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DRaysBay 13 hours ago

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 19 hours ago

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. […]
Rays Index Sep 19, 2016

David Ortiz to wear special cleats made just for The Trop in final series against the Rays

While the Rays continue to hem and haw about honoring David Ortiz in his final appearance at Tropican Field as a player, it turns out Big Papi will actually honor The Trop. Ortiz wears New Balance shoes and the company has announced special cleats for him to wear, and the […]
Rays Index Sep 19, 2016

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Orioles 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Evan Longoria now has a career-high 35 home runs and has an outside shot to reach 40 home runs with […]
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Solo Home Runs Reign Supreme

Three solo home runs, Steven Souza may have surgery, and Evan Longoria is back on top Rays News: Another late inning loss for the Rays as they failed to hold a 1-0 lead in a game where three home runs were all the scoring that was done. Corey Dickerson hit his 21st home run of the season, while Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo did the damage for Baltimore. The Rays acquired Brad Miller last November in a six player trade and with close to one season in the books, they look like the clear winners of the deal Steven Souza is heading to Nashville to have his hip examined and to determine...
Rays Index Sep 16, 2016

Rays thumb their nose at local Red Sox fans, won’t give them the satisfaction of a David Ortiz farewell ceremony

When the Tampa Bay Rays play the Boston Red Sox this weekend, it will mark the final games for David Ortiz at Tropicana Field. While most teams have used these opportunities to honor Big Papi with gifts, the Rays will not and now they look silly. Rather than present Ortiz […]
DRaysBay Sep 15, 2016

Rays 7 Orioles 6: Longoria has 5 RBI night

Both starting pitchers make early departures in an offense-filled game So the good news is that this is the perfect time for Blake Snell to learn to pitch successfully at the major league level. The bad news is that watching him figure it out can be aggravating. And the worse news is that the Dana Eveland experiment continues. Nonetheless, the Rays held on to defeat the Orioles 7-6. Lots of early inning runs The Rays got an early lead off of Yovani Gallardo. He walked the first two batters before yielding a classic three run bomb to our own Mr. Longoria. But the Orioles came back strong...
DRaysBay Sep 13, 2016

Rays @ Jays, Game 144 Recap: Rays Play Spoiler North of the Border

Drew Smyly and Alexei Ramirez led the Rays as they stole a game from Toronto as the Blue Jays seek to edge Boston for the AL East title. After an emotion-fueled ending to last night's game north of the border, the Rays took the field at Rogers' Centre Tuesday looking to do what they couldn't last night:  Play the role of spoiler in the AL East.  With the Rays occupying the dank, dusty basement of the division by a large margin and the Jays fighting for the AL East title with the BoSox, every game counts for Toronto and none of them really do for Tampa Bay. Drew Smyly led the Rays in that...
Rays Index Sep 13, 2016

Fantastic shot of Evan Longoria and Mikie Mahtook reacting to Jose Bautista’s home run

The Rays lost to the Blue Jays on Monday night, thanks in large part to Steven Souza Jr. not hitting a ball as far as he thought he did and because of Jose Bautista hitting a ball exactly as far as he thought he did. The latter produced this shot […]
Rays Index Sep 13, 2016

The Rays and Blue Jays nearly brawled because one player tried to compliment another

Steven Souza thought he had hit a go-ahead 2-run home run in the ninth against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. Instead, Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar caught the ball on the warning track and it was game over. But that is when the fireworks started and it was all […]
DRaysBay Sep 10, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Blake Snell has Another Short, Rough Start

Blake Snell failed to get past the third inning on a rainy night in New York Rays News: Kevin Kiermaier unleashed the second fastest thrown ball this season in an assist reaching 99 mph Blake Snell struggled again last night, but the Rays are confident that he’ll get past these rough outings Matt Duffy underwent his surgery, also Alex Colome and Chris Archer would like to play in the World Baseball Classic next year. Steve Souza has the potential to be possibly one of the elite players in baseball but to do so, he has tomove past his shortcomings Jake Bauers launched a home run to...
DRaysBay Sep 10, 2016

Rays 5 Yankees 7: Snell Stumbles, Teixeira Goes Deep

Nine pitching changes, fourteen walks and three rain delays make for a long game. Seeking to come back from their 6th walk off loss the night before, the Rays took on a Yankees team hanging on to wild card contention. Five hours later, when Stephen Souza Jr. struck out with the tying runs on base in the ninth, the Rays had lost to the Yankees, 7-5. How the Yankees scored The bottom of the first inning began inauspiciously. Ellsbury’s soft leadoff single was followed by a double by Rob Refsnyder on a line drive to right that Dickerson played rather awkwardly, allowing Ellsbury to score...
Rays Index Sep 9, 2016

The Rays will not sign Tim Tebow

The Mets have announced that they have signed Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. This seems significant just because of the gamut of emotions I have gone through as a Rays fans over the last few weeks. It went something like this: Tim Tebow wants to play baseball! He’ll […]
Rays Index Sep 6, 2016

Derek Shelton has been fired

Derek Shelton has been fired by the Tampa Bay Rays, effective immediately, the team has announced. Chad Mottola has been promoted to take his place. Mottolla has spent the last three seasons as the Rays’ minor league hitting instructor. “We are grateful for all that Derek has given to the […]
Rays Index Sep 6, 2016

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Orioles 7, RAYS 3 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Is there a more hot-or-cold hitter than Logan Morrison? He had the one bright moment on Monday, hitting a 3-run […]
Rays Index Aug 31, 2016

Tim Beckham’s brainfart leads to yet another loss

The Rays lost 8-6 to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. It was a loss that once again saw the Rays struggle with the fundamentals, something that has plagued this team all season. The latest came in the fourth inning with the Rays already leading 4-1. Kevin Kiermaier singled up […]

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