2:47 PM EDT, Sat September 22, 2018

Rays 11, Blue Jays 3: Relentless

There is no letdown in this team as the Rays bounce back from a tough loss to overwhelm Toronto Oh, you thought there would be a letdown after last night’s disheartening loss? You must not follow the 2018 Tampa Bay Rays. With the roof open on a windy night, the ball was flying in Toronto. And while the Blue Jays had some nifty highlights and probably amassed more total yards, the Rays never let off the throttle. There was no real turning point in this game, just overwhelming pressure. Twelve different Rays reached base, with seven different Rays scoring at least one run as Tampa Bay...

Call to the Pen

Tampa Bay Rays: Blake Snell trades baseball for chicken fingers and fries

Even baseball players get hungry during a game. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell found a creative way to satisfy his hunger. Thursday night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays was chock-full of action. Toronto plated a pair of runs against Ryne Stanek, the Rays’ “opener“. Tampa Bay responded by scoring […] Tampa Bay Rays: Blake Snell trades baseball for chicken fingers and fries - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Meadows drives in 3, Rays stay alive by routing Jays 11-3

TORONTO — The Tampa Bay Rays used big games by a pair of former National Leaguers to keep their American League wild-card playoff hopes alive.Austin Meadows drove in three runs, Tommy Pham had two hits and two RBIs and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 on Friday night.Pham also walked twice and added a sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay recovered from a tough, 9-8 loss Thursday, when the Blue Jays scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the victory. The Rays have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 17-18 at Boston.Weve got a bunch of guys who are quick to forget a loss,...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays bouncing back big after a debacle

TORONTO - The way the Rays played Friday - at least in the first eight innings, lesson learned, caveat required - seemed to provide the best answer on how, or even if, they could bounce back from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their long shot run

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: Carlos Gomez says ump should've been ejected

TORONTO - After unleashing a Twitter rant criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher's work behind the plate Thursday, Rays OF Carlos Gomez doubled down on his comments, saying he was even more upset about how Fletcher treated him when questioning a third-strike call, then ejecting him.

Tampa Bay Times

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

After a crushing defeat Thursday and Friday's bounceback win, the Rays take on the Blue Jays again today, first pitch 4:07.OF Austin Meadows, who made an impressive showing coming off the bench on Friday gets his first start today in rightfield. Meadows was called up after playing

Bluebird Banter

Saturday morning sadness

Gurriel was great. Everyone else sucked. After the euphoric Friday comes the sad Saturday. We got hosed by the Rays yesterday. Im not sure i know what the final score was. Quite a lot vs not very much Gurriel was great- he hit two homes runs, just as his brother Yuli did for the Astros. This made them the first brothers in history with multi-homer performances on the same day. Everyone else on the Jays sucked. Especially Leiter Jr and Guerrieri, who both pitched like a random fan thrown onto the diamond. Tom has your recap of the awfulness here. I feel like we have played the Rays about a...

Bluebird Banter

Game #155 Preview: Glasnow vs Pannone

Rays (86-67) vs Blue Jays (70-84) After a bad loss last night, the Jays and Rays get right back at it this afternoon in game 3 of their 4 game series. Gametime is 4:07 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Young left hander Thomas Pannone makes his 5th big league start and 11th appearance overall. On the season, he is 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA, doing a great job managing contact while also limiting free passes. He doesn’t strike out many, and he allows too many home runs, but if he can induce weak contact and not give up free baserunners, he can have a little bit of success. Just probably not a whole lot....

House of Houston

Houston Astros: Carlos Correa’s injuries will stymie team’s postseason run

The Houston Astros have clinched their postseason berth but with Carlos Correa’s health concerns, the team’s postseason run will be impacted. How? The Houston Astros have officially clinched a playoff berth as a result of last night’s incredible offensive output against the Los Angeles Angels.  These final games this week are the last of the […] Houston Astros: Carlos Correa’s injuries will stymie team’s postseason run - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!

Gordon: Injuries add to another tough season for Giants

Fans don’t want to hear how the Cardinals met their season goal by playing big games in late September.

Tampa Bay Times

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Blue Jays game

Mallex Smith has his moments in the outfield, but he can produce highlights. He made two dazzling catches Friday. On one he went running and sliding across the foul line; on the other he crashed into the rightfield wall. He left the game in the seventh.

Bluebird Banter

Lourdes Gurriel hits 2 home runs, oh, and Jays lose

Rays Many Many Blue Jays Few The good news? Lourdes Gurriel hit two home runs tonight. Counting last night he had homers in three consecutive at bats. He has been so much better than I expected. And he and his brother Yuli become the first set of brothers to each have two homers in a game on the same day in MLB history. And Randal Grichuk hit his 24th homer of the season (I wonder what odd you could have gotten if, at the end of April, wanted to bet that Grichuk would hit 25 homers this year?). Randal’s homer went 464 feet. And that’s about it for good news. We had a big 7 hits...

Pinstripe Alley

The future of the Yankees’ pitching staff has become murkier

The Yankees entered the year with a decent idea of what their pitching staff would look like going forward, but that stability has eroded as the season has progressed. Pitching is difficult to predict. Injuries, fluctuations in pitch speed, the vagaries of batted ball luck, and a wealth of other factors combine to make projecting major league arms a tall task. Even the greatest pitchers, like Clayton Kershaw, can suffer sudden losses of velocity, and the healthiest of pitchers can go under the knife at a moment’s notice. That being said, the Yankees’ pitching situation looked fairly...

Lone Star Ball

Victor Martinez retiring after today’s game

Detroit DH Victor Martinez announced that today’s game, in front of the home fans, will be the final game of his career Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers is retiring, with today’s game being his final one, he announced yesterday. Martinez wanted his last game to be in front of the fans in Detroit. Martinez, 39, is in his 16th season (or 17th, if you include the 2012 season he missed due to injury). He came up with the Cleveland Indians as a catcher, spent parts of 8 seasons with them, and was traded to the Boston Red Sox during the 2009 season. After 2010, he joined the Detroit...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays’ Devon Travis sets a new career high for games played

With his 102nd appearance earlier this week, Devon Travis set a new career high for games played in a season, and will hopefully shake off the injury bug for good. When the Blue Jays went out and traded for Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz this past offseason, there was good reason for it. Their talented […] Blue Jays’ Devon Travis sets a new career high for games played - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


GDT: Where Rays remember that they need to get 27 outs, hopefully

Rays seek to forget yesterday and return to good, lock down baseball.


Giants’ Belt undergoes second operation on right knee

ST. LOUIS — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent surgery in San Francisco on Friday to clean up the articular cartilage and meniscus in his right knee, a procedure that he expected and should have him ready for spring training. Team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki performed the surgery. Belt had had a similar operation on the same knee after 2015. Belt has said he needed four weeks to recover from that operation, but the medical staff plans to slow the rehabilitation now after a second operation on the same knee. The injury ended another incomplete season for Belt, who hit .253 with 14...

Tampa Bay Times

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, trying to bounce back

After Thursday's crushing loss in which they blew a six-run lead in the ninth, the Rays will try to bounce back and keep their even longer-shot playoff

Tampa Bay Times

Rays Carlos Gomez doubles down on criticism of umpire

After unleashing a Twitter rant criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher's work behind the plate in Thursday's game, Rays OF Carlos Gomez doubled down -in his comments Friday, saying he was even more upset about how Fletcher treated him when questioning a third strike call and then ejecting


Schadenweltschmerz? How to talk about the end of playoff hopes

It would have taken a small miracle for the Rays to reach the postseason, but it still hurts to come up short Some time soon the Rays will be eliminated from Wild Card contention. There will be plenty of time to reflect on what has been a surprisingly rewarding season. We hope the guys continue to play out this last week with gusto so we get to celebrate 90 wins and a final record that would have led several less competitive divisions. But surely we can take a minute to acknowledge the disappointment that comes when your team is mathematically eliminated. How do you even talk about this...

Chicago Sun-Times

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu ‘feeling better,’ hoping to return this season

Abreu’s prospects for playing against the Cubs again this season appeared dim in the wake of his trip earlier in the week to a Cleveland hospital.

Bluebird Banter

GameThread Game #154: Rays at Blue Jays

9 games to go TGI SRFriday! This start will most likely be his last of the season, as the team is trying to limit his innings. I’m sure everyone is riding high from last night’s walk off. Let’s hope they can carry that momentum into today. Here are tonight’s lineups. Devon Travis will play in his 103rd game tonight, now two above his previous career high of 101. McKinney and Gurriel stay atop the lineup, Tellez gets another start at first, and McGuire will catch for Sean Reid-Foley. Today's Lineups RAYS BLUE JAYS Mallex Smith - RF Billy McKinney - RF Matt Duffy -...

Pinstripe Alley

Is the Yankees’ second-half slide historic?

The lackluster play since July is notable for a few reasons If you’ve been paying attention to the Yankees in the second half, you know that they’ve been a little underwhelming. After posting a .653 winning percentage in the first three months of the season, the team’s managed just a 31-25 record since. That’s still a .554 winning percentage, and good for a 90-win pace over a full year, but when the Red Sox are close to 110 wins and the Rays are closing on 90, it’s certainly a letdown. Is this historical, though? Good teams often slow down to an extent in the second half. Nobody...

Over the Monster

Series Preview: Red Sox at Indians

A look at the upcoming three-game set in Cleveland. SB Nation Blog Let’s Go Tribe The Opponent in one sentence The Indians are way more talented than this will give them credit for, but they were the first team to clinch their division despite having the same record as the Rays, who are 18.5 games out of first place. Record 85-67 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 2, Indians 2 Trend These games don’t really mean much for Cleveland, as they are essentially locked into the three seed in the American League playoff bracket. That said, they haven’t been playing their best baseball of late. The...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Blue Jays: Thrilling comeback win a taste of what’s to come

The Toronto Blue Jays had a walk-off moment to remember against the Tampa Bay Rays and it should only mean positive things for this young team going forward. Over the past month, the Toronto Blue Jays have had great individual moments involving their young prospects but nothing compares to Thursday night’s comeback against the Tampa […] Toronto Blue Jays: Thrilling comeback win a taste of what’s to come - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts


Dodgers News: Brian Dozier ‘Feels Great’ Playing Through Knee Injury, But Admits He Has Been Limited To Some Degree

When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired second baseman Brian Dozier at the July 31 non-waiver deadline, it was...

Pinstripe Alley

What to take from Aroldis Chapman’s return to the Yankees

The Yankees’ closer exhibited some positive signs in his return, but also plenty to be concerned about in his shaky first outing since injury. The Yankees are almost back at full strength as the season winds down. They were without Aaron Judge for nearly two months, but their superstar outfielder is back in the lineup now that his wrist has recovered enough. Similarly, their closer, Aroldis Chapman, has returned, making his first appearance off the disabled list against the Red Sox. Unfortunately for Judge and Chapman, they don’t have much time to get their legs back under them before...

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.