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DRaysBay 2 hours ago

Nate Karns into the bullpen

Anything can happen in the bullpen. Let’s assume for a minute that the Rays know what they’re doing with Matt Moore. Let us assume that the ridiculous strikeout numbers he’s put up during his latest rehab stint in Durham—the ones that might remind you of "Once-In-A-Generation-Prospect Matt Moore"—are indicative of where he is as a pitcher right now and that Kevin Cash and Jim Hickey would be crazy not to slot him back into the rotation. Even if all that is true, there’s still an interesting dimension to the decision to give Matt Moore a starting spot but to NOT go to a six man...
DRaysBay 6 hours ago

2015 Rays affiliate postseason preview: Princeton

Princeton is the first Rays affiliate to start its postseason this month Thursday, the Princeton Rays start their search for their second Appalachian League title in the team's 28-year history. This is the first time the franchise, which has been affiliated with the Rays for Tampa Bay's entire existence, has reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. In 2014, Princeton lost two games and was eliminated. Its task will be difficult again this season against the Pulaski Yankees, the league's best team. In their first season back in the Appy League, the Yankees rolled to a league-best 45-23...
DRaysBay 8 hours ago

Rays Tank: It's just a metaphor

Didn't I tell you not to get your hopes up? Look, only an idiot really thought they were gonna go undefeated the rest of the way, right? And nobody ever said it was always gonna be smooth sailing, just because it was magic. I mean, take indoor plumbing. It's a modern miracle that has saved us all from a lifetime of crapping outside. Plus, it's probably saved millions of lives. But you know what else? Sometimes, even when the crapper is indoors, things can still be ... uh ... well let's say difficult. Or maybe we should go ahead move on to our first clip, because it's just a metaphor anyway,...
DRaysBay 10 hours ago

Rays down on the farm September 3: Princeton to begin Appy League playoffs

The Princeton Rays start their best-of-three series against the Pulaski Yankees Thursday Later in the morning, I'll have a preview of the Appy League postseason. Triple-A Durham Bulls (71-68) Durham did its part to stay alive with a 7-5 win over Charlotte. Corey Brown's three-run homer in the sixth erased a 2-0 deficit, and after Nick Franklin singled, Cameron Seitzer's first Triple-A home run gave the Bulls a 5-2 lead. After the Knights answered with a pair of runs, Durham restored its five-run lead an inning later on Joey Rickard's two-run, pinch-hit double. Jared Mortensen struck out...
DRaysBay 18 hours ago

Rays 6, O's 7: Boxy picks the worst time to remember he's Brad Boxberger

In a back and forth game, the O's have one too many forths. The Rays were halfway to a laugher in this one. Balls were rocketing all over the place against Kevin Gausman, and even though Brandon Guyer was robbed of a homer in the first, and Logan Forsythe was thrown out at the plate in the second, you knew it was just a matter of time. They finally broke through in the third. In the Big Inning It started with a bomb by J.P. Arencibia over the left field foul pole. Your browser does not support iframes. A lengthy review concluded there was no better look than the one the Chris Gucionne had...
Rays Index Sep 2, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 11, Orioles 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Brandon Guyer continues to be an on-base machine, going 4-5 and scoring 3 runs. Over his last 16 games, Guyer […]
DRaysBay Sep 2, 2015

Rays Tank: Turning three the hard way

What the heck is going on with this team??? Admit it. You wanna believe. You don't want to want to believe; the chances are still too remote. But you can't help yourself And this team isn't making it any easier. So here's a tip from a guy who's (probably) watched a lot more baseball than you during his lifetime: Don't worry about whether you believe or not. Just enjoy a team that's strung a few together, and let the magic, if it comes, take care of itself. *** I'm not gonna lie to you; MLB's video selection has at times disappointed me since I started this thing. But not today. If you've...
DRaysBay Sep 2, 2015

Rays down on the farm September 2: Durham on the brink despite win

Durham won its third straight game but saw its elimination number fall to one If you missed it Tuesday, the Rays named six players they are sending to the Arizona Fall League. Another will be coming later. Triple-A Durham Bulls (70-68) Durham beat old friend Victor Mateo in its 6-3 win over Gwinnett. After Mississippi beat Montgomery in a pair of Mateo starts earlier this season, the Bulls finally got the best of him to cling to their playoff hopes. Gwinnett initially went up 2-0 in the fourth, but Nick Franklin led off the home half of the inning with a home run, and newcomer Jose...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

Rays 11, O's 2: Smyly, Arencibia lead Rays to series Win

Thanks to the Rays' battery of Drew Smyly and JP Arencibia, the Rays earned a convincing win over the slumping Baltimore Orioles. After taking the first game of the series against the Orioles at Camden Yards last night, the Rays looked to clinch the series with a win Tuesday night. A series victory early in yet another road trip that is crucial to the Rays' dwindling playoff hopes would be a huge momentum boost after a truly underwhelming home stand. Tampa Bay looked to Drew Smyly to lead them in the effort and, boy, did he deliver. Honestly, Tuesday's game may as well have been called The...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

Rays DFA Hak-ju Lee

It's a strong signal that they've lost confidence in what was once a top prospect in the system The Tampa Bay Rays have designated shortstop Hak-ju Lee for assignment, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, to make room for catcher Luke Maile on the 40-man roster. We knew that a roster move was coming, but I don't think many predicted that this would be it. Hak-Ju Lee was ranked as the number-two prospect in the Tampa Bay system in 2011, the number-four prospect in 2012, and the number-two prospect again in 2013, but he tore ligaments in his knee early in the 2013 season (while...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015


Drew Smyly hopes to contain the Baltimore Offense as the Rays seek their 3rd win a row The Rays have won two games in a row! They hadn't done that in over a week, so it should be celebrated, just like Cal Ripken's ironman streak is being celebrated today by the Baltimore Orioles. The two streaks seem identical in their importance, but the Rays may winout over Ripken with a victory tonight. Yes, the Rays playoff hopes are dwindling, but there is still a chance as fangraphs has them at a 0.5% chance of winning the world series, which is substantially better than a 0.05% chance, and hey, the...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

Rays announce 2015 Arizona Fall League participants

Daniel Robertson, Casey Gillaspie and Jake Bauers lead the Rays contingent to the Arizona Fall League On Tuesday, the Rays, along with every other team, announced which players they will be sending to the Arizona Fall League in October. The Rays' selections will combine with prospects from the Cubs, Angels, Marlins and A's on the Mesa Solar Sox, playing at Chicago's recently opened spring training facility. The schedule starts on Oct. 13, and several games will be televised. Here is a rundown of the Rays' picks. Teams typically send seven players, including a member on the taxi squad only...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up six players from the minors.

Six players received the call following last night's game with a few surprises September is one of the most exciting times to be a fan of major league baseball. There are tons of different angles and stories in place and you never quite know what to expect, as the Rays have had plenty of significant happenings in this, the final month of the season. At midnight, last night, following the conclusions of any games already in progress, each team from around the league was allowed to stretch their limited 25-man roster to an outrageous 40-man roster. When Joe Maddon was here, each boxscore...
Rays Index Sep 1, 2015

Matt Moore and Richie Shaffer are back with the Rays

Matt Moore and Richie Shaffer were among the first six players to be added to the Rays’ roster as teams can add up to 15 additional players starting today. Also joining the roster are outfielder Mikie Mahtook and relievers CJ Riefenhauser and Kirby Yates. In addition, catcher Luke Maile is […]
Rays Index Sep 1, 2015

Kevin Kiermaier made one of the best catches you’ll ever see, robbing the Orioles of a home run

The Rays beat the Orioles on Monday night 6-3, thanks in large part to Kevin Kiermaier’s incredible catch, robbing Manny Machado of a home run. There are catches that rob home runs just over the fence. There are catches that “rob home runs” but really just rob a double or […]
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

Rays Tank: They're doing it again, aren't they?

Just when you think we're out, they pull us back in. Welcome to the Rays Tanks, where our favorite team just keeps messing with us. Hey, it's a new month, and weirder things have happened in September than the possibility that this team might finally have its act together. How weird? How 'bout this. *** It's 2012 in Toronto, and the Rays are up 5-4, with two outs, and the tying run on second. Fernando Rodney is on, and he's been just about unhittable all year. Should have no problem washing the bad taste of how the game ended just the day before. You need a reminder? Your browser does not...
DRaysBay Sep 1, 2015

Rays down on the farm September 1: Shaffer among promotions

The Rays make a round of September call-ups, but Blake Snell is not among them #Rays calling Shaffer, Mahtook, Maile, Moore, Riefenhauser, Yates — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 1, 2015 On Monday, Montgomery punched its postseason ticket, while Bowling Green's slim playoff chances evaporated. Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-68) Durham staved off elimination for a day with its 2-1 win over Gwinnett. Corey Brown led off the second with a double and scored on Jake Elmore's single, and Mayo Acosta's sacrifice fly plated what proved to be the winning run. Bradin Hagens had to work out of...
DRaysBay Aug 31, 2015

Rays 6, O's 3: Rays hit home runs, don't let anyone else in on the fun

Archer deals; Kiermaier shines; Forysthe lands just short of a cycle The first inning, presented without comment. Apologies to Manny Machado: For the love of ELEVATION. http://t.co/bM9dfKoalq #Outlaw pic.twitter.com/171xF4cARJ— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2015 Be cool, @ChrisArcher42—the Outlaws got your back. pic.twitter.com/3xeFA8wKmE— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 31, 2015 Joey Butler. More than happy to stand with his nose in the corner. pic.twitter.com/u3aWt30Rma— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 31, 2015 Of course after that, there's no way the second inning could...
DRaysBay Aug 31, 2015

Know your "wild card" enemy: Baltimore Orioles

Two weeks ago, this was a series to circle on the calendar This was supposed to be one of the high-stakes, decisive series in the wild card race, but neither the Rays nor the Orioles held up their side of the bargain. In the thick of the race just a week ago, Tampa Bay now stands 4.5 games back of the second wild card spot while Baltimore is 5.5 games back. FanGraphs puts their playoff odds at 6.2% for the Rays and 1.7% for the Orioles. Still, what FanGraphs is saying is that there's a chance, so let's treat the Orioles as a Wild Card rival and give them a closer look. Baltimore...
DRaysBay Aug 31, 2015


A game between two mediorce teams battling for third in the division The Rays won two games last week. Both victories prevented the opposing teams from completing sweeps of Tampa Bay, and they somehow only slipped two games back in the wild card. There are some mediocre teams battling for this second wild card spot. The addition of the second wild card has allowed teams, such as the Rays, who have been struggling to stay above .500 since mid-July, a chance at making it to the post season and if the right amount of breaks occur, they could actually advance into the later rounds. Today, the...

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