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Rays Index 2 hours ago

Evan Longoria hit a home run into his restaurant’s own deck

Evan Longoria hit his 9th home run on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, but this one might be a little more special as it landed in the deck sponsored by his own restaurant, Ducky’s. It has been quite a week for Longo and his restaurant as they just opened another […]
DRaysBay 6 hours ago

Game 47 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

x x TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Michael Pineda 2 5 6.34 4.53 24.7% 6.6% .306 .378 10 9 49.2 0.4 Matt Moore 1 3 5.47 4.52 21.9% 7.1% .282 .331 9 9 51.0 0.3 Matt Moore was fantastic during the month of April, but has hit the road block that has seemingly stung all of the Rays starting pitchers in May as he has struggled to put batters away and just cannot pitch deep into games. So far this month, Moore has just over 19 innings pitched in four starts. His last...
DRaysBay 11 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Chris Archer Turns a Corner

Chris Archer went eight strong innings, he made a couple of mistakes, but still a massive improvement Rays Links: - Brandon Guyer gets hit by a lot of pitches, but doesn't wear too much protective padding at the plate...this may soon be changing. - The Process Report reviewed the Rays past series with the Miami Marlins - Kevin Kiermaier may be back sooner than expected as there's now a chance he could be activated right after the all-star break .@RaysBaseball righty Chris Archer talks about his longest start of the season for him Friday night.https://t.co/xDgiVQaXWd— FOX Sports Florida...
DRaysBay 12 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Nick Franklin hits two-run double to secure win

Brad Boxberger pitched 0.2 innings in another relief appearance, striking out one Cade Gotta scored on a passed ball to get Charlotte a walk-off win while Bowling Green was trounced by the Great Lake Loons. The Montgomery Biscuits play a doubleheader today to make up the game on April 11 that was postponed in Jackson. Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-29) A two-run double was all the offense Durham needed in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Clippers. Nick Franklin drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Bulls the late cushion they needed to secure victory. Jaime Schultz...
DRaysBay 22 hours ago

Game 46 Recap: Yanks 4, Rays 1; Archer Improves, Mental Errors Cost Rays

Chris Archer improved over his last start, but had some mental mistakes that, along with a near-silent offense, cost the Rays the opening game in the weekend series against the New York Yankees. Chris Archer looked to exorcise his early-season demons in Friday night's series-opening game against the Evil Empire at Tropicana Field. Archer entered the contest 3-5 with a 5.16 ERA through his first ten starts of 2016. After getting raked over the coals by the Detroit Tigers his last time out, any effort beyond three innings and six earned runs would have been an improvement. Two Steps Forward,...
DRaysBay May 27, 2016

Game 46 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

A battle of the division's worst x TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Masahiro Tanaka 2 0 3.24 3.38 21.3% 5.1% .221 .259 6 9 58.1 1.3 Chris Archer 3 5 5.16 4.57 27.3% 10.9% .274 .350 10 10 52.1 0.3 Chris Archer suffered another step backwards during his last start as he has still not been able to put together consistent quality outings. His last start may have been his worst of the season as he lasted just three innings, but had already given up six runs on eight...
Rays Index May 27, 2016

The Rays have one of the worst pizza-discount promotions in baseball

When it comes to triggering a pizza discount for the home-town fans, the Rays have one of the worst deals going. As the official pizza of Major League Baseball, Papa John’s has partnered with 21 teams for pizza promotions. For the Rays, if they score six or more runs, you […]
DRaysBay May 27, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Logan Forsythe Nearing Return

Logan Forsythe could return within the next two weeks Rays Links - Logan Forsythe is rehabbing his injury and believes he could rejoin the Rays during their next home-stand in two weeks - Logan Morrison attributes his tremendous turnaround to the non-stop support he has received from his teammates and coaches - Neil Solondz offers up his notes on the Rays loss to the Marlins with post game audio from Drew Smyly, Curt Casali, Corey Dickerson, and Kevin Cash - A former member of the Rays organzation and current Minnesota Twins pitching coach, Neil Allen has been suspended following a DWI...
DRaysBay May 26, 2016

Rays 1 Marlins 9 : We got Jose'd

The Rays have had some tough games of late. They lost 2 of 3 in Detroit and came into this game having lost 2 of 3 to Miami. None of these games were blow outs, none involved tipping your cap for a lights out opposing pitching performance. The Rays could have won any of these games, and always seemed to be on the wrong side of the lucky bounce, just short of the clutch hit or the game-saving catch. Rays look to turn it around against a tough opponent Anyone familiar with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez couldn't be optimistic that today would be the day to turn this bad mojo around. With...
DRaysBay May 26, 2016

Game 45 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins

Can the Rays salvage a series split against the Marlins ace? The Rays weren't able to string together back-to-back wins last night as the luck dragons decided to lend their talents to the Marlins as the Rays hit the ball hard consistently with little to show for it while the Marlins seemed to find holes everywhere on the infield, or hit little tappers that somehow stayed fair. Regardless, the Rays suffered a 4-3 loss, with the bullpen allowing another late inning run to push the Rays into a tie for last place in the American League East with the New York Yankees with a record of 21-23 and...
Rays Index May 26, 2016

The Rays have one of the most powerful hitters in baseball but he is being held back by a maddening flaw

The Rays are hitting a lot of home runs this year and yet they should have more. Steven Souza Jr. has a flawed swing and it is keeping him from being one of the best home run hitters in all of Major League Baseball. It is no secret that Souza […]
DRaysBay May 26, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Bullpen help almost here

Brad Boxberger is almost ready to rejoin the struggling Rays MLB bullpen struggles, Brad Boxberger is almost ready. The Rays bullpen has struggled over the start to the season, but it's really been a tale of to halves for the 'pen. Over at The Process Report, Jason Hanselman broke it down with some very nice graphs, and gave a prescription for how (and which) Rays relievers should be used going forward. Fortunately for the Rays, some help should arrive soon. Boxberger completes 8th in 22 pitches (15S), striking out one and allowing an excuse-me check swing 2B. Hit 93 on gun, 76 with...
DRaysBay May 25, 2016

Marlins 4, Rays 3: Erasmo and Colome unavailable prove costly.

The loss Monday proves costly as it directly leads to tonight's loss. The Rays took the Citrus Series up north to St. Petersburg and play by American League rules. The Rays failed to score the four runs for the first time in eleven games. Both teams left a lot of runs on the board. Marlins left 13 and were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Rays left six on base while going 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position while hitting into two double plays. First Five Innings: Rays hit the ball hard, but leave runs on the table. Matt Andriese got out trouble in the top of the second...
DRaysBay May 25, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News: Tim Beckham Optioned, Ryan Garton Promoted

The Rays have optioned Tim Beckham and selected Ryan Garton from Durham The Rays made a rather surprising announcement prior to tonight's game as they optioned the Rays former number one pick, Tim Beckham, to Triple-A Durham and selected the contract of Ryan Garton. The Rays cleared space on the 40-man roster by designating Jake Goebbert for assignment. This move was one the Rays needed to make though as they're going to be playing 43 games over their next 45 days, so bullpen assistance is much more essential than the weak side of a platoon on the middle infield. Beckham showed some...
DRaysBay May 25, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Centeno is human

A Midwest League offense finally figured out how to score against Henry Centeno Does anyone have input for what our pre-draft coverage should look like this year? Lately, it has been a few dozen player profiles covering pitchers with stuff, pitchers with control, middle-of-the-diamond hitters and corner players. Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-28) Durham's offense never arrived at the ballpark in its 5-0 loss to Toledo. Nick Franklin's double was the Bulls' only hit for extra-bases out of four, and Adam Wilk allowed four runs in six innings. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-20) Montgomery was...
DRaysBay May 24, 2016

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 game while being just the worst ever. Early opportunities to pile on Although the Rays led for the first half of this game, it still seemed like there were a lot of missed opportunities to score runs. In the first...
DRaysBay May 24, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Starters must pitch deeper

Everyone agrees. Well, the Rays lost again yesterday, so rookie Taylor Motter definitely should not smile despite hitting a home run and a double against his childhood team with all his friends and family watching. This is very serious, Taylor. Come on now. Look sad. .@RaysBaseball infielder Taylor Motter describes the feeling of homering in front of family and friends Monday.https://t.co/m8PHfD9z3m— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 24, 2016 I really hope he hits another home run today and the Rays win so he can enjoy it properly. Links: - There's some telling quotes from...
DRaysBay May 23, 2016

Rays 6, Marlins 7: Motter's Homecoming Spoiled

Bad luck and poor choices = Rays loss My 140 character or less recap of the start of the Citrus Series: Bad luck and bad choices. And now for the slightly longer version. A Sloppy 1st inning Rays offense got a quick start on Chen, scoring two in the 1st, with the runs coming from a sharp single by Souza and a bases loaded walk by Taylor Motter. Chen seemed to struggle mightily with command, throwing a pitch to the backstop that got a very fortunate bounce right back to the catcher. Marcell Ozuna hit what should have been the ground ball out that ended the inning, but some good hustle...
DRaysBay May 23, 2016

Kevin Kiermaier out 8-to-10 weeks with broken hand

Requires surgery. The best reliever in baseball, last year's platinum glove winner, will be going under the knife for two broken bones in his left hand. As a result, Kevin Kiermaier will miss at least two months, possibly up to ten weeks as he recovers. Kiermaier sustained the injury over the weekend running in on a fly ball dropping into shallow center field. In his place, Mikie Mahtook has been promoted from Triple-A Durham, and will share an outfield rotation with Brandon Guyer and Desmond Jennings for center field time. The Rays previously lost their offensive...
DRaysBay May 23, 2016

Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins

Is Giancarlo Stanton the Marlins third best offensive outfielder? The Rays head back to the state of Florida after a costly visit to Detroit that saw them lose two games, plus their platinum glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. The Rays face off against Miami for a four game series.  After getting off to a modestly strong start, the Marlins have scuffled a bit of late, and sit just one game over .500. Thus far this season they have fared much better on the road (13-9) than at home (9 - 12). Matchups: Monday: Matt Moore vs Wei-Yin Chen Tuesday: Jake Odorizzi vs Tom Koehler Wednesday:...

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