankees than the Rays? Listen to The Hit Show for 5.23.17

Also, singing Souza and praising Dickerson This week Danny and Darby take a deep look at Corey Dickerson and give a stern talking to the Tampa Bay Times over the Sunday paper featuring Aaron Judge. Is the narrative around Steven Souza writing itself? [5:09] Let’s dig deep on Corey Dickerson! [11:00] Who is Dickerson as a hitter? [14:00] Profiling Dickerson performance this year vs last season [16:16] Why did the Tampa Bay Times choose to focus on non Rays players in their Sunday feature? Not cool Times, not cool! [23:00] Follow us on Twitter @HitShowPodcast Send us email at...

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