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New York Mets: Interest in Jose Bautista?

After his release from the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, Jose Bautista may have a home with the New York Mets The New York Mets have dealt with injuries all season long. At times this season, they have been without Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares and Todd Frazier. In an era where […] New York Mets: Interest in Jose Bautista? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets consider Jose Bautista to shore up injury-ravaged outfield

The Mets’ need for a right-handed outfield bat with power has team officials interested in veteran slugger Jose Bautista, industry sources told The Post on Monday. Bautista, 37, was released by the Braves on Sunday after going 5-for-35 (.143) with two homers in 12 games. Bautista, a six-time All-Star, was playing third base for the...


First trades in Tampa Bay Rays history: “With the Atlanta Braves”

A minor move in 2005 led to the Braves winning their division and not much for the Devil Rays March 31st, 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays trade RHP Jorge Sosa to the Atlanta Braves for 2B Nick Green As the end of spring training approached in 2005, the Devil Rays and Atlanta Braves found themselves with a surplus of players. The Rays had too many pitchers and the Braves had too many guys up the middle, so they made a deal to send utility infielder Nick Green to Tampa Bay for right-handed pitcher, Jorge Sosa. It was a minor swap, involving small role players. It was such a minor move that it is...


Revisiting the first trades in Tampa Bay Rays history: A salary dump to the Diamondbacks

Prospects will break your heart, and sometimes they get shot. Literally. This is the beginning of a series wherein we look at back at the first trade the (Devil) Rays have made with each ballclub, since the team’s founding in 1995. The idea comes from Steve Kinsella of Sports Talk Florida, after he saw a spot about the Rays first trade with the Atlanta Braves. Let’s kick things off with the Arizona Diamonbacks. July 25th, 2001 Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded RHP Albie Lopez and C Mike DiFelice to the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Nick Bierbrodt and OF Jason Conti. The Rays waited a few...


Preview: Rays @ Orioles

The Rays hope to snap their three game losing streak as they head up to Baltimore Following a disappointing, brief two game series with the Atlanta Braves, the Tampa Bay Rays travel back up north as they’ll take on the Baltimore Orioles for a four game set, featuring a double-header on Saturday. The Rays head into play tonight having lost three games in a row, dropping their record to 15-19. However, things could be much worse, evidence by the Baltimore Orioles, who are now 10-27. They snapped a 7 game losing streak on Wednesday and come into play tonight having won their past two...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

VIDEO: Nick Markakis hits 3-run homer in Braves’ win over Rays

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer to right field Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, putting the Braves up by five in the third inning.


Braves beat Rays 5-2 for seventh straight road win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves' franchise record of consecutive zeroes is over. Their winning streak, however, is still going.Nick Markakis' three-run homer provided the offense and the Braves stretched their streak of consecutive shutout innings on the road to 34 before it ended in the eighth inning of a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.Wilson Ramos' two-run single with two outs in the eighth put an end to the streak, but the NL-East leading Braves won for the seventh straight time on the road. They have outscored opponents 41-6 in those seven wins."It's fun...


View from the catwalk: In search of the cut changeup

Not sure any Rays throw one. Not sure they don’t. Rays Links Marc Topkin’s recap of the 5-2 loss to the Braves tied together the one missed pitch by Yarbrough, the shocking number of close losses the Rays have this season, and the focus on infielding drills Rays pithcers did pregame. This was above-average writing work from Topper. Give it a read. Steve Kinsella recapped the game as well, and has video of a postgame interview with manager Kevin Cash. Some good quotes in there, including this one on Yarbrough: “Kind of a unique outing. It looked like, he got us punchouts, he got us...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Teheran pitches another gem, Markakis homers in win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A stunning road scoreless streak by Braves pitchers was snapped in the eighth inning Wednesday night, but the road winning streak was extended to seven games with a 5-2 win against the Rays to complete a two-game sweep at Tropicana Field.


Wilson Ramos is close to making Rays history

The Rays catcher now has a 16 game hitting streak In the bottom of the 8th inning of yesterday’s game with the Atlanta Braves, Wilson Ramos turned on a 97 mph fastball and laced it through the left side of the infield for a run scoring base hit. That hit extended his hit streak to 16 games, the Rays longest hit streak since James Loney hit in 16 consecutive games during the 2013 season. A few days ago, Ramos surpassed the longest hit streak for a Rays catcher when he breezed past John Flaherty’s mark of 13 games, set back in August of 1999. Over the course of his 16 game hitting streak,...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays morning after: Not quite sure what to make of Yarbrough's outing? Cash neither.

Not sure what to make of rookie LHP Ryan Yarbrough's start against the Braves Wednesday in which he allowed five runs over five innings?Neither was Rays manager Kevin Cash."Kind of a unique outing," Cash said. "He got his punch-outs and got his swings-and-misses, but they


Rays 2, Braves 5: One inning got away from Yarbrough

While Teheran shut the Rays down Sometimes there really is just that one pitch that you want back. Charlie Culberson lead off top of the third inning by grounding a low fastball up the middle, hard, for a single. Ozzie Albies pulled a changeup, up and on the inside corner, through the left side for another single. Ronald Acuna Jr. left his hands in the zone, where they were hit by a cutter, that, had it not resulted by a hit by pitch, should have been called a strike. That loaded the bases with no outs. The first pitch to Freddie Freeman was a sinker, middle-in, that resulted in a fly ball...

Tampa Bay Times

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 1-0 loss to Braves Tuesday

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 1-0 loss to Braves Tuesday:* LHP Blake Snell didn't have anything to show for it, but he delivered another impressive start for the Rays. The Braves came in as the top hitting team in the majors, and Snell did well to hold them to one run.*

Tampa Bay Times

For starters: Rays vs. Braves, trying to get back on track

The Rays wrap up their two-game series with the Braves tonight looking to halt a skid in which they've lost four of six after a solid run.Close games continue to be vexing, as Tuesday was their 12th loss in a majors-most 17 one-run games, including six of their last eight (going 1-


Rays 0, Braves 1: Pathetic Offensive Showing

This was a frustrating game and I’m frustrated. Innings 1-3 The Rays’ first big chance (and missed opportunity) came in the second inning. Despite getting the first two men on base, Jesus Sucre jammed into a little doinker of a double play that the Braves easily turned two on. Rob Refsnyder then grounded to first (where Freddie Freeman made a not-easy play) to end any semblance of a threat. And in the next inning, Ronald Acuna, The Chosen One, made the Rays pay with a line-drive homer that went approximately 742 feet in 0.8 seconds. It sucked the air out of the stadium and for a moment...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

VIDEO: Ronald Acuna hits solo homer against Rays

Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuña hit the third home run of his major league career Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays get a look at Braves young stars in 1-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG : The Rays talk often about their core of advanced young talented position players they expect to lead the team to great success over the coming years.Shortstop Willy Adames is considered the headliner, and is playing at Triple-A Durham with most of the rest of

Tampa Bay Times

For starters: Rays at Braves, with Blake Snell on the mound

After the second of three off-days in an eight-day stretch, the Rays are back in action tonight at the Trop for a two-game interleague series against the Atlanta Braves.The Rays will have LHP Blake Snell, their top starter thus far, on the mound.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Five things about Braves vs. Rays game tonight

The Braves open a two-game interleague series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Here are five things to know going into the opening game.

Tampa Bay Times

Back in the day, Braves used to be Tampa Bay's home team

Back before there were the Rays (who started in 1998) and the Marlins (1993), the Braves were the most popular team for kids growing up in much of Florida."They were certainly mine," said one of them, Tampa-born Rays manager- Kevin Cash."All those guys, Dale Murphy when


Rays vs Braves Series Preview: Rays fans get rare peak at Atlanta’s young talent

Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies lead an exciting, young offense The Tampa Bay Rays won their fifth series in their last six, taking two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays. Since dropping to a season low 3-12 record the Rays have gone 12-5 over their last 17 games. The Atlanta Braves have gotten of to a quick start. They sit at 19-14 even after being swept by the San Francisco Giants. Matchups: Tuesday 7:10 PM: Sean Newcomb vs Blake SnellWednesday 7:10 PM: Julio Teheran vs Bullpen Game one features a matchup of highly touted, sometimes wild lefties with big fastballs Sean Newcomb was the...


Rays set to embark on most grueling stretch of season

The next 44 days will certainly be narrative-filled After winning 11 of their last 15 games, the Tampa Bay Rays will begin the most important stretch of the season tonight at home against the resurgent Atlanta Braves. The stretch entails 42 games in 44 days, a gauntlet that will be no easy task for manager Kevin Cash and the Rays executives in charge of roster construction. For a deeper look, here is what’s coming down the pipeline for the Rays: May 8-9: vs. BravesMay 10: Off dayMay 11-13: @ Orioles (doubleheader Saturday May 12)May 14-16: @ RoyalsMay 17-20: @ AngelsMay 21: Off dayMay...

Tampa Bay Times

Jonny Venters' return with Rays is a good story because of how good he was with Braves

ST. PETERSBURG - Jonny Venters' return to the majors with the Rays - after spending five plus years battling through multiple elbow issues - was a heart-warming, human interest story that resonated well beyond the diamond."You've got to be dead not to be thrilled for

Amazin Avenue

Jacob deGrom leaves with elbow injury, Mets get blown out by Braves

The Mets were engaged in a pitchers’ duel until deGrom got hurt, and they started losing shortly thereafter. Maybe we’ll all laugh about this one a few months from now. But at the moment, the Mets’ loss to the Braves on Wednesday night feels like much more than one loss in a long regular season. The biggest news of the night was, by far, that Jacob deGrom left the game early with a hyper-extended elbow. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after the game that deGrom suffered the injury while taking a swing. Before and after that swing, he pitched remarkably well, putting...

Amazin Avenue

Final score: Braves 7, Mets 0—deGrom gets hurt, Mets get rocked

The Mets lost, and Jacob deGrom left with an elbow injury. The Mets were blown out by the Braves in a game that ended with a 7-0 score and lost Jacob deGrom to a hyperextended right elbow after he threw four brilliant innings. With that, the Mets are out of first place for the first time in a long time and are facing an uncertain situation in their rotation. Despite deGrom’s early departure, the Braves did not score until the sixth, as they got one run off of Paul Sewald in his second inning of work. They scored twice more against him in the seventh, and they tattooed Robert Gsellman with...

Amazin Avenue

Jacob deGrom leaves game with hyperextended right elbow

deGrom had been humming along and left with an injury that doesn’t sound great. Jacob deGrom left the Mets’ Wednesday night game against the Atlanta Braves with what the team later announced as a hyperextended right elbow. Before leaving the game promptly following the top of the fourth inning, deGrom had been at his very best against a Braves lineup that has proven to be difficult for opposing pitchers so far this season. There’s no doubt that deGrom has been the Mets’ best pitcher this year. He has thrown 43.1 innings and has a 1.87 ERA and 2.11 FIP with great strikeout, walk,...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for May 3, 2018

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets dropped the second game of the series against the Braves but the biggest loss came when Jacob deGrom exited the game after the fourth inning. He was pitching brilliantly but injured himself on a swing and exited the game an inning later. It was a brutal day as the Mets both fell out of first place and lost their ace to injury. Choose your recap: Amazin Avenue short and long, Bergen Record, Daily News, Faith and Fear in Flushing, MLB.com, Newsday, Post, Times It was clear deGrom was upset when...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for May 2, 2018

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Atlanta Braves got on Noah Syndergaard early, tagging him for three runs in the first inning. That was all they would get over six innings of work, but it was enough for rookie Mike Soroka and the Braves to outlast the Mets in last night’s game. The Mets’ efforts at a late-inning comeback fell short this time. Yoenis Cespedes, back from his thumb injury, collected three hits in the loss. Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Bergen Record, Daily News, MLB.com, Newsday, Post,...