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WATCH: Who is Boog Powell?

The Baltimore Orioles, the long ball, and “Mesquite Cookery” all have a common factor-but we know enough about him. There’s a new “Boog” in the AL East, and you won’t find him or his barbecue joint (if he had one) lurking in the shadows of Camden Yards. Herschel Mack Powell IV was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays along with longtime teammate Daniel Robertson in the trade...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz's home run lands in Tampa Bay's "Touch Tank' (VIDEO)

In the top of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, Nelson Cruz launched a three-run home run into Tropicana Field's 10,000-gallon "Touch Tank," the home to a group of minding-their own-business, cownose rays. While the Seattle Mariners slugger's 18th homer might have interrupted the rays' peaceful moment away from all of the groping fans, it also gave the his team a...
Via The Other Paper
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seminoles Player Shotguns A Beer After Smacking A Double

Florida State Seminoles infielder Quincy Nieporte needed something to quench his thirst after smacking a double in a recent collegiate contest. Nieporte definitely deserves a gold star for originality on this one. This dude pretended to shotgun a beer after he hit a double
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Replays Have to Be “Clear and Convincing”?

Last night, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash had some harsh words for the umpires after the Rays’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Noting he had no recourse “other than just to tell them how bad they stink,” Cash made it clear just how much he disagreed with a call made by the umpire’s early on in his team’s loss. “Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,” he said...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Cash makes no apologies for criticizing umps after Tuesday's loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash stands by his critical comments about a first-inning call in Tuesday night's 7-6, 10-inning loss to Seattle. Cash said after the game that a safe call at the plate for Seattle -- allowed to stand after a video review -- was "terrible and "embarrassing." "But I don't want to take away anything, we got beat by the Mariners...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays release reliever Grant Balfour again

For the second time this season the Tampa Bay Rays have released relief pitcher Grant Balfour. The 37-year-old Balfour asked for and was given his release from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. Balfour was released by the Rays in April after allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings of work despite the team still owing him $7 million. Balfour opted to return to the Rays almost two weeks...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Kevin Cash sounds off on 'terrible' and 'embarrassing' umpiring

Following the Tampa Bay Rays' tight 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners, manager Kevin Cash had some strong opinions about the umpires' calls during the game. As Cash told reporters, he was mostly upset with the first-inning replay challenge in which the Mariners scored on a play at the plate. Here's what he said regarding the review: "Terrible. Terrible. It's embarrassing. We spend...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriotic fan snags foul ball, dances like crazy (GIF)

On Memorial Day, it seemed appropriate that a fan with a stars-and-stripes jacket snagged a foul ball and broke out some crazy dance moves during Monday's Tampa Bay Rays game against Seattle. It happened in the top of the third inning as Mariners batter Robinson Cano hit a foul ball into the stands near left field. The patriotic fan grabbed the ball on the aisle steps, then expressed...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays place 1B James Loney on disabled list with broken finger

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger. Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland. The Rays recalled infielder Tim Beckham and infielder-outfielder Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham before Monday night's game with Seattle...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oakland A's Stephen Vogt Survives Epic Collision at the Plate With Tampa Bay Rays Steven Souza Jr.

MLB decided a season or two ago that they did not like guys trying to run over catchers at the plate. Yeah, the play does kind of scream injury for the catchers, but what is a base runner supposed to do when he fails to beat the ball home? Turn around and run back to third only to be nabbed in a run down? No! He has to run over the catcher.The play has not been totally banned so...
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Strictly Souza

Souza leads the team in home runs (seven) and stolen bases (21) The Tampa Bay Rays (24-20) are in first place in the American League East. Credit is due to many factors, but a large bulk of it should be given  to right fielder, Steven Souza Jr. This is Souza’s second major league season, and he is finally showing the baseball world what his game is all about. His seven home runs...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays minor-league team cancels ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’

The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box as a subtle jab at Alex Rodriguez before Friday night’s game. But, after the Yankees complained about the “A-Rod Juice Box Night” promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," the Florida team cancelled the free giveaway. In a photo illustration...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays minor-league affiliate cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box Night'

In minor league baseball news, the Charlotte Stone Crabs (class A afflilate of the Tampa Bay Rays) play the Tampa Yankees Friday night, and in honor of the occasion, they planned a special promotion called "A-Rod Juice Box Night". #StoneCrabs poke fun at #Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with "A-Rod Juice Box Night" http://t.co/k0aShe1EWS pic.twitter.com/1qm42GCgQV — Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale...
Via Holdout Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Graph: Chris Archer Among the Greats

Earlier today, the present author utilized a nearly coherent metaphor involving astronomy to illustrate a point about Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer — namely that, not unlike how a star is both luminous and hot, so is Chris Archer’s future as a pitcher simultaneously luminous and also bursting with heat. There are a number of […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays affiliate removes any mention of ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’ (photo)

Alex Rodriguez arguably has been saying and doing all the right things in his return to Major League Baseball after serving a season in exile. And while for some it may be easy to forgive and forget, there are others who insist Rodriguez’s sordid history makes him an individual unworthy and undeserving of even a...Read More The post Rays affiliate removes any mention of ‘A-Rod...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stan Boroski on the Rays’ PITCHf/x Usage

Like most teams, the Tampa Bay Rays utilize PITCHf/x data. Stan Boroski, the club’s bullpen coach, looks at it every morning and, along with pitching coach Jim Hickey, uses the findings as an assessment tool. From time to time, what he sees elicits a call to action regarding a member of the pitching staff.. Boroski, […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Hindsight on Forsythe

At second base, Forsythe has a career fielding percentage of .976 Logan Forsythe is doing it all for the Tampa Bay Rays (20-16) this year, and he is doing it from just about every position on the field. His offensive numbers are the highest they have ever been in his five-year career. It became clear that Forsythe was in the team’s future from his first year in Tampa; he played...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier on Turning a Corner

When Kevin Kiermaier made his MLB debut at the end of the 2013 season, he did so as a defensive replacement. The Tampa Bay Rays dynamo was 23 years old at the time, and in the eyes of many, a glove-first fourth outfielder with questionable offensive skills. A 31st-round pick in 2012 out of D-II […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan gets marriage proposal from man who saved her life

A Tampa Bay Rays fan who miraculously survived being stabbed 32 times by an ex-boyfriend in 2012 received a romantic surprise on Monday when her current boyfriend proposed to her on the mound after she threw out a ceremonial first pitch. After performing her first pitch duties, Melissa Dohme was greeted by boyfriend Cameron Hill,...Read More The post Rays fan receives marriage proposal...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation is in trouble

Because the Gods hate baseball fans, Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher Alex Cobb has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, and Drew Smyly is most likely lost for the season with a tear in his labrum. Cobb hasn’t even thrown a pitch yet in 2015, and Smyly had only made three starts. Rays’ starters just cannot stay healthy. According to Marc Topkin of Tampabay.com, the Rays...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to undergo Tommy John surgery

The hits keep coming for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who has missed extended time in each of the past two seasons with a multitude of injuries. Cobb, 27, has yet to pitch this season due to due to forearm tendinitis. And while there wasn’t much hope that Cobb would return anytime soon, the latest information directly from the Rays is nothing less than a major setback...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Delmon Young is terrified of fielding the ball

Delmon Young broke into the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays as a highly touted prospect with a huge bat but suspect fielding skills. His career has pretty much played out according to the predicted script: An often formidable force with a bat in his hands but with a glove on his hand and...Read More The post Watching a terrified Delmon Young field this ball is as good as it...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Cobb: Potential Victim Of Tommy John Surgery

May 10, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, according to reports. Tampa Bay has said that Cobb is going to try to pitch...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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