5:05 PM EDT, Tue July 23, 2019
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Rays activate Matt Duffy, place Yandy Diaz on IL; DFA Ian Gibaut

Rays activate Matt Duffy, place Yandy Diaz on IL; DFA Ian Gibaut

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Matt Duffy finally returns to the Rays lineup Prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays have activated infielder Matt Duffy off of the 10-day Injured List and have placed infielder Yandy Diaz on the 10-day Injured List with a left foot contusion. Meanwhile, to clear space on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Ian Gibaut has been designated for assignment. Duffy will finally make his season debut tonight, batting fifth and playing third base. After entering spring training with regained confidence following an offseason in...
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Oliver Drake is basically a left-handed pitcher

Oliver Drake is basically a left-handed pitcher

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Let me explain. Over the weekend, Rays pitcher Oliver Drake broke the internet with this pitch: This pitch might have broken physics. pic.twitter.com/9M62Y5gzRt— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2019 And here is what that same pitch looks like through the eyes of Baseball Savant’s 3D pitch visualizer: Notice anything interesting about the release point? If you didn’t already know it was Drake, would you think this pitch was actually thrown by a righty? Let’s dig into that a little bit more by looking into his delivery and mechanics. First, notice...
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MLB Trade Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays targeting San Francisco Giants relief pitchers

MLB Trade Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays targeting San Francisco Giants relief pitchers

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Will Smith (13) pitches against the New York Mets during the ninth inning at Oracle Park.  | Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Who might the Rays be interested in? The Tampa Bay Rays have been in search of a high leverage arm to add to their bullpen for most of the season and now with the injuries to Ryne Stanek and Jose Alvarado, as well as the recent bullpen blow ups along with the trade deadline looming just over a week away, that search has been intensified. The most popular team that has been connected to the Rays bullpen search is the San Francisco...
4 hours ago
Meeting at the Old Police Station, Chapter One

Meeting at the Old Police Station, Chapter One

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Invitation Today, according to Josh Solomon of the Tampa Bay Times, Stu Sternberg will formally meet with Mayor Rick Kriseman for the first time since the Rays announced a desire to explore a split residency between St. Petersburg and Montreal. In this meeting, it is assumed that Sternberg and Rays President (good cop) Brian Auld will formally ask for permission to explore the two-stadium solution, a proposal Kriseman has been hearing about from the Rays informally for some time. We do not know whether Kriseman is inclined to grant this request. He has...
5 hours ago
What the hell are the Rays waiting for?

What the hell are the Rays waiting for?

Jose Alvarado succumbs to injury | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Rays have three real needs and have (so far) addressed exactly none of them It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Rays started the season on a 14-5 run, proving to be the most dominant team in baseball over the first three weeks. They held their own well into May. Then some leaks started leaking water through the hull. Fast forward two more months and the Rays might need to begin bailing water, and that comes through three key losses from the roster: Tyler Glasnow, who performed like the best pitcher in baseball...
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Red Sox: 9, Rays: 4 - Move Along

Red Sox: 9, Rays: 4 - Move Along

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nothing to see here. Unless you like disappointment Lets keep this brief. There were hardly any redeeming things about this game. The Good(?) Austin Meadows continued his hot streak, going 1-3 with an RBI and BB. WATCH: @austin_meadows extends hitting streak to 13 games! Catch Game One of the @RaysBaseball-Red Sox series LIVE now on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go! #MLB #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/1ZR2oICVxx— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) July 23, 2019 The Rays got to World Series hero and former Ray, Nathan Eovaldi in the 8th inning. Rays lit...
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View from the Catwalk: Who’s going to step up?

View from the Catwalk: Who’s going to step up?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Things are not going well After last night’s ugly 9-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Rays are now one game out of the second wild card position, and just one game ahead of the Sox in the division. With that said, we know baseball is a funny game, and just as easily as the Rays have played poorly in these last games, they could just as easily turn around to win this series as well as the next one against the struggling Blue Jays. I’ll check back on this when I do this again next Tuesday. Here is some good news: Austin Meadows is slashing .324/.395/.735...
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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Tommy Romero throws a 7.0 inning complete game shutout

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Tommy Romero throws a 7.0 inning complete game shutout

The Stone Crabs will bring playoff baseball to Charlotte Sports Park, but the backfields will see just instructional league action | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Wander Franco collects two hits and two walks in a double header. On a wet day on the farm Wander Franco (Charlotte) picked up two hits and two walks in a double header. Tommy Romero (Charlotte) threw a 7.0 inning complete game picking up nine strikeouts. Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-42) The Durham Bulls had a scheduled day off. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (63-37) The Montgomery Biscuits games against the Tennessee Smokies was...
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GDT: Ahh, there’s that old feeling of stress again

GDT: Ahh, there’s that old feeling of stress again

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ I love playing the Red Sox! Go Rays! Let’s do a dang win streak here.
Jul 22, 2019
Rays have inquired on Hunter Pence

Rays have inquired on Hunter Pence

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Would the veteran slugger be a good fit? Per a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Tampa Bay Rays have inquired about Texas Rangers outfielder, Hunter Pence. After struggling to find a job this past winter, the 36 year old veteran outfielder is having a resurgence with the Rangers this season. His career had been spiraling downward the past couple of seasons, culminating in a particularly bad 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants in which he accrued -0.9 fWAR and a 59 wRC+ over 97 games. During the offseason, Pence spent several weeks playing in the...
Jul 22, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Hey we won a game!

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Hey we won a game!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Now, time to face Boston The Rays broke their five-game losing streak on Sunday by absolutely lighting up the White Sox to the tune of [checks note] three hits... But hey, a win is a win, right? Especially when you’ve lost five in a row to drop out of the playoff spot that looked like a lock about a month ago... But yeah, I’m not nervous/annoyed/worried/skeptical at all! The Rays start a three-game set with Boston on Monday, with probables as follows: Monday, 7:10 ET: Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4, 1.6 fWAR, 4.34/4.23/4.21 ERA/FIP/xFIP) vs. Jalen Beeks (5-0,...
Jul 22, 2019
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones hits 1st pro home run

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones hits 1st pro home run

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Greg Jones’ first home run in the organization capped Hudson Valley’s ninth-inning comeback. In his days as a highly ranked prospect, Jose De Leon didn’t walk many batters. Understandably coming back from Tommy John surgery, he hasn’t had the same control that he used to. However, Sunday marked his first outing this season without a walk. Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-42) Durham didn’t get enough offense in a 3-1 loss to Indianapolis. Kevin Padlo’s RBI groundout in the first gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, but they only had five hits over the...
Jul 21, 2019
Rays 4, White Sox 2: Mama, there goes that man again!

Rays 4, White Sox 2: Mama, there goes that man again!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Travis d’Arnaud’s grand slam backs a scoreless outing from Snell On a day that the White Sox out hit the Rays five to three, the Rays got the hit that mattered, winning 4-2 and snapping their five game losing streak. Blake Snell scrapped his way through six scoreless, and the bullpen held on. The Rays dodged a bullet in the first. With Snell fishing for the zone, the White Sox put two of the first three hitters on base, then pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third. And when a breaking ball to McCann got away from d’Arnaud, it looked...
Jul 21, 2019
GDT: Watch this game at your own peril

GDT: Watch this game at your own peril

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Watch this whole team at your own peril, honestly. Snell looks to stop the bleeding from this snakebit team.
Jul 21, 2019
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones doubles twice for Hudson Valley

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones doubles twice for Hudson Valley

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ In his first game in five days, Greg Jones continued a hot stretch. After the game on July 7, Greg Jones was batting .224/.338/.310. He’s now on an eight-game hitting streak, including six multi-hit games. He’s now batting .315/.388/.424. Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-41) Durham was topped by Indianapolis, 8-3. Matt Duffy’s homer in the third cut the Bulls’ deficit to 2-1, and Kevin Padlo went deep in the fifth to make a 5-2 game in the fifth. However, they couldn’t slow down the Indians’ offense. Arturo Reyes was charged with all eight runs — six earned...