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Tailgating Game 152: An Ugly Record For The Rays And A Cute Moment With Elderly Fan

Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays and Yankees set an ugly record last night when their game took 3 hours and 28 minutes, the longest 9-inning, 1-0 game in MLB history, nearly 2 hours longer than the White Sox and Senators took to do the same thing in 1943 (1 […]
DRaysBay Sep 16, 2014

TB 1 - NYY 0: Alex Colome Returns to the Show

Alex Colome returned to action for the Rays, an audition for his place among the starting depth. He pitched a full load of 114 pitches of zero-run baseball, but it was far from perfect. The eye test told me his fastball command was not always consistent, like Colome expected some pitches to cut much harder than they did. Not always, just sometimes, and those little surprises resulted in light contact -- but also men on base. This issue first reared its head in the second inning, and as the frame dragged on, he kept pitching closer to the edges, losing a bit of control. That's a dangerous...
Rays Index Sep 15, 2014

Tailgating Game 151: The Debut Of Nick Franklin?

Playing A Little Pepper… So much for retiring BJ Upton’s #2. Nick Franklin will wear the number for the Rays. Surprisingly, Franklin is not in the lineup tonight. Franklin does tend to struggle a bit versus lefties so Joe Maddon may prefer to wait until there is a righty on […]
DRaysBay Sep 15, 2014

The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Rotation Depth

Looking forward to 2015 -- something I was hoping to delay at least six more weeks -- is unavoidable with the recent, fantastic start by Nate Karns. Ian covered his majestic power-curve over the weekend, and came away noting it might be the best pitch among all of the arms in the Rays system -- no disrespect to Clockhands McGee. After a handful of less-than-stellar starts for DC in 2013, the Rays acquired Karns in the Jose Lobaton deal that included two top-twenty prospects. The swap of three-for-one may prove a win for the Rays if Karns can continue his development, because damn that...
River Ave. Blues Sep 15, 2014

9/15-9/17 Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

It’s September, which means a heavy intra-division schedule and two series against the Rays in the span of a week. The Yankees are in Tampa to start a three-game set tonight. They’re 7-9 against the Rays this year, including 4-3 at Tropicana Field. Since their elimination number is two, the Yankees would be mathematically eliminated […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blog9/15-9/17 Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays The post 9/15-9/17 Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
DRaysBay Sep 15, 2014

Rays Tank: It's Alex Colome Day

Also, the real deal with baserunner batter-pitcher distraction Yesterday, the Rays' Jake McGee blew the save once more, but the Rays pulled out the win in extras, taking the series from the wildcard-shopping Jays. The Rays front office then did their part and gave me three birthday presents: Alex Colome, Nick Franklin, and C.J. Riefenhauser. Colome will start tonight against the Yankees. Colome has had a short and slightly sub-par performance, while dealing with a suspension, but I think we all remember how electric the young righty can be. Bill Chastain with some good quotes from Kevin...
Rays Index Sep 15, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing More Promotions And Stadium Optimism

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 6, Jays 5 (10; boxscore) [No GBT today] Nick Franklin, part of the David Price trade, will be called up today now that the Durham […]
DRaysBay Sep 14, 2014

Rays 6, Blue Jays 5: I wanna get out of the Great White North

Wherein I keep one eye on the game and one eye on fantasy football Short-ish recap tonight, boys. Not everything can be a 3000 word short story. Plus the roller coaster ride of today's kept most of my attention and stopped me from doing anything else really interesting, except periodically checking on the Bucs. Who, by the way, are winning at the moment 7-0! What a game! Looks like everything is gonna turn out okay in Tampa Bay, and there will be no change in scoring from here on out. Boy oh boy, Chris Archer looked pretty good today. Well, in a way. I mean, most of the time, when you...
DRaysBay Sep 12, 2014

Rays 1, Jays 0 - Karns Sharp in Debut

Ryan Hanigan's third inning homer was the difference as Nate Karns and the Rays shut out the Jays. Ohhhhhh man. That was fun. At this point in the season, with Smyly shut down and the Rays playoff hopes completely dashed, there isn't a whole heck of a lot to look forward to game in and game out. The Rays debut of Nate Karns tonight was an exception. I'll be honest. I thought about it off and on pretty much all day, and Nate somehow managed to outperform even those daydreams and expectations. The 26 year old, bearded righty struggled a bit through a tumultuous 25 pitch first inning before...
Rays Index Sep 12, 2014

Tailgating Game 149: Nate Karns Set To Make Rays Debut

Playing A Little Pepper… With the lefty J.A. Happ on the mound for the Blue Jays, Joe Maddon has unleashed his right-handed lineup but with Ben Zobrist in center field and leading off…Nate Karns is making his first start with the Rays. In 27 starts with the Durham Bulls, Karns […]
Rays Index Sep 12, 2014

Why Drew Smyly Has Been So Good And Why He Will Not Pitch Again For The Rays This Season

Nate Karns will make his debut with the Rays tonight after the team decided to shut Drew Smyly down for the final three weeks of the season. The biggest reason Smyly has been shut down is the career-high 153.0 innings pitched this year between the Tigers and the Rays. That […]
DRaysBay Sep 12, 2014
Rays Tank: Alex Cobb didn't press B enough

Rays Tank: Alex Cobb didn't press B enough

There is so much news. Yesterday, Alex Cobb took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before having it broken up by Chris Young. Young then hit a walk-off 3-run homer in the ninth. En route to blowing the save, Jake McGee his Chase Headley in the jaw with a 98 mph fastball. Looked awful. Jeter X-ray negative. Headley will se dr to get jaw X-rayed ... Will not leave with team tonight #Yankees — Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) September 12, 2014 Also yesterday, Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch, and has a fractured jaw. Despite all of the baseball going on, it was...
Rays Index Sep 12, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing A Masterful Performance By Alex Cobb And A Rough Loss

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Cobber took a no-hitter into the 8th inning before giving up a hit. He was then taken […]
DRaysBay Sep 12, 2014

Rays down on the farm September 12: Andriese pitches Durham to series lead

Matt Andriese took a few innings to settle in, but he provided six valuable innings Durham is now one win away from their second straight Governors Cup win over Pawtucket.  Last year, they lost game one before taking three straight, and they'll be trying to repeat that tonight. Mike Montgomery will take the mound for the Bulls.  He hasn't pitched since August 28th, but maybe after the way he finished the regular season, two weeks off isn't the worst thing in the world.  I'd anticipate a slow start with all that time off though, but maybe he can settle in like Andriese did. Triple-A...
River Ave. Blues Sep 11, 2014

No No-No: Yankees walk off with 5-4 win over Rays after Cobb flirts with no-hitter

Baseball, man. The Yankees went from staring a no-hitter and a humiliating loss in the face in the eighth inning to celebrating a huge walk-off win in the ninth. I don’t know if this was the best win of the season, but it was very satisfying and it certainly feels like the most improbable. The […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogNo No-No: Yankees walk off with 5-4 win over Rays after Cobb flirts with no-hitter The post No No-No: Yankees walk off with 5-4 win over Rays after Cobb flirts with no-hitter appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
DRaysBay Sep 11, 2014

NYY 5 - TB 4: Left fielder Chris Young spoils great performances by Cobb, Escobar

Alex Cobb pitched a no-hitter to five outs remaining, then the two most reliable relievers on staff allowed five to score. There are some nights where this Rays team plays like you always expected them to, and for seven innings this evening, Tampa Bay was everything you could want and more. The loudest example was Yunel Escobar, who found his power stroke with two home runs on the evening, accounting for all the Rays batted in tonight. He reached base in every at bat, partnering his two long balls with a walk and a single, but his home runs were worth the admiration. Two years ago Escobar...
Rays Index Sep 11, 2014

Tailgating Game 147: Once Again The Rays Did Something Not Seen In A Long Time

Playing A Little Pepper… 146 down, 16 to go…Last night’s game was the first in Major League Baseball since 2007 in which one starter lasted just 0.1 innings and his team still won the game…The Rays need to win 1 of their final 4 games against the Yankees to win […]
DRaysBay Sep 11, 2014

The Rays Tank: Love for Zorilla

But a loss in the Bronx. Congrats to BenZo! (Photo c/o Tampa Bay Rays on Facebook) While we're on the topic, Hardball Times provided a great piece in praise of Ben, entitled "Positional Versatility and the Zobrist Fallacy." To quote, "This is a story about Ben Zobrist and what it means to be a great player" ...and to continue: The well-educated but unobsessed baseball fan likely knows two things about Zobrist. First, he plays a lot of different positions for the Rays. Second, people like me won't shut up about how Zobrist is so underrated. That's the book on Zobrist. He's a...
DRaysBay Sep 11, 2014

Rays down on the farm September 11: Bullpen helps Bulls even series

After another starter hit the showers early, five Durham relievers shut down Pawtucket Durham's starters have only pitched 4.1 innings out of 19 this series, so a lot is riding on Matt Andriese going deep in tonight's game three.  They'll be going against their third straight left-handed opponent, this time Henry Owens, Boston's top pitching prospect. In lower minors news, new shortstop Willy Adames was taken fourth overall by Tigres del Licey in the annual LIDOM draft.  They're the most successful team in the league historically, and I'm assuming he'll be playing for them if he goes home...
River Ave. Blues Sep 10, 2014

Yankees erase four-run deficit, rally for 8-5 win over Rays

I feel like it’s been a long time since the Yankees had a game like this, a game in which both the hard-hit and weak-hit balls fell in for hits. Thanks to the bullpen, New York rallied to erase an early four-run deficit and beat the Rays by the score of 8-5 on Wednesday night. […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogYankees erase four-run deficit, rally for 8-5 win over Rays The post Yankees erase four-run deficit, rally for 8-5 win over Rays appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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    Nick Franklin to make Rays starting debut today

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