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The New What Next: Rays, Smyly look to rebound against the A’s Saturday night

Better than the Pepsi Bottle Race. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays will try to rebound from a disappointing 1-0, extra inning loss against the Oakland Athletics — their first loss in four days. Jake Odorizzi threw a superb eight inning affair Friday night, and LHP Drew Smyly  (2-11, 5.64 ERA) will try to replicate that success for Tampa Bay...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 hours ago

Odorizzi 'outstanding,' but bad luck persists

Another no-decision for Jake Odorizzi on Friday night. Boy, did he deserve better.
Via Rays.com
10 hours ago

Rays 0, A’s 1: Don’t. Blink.

Pitching masterpiece goes to waste There are a couple reasons not to blink during a pitchers duel. The obvious one is that you don’t want to miss the one moment during the entire game when somebody finally scores. The other is, if you blink too long, you fall asleep and miss four or five innings, because West Coast road trips are awful. Anyway, if you like pitching, last night’s...
Via DRaysBay
11 hours ago

Morrison (wrist) hopes to return this weekend

Logan Morrison is a Rays player who could become a "rental" for another team before Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 Trade Deadline. He's also out of the lineup for at least another day due to a sore right wrist.
Via Rays.com
16 hours ago

Rays are wisely playing hardball with pitching in demand at deadline

Some quick notes on the trade market:• The Rangers are not optimistic that they will acquire one of the Rays' starting pitchers, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.The teams are struggling to match up on a deal, and the reason could be the Rangers' reluctance to part with a top youngster such as Jurickson Profar for a modestly accomplished pitcher such as...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays win third straight, 7-3

Darkness on the edge of town. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The miracle stretch for the Tampa Bay Rays continued Thursday night. Tampa Bay chased Sonny Gray in the fifth inning, as the team rolled to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics — the Rays’ third consecutive win, and fourth in five games. Source: FanGraphs The Rays tallied a first inning run and never looked back...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Tim Beckham ties club record with 8th straight hit, leads Rays in victory over Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Getting the chance to play first base for the first time, Tim Beckham figured he might as well hit like a slugging first baseman instead of a middle infielder.Beckham made the most of his emergency position switch by hitting a homer and sparking a four-run inning with his eighth straight hit over three games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tim Beckham leads Rays to 7-3 victory over Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tim Beckham homered and then sparked a four-run inning with his eighth straight hit over three games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. He followed up a five-hit game in Colorado on Wednesday by hitting a solo homer in the second against Sonny Gray (4-9) and then adding a leadoff single in the big fifth...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Good chance Chris Archer ends up with Dodgers

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is one of the more intriguing names on the trade market this month, and he may be inching closer to a new destination. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that he has been told by an executive that the chances of Archer going to the Los Angeles Dodgers are high. Exec from team that's been talking with the Rays says he sees such a good fit...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Now Might Be the Best Time to Trade Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria is the Tampa Bay Rays’ best player in franchise history. That’s not a particularly controversial suggestion: the franchise has only been around for 19 seasons and Longoria has been a mainstay on the team for nearly a decade. His 47 WAR bests Carl Crawford‘s sum with club by 10 wins and, with 25 more games, he will secure the record for games played in a Rays uniform...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The New What Next: Rays vs A’s — a series preview

The Tampa Bay Rays claimed their second series vs. the Rockies at Coors Field, and the first of the second-half. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays emerged from an extended skid to score 21 runs in back-to-back victories and their first series win of the second-half. They will strive to maintain their bourgeoning hot streak on Thursday, when the Rays open a four...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days 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. RAYS 11, Rockies 3 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Have yourself a day, Tim Beckham! Beckham went 5-5 as the Rays crushed the Rockies for the second-straight day. If you want to poo-poo it a little bit, three of the hits were groundballs and only one of those reached the outfield...
Via Rays Index
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – July 20, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Wednesday, July 20, 2016: Total Attendance: 1,987 Bradenton Marauders: Team Home Game #: 50 Attendance: 1,218 Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Brubaker Opponent: Clearwater Threshers Opponent Starting Pitcher: Luke Leftwich Avg Attendance to Date: 1,414 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 862 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 1,227 Avg Attendance for...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 days ago

Archer, Beckham lead Rays to series win over the Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- Chris Archer struck out 11 over six innings for his first win since June 6, Tim Beckham had a career-high five hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Colorado Rockies 11-3 on Wednesday.Evan Longoria kept up his hot hitting with two doubles as the Rays took two of three to capture their first road series since June 6-8 at Arizona. Longoria turned in a big series with...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Cobb’s rehab shut sown

Mechanical and fatigue issues shut down Cobb’s rehab assignment, return to the Tampa Bay Rays pushed back. Still no indication of a setback. The news for the Tampa Bay Rays and Alex Cobb wasn’t exactly what everyone wanted to hear, but as they say it’s better to be safe than sorry. On Tuesday, the Tampa […] Tampa Bay Rays: Cobb’s rehab shut sown - Rays Colored Glasses ...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 days ago

How You’d Argue MVP Kevin Kiermaier If You Wanted To

Kevin Kiermaier is not going to be voted American League Most Valuable Player. I personally would not vote for Kevin Kiermaier as American League Most Valuable Player. He’ll be on zero radars, and that’s perfectly fine. Other players will be more deserving — I just want to quickly expand on something that came up during my chat last Friday. Let’s say you really really really...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays trade rumors: where should Jake Odorizzi go?

With the trade deadline approaching fast, teams that are out of the race like the Tampa Bay Rays have to decide quickly who they plan on trading and who they plan on keeping. One of the players that has been a hot topic on the rumor mill as of late is Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi makes sense for many teams. Not only is he a talented young arm, but he is under team control through the...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Archer reportedly not available unless overwhelming offer made

As the August 1 MLB trade deadline nears, we’ve heard ad infinitum that this is a sellers’ market taking shape before us this year. The Tampa Bay Rays are our latest proof of that much. According to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN on Sunday, Rays All-Star pitcher Chris Archer is not available for trade unless a totally overwhelming offer is made. Rays have told teams Chris...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers targeting Rays' starting pitchers in trade

The Texas Rangers need starting pitching, and they’re eyeing the Tampa Bay Rays as a possible trade partner. Matt Moore is a name high on Texas’s list, but Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly are also reportedly on the Rangers' radar. #Rangers engaged in ongoing trade talks with #Rays about Matt Moore, sources say. No deal imminent. Moore pitched very well Saturday. @MLB — Jon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB focusing on new stadiums for A's, Rays before expansion

There will come a time down the line when Major League Baseball dives deep into potential expansion possibilities, a topic Commissioner Rob Manfred has not been shy about discussing since taking over the position from Bud Selig, who oversaw expansion projects in Colorado, Florida (twice), and Arizona to go with the relocation of the Expos to Washington D.C. Manfred will likely one...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: non-playoff second half goals

I have never been one to count out teams in any sport at any level. I think it discounts the comeback potential of any group of athletes, and writes off something that hasn’t happened yet. If the players know the odds are stacked against them through what journalists/experts write, it could inspire them to overcome the odds. All the while, if the fans lose their hope, it typically...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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