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DRaysBay 5 hours ago

Rays vs. Red Sox, game 26 recap: Odorizzi strong as Rays beat Sox

Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi pitched seven strong innings while the offense, led by Joey Butler's first career home run, carried Tampa Bay over the Boston Red Sox. After dropping the "homway" series to the Baltimore Orioles due to quiet bats and questionable management, the Rays road trip continued in Boston. Tampa Bay looked to awaken their bats against Red Sox "ace" Clay Buchholz, while Jake Odorizzi looked to continue his strong season on the hill for the Rays. The Rays bats made their presence known early, due in part to an odd play that resulted in an injury to Red Sox left fielder,...
Over the Monster 8 hours ago

Hanley Ramirez sprains shoulder in first inning against Rays

A bad couple weeks for the Red Sox may have just hit critical mass. Hanley Ramirez is down, and he might well be out. Hanley Ramirez suffered a sprained left shoulder after crashing into the left field wall trying to make a catch in the first inning of Monday night's game against the Rays. Ramirez was going full-bore after a slicing fly ball off the bat of James Loney, colliding hard with his left wrist and shoulder and losing the ball from his glove in the process. He went down in obvious pain after getting the ball back into the infield, and left the game immediately after, with his left...
DRaysBay 12 hours ago

Game Notes: Asdrubal Cabrera dropped in order vs Buchholz

What hat will Danny wear? The Tampa Bay Rays travel to Boston to take on the Red Sox tonight, after dropping two of three against Baltimore. The Rays last faced Boston two weeks ago and took the series, thanks to a shocking walkoff hit from Rene Rivera. This upcoming series's first game will be a rematch of the last game these two played: Jake Odorizzi will take on Clay Buchholz at Fenway. It was a solid pitchers duel last time out, as it was probably Buchholz best start of the year and each pitcher went at least six innings and each only allowed 1 run. These two teams have undergone...
Rays Index 14 hours ago

This weekend’s unscheduled games were really fast and some think that means something

This weekend’s relocated series against the Baltimore Orioles was a stripped down affair and they were played very quickly. Some think the two are related. They are probably wrong. Friday night’s game against the Orioles was clocked in at 2 hours, 19 minutes, the fast game for the Rays this […]
DRaysBay 16 hours ago

Rays add two more to disabled list

How has Silverman done with this roster? We have more DL news to announce, and we'll get to that in a second, but In light of Brandon Gomes again being in the bullpen, I must ask: How have you felt about the Rays depth? Topping out at 12 men on the disabled list yet again, with the injury count reaching 20 across the season, the Rays are treading above .500 and are about to play three games in Boston. Perhaps not having a losing record is enough to be happy, but let's review the depth chart and then you decide. Men on a disabled list are marked in bold, players who have been sidelined for...
DRaysBay 20 hours ago

Kevin Cash bet on the bullpen and lost

Reactions to manager Kevin Cash's erred decision making ranged from reasonable, acknowledging this was probably a rookie mistake, to those that hinted at shades of Maddon-esque over-managing. The Tampa Bay Rays wrapped up their home/away series at Tropicana Field, with a 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Previous to that game, Tampa Bay was 8-0 when leading after six innings and 6-1 in series finales. Yet all of that changed in the sixth and seventh innings as the bullpen allowed four unanswered runs. Nathan Karns, who sailed through five scoreless innings on just 66 pitches, was...
Rays Index 20 hours ago

[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. Orioles 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Evan Longoria has been hitting better, but there is a reason to think Longo is about to explode offensively. Longoria […]
DRaysBay 22 hours ago

Rays down on the farm May 4: Honeywell set for tough matchup

Brent Honeywell is scheduled to face 2014 first-rounder Justus Sheffield After a slow start to the season, all of the affiliates are starting to play better. In 2014, it felt like they could never play over .500 as a group. Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-11) Mikie Mahtook's first home run with Durham contributed to a six-run inning in the Bulls' 8-2 win over Pawtucket. Just two batters after the Red Sox went up on a home run, Mahtook's homer gave Durham a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, for some reason J.P. Arencibia was able to score on an infield fly, and Eugenio Velez capped the inning with a...
DRaysBay May 3, 2015

Rays 2, O's 4: Cash is withdrawn too early, charged overdraft fees

Rays miss the chance to hang the Home Road Series banner from the rafters. Much of the time, people who are experiencing history don't realize it in the moment. This isn't just true for big events, but also for the little ones: the smallish, everyday stuff that everyone looks back upon with half-smiles and wistful thoughts. I think that people, for the most part, have an incredible inability to step outside themselves to see where they stand in the bigger picture of time. I haven't lived very long, but the longer I live the more I'm starting to see this less as a personal opinion (that...
DRaysBay May 3, 2015

Rays down on the farm May 3: Andriese returns to Durham

In relief, Matt Andriese pitched some nice innings for the Bulls Bowling Green had enough offense for everyone else on Saturday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (13-11) Durham limited Pawtucket to four hits but came up short in a 2-1 loss. Curt Casali's single in the fourth scored one run, but Allan Dykstra was thrown out at home trying to score. An inning later, Sean Coyle, the brother of Rays minor league Tommy, hit a solo home run to decide the game. Matt Buschmann allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in six innings with four strikeouts, and Matt Andriese was good in relief, striking out...
DRaysBay May 3, 2015

Orioles 4, Rays 0: Archer not sharp in second homway game

Not that it mattered, since you can't give up few runs than zero This series is a tough one for me to write about. Some of the reasons Ian touched on in yesterday’s recap (and really, you should go at least read the intro if you missed it), but for some of my own personal reasons too. See, I don’t believe in the healing power of sports. I don’t believe communities rally behind their teams and change positively in any meaningful way.  But do you know what I do believe in? I believe in the power of people coming together. Not to get all churchy on you, I believe in the power of...
DRaysBay May 2, 2015

Game Notes: 301st time facing Baltimore

The Rays are now 150-150 all-time against the Orioles Last night was the Rays 300th time facing the Baltimore Orioles and after a victory they are now evened up having each won 150 games. Tonight they'll send ace Chris Archer to the mound to face off against Miguel Gonzalez. After a shaky start on opening day, Archer has been one of baseball's top pitchers, having not allowed an earned run since that opening day start. Since his start on opening day, Archer has made four starts and has gone 26.2 innings. During that time on the mound, Archer has allowed 12 hits, 1 run, walked 5, and struck...
Rays Index May 2, 2015

Red Sox minor leaguer’s dirty throw injures Durham Bulls catcher

This is about as dirty as it gets when it comes to playing catcher. With Mikie Mahtook attempting to steal third base, Red Sox Humberto Quintero threw the ball directly at the gut of Durham Bulls catcher Luke Maile. It appears that Quintero was trying to draw an interference call. […]
DRaysBay May 2, 2015

Red Sox Triple-A catcher nails Luke Maile in stomach with throw

Well this is absolutely despicable, and I've never seen anything like it. Red Sox Triple-A catcher Humberto Quintero apparently attempted to throw out Mikie Mahtook while stealing third base in last night's game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rays affiliate Durham Bulls. With Luke Maile in the batter's box, the pitch is received and Quintero nails him in the stomach on the throw. It's not as if Maile made an attempt to block the throw, nor is he forward in the box. His back foot is inches from the back line, and there really is no excuse for the terrible play. In fact,...
DRaysBay May 2, 2015

Rays down on the farm May 2: Snell's rapid ascent continues

Watch out Orel Hershiser Getting promoted did not slow down Blake Snell. His scoreless streak continues. Triple-A Durham Bulls (13-10) Durham used three home runs to top Pawtucket by a 5-1 score. Taylor Motter led off the game with his third homer of the season, and J.P. Arencibia's three-run shot in the sixth was the difference. Corey Brown's eighth-inning home run added insurance. Jim Patterson got the spot start and was solid, allowing a run on three hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Jhan Marinez got the win with three strikeouts in three scoreless...
DRaysBay May 1, 2015

Rays vs. Orioles, game one recap: Alex Colome dominates the Trop

In the bottom of the innings. Tonight, the Baltimore Orioles played a home baseball game in St. Petersburg. The "away" team won, which made me happy, but really, the outcome of the game was pretty unimportant. The real story was the location. The game was moved to Tampa Bay because a significant number of our nation's citizens decided that the govenment, and paricularly the justice system, is not pretecting them or serving their interests. These citizens believe that they are unable to affect the changes they deem necessary, due to either the ignorance or the apathy of the majority, so they...
DRaysBay May 1, 2015

Game Notes: El Caballo Returns

Tonight the Rays travel back home to Tropicana Field to take on the Baltimore Orioles for a three game set. This is perhaps one of the strangest things to have occurred in baseball history, as the the Orioles will play as the home team during the games and Rays will be the visitors, despite technically playing at home. Anyway, as the Rays return to the Trop, they'll also add another young buck to their impressive stable of a rotation as Alex Colome will make his first start of the year after beginning the season on the DL with pneumonia, after also being delayed to spring training due to...
DRaysBay May 1, 2015

In defense of Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Two days ago we got news that the Rays are among six teams interested in Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This makes sense, as the backup catcher in Tampa Bay is a journeyman veteran unlikely to last the season on the 25-man roster. But after a cursory look at Saltalamacchia, I didn't see a resounding reason to pick him up. Several in the comments suggested letting him be released, as opposed to giving up value for Salty, but if the Marlins pick up the money it might be worth a PTBNL. Let's look at why. Previously: Rays among teams discussing Jarrod Saltalamacchia Way back in 2012, catcher...
DRaysBay May 1, 2015

Rays, Chris Archer, WTSP News join forces to support youth baseball

Each will contribute $25 per Archer strikeout to support youth baseball in Tampa Bay. About a week ago there was an announcement made about yet another initiative being taken by Chris Archer to give back to the local community. This man has handed out turkeys, given sports equipment to local firefighters, speaks at local schools and prisons, and is constantly visiting the Children's Hospital. Now he's found another way to give back, and it deserves some attention. Here's the write up from mlb.com: Chris Archer is demonstrating one way Major Leaguers can help youth baseball. This season,...
DRaysBay May 1, 2015

Who is Enderson Franco?

A series focusing on less-heralded Rays prospects Due to popular/one person expressing mild disappointment demand, this series is back. It will bring attention to lesser-known prospects until I decide to stop doing so. So who is Enderson Franco? If you blinked on Dec. 12, 2013, you probably missed the Rays adding Franco, a right-handed pitcher, to the organization. Even if you are not into blinking, you could have missed it because you probably have better things to do than listen to the results of the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft. The major league phase of the Rule 5 draft has a...

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