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DRaysBay 7 hours ago

Rays 1 - Tigers 2: Chris Archer nearly perfect

Chris Archer's slider was alive this afternoon, coming in harder than is his standard but wiping out the Detroit Tigers left and right. He used it to lead the game with a K, and then strike out the side in the second inning en route to an incredible performance. Down on their luck Detroit sent out Justin Verlander to face off against the Rays' young ace in a fitting match up, as Archer's Fastball-Slider combination had all the reports of vintage Verlander. Of all the games this year to not be televised, today's was a masterclass in pitching between Chris Archer and Justin Verlander,...
Rays Index 8 hours ago

Kevin Kiermaier keeps Chris Archer’s perfect game hopes alive with amazing catch

Chris Archer is working on a perfect game in the sixth inning and Kevin Kiermaier did this! Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
DRaysBay 10 hours ago

Game Preview: 12:10 game!

Chris Archer vs Justin Verlander The Rays have taken the first two games against the Tigers as their bats exploded last night for ten runs. Curt Casali has been leading the charge as he has hit four homers in the span of two game, becoming only the second rookie to ever do so and only the second Devil Ray to do so as Greg Vaughn accomplished the feat during his outstanding 2002 season with the team. Today, the Rays will take on former MVP/CY Young winner, Justin Verlander who's been struggling this season. Going to the mound for the Rays will be Chris Archer. Also, in a surprising move that...
Rays Index 12 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. RAYS 10, Tigers 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: CURT CASALI! Casali hit 2 home runs for the second straight  game. In his last 20 at bats, Casali has 8 […]
DRaysBay 12 hours ago

Curt Casali is hitting ALL THE HOMERUNS

Curt Casali is hitting like a mad man right now. Last night against David Price, Casali became the first catcher to hit multi-HRs in back-to-back games since Mike Napoli in 2011, and the second rookie catcher to do so ever in the big leagues! He's also the second Rays player to ever do so, following Rick Vaughn in 2002. Remarkably, in just two games, Casali has raised his season ISO from .223 to an astounding .480, and now has seven home runs over 55 plate appearances since his promotion in June. Some of those long balls were line drives, but we need to be abundantly clear: These last four...
DRaysBay 15 hours ago

Rays down on the farm July 29: Guerrieri promoted to Double-A

His debut wasn't particularly good, but he has made clear progress in 2015 I'm still looking for information on Yonny Chirinos. It seems like no one can figure him out. Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-53) Matt Andriese had a night to forget in Durham's 9-3 loss to Gwinnett. After a run of impressive starts, Andriese got rocked for five runs in the first inning. He settled in for the rest of his start and finished with six runs -- four earned -- allowed on 11 hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Taylor Motter had four hits to raise his average to .311. Double-A Montgomery...
DRaysBay 22 hours ago

Rays 10, Tigers 2: OFFENSE!

Also Jake Odorizzi did really well. But OFFENSE! OFFENSE! Before Cespedes' HR tied it, @t_beckham22's single put #RaysUp. WATCH: http://t.co/vVLpJbJ79j pic.twitter.com/Zagh39m92N — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 29, 2015 GET DOWN! Poor @roccodbaldelli couldn't get out of the way fast enough. pic.twitter.com/8S2fDlbL41 — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 29, 2015 OFFENSE! Back-to-back doubles from Souza & Cabby put #RaysUp, 2-1. WATCH Asdrubal's 2nd two-bagger: http://t.co/61sZIt1L8W pic.twitter.com/W5BrlMfYxF — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 29, 2015 ...
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

Reactions to the David DeJesus trade

Here are all the initial reactions to the news this evening that the Rays have traded David DeJesus to the Angels for RHP prospect Eduar Lopez. DeJesus said it stinks leaving #Rays, but called trade "blessing in disguise" with family & a first-place team in LA. pic.twitter.com/3ybcnAhjFA — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 28, 2015 DeJesus shocked to be traded by #Rays but pleased to go to #Angels, family living in LA: "It's a good problem." — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 28, 2015 DeJesus said it's depressing leaving the #Rays, but understands the move. — Matt Stein...
Rays Index Jul 28, 2015

Rays trade David DeJesus to Angels for pitching prospect

The Rays have traded David DeJesus to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near Disneyland for 20-year-old pitching prospect Eduar Lopez. Lopez was originally signed by the Angels in 2012 as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. After two seasons in the Dominican Summer league, the right-hander spent the […]
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

What can the Rays expect in return for Kevin Jepsen?

Examining Kevin Jepsen's trade value in light of the Tyler Clippard deal. Kevin Jepsen was brought to to the Rays in December in a one-for-one swap with the Los Angeles Angels for Matt Joyce. Coming off a stellar season with the Halos, Jepsen had posted a 2.63 ERA with a 10.49 K/9 of and a 3.2 BB/9 in 65 innings. Fast forward to today, and Jepsen hasn't lived up to the previous year. He is posting a similar ERA, but his peripherals suggest he has merely gotten by, with a xFIP of 4.08. His strikeouts are way down at 7.34 K/9 and walks are up at 4.32 BB/9. The disappointing year, combined...
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

Game Notes: Odorizzi vs Price

Since being traded in the final hours leading up to last year's trade deadline, David Price has made one start against his former team. Back on August 21st, David Price took on the Rays back at the Trop and the way he lost the game, it seemed as if he was never dealt away. Price pitched a complete game, striking out nine batters and only allowing one hit. He didn't even walk a hitter, yet he still came away with a loss as a run had scored thanks to an error. He returns to the Trop for only the second time in a Detroit uniform approximately a year after joining the Tigers. He'll be facing...
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

Taylor Guerreri promoted to Double-A

In other news, Colton Reavis demoted, and Daniel Robertson began his rehab assignment. The Montgomery Biscuits are quickly becoming loaded with prospects. They've had a couple of guys (Richie Shaffer, Blake Snell, and Boog Powell) promoted to Durham from their ranks, but in the past couple of months, added Ryne Stanek, Jake Bauers, Jacob Faria, Jeff Ames, and Chris Kirsch, and they're about to be joined by a couple of more players. In 2011, the Rays selected Taylor Guerreri with their second selection in the draft and 24th overall. After waiting to sign until the deadline day, Guerreri made...
Rays Index Jul 28, 2015

The Rays’ playoff hopes may have just taken a big hit as the trade deadline nears

While they are still alive in the AL East, at this point it is more realistic for the Rays to focus on being one of the two Wild Card teams and another team’s recent decision has just made that a little more difficult. Late last week, it looked like the Detroit […]
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

Asdrubal Cabrera returns from Disabled List

Jake Elmore Optioned and Tim Beckham Stays Before tonight's game, the Rays will activate Asdrubal Cabrera from the disabled list. Thankfully, he's only spent a couple of weeks on the shelf after suffering what looked like a painful injury a few days before the all-star break began, straining his hamstring rounding third in a terrible way. It will be nice to have him back in the fold. Flipping the script, Cabrera's defense has shined this season, so one could potentially excuse his dip in offensive performance, although he has started to pick it up a tad before being injured. This season,...
Rays Index Jul 28, 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 5, Tigers 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: THE RAYS SCORED MORE THAN 4! THE RAYS SCORED MORE THAN 4!…Curt Casali became just the 4th Rays catcher […]
DRaysBay Jul 28, 2015

Rays down on the farm July 28: Bellatti has rough outing

Andrew Bellatti has had an impressive season, but Monday night's appearance was forgettable Rain and some scheduled off days had Monday's schedule looking pretty empty. Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-52) Durham was steamrolled by Braves prospect Tyrell Jenkins in its 5-0 loss to Gwinnett. The Bulls only had two hits, and Jenkins lasted eight innings. Durham starter Bradin Hagens kept his offense in the game, only allowing a run on four hits in five innings, but Andrew Bellatti was rocked for four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-11) Montgomery was off. Class...
DRaysBay Jul 27, 2015

Rays 5, Tigers 2: Karns, Casali Power Rays To Victory

Nathan Karns' six strong innings and Curt Casali's two homers help the Rays past the Tigers. The Rays front office and coaches know what they're doing. Nathan Karns had thrown just 66 pitches and allowed one hit through six innings, yet Steve Getlz was warming in the bullpen. The team has been very cautious with it's young starters this season, often removing them from a game before they face a lineup for the third time. The strategy has worked out well, but it's sometimes frustrating for the pitcher and the fans. I'm in favor of it to a point. Eventually these young starters will need to...
Rays Index Jul 27, 2015

Rays radio ratings are way up, especially among women

Yes, nobody goes to Rays games. Of course, you guys know there are plenty of Rays fans. And I know there are plenty of Rays. It is just nice to be reassured of this from time to time and the latest comes from the radio side of things. The Rays […]
DRaysBay Jul 27, 2015

Game Notes: Karns vs Sanchez

Nathan Karns not in the lineup for some reason A home-stand that started off so well with a thrilling come from behind victory on Friday quickly turned to mush as the Rays offense were only able to muster three runs combined on Saturday and Sunday. Since the team has returned from the all-star beak (9 games), they're barely averaging over two runs a game. They are 3-6 during that time. Tonight, the Rays will welcome Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers into town for a three game set, before an off-day on Thursday. The Rays somewhat catch a break as they won't have to face one of the...
DRaysBay Jul 27, 2015

The Rays Tank: This week in lackluster play

The Tampa Bay Rays capped off a miserable 2-5 week with a hard to watch 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The Tampa Bay Rays capped off a miserable 2-5 week with a hard-to-watch 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. I can scarcely remember all of the good feelings at the end of the first half, when the Rays swept the then first-place Houston Astros. They'll welcome David Price and the Detroit Tigers into the Trop for a three-game series, starting Monday. I'm lookin forward to the memories of right now, never forgettin from where I came and no matter where Im headed I promise to stay the...

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