RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mikie Mahtook awards $5,000 grant for flood victims

Foundation makes grant for student relief.
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
33 minutes ago

What Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Red Sox 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays have been better. Prior to the All-Star break, the Rays ranked 26th in MLB with a -74 run differential. That is, they gave up 74 more runs than they scored, a sure-fire way to lose a lot of ballgames. Since the All...
Via Rays Index
58 minutes ago

Rays playoff hero Dan Johnson joins Dodgers as pitcher

Former Tampa Bay Rays playoff hero turned knuckleball pitcher Dan Johnson is getting another shot with a major league organization, as the 37-year-old recently had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson, who has been a two-way player with the independent St. Paul Saints, will pitch at Double-A Tulsa. He had a 4-3 record with a 4.50 ERA with the Saints this season...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – August 22, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Monday, August 22, 2016: Total Attendance: 13,576 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 66 Attendance: 13,576 Starting Pitcher: Blake Snell Opponent: Boston Red Sox Opponent Starting Pitcher: David Price Avg Attendance to Date: 16,124 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 18,174 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 14,091 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
3 hours ago

Command continues to elude Rays' Snell

To find Rays left-hander Blake Snell's last efficient outing, the calendar has to flip back a full month to when the rookie, who entered the season as one of baseball's top prospects, took the mound in Oakland. His July 24 start was the last time Snell lasted more than 5 1/3 innings. He hasn't been bad in his five starts since, but a glaring flaw has materialized.
Via Rays.com
10 hours ago

Rays offense baffled by David Price, fall to Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.Price (12-8) walked two, struck out eight and didn't allow a runner past first base while extending Tampa Bay's scoring drought against Boston to 25 innings dating...
Via Associated Press
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longo homers, but Rays fall to Price, Sox

The Rays came into Monday's opener against the Red Sox having scored 55 runs in the previous seven games. Apparently the only thing that could cool them off was facing Red Sox lefty ace David Price. The former Rays star pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in a 6-2 Red Sox win at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
12 hours ago

Kiermaier back, but Rays will exercise caution

Kevin Kiermaier rejoined the Rays' starting lineup Monday after a two-day absence, but Tampa Bay is going to be cautious with its Gold Glove Award-winning center fielder.
Via Rays.com
16 hours ago

Rationale behind Rays freezing season ticket prices

ShareLast week, the Rays announced that they were freezing season ticket prices for the next two years. That means 2016 season ticket holders get the same prices for their 2017 and 2018 season ticket packages. In a business where prices usually increase, seeing a price freeze makes some think business is doing bad. Cork Gaines of RaysIndex.com called the Rays decision a “terrible...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
22 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: who’s questioning Evan Longoria now?

Standards are made in a hope that the individual who made them is able to maintain them. Whether that is warranted or not amongst the opinions of outside individuals is debatable, yet somehow one “flash in the pan” run is supposed to solidify the talents of an athlete for an entire career. Anything less, Heaven forbid, anything significantly less, can be detrimental to a career...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The New What Next: Rays vs Red Sox — yet ANOTHER series preview

17,685 attended the series finale between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. (Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex) The Tampa Bay Rays continue their current 10-game home stand with a four-game series against AL East rivals, the Boston Red Sox, starting Monday. Led by one of the hottest pitching staffs in baseball since the All-Star Break, Tampa Bay took two of three...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wood returns to form with Biscuits

After missing some time with a broken thumb, Hunter Wood looks to finish the season on a high note Speaking of quality pitching, Princeton shut out Pulaski for 17 innings over the course of two games Sunday. In those games, five Princeton pitchers struck out 20 batters, walked two and allowed just nine hits. Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-73) Jake Hager's first Triple-A home run lifted...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Post-break Odorizzi showing Rays’ potential

TAMPA – If you’re still wondering why the Texas Rangers were kicking the tires on Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the weeks leading up the trade deadline, look at the third inning of their 8-2 loss at Tropicana Field on Saturday. The answer is right there. Up 2-0 but in a bind after allowing […] The post Post-break Odorizzi showing Rays’ potential appeared first...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Longoria, Maile homer; Rays end Rangers' winning streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Evan Longoria and Luke Maile homered, Jake Odorizzi won his fifth game since the All-Star break and the Tampa Bay Rays ended the Texas Rangers' four-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory Saturday night. Odorizzi (8-5) is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus had two hits each for the Rangers, who...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Wounded Slowly Return to Action

The Tampa Bay Rays went through the first 40-games of the season without any significant injuries requiring a stint on the disabled list. However, that wasn’t the case in the games that followed. Everybody knows about the horrific number of injuries Tampa Bay Rays’ players have suffered this year. At any one time you could […] Tampa Bay Rays: Wounded Slowly Return to Action...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 days ago

Rays' Franklin available after getting hit by bat on head

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays utility man Nick Franklin is available to play after being hit in the head on deck Wednesday by a teammate's bat. Franklin was not in the starting lineup against Texas left-hander Cole Hamels Friday night but could come off the bench. ''Everything is good,'' Franklin said. ''Everything came out fine. I'm set to play whenever.'' Kevin...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: Can Chris Archer Finally Be Trusted?

For the fantasy owners who drafted Chris Archer back in March, the answer to the question posed in the title is likely quite simple: no, he can't be trusted. And, well, it's difficult to argue against the fact that he has been disappointing this season. His earned run average has jumped nearly a full run from last year (3.23 to 4.18), and his 7-16 win-loss record looks like it came...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays infielder Nick Franklin hit in head by bat in on-deck circle

The on-deck circle can be a weird, bizarre and somewhat dangerous place, and it certainly was that for Rays infielder Nick Franklin on Wednesday afternoon. In the bottom of the first, Franklin went down to pick something up. Teammate Kevin Kiermaier, not realizing that Franklin was there, continued to take warm-up cuts anyway, and hit his teammate in the head. Franklin stayed...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier’s Got a New Plan

Kevin Kiermaier missed a good chunk of the season after breaking his glove hand in late May, and that’s a shame, because when Kiermaier is in the field, he’s among the most exciting players in baseball. Kiermaier is must-see television with a glove in his hand. Decidedly less so at the plate. He’s been roughly a league-average hitter through 1,100 career plate appearances,...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Cobb rehab update

With the type of year the Tampa Bay Rays (47-69) are having, clinging to positives, regardless of how big or small, makes the smarting season feel a bit more bearable. One of them being that Rays’ ace, Alex Cobb, is making steady progress working his way up through the minors, with the potential to make a few appearances at the end of the current season. Cobb went under the knife...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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