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Apr 21, 2021
Outside The Confines: Suspension upheld for Nick Castellanos

Outside The Confines: Suspension upheld for Nick Castellanos

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ Not a lot makes sense about this one. I normally don’t question suspensions too much. Usually if something leads to a bench-clearing brawl, there’s any kind of violence involved, or general bad behavior is afoot, there’s typically cause for some kind of suspension. The problem is that no one can seem to agree on what a suitable suspension should be. Does the punishment always fit the crime, or are suspensions largely arbitrary? In the case of Nick Castellanos’ two-game suspension for being too enthusiastic after scoring a run, that led to...
Apr 20, 2021
Rays 14, Royals 7: Defense? What defense?

Rays 14, Royals 7: Defense? What defense?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports What an absolute mess on both sides. But hey, they won. There was a point in the second inning of tonight’s game where I thought, “There’s no way the Rays can screw up this lead, with the Royals playing this badly.” Let me tell you, dear readers, that was definitely hubris on my part. Things looked bad for Brad Keller almost right out of the gate, giving up a lead off single to Austin Meadows, followed by an Arozarena single, followed by a Joey Wendle fielder’s choice. Lowe grounded into a fielder’s choice that definitely should...
Apr 16, 2021
Outside The Confines: A pause to remember Jackie Robinson

Outside The Confines: A pause to remember Jackie Robinson

Photo by Allan Grant/The LIFE Picture Collection via All of baseball donned the number 42 in the annual tradition. MLB has a long history of doing poorly when it comes to embracing diversity, from problematic team names to a lack of representation in higher-level management roles, to how the Negro Leagues have been treated over time. There are a lot of thoughts on how baseball likes to pat itself on the back, especially on the annual Jackie Robinson Day, which celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier and becoming the first Black player to take...
Apr 15, 2021
Get your Wilson Ramos “Detroit Buffalo” shirt from BreakingT!

Get your Wilson Ramos “Detroit Buffalo” shirt from BreakingT!

Celebrate one of the season’s early heroes. There have been plenty of great and unexpected stories from the Detroit Tigers early in the season, with many players defying expectation and making the club a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Not all of those stories are t-shirt worthy (Akil Baddoo’s breakout certainly has been), but we think one other player is well worth being in the spotlight, and that’s Detroit’s current home run king, Wilson Ramos. Ramos is currently only behind Ronald Acuña Jr. atop the MLB home run leaders, with six long balls heading into the weekend...
Apr 13, 2021
Rays 3, Rangers 8: A Texas-sized gap in the score.

Rays 3, Rangers 8: A Texas-sized gap in the score.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports This one was not fun. Right from the start, tonight’s game felt unsteady, like it could tip one way or the other at the faintest nudge. Ryan Yarbrough had a rough first inning, that started with a single off the first batter in Kiner-Falefa, who then quickly took second on a dropped-ball balk call. Joey Gallo singled to score Kiner-Falefa, giving the Rangers a lead in just their first three batters. Yarbrough gave up one more single in the first, but no further runs scored. In the bottom of the inning the Rays quickly looked to even things...
Apr 12, 2021
Tigers 6, Astros 2: It started from the bottom (of the order)...

Tigers 6, Astros 2: It started from the bottom (of the order)...

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports ... and now we’re here. You could be forgiven if, in the first inning of today’s game, with the Tigers loading the bases and a tea party on the mound, you thought: does Zack Greinke still have it? That, friends, is the silent power of Zack Greinke, because one pitch later, the inning ended with a classic TTBDNS. You’ll also have to forgive me if I wax a little poetic about Greinke in the midst of this recap, because he’s just such an unusual creature in the majors: a pitcher who can start games and top out in the mid-80s and still...
Apr 12, 2021
Behind Enemy Lines: Chatting with the staff of Crawfish Boxes

Behind Enemy Lines: Chatting with the staff of Crawfish Boxes

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ We might have asked about that whole scandal thing... If there’s one thing that comes to mind when someone says “Houston Astros” it definitely involves a trash can or two. That said, the Astros of today are barely the same team they were in 2017, and yes, fans of the club are a little tired of those same old jokes. Ahead of the Tigers series this week we had the opportunity to have our burning questions answered not by one but by all of the wonderful writing crew over at Crawfish Boxes. With many thanks to their managing editor William...
Apr 12, 2021
Outside The Confines: Padres make no-hitter history

Outside The Confines: Padres make no-hitter history

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ And a former Cub was along for the ride. There’s a bit of a popular narrative these days (and if a rare Pirates fan has stumbled over here, please avert your eyes and go right to the links), but people love to point out that Pirates pitchers go on to achieve great things when they leave the club. It’s hard to say they’re wrong if you look at the post-Pirates careers of Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Charlie Morton, and now Joe Musgrove. Musgrove made history on Friday night, as he pitched a no-hitter: the first in San Diego Padres history....
Apr 11, 2021
Rays 4, Yankees 8: Honey Day!

Rays 4, Yankees 8: Honey Day!

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ How sweet it was to see Brent Honeywell as the Opener. Today was a very big deal for Rays fans, and for one pitcher who has waited three and a half years to make his major league debut. Expectations were at an all-time high on Sunday, with Brent Honeywell Jr. getting the call up after Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day IL. Honeywell was poised to take the Opener role on Sunday’s game ahead of Michael Wacha on bulk innings. You would never have known it was Honeywell’s major league debut to look at him. The 26-year-old was calm and...
Apr 8, 2021
Introduce yourself to the DRaysBay community

Introduce yourself to the DRaysBay community

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via The Rays are headed home, so let’s get to know our Rays family As the new 2021 season gets underway (with mixed results) we wanted to take an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what really makes DRaysBay one of the best places on the internet to get your Tampa Bay Rays content: our community. From the writing crew, to the commenters, we have Rays fans from all around the world coming together at DRB to share in the joys and frustrations of the season. With things now headed back to Tropicana Field, we thought it would be a good...
Apr 7, 2021
Who’s on Worst: Rookie of the Year

Who’s on Worst: Rookie of the Year

Photo by 20th Century-Fox/ We promise, we are pretty nice about this one. There are a surprising number of older baseball movies targeted towards kids. When we put out the poll for this episode, we were secretly hoping to be able to ruin one of your childhood favorites, but if you’re here for a bit of schadenfreude, I’m sorry to tell you you’re going to be disappointed. Brett, Darby, and Ashley watched the 1993 kids move Rookie of the Year, in which 12-year-old Henry is suddenly the only thing filling the seats at Wrigley Field, and a money-hungry would-be new...
Apr 7, 2021
Outside The Confines: The All-Star Game is Colorado bound

Outside The Confines: The All-Star Game is Colorado bound

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ Insert joke about getting high, as in altitude. After it was announced that the All-Star Game would be pulled from Atlanta, a lot of questions lingered as to where the new home would be. There were lots of rumors about where the game might be played, but on Tuesday the announcement was made official: Coors Field in Denver would be the new home of the ASG. And better yet for those who know Coors, it will also be the home of the Home Run Derby. Let’s start off with some buzz about the game move, then move into the rest of the links! Howard...
Apr 6, 2021
Rays 5, Red Sox 6: Wild pitches and baserunning boo-boos.

Rays 5, Red Sox 6: Wild pitches and baserunning boo-boos.

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The Rays will need to be cleaner than this against the Yankees. A lot of things didn’t go quite right in the second game of the three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox. Before the game descended into the madness of extra innings, on paper there was plenty to like, but the game showed that the team will need to clean up some sloppy play if before the weekend. Starting out with Tyler Glasnow, let’s look at the line on paper: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K in 97 pitches. Good, right? Absolutely, if you...
Apr 5, 2021
Behind Enemy Lines: Talking offseason moves with Twinkie Town

Behind Enemy Lines: Talking offseason moves with Twinkie Town

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ We might also have asked about Josh Donaldson’s new hair. The Tigers are riding high off their first series win of the season and some unexpectedly delightful performances from their staff. As they invite another division rival club, the Minnesota Twins, into town, we wanted to know what to expect from the Twins. TJ Gorsegner, site manager of the SB Nation Twins blog Twinkie Town, was kind enough to take some time to answer a few burning early-season questions about their new offseason pickups, and what the heck is going on...
Apr 2, 2021
Outside The Confines: Bad Name Stadium

Outside The Confines: Bad Name Stadium

Photo by Mark Brown/ The new Marlins park name is... perplexing. The day before Opening Day dawned, the Miami Marlins announced they had come to an agreement with a sponsor for the naming rights of Marlins Park. When the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays took to the field on Opening Day, it might have seemed like an April Fools joke, but indeed, the stadium’s name had been changed to loanDepot park. Yes, that’s a lowercase L and they did insist on a lowercase P in park. This might be the most absurd update to stadium news since since the Rangers finally showed off their...

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