12:04 PM EDT, Wed July 18, 2018
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The Rays online community will miss “Nurse Karen”

Thoughts and prayers for a prominent Rays fan who has passed away from cancer. This morning a Rays fan well known on twitter as Rays Nurse K passed after a well fought battle against cancer. This is terrible news, and has completely caught me off guard. Among Rays fans she shone among the brightest, and now she’s gone. Life as a Rays fan will be worse today than it was in days before. My thoughts this morning are with the family of my friend @RaysNurseK, as Karen's fight with cancer came to an end this morning. Prayers are with her husband John and everyone who has been touched by...

Fox Sports

Lakers' Ball has surgery on left knee, to be ready by camp

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

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Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay dominates GCL hitters

If results against overmatched teenagers are any indication, Brendan McKay is ready to return to the Florida State League. In 49 games with Double-A Montgomery, Jermaine Palacios hit .189 with a .502 OPS. The Rays sent him back to the Florida State League, where he finished last season while still with Minnesota. In 31 games with Charlotte, he’s batting .303 with a .770 OPS. Compared to last season with Fort Myers, his OPS is up 108 points, and his walk and strikeout rates have both improved. He turns 22 on Thursday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (54-40) Syracuse scored six runs against Jake...

Tampa Bay Times

Blake Snell settles down after giving up homer in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON - Blake Snell's first All-Star experience started with a bang.The first pitch the Rays lefthander threw Tuesday night, a 98 mph fastball, was knocked over the leftfield wall by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.Snell seemed a bit unsettled in his first turn on

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson and Vlad Guerrero Jr can, and might co-exist next season

With it looking unlikely that Josh Donaldson is moved before the non-waiver trade deadline, it’s possible he could be back in 2019, and co-exist with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays were and are expected to be among the bigger sellers before this year’s non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, but injuries have definitely put […] Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson and Vlad Guerrero Jr can, and might co-exist next season - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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View form the Catwalk: Manny Machado heading to L.A.?

The Los Angles Dodgers are closing to landing Manny Machado, Blake Snell strikes out three in the All-Star game, and a Brent Honeywell update Rays News The American League All-Stars defeated the National League in a game that originated as a pitcher’s duel, but eventually turned into an extra inning slugfest. There were a record breaking, nine home runs, hit during the 10 inning game, with the AL taking an 8-6 victory. Blake Snell pitched 1 2⁄3 innings, racking up three strikeouts, but also surrendered a solo home run on the first pitch he thew. Meanwhile, Wilson Ramos didn’t play...

Sconnie Sports Talk

Milwaukee Brewers: Yelich homers, AL defeats the NL 8-6 in historic All-Star game

With a franchise-record five Brewers headed to Washington D.C. for the 2018 MLB All-Star game, Brewers fans could relax a bit about the team’s recent struggles and enjoy the game. Relief pitcher Josh Hader was joined by Jeremy Jeffress as an injury replacement, and Cain, Yelich and Aguilar all entered the game as substitutes. Getting […]

Fish Stripes

The name becoming impossible to forget

Brian Anderson had an excellent all-around first half for the Marlins. Brian Anderson isn’t the star we were expecting, but he’s definitely the star we need. Hanley Ramírez. Chris Coghlan. Giancarlo Stanton. The list goes on and on with great Marlins rookie hitters, but we may be witnessing the best yet. As a relentless worker with a quiet demeanor, Andy has had to deal with a lot in the first half of a rookie season. As a career third baseman, he was widely expected to man the hot corner coming out of spring training as veteran Martín Prado was dealing with a knee injury. Things...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays weren’t going to trade Kevin Pillar anyway

Enigmatic Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar recently went on the disabled list with a rather severe injury. However, this unexpected development probably didn’t hurt his trade value very much. We’ve all seen the spectacularly exhilarating diving catches routinely made by Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar. A staple in the Jays outfield, Pillar has dazzled […] Blue Jays weren’t going to trade Kevin Pillar anyway - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Toronto Blue Jays missed the boat with Josh Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays had a hot commodity this past offseason in third baseman Josh Donaldson. After a disappointing an injury filled season, they lost their chance to get a proper return in trade. During the offseason, there were quite  a few players that were expected to be traded, with Toronto Blue Jays third baseman […] Toronto Blue Jays missed the boat with Josh Donaldson - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Dodgers Injury News: X-Rays On Catching Prospect Keibert Ruiz’s Hand Came Back Negative

The Los Angeles Dodgers were strongly represented in the 2018 MLB Futures Game, as top positional prospects...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: Some warn that pitching strategy comes at a price

WASHINGTON - The success the Rays have had during two months of using a game opener followed by a relieving starter seems to have tamed some of the criticism of the unusual plan.Until Arizona ace Zack Greinke, a Cy Young award winner and five-time All-Star, was asked about by

Tampa Bay Times

MLB commissioner confident Rays owner is "going to get" stadium deal done

WASHINGTON : MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the time is now for the Rays stadium situation to be resolved with partnership from the community and business on financial support and he is confident in principal owner Stuart Sternberg's creative and persuasive ability to work it

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View from the Catwalk: Harper Defeats Schwarber

A thrilling Home Run Derby, capped off by Wilson Ramos’ former teammate taking home the crown. Rays Links: Despite some sad news about Wilson Ramos having to miss the game, the Rays All Star representatives seem to be in good spirits, enjoying the event. Rays Twitter has the full Blake Snell media meet and greet. Topkin reported that AL manager AJ Hinch of the Houston Astros, said that Blake Snell was in considered to start the All Star Game for the American League. Marc Topkin also has the full rundown on Blake Snell’s first foray into All Star weekend festivities. Zack Greinke...

The Republican

Blake Snell 'big fan' of Boston Red Sox's Alex Cora who pulled for the Rays pitcher to make 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Rays starter Blake Snell has the fourth best ERA (2.27) in the majors but he was left off the American League All-Star team. That disappointed Alex Cora.

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Are you “Living on a Prayer?” Naming our song of the season

A DRB musical roundtable The 2018 season passed its halfway point some 14 games back, but the All-Star break nonetheless feels like a good time to reflect on the season up to this point. Today’s reflection: what song, to you, seems emblematic of the Rays 2018 season thus far? We’ve asked some of our DRB contributors to name their songs and tell us why they resonate, and we invite you all to do the same in the comments. (Warning: some long lyrics may be NSFW) Mister Lizzie: Most years I start the baseball season with real hope that the Rays will field a strong, competitive team. ...

Over the Monster

Red Sox Minor Lines: Durbin Feltman’s first loss

It was bound to happen eventually Pawtucket W 8-6 Tony Renda, LF/RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K Brandon Phillips, 2B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E Sam Travis, 1B/LF: 2-4, 1 E Mike Olt, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E Dan Butler, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI Chandler Shepherd: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (82 pitches) Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches) Robby Scott: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (37 pitches) It was a rough day for Shepherd, though it’s very clear that he was not helped out much by his defense. Still, with the Red Sox suffering injury after injury in the...

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Jim Kelly headed for 'unexpected' checkup after 'something came up' after cancer surgery

The Pro Football Hall of Famer says he is headed back to see his doctors in New York next month to make sure hes healing properly.        

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British woman impaled by beach umbrella at Jersey Shore due to 'force of wind'

A 67-year-old British woman enjoying a day at the Jersey Shore was rushed to hospital after being impaled with a beach umbrella. Margaret Reynolds, 67, was at Seaside Heights Monday afternoon when a the umbrella pierced her ankle. Det. Steve Korman told the Asbury Park Press “the force of wind”...

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Rob Manfred had a lot to say about the Rays at the All-Star Game

That was a trip, and we have a lot to unpack. There’s a non-stop onslaught of press interviews that takes place throughout the duration of the MLB All-Star Game. Whether it’s the collected masses descending on Manny Machado demanding he speculate where he’ll be traded, or the generally banal series of questions about how it feels to make the All-Star team, it seems someone always has a microphone in their face. On Tuesday, ahead of the big game itself, one of the men who found himself at the center of the media’s attention was baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. While most of his...

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We’re not grading on a curve: midterm assessments for Rays hitters

These grades come with a bit of a twist It’s the All-Star break, so any good MLB blog has to have at least one article handing out grades for the most arbitrary cut-off point in sports, right? To avoid this being too predictable, however, we’re going to put a slight twist on this exercise. When we hand out a first half grade, we will ignore entirely any role luck might have played in favor of looking at results. DRB had a bit of debate about this topic in regards to Blake Snell’s (one-time) All-Star snub, and in this article looking back at the first half, ERA will matter far more...

Motor City Bengals

Detroit Tigers: Trade deadline rumors and news

Here at The Corner, we round up Detroit Tigers news and rumors around the Tigers blogosphere so that you don’t spend hours surfing the web searching. The Detroit Tigers are expected to have a lackluster trade deadline this season. They are expected to be sellers this year, however injuries and lackluster performances will probably hinder […] Detroit Tigers: Trade deadline rumors and news - Motor City Bengals - Motor City Bengals - A Detroit Tigers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tuesday Twins: Miguel Sano leaves minor league team due to family matter

Plus a new kind of Fernando Rodney experience, opinions on the All-Star Game, and more. Some newsy tidbits for your Tuesday afternoon: Miguel Sano has apparently left the High-A Ft. Myers Miracle and returned home to the Dominican Republic due to an illness in his family. It’s unknown when he will return. Over the 19 games he’s played for the Miracle since his demotion, Sano is hitting .328/.442/.453 with two home runs. Speaking of leaving teams, that was apparently the reason closer Fernando Rodney made an odd relief appearance in the 5th inning of Sunday’s Twins versus Rays game....

The Republican

Craig Kimbrel's daughter doing 'great,' with Boston Red Sox closer at MLB All-Star Game

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart condition in November and she underwent surgery at 4-days-old.

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Dodgers Injury News: Julio Urias Expected To Return From Disabled List In 4-6 Weeks

As has been the case with plenty of frequency over recent years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have received production...

SFGate

All-Star lineups announced; Giants’ Brandon Crawford to hit 8th

WASHINGTON — Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will bat eighth for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, NL manager Dave Roberts announced Monday. Buster Posey made the All-Star team but remained in the Bay Area for treatment on his hip injury. The A’s are represented here by second baseman Jed Lowrie and closer Blake Treinen. Here’s the NL lineup: 2B Javier Baez, 3B Nolan Arenado, DH Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Freddie Freeman, LF Matt Kemp, CF Bryce Harper, RF Nick Markakis, SS Crawford and C Willson Contreras. The starting...

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.