The New What Next: Rays vs Blue Jays ― a series preview, part two

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. scores on an RBI double by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali in the fifth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) Coming off a 3-1 loss, yet a series win, against Baltimore, the Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Toronto Blue Jays into the Trop for a three-game series...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball: Rays’ Steve Pearce, Brandon Guyer worth adding in deep leagues

As we near the endpoint of Week 4 of the Major League Baseball season, fantasy league waiver wires are becoming less and less plentiful. Sure, if you’re in a 10-team league or a shallower 12-teamer, there are gems to be had — every league has an owner who panics and drops a good player after a cold start — but I’ll let the watered down publications handle that stuff; these...
Via The Fantasy Fix
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The Rays’ Rotation Has Already Improved

It was barely a month ago that we ran our annual positional power rankings series. Perceptions of players and teams ought not to change too much after just a few weeks of baseball, but the neat thing about having projections is around is that they update themselves every night. Never by much, but they’re constantly re-evaluating to reflect whatever’s happened by the appropriate...
Via Fangraphs
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: Will Rays seek more offense?

Offense is on the minds of Rays fans, with many wondering if changes will come at shortstop, catcher and first base. Bill Chastain gives his take in the latest Inbox.
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20 hours ago

Oh my…that diving catch by Steven Souza Jr.

Kevin Kiermaier jumps over Steven Souza Jr. after Souza made a leaping catch of a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Steve Nesius) Even though the Tampa Bay Rays couldn’t put away the Baltimore Orioles in the series finale Thursday night, there was one glimmering highlight: the fourth inning, diving catch by Steven Souza Jr. Call it laziness...
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23 hours ago

Souza makes spectacular snag on Davis' drive

Steven Souza Jr. pulled a Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth to flag down a Chris Davis drive with a diving catch at the wall.
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1 day ago

Rays encouraged by Boxberger's bullpen session

Brad Boxberger threw from a mound on Wednesday, and the results were encouraging. "I did not actually see it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But I know leading up to the bullpen, everybody was really thrilled with his progress and the way the ball was coming out of his hand playing catch."
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1 day ago

A note from the mayor of St. Petersburg regarding the Rays

Mayor Rick Kriseman worked the ‘Baseball Forever’ tent on Opening Day. Earlier this week, State Senator Jack Latvala wrote the mayor of St. Petersburg a letter asking why the Baseball Forever Campaign was focused on keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. This was his response: “I am the mayor of St. Petersburg” Dear Senator Latvala, Thank you for your letter and...
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1 day ago

Altered approach could be the key to Chris Archer’s long-term success

No one should argue the statement that Chris Archer is on a very short list of the best pitchers in Tampa Bay history. His performance of late, however, has been anything but stellar, including an 0-4 mark with a 7.32 ERA through his first four starts, making him the only hurler in Rays annals to open a season with four losses in as many tries. On Monday, the Chris Archer who emerged...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

DRaysBay Mailbag #3: Snell, Conger, and Throwback Jersey talk

Is Hank Conger responsible for Archer's slow start? Are you more excited about seeing the old Rays on the Padres, Kershaw's sicknasty curve, or the D-Backs horrible new uniforms? Those questions and more on this week's AskDRB! For the first time, I don't have to leadoff the show with tons and tons of LoMo talk! Huzzah! This week, we dive into some interesting topics, some to do with...
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1 day ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Market Zip Code Analysis: 34209

ShareContinuing our deep-dive into the most populated zip codes in the Tampa Bay area. We will look at who lives there, how much money they have, what baseball teams they root for, and how far they are to baseball. Statistics are acquired via census.gov, Facebook/New York Times study, Google Maps. Assumptions: We are assuming two things. 1) The population of baseball fans is 50%...

Comment suggests Rays are planning to fix the biggest complaint fans have with the uniforms

The Rays appear to be working towards fixing the biggest complaint fans have with their uniforms — the absence of any jersey that says “Tampa Bay” across the front. Maybe. When asked on Twitter if the Rays will ever have a road jersey that says “Tampa Bay,” the official account of the Rays coyly responded “yes,” but also hinted it could be well down the road. Ever...
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1 day ago

Rays 3, Orioles 1: The plays 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 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi was OK, giving up 7 hits in 5 innings and striking out just 1. He was able to work out of a huge jam in the 4th inning when the Orioles scored one run and then worked the bases loaded with one out. Odorizzi was...
Via Rays Index
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – April 26, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Monday, April 25, 2016: Total Attendance: 13,029 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 12 Attendance: 10,998 Starting Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Opponent: Baltimore Orioles Opponent Starting Pitcher: Ubaldo Jimenez Avg Attendance to Date: 16,445 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 11,997 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 11,346 Avg Attendance for Starting...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 days ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames the hero again

Willy Adames delivers another late home run to lift Montgomery to victory Montgomery has a really interesting lineup, even with Justin O'Conner yet to play in 2016. Its bats are third in the league in runs despite playing one fewer game than the two teams in front of them. The Biscuits are fourth in on-base percentage, first in slugging and lead the league in home runs. They have...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

Kiermaier hits 2-run homer, Rays beat Orioles 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday night. After Steven Souza Jr. had a two-out single in the sixth, Kiermaier put the Rays up 3-1 on his two-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2). Tampa Bay has won three in a row, with 11 of its 13 runs over the stretch coming with two outs. Reliever Enny...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stu Sternberg talks competition in Tampa Bay baseball market

ShareOn Sunday, Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin spoke with Rays owner Stu Sternberg about the Yankees receiving money from Hillsborough County for Steinbrenner Field upgrades. I’ve written about this political decision a few times over the last few weeks. I called it “unnecessary” and “dishonest”. I also though it was rushed and based on a biased economic impact study...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 days ago

The Rays Would Give Their Kingdom for a Catcher.

The catching situation in Tampa Bay leaves a lot to be desired, and the Rays are on the prowl for some help behind the plate. When the legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel was putting together the roster for the expansion New York Mets, his first choice from the expansion pool of players was a non […] The Rays Would Give Their Kingdom for a Catcher. - Rays Colored Glasses ...
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2 days ago

Chris Archer returns to form as Rays shut out Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Archer struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings to end a 10-start winless streak, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Monday night.Archer (1-4) allowed five hits to get his first win since beating the Orioles on Aug. 31. The Rays opening day starter was 0-7 during the winless stretch.Archer also ended a 10-start winless...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Blake Snell’s Extreme Fastball

Blake Snell is already back in the minor leagues, but he probably shouldn’t be there for long. All the Rays need is an opening, and over the weekend Snell made his big-league debut in a spot start in Yankee Stadium. Everyone understood it would be a one-shot deal, but Snell got to get his feet wet. That counts for something. And we got enough data for a deep dive. That also counts...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Blake Snell Debuts for Tampa Bay

The Rays called up left-handed pitching prospect Blake Snell from Triple-A to face the Yankees in a spot start on Saturday. Snell looked very good in his debut. Although he lasted just five innings, he yielded just two hits, one walk and zero runs. By fanning six, he maintained the ~30% strikeout rate pace he’d been keeping in the minors for the last year-plus. Prior to his call...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Tampa Bay Rays even have a first baseman?

The GM position in any sport has to be one of the toughest roles to play within all of the sports field. When any facet of the team goes wrong, all eyes go directly to them looking for answers – especially when the arising issue was avoidable. At the beginning of April, the Rays released one of the more reliable hitters they’ve had on their squad for a number of years now...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Tampa Bay Rays should be surprised with their success so far

Eighteen games into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are 8-10 and 3.5 games back in the division. Obviously, there is still plenty of time left in the season. The first month of the season is not even over yet. However, Tampa Bay should be surprised by the fact that they are even doing this well. Here is why: 1. What’s wrong with Chris Archer? One of the popular picks for the AL...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Fan hit by Souza Jr. foul ball released from hospital

A fan seriously injured after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Steve Souza Jr. during a game last week at Tropicana Field was released from the hospital on Monday night, per a Tampa Bay Times report. The incident occurred during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. The woman, reportedly a White Sox fan in...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan hit by foul ball that got through netting

The optional expanded of netting at MLB ballparks across the country has largely been praised, yet some (including author Stephen King) have complained about the netting obstructing their views. However, it’s important to note that even expanded netting isn’t a panacea to spectators being injured by foul balls, as a fan at Friday night’s White Sox-Rays game was hit by a foul...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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