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Series Preview: Big Willy Style

The Rays are Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It! The Tampa Bay Rays come back home after an eventful 11 game road trip. The Rays went 7-4 and briefly got to .500. They currently sit a game under at 22-23. The Rays won two of their last three against the Boston Red Sox. Overall they are 3-7 against the Red Sox. The Red Sox come in after winning three of four against the Baltimore Orioles. The Matchups: Tuesday 7:10 PM: Chris Sale vs Jacob FariaWednesday 7:10 PM: David Price vs Chris ArcherThursday 7:10 PM: Drew Pomeranz vs Blake Snell Three southpaws set to face the Rays offense The Rays face off...

Over the Monster

Series Preview: Red Sox at Rays

A look at the upcoming three-game stint in Tampa Bay SB Nation Blog DRay’s Bay The Opponent in one sentence After a slow start to the year the Rays have turned things around of late and are making waves with their new and somewhat controversial way of handling their pitching staff. Record 22-23 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 6, Rays 3 Trend Up. As I mentioned above, the Rays have turned things around lately. This is one of the hotter teams in baseball, having won six of their last seven games and seven of their last nine. They’re coming back off a long road trip in which they won each of...


Rays 2018 MLB draft preview: College pitchers

Who will the Rays draft with the No. 16 pick next month? The 2018 MLB draft starts on June 4. With that date rapidly approaching, it’s time to start previewing some players who will hear their names called next month. The Rays have five picks on the first day of the draft — Nos. 16 and 56 in the normal draft order, No. 31 as compensation for losing Alex Cobb, No. 32 as compensation for not signing Drew Rasmussen (chosen with the 31st pick last year), and No. 71, a competitive-balance pick. Some of these players have been connected to the Rays in mock drafts, but some were just picked...


Tampa Bay Rays promote Willy Adames

The Rays have recalled their top prospect and have placed Joey Wendle on paternity leave The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly promoting their top prospect, Willy Adames, to the majors league ahead of tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN. The Rays acquired Adames from the Detroit Tigers at the 2014 trade deadline as part of a package they received for David Price. At the time of the deal, Adames was an unknown prospect in the Tigers system, but he quickly made his name known and surged to the top of the prospect rankings. Adames, 22, is currently...


Red Sox Starter Chris Sale Looks To Stymie Rays’ Bats In Series Opener

Many were expecting a dreadful season for the Rays in 2018, but Tampa Bay’s bats haven’t allowed for that thus... Read More »


Red Sox Vs. Rays Lineup: Chris Sale Takes Ball In Series Opener For Boston

The Boston Red Sox grabbed their beach attire for a quick three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays that starts... Read More »


View from the Catwalk: Baseball reacts to ‘The Opener’

Reviews are mixed, standings update, and a outlaw gender reveal The Tampa Bay Rays were off yesterday, their only off day until Monday, June 4th. Over the next two weeks, they’ll welcome the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles to the Trop, before taking off out west for two series with the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. Checking on the current standings around the league, the Rays sit in third place in the American League East, 9.5 games back of the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Rays recent winning streak pushed the Los Angeles Angels out of the 2nd Wild Card spot. The Seattle...

The Republican

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays: NESN TV schedule, live stream, 5 things to watch (May 22-24)

Chris Sale's career 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings vs. the Rays is the highest ratio vs. an opponent in the past 100 seasons (minimum 100 innings).

Tampa Bay Times

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Faria on the mound

The Rays are back home after a long, eventful and ultimately successful 7-4 roadtrip to Baltimore, Kansas City and Anaheim, and open a quick six-game homestand tonight against the Red Sox at 7:10.RHP Jake Faria will be on the mound, trying to continue his success at the Trop and

Tampa Bay Times

Rays call up top prospect Willy Adames : for now

The Rays have called up top prospect INF Willy Adames : though likely for a short stay.INF Joey Wendle was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, which can last three days.Adames is likely to head back to Triple-A Durham when Wendle returns.Adames is in the

Bless You Boys

Links: Miguel Cabrera is taking batting practice again

Cabrera still isn’t quite ready to return, but Jeimer Candelario could be back this week. The Detroit Tigers have been battered by injuries recently, but might start to get healthy soon. Among the updates provided to reporters on Monday was the news that Miguel Cabrera took batting practice in Minnesota. While there was no specific update given on his status, the fact that Cabrera is taking swings again is an encouraging sign. He has been on the disabled list since May 4 with a hamstring injury, but could be ready to return fairly soon. Also on the mend is Jeimer Candelario, who took...

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Jesus Aguilar should start when Thames returns

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames is working his way back from an injury to his left thumb. It required surgery, leaving his timetable between six and eight weeks. Thames is about four weeks into his recovery process. Recent reports say that Eric Thames is rehabbing at the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training facility. That is […] Milwaukee Brewers: Jesus Aguilar should start when Thames returns - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Dodgers News: Ross Stripling Taking Unsettled Role In Stride

An abundance of injuries to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation has led to an increased workload for Ross...


He's one of MLB's top prospects. Now he's making his debut for this baseball team.

The Tampa Bay Rays promoted one of Major League Baseball's top prospects Tuesday. Shortstop Willy Adames, rated the No. 16-ranked prospect in MLB Pipeline's rankings, was called up to make …

The Republican

Jackie Bradley Jr. in Boston Red Sox lineup vs. Rays; Sandy Leon (.318 average in May) catching Chris Sale

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-10 with a double, three walks and seven strikeouts in the Boston Red Sox's series against Baltimore over the weekend.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Could the Pirates use Felipe Vazquez as an "opener"?

CINCINNATI — Over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays experimented with a new position, or perhaps a reimagined one: the opener. Rather than saving reliever Sergio Romo for late-inning appearances, the team brought him in for two consecutive starts against the Los Angeles Angels, totaling 2 1/3 innings.

Lookout Landing

The Mariners have all the ingredients (and the need) for an “Opener”

Seattle has been decimated in the first inning. Let’s find the right fit for some creativity. A wonderful thing about baseball is that you can see something new every day. Another wonderful thing about baseball is that the patterns that emerge from all those unique moments deliver us data samples large enough to predict future events more effectively than most other sports. Sometimes, however, events like this past weekend occur, and show us something we haven’t seen in over a century. #Rays on Sunday will start .... Romo. Again.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 20, 2018 The...

That Balls Outta Here

What hope is left for Phillies prospect Roman Quinn?

No matter what, Roman Quinn just cannot stay healthy. Does he really have any chance of filling a role with the Phillies? Stop me if you have heard this one before: Roman Quinn is injured. Yes, the Phillies prospect is once again on the disabled list. He underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn ligament […] What hope is left for Phillies prospect Roman Quinn? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Farmers Only - Brandon Finnegan has best start of season, hits home run

A solid combo as he gets work in at AAA. The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night Brandon Finnegan hasn’t exactly had the greatest of years in 2018. Fresh off a pair of serious shoulder injuries - to both shoulders, mind you - he was already entering this calendar year with rehab still a very real thing, and then he exited Cactus League play in Arizona still not quite ready to return to the Cincinnati Reds. Once he did return, of course, the results were largely awful, and the signing of Matt Harvey effectively relegated him back to the minors to try to work out numerous...

Federal Baseball

Tim Collins finally makes it back; joins Nationals’ bullpen 3+ years after last MLB outing...

Four years and two Tommy John surgeries later, Tim Collins finally returned to the majors on Monday night. Before he took the mound last night in the nation’s capital, 28-year-old lefty Tim Collins had not pitched in the majors since October 28, 2014, when he threw a scoreless inning against the San Francisco for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. “It’s been a long road. It’s been over three years. Last time was 2014, so finally out of that tunnel.” - Tim Collins The next March, Collins had Tommy John surgery. One year later, in March of 2016, an MRI revealed that the...

The Baltimore Wire

Baltimore Orioles Closer Zach Britton Progresses Toward Return

Baltimore Orioles All-Star reliver Zach Britton reportedly has a set date in May for his first rehab assignment. According to MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski, Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton will head to Triple-A Norfolk on May 30 to make his first rehab assignment start after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles. The Orioles are expected […] Baltimore Orioles Closer Zach Britton Progresses Toward Return - The Baltimore Wire - The Baltimore Wire - A Baltimore Sports Site -Orioles, Ravens, Terrapins and More


Blister issue again sending MacKenzie Gore to DL

MacKenzie Gore’s bothersome issue with blisters is sending him back to the disabled list. The Padres’ 19-year-old pitching prospect – ranked 19th in the game by MLB.com – will miss at least a couple starts in hopes of definitively pushing through an injury that’s hampered him the first weeks of...


Michael Lorezen set to return from disabled list

Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen discussed his pending return from the disabled list after suffering a shoulder injury and earning a spot in the bullpen. Interim Manager Jim Riggleman said Lorenzen would likely return to the Reds on Wednesday.         


Phillies MLR 5/21/18: Jhailyn Ortiz returns from injury

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 5/21/18 Today’s Probables: LHV: Enyel De Los SantosREA: TBDCLR: GM1 Adonis Medina, GM2 TBDLWD: Ramon Rosso Lehigh Valley 6, Rochester 2 Drew Anderson - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, WP, 5 GB, 2 FBJake Thompson - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, WP, HBPYacksel Rios - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 KMitch Walding - 1 for 2, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, KDylan Cozens - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K Drew Anderson picks up his first win in his second start of the season. The command issues that he had last season seemed to flare up last night, but all was well otherwise. Mitch Walding returns to the...

AZ Snake Pit

Diamondbacks place Steven Souza on DL, recall Socrates Brito

Looks like Souza’s PH appearance last night, proved a bit of a false dawn. Steven Souza’s injury-plagued season with the Diamondbacks continues. He missed the first 30 games of the season with a pectoral strain suffered during a spring training game. Souza made his 2018 debut on May 3, without going through a rehab assignment, but struggled out of the gate, his average never reaching the Uecker Line. He appeared to re-aggravate the same issue during the series against the Mets in New York on May 18, but the team initially hoped Steven would be able to avoid another DL stint - he...

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Figuring out Dustin Pedroia’s spot in the lineup

With the top of Red Sox’s lineup in a a pretty decent groove right now, where exactly will Alex Cora choose to bat the team’s veteran second baseman when he gets back from injury? Plus J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts work on their swings, David Price’s future and Mitch Moreland is nice. There are a couple holes in the Boston Red Sox’s lineup. They are primarily near the bottom of the order at center field and catcher. Both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez, the primary options at those positions, are hanging out below the Mendoza Line, which is troubling. However, the...

Bluebird Banter

Poll Time: Do you approve of the job Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins are doing?

We haven’t done one of these in a while, and it’s likely not fair to do it in the middle (hopefully closer to the end) of a Blue Jays slump, but I thought we’d do it anyway. I’ll give my couple of complaints: The thing that will always drive me nuts about baseball front offices is indecision. The Blue Jays front office....right now they seem to be running a master class in indecision. For shortstop, after the Diaz injury the Jays: Used Lourdes Gurriel (he was close by, playing second after they shipped out Travis). Gurriel, had a bad day, out he goes, up comes Richard Urena...

Top Prospects: Willy Adames, SS, Rays

2018 MLB.com Top Prospects: Willy Adames has hit at every stop in his career despite being young compared to the competition in each league

Top Prospects: Brendan McKay, 1B, Rays

2018 MLB.com Top Prospects: Brendan McKay was considered by some to be the best college bat in his class and he operates from 92-95 on mound

Tim and Sid: Atkins talks injuries, Jays' deep farm team and Donaldson

Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins joins Tim and Sid to discuss how by avoiding a few injuries, they could have been in the playoffs. He also talks about the depth at youth the Jays now have, resigning Josh Donaldson, and the legend of Jose Bautista.