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Preview – Yankees vs Rays (4/27/15)

The Rays come to town to start 17 straight games in which the Yanks face the AL East. Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40 ERA) faces off against Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.32 ERA) to kick things off. This will be Warren’s second time in three starts facing Tampa Bay. The last time he took a no decision throwing four innings giving up four runs on six hits. He got his first win of the season his...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vol 3: AL East Weekly Wrap-Up

Mark Teixeira had a monster week for the Yankees as he hit 5 HR and driving in 12. The New York Yankees are rolling. Until yesterday, they had only lost once all week and are the best overall team of the week as they’re getting offense, pitching, and defense. The AL East is all bunched up and that shouldn’t be expected to change at all throughout the year. Fluctuations, ups...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays, Archer complete sweep of Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball in seven scoreless innings and Brandon Guyer drove in four runs Sunday as the Tampa Bay Rays won their fifth straight, 5-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Archer (3-2) became the first American League pitcher to go four starts within one season without giving up an earned run since Zach Greinke did it for Kansas City in 2009...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Going Deep: Week Four Fantasy Baseball Options

As the season has gotten underway, those playing in deeper leagues, or AL/NL only formats are beginning to deal with slow starts and injuries, and are now pillaging the waiver wire for potentially viable options.  Let me begin by saying this article is not written with the intent of helping you in your 8-12 team mixed league.  Most of the players listed here are not any better...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Smiles for Drew Smyly

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Drew Smyly should give the Tampa Bay Rays a reason to smile. The starting pitcher is scheduled to return to the major league diamond today, Friday, April 24th, 2015. He will be taking on the Toronto Blue Jay’s ace, R.A. Dickey. Rays fans are curious to see Smyly’s tenure with the club pan out. He was acquired during last year...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Activate Drew Smyly

View image | The Tampa Bay Rays are 8-8 to start the 2015 MLB season and have done so without Drew Smyly, who has been out with shoulder inflammation.  Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nate Karns have made 12 of the teams 16 starts.  Archer and Odorizzi have been lights out, Karns, not so much.  Smyly is a huge upgrade to a rotation that has seen Matt...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays – Rays Series Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off a 10-game road trip in Florida with 3 games this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Rays are in the midst of a six-game homestand after taking two of three from the Red Sox.  Toronto just finished a run of 10 games at home where they went 5-5. The Rays and The Trop have been a bit of an elephant’s graveyard for the Blue Jays...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Lead Early, but Rays Were The Winners in the End

The Sox took the first game of the series when they squeaked out a 1-0 victory behind Wade Miley’s strong start.  Today the Sox would have Joe Kelly on the mound vs. Nathan Karns for the Rays.  So far in the season, Kelly has been the most consistent starting pitcher for the Sox and while he would continue that trend for a while, he struggled in the 6th and it ended up being...
Via Fenway West
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Smyly to rejoin Rays rotation Friday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly is set to rejoin the rotation. Smyly, who hasn't pitched this season after being sidelined by left shoulder tendinitis during spring training, is scheduled to face Toronto on Friday night. ''I'm excited to get the season going for myself,'' Smyly said Wednesday. ''I'm ready. I'm just anxious to get out there.'' Smyly...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer Looks A Bit Hypocritical With David Ortiz Strikeout Celebration

If Chris Archer is going to be the arbiter of baseball etiquette, he maybe should cool it just a little bit. The Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher ruffled some feathers last season when he criticized Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. After a slower than normal home run trot from Ortiz, Archer piped up by putting down Ortiz, claiming the DH’s...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap - Red Sox open road trip with 1-0 win over Rays

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterThe Red Sox opened their brief 6-game road trip with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Wade Miley (pictured) went 5.2 innings for the Red Sox, shutting the Rays down on just 3 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 3 in his best outing of 2015 so far.Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross Jr. and Junichi Tazawa held the Rays hitless...
Via RedSoxLife
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Where It All Went Wrong for Grant Balfour

It wasn’t too long ago that Grant Balfour was one of the premiere closers in the game and a prized free agent commodity. His reasonable new deal (two years, $12 million) with the Tampa Bay Rays, signed during the 2014 off-season, incited extensive elation throughout a fan base that already had very lofty expectations for their team. I don’t think anyone would have predicted...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Tampa Rays in Collapse Mode? Because in MLB's new reality, that's how teams build

It's been a while since the Yankees owned Tampa. You could say it's been seven years - since Evan Longoria arrived on the scene. Before Longoria, the Devil Rays were lovable Yankee patsies, a stream of Jorge Cantus and Rocco Baldellis. Around 2008, they became a contender, thanks to Longoria and a seemingly endless line of young pitchers, most of them top picks in the MLB draft.This...

Tampa Bay Rays bullpen injuries continue

Jake McGee is taking strides in his journey back from his elbow injury. The Tampa Bay Rays place left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness. The move occurred before their Friday matchup against the New York Yankees. To replace Beliveau, the Rays called up lefty C.J Riefenhauser from AAA Durham, which will give him an opportunity to prove himself...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier’s Rise and Evaluating Sample Size

Forecasting breakout hitters is extremely difficult. A shift in approach at the plate, a swing adjustment, or just natural progression as a player ages and gains more experience against big league pitching are hard to account for in a preseason projection when the only data we have on a hitter leads us to draw certain conclusions. As much as we like to speculate on breakout candidates...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar scaled the wall to rob Tim Beckham of a homer

Crazy things happen in the Rogers Centre outfield, and on Wednesday, another one of those crazy moments happened. Check out this catch by Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar to rob Rays second baseman Tim Beckham of a homer in the seventh inning. Like…how? What? That’s not a short fence, and Pillar wasn’t exactly running at full speed when he made his leap. But whenever I...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Former LSU Tiger Mikie Mahtook Drills First MLB Homer

In a moment that some only ever dream of, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and former LSU Tiger standout Mikie Mahtook has made a reality. In the Rays’ game tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre, Mahtook got his first major league hit. Even more special was that it was a two-run shot off of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle. Mahtook ended up going 1-for-2 on the...
Via Campus Sports Net
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Pillar climbs wall to rob home run

Your browser does not support iframes. On Tuesday, Nolan Arenado presented a candidate for Major League Baseball’s catch of the season by making a spectacular grab down the third base line. The following day, Kevin Pillar did his best to one up him. In the top of the seventh inning, Rays second baseman Tim Beckham...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Allan Dykstra Bunts Ball Off His Face; Teammate Reacts Perfectly (GIF)

Bunting ain’t easy. Tampa Bay Rays rookie Allan Dykstra had a memorable day at the ballpark Monday, collecting his first major league hit and his first shiner from a bunt-gone-wrong during batting practice all in the same 24 hours. The 27-year-old had quite the painful pregame experience, as he fouled the second pitch he saw directly into his own face while getting some extra...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Opening series observations

Desmond Jennings scored a run in Tampa’s first win of the year on Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Rays began opening day by retiring Don Zimmer’s number 66. They ended it with a 6-2 loss. In the second game, the Rays scored five runs but gave up six in the losing effort. Game three proved to be more fortunate for the Rays as they won 2-0. Here are some observations on that opening...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan runs onto field, greets CF, hops fence

A man who attended Tuesday night’s Orioles-Rays game really wanted to meet Desmond Jennings. He apparently was willing to go to great lengths to meet the Rays outfielder, judging by what happened during the game. The man took matters into his own hands at one point by running onto the field and shaking Jennings’ hand. When you run on the field during a game to shake Desmond...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s ‘Game of Thrones Night’ (pic)

On April 23, the Duraham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will hold “Game of Thrones Night” at their home ballpark when it hosts the Charlotte Knights. No word if the visiting squad will wear the white cloaks of the Kingsguard. The Bulls, however, will be wearing special jerseys to commemorate the...Read More The post Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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