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Tampa Bay Rays: Work Needed on Bottom Half of Lineup

The Tampa Bay Rays bottom of the lineup is not primed for prime time; significant changes are needed to increase production. Even though this has been a tough season for the Tampa Bay Rays, there have been some positive aspects to the team’s performance. One of the brightest lights has been the top four slots […] Tampa Bay Rays: Work Needed on Bottom Half of Lineup - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 hours ago

Rays lose fifth straight, falling to White Sox 13-6

CHICAGO (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays helped White Sox pitcher Chris Sale match his best record, and they moved a step closer to one of their worst records in years. The Rays managed to hit the ball off Sale on Tuesday night, but couldn't match Chicago's explosive offense, falling 13-6 for their fifth straight defeat, allowing Sale (17-9) to match his career-best win total. The Rays...
Via Associated Press
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Juniel Querecuto triples for first MLB hit

The Rays are finishing out what’s been the franchise’s worst season since “Devil” was heavily involved with their identity, but there’s still room for milestones as 2016 winds down. Hitting No. 9 in Tampa Bay’s batting order Tuesday night, Juniel Querecuto laced a triple, which doubled as the rookie’s first major league hit. The Rays’ […] The post Rays’ Juniel...
Via Today's Knuckleball
17 hours ago

Kiermaier's wrist injury keeps him out of lineup

Kevin Kiermaier arrived at the ballpark Tuesday thinking that the condition of his bruised wrist had improved enough so that he could play. After taking a few swings, he felt otherwise.
Via Rays.com
21 hours ago

Snell to finish rookie campaign vs. White Sox

Blake Snell will finish out his rookie campaign for the Rays Wednesday night when the left-hander faces the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Miguel Gonzalez will start for Chicago.
Via Rays.com
21 hours ago

Rays 9/27/16 pregame notes, etc

Alex Cobb, who has made just one career start against the ChiSox, will make his first appearance at US Cellular Field on Tuesday, opposite of Chris Sale. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) After posting an embarrassing 2-11 wRISP in the first game of the series with Chicago — resulting in a 7-1 loss to the White Sox — the Tampa Bay Rays look to even the score with Alex Cobb...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Jose Fernandez wanted to pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays

We are not done mourning the loss of Jose Fernandez as a baseball community. With his death have come several articles worth your time. Ben Lindbergh on how Fernandez was taken too soon. The Tampa Bay Times on how smiles can mix with disbelief in moments like these. Dee Gordon showing us there is crying in baseball, in the most heartfelt way. Grant Brisbee on watching baseball...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays honor José Fernández with jersey in dugout

After the death of José Fernández on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays honored the Miami Marlins pitcher by hanging a jersey in their dugout during Monday’s game in Chicago with his name and number on the back. Like other teams, the Rays used one of their own jerseys instead of a Marlins jersey. Paul Lukas of Uni-watch wrote about this yesterday and I agree with it 100%, so I will...
Via Rays Index
1 day ago

Rays 1, White Sox 7: No thanks.

On a game where nothing mattered, the Rays played like nothing mattered. First, a brief interlude. The Rays game was by far the least important baseball game tonight, even for Rays fans. The Miami Marlins took around 15 minutes before their game tonight to honor Jose Fernandez, and it was a beautiful ceremony all around: Marlins players embrace on mound before first pitch....
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Kiermaier hopes to return soon from wrist issue

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier wasn't in the starting lineup against the White Sox on Monday night due to a bruised left wrist, but the Gold Glove Award winner hopes to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

The New What Next: Rays vs ChiSox — a series preview

The Rays tied the game in the eighth, yet lost in the 10th of Sunday’s home season finale against the Red Sox. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays take to the show on the road to cap the season — first stop Chicago, where they’ll take on the White Sox over the next four days. If they can win just one game over the final seven days, they will earn Kevin...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – September 24, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Saturday, September 24, 2016: Total Attendance: 25,641 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 80 Attendance: 25,641 Starting Pitcher: Matt Andriese Opponent: Boston Red Sox Opponent Starting Pitcher: Rick Porcello Avg Attendance to Date: 15,746 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 17,120 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 20,910 Avg Attendance for Starting...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
3 days ago

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier exits with hand injury

Tampa Bay Rays’ starting center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with a hand injury. Kiermaier, 26, was hit by a pitch and struck out in his lone at bat on Sunday before leaving in the top half of the sixth inning. Fellow outfielder Jaff Decker replaced him both in […] The post Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier exits with hand injury appeared first...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

The New What Next: Rays set for the final home game of the season after another stunning loss

Brad Miller’s 80 RBI are two shy of his total for the past two seasons combined. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Less than 24-hours after Danny Farquhar’s misplaced changeup (that also didn’t break) resulted in a grand slam off the bat of Dustin Pedroia, the Tampa Bay Rays will take the field at home for the last time this season. While Boston walked away from last night’s...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: 2016 Minor League Award Winners

The Tampa Bay Rays announced their minor league award winners for 2016 plus the Most Valuable Players for all nine of their affiliates, as well their organization-wide awards. The Tampa Bay Rays showcased some of their future players on Friday prior to their game against the Boston Red Sox in an awards ceremony to honor […] Tampa Bay Rays: 2016 Minor League Award Winners - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
3 days ago

Rays fall to Red Sox, Chris Archer handed 19th loss despite 6 solid innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning to set the RBIs record for a player in his final season, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.Ortiz's 37th homer came off Chris Archer (8-19) and raised his RBIs total to 124, one more than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. The 40...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Math toughens for Yanks after 2-0 loss to Rays, Snell

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) After another deflating loss, Brett Gardner knows the math is tough for the New York Yankees to reach the playoff. ''We need to win 11 games,'' the left fielder said after Thursday night's 2-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays. When told 10 remained, he responded: ''We need to win 11 out of 10.'' Blake Snell and the Rays' bullpen combined to strand 11 New York...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Versatility Leading to Super Utility Role

Currently out with a hamstring strain, the Tampa Bay Rays need to look no further than Nick Franklin as their super utility player in 2017. Versatility is a key for any ball club especially for the Tampa Bay Rays who like having that one or two super utility player on their 25-man roster. During this […] Tampa Bay Rays: Versatility Leading to Super Utility Role - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
6 days ago

MLB 2016 Farewells: Tampa Bay Rays

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. At this point in the Major League Baseball season, fans hear certain phrases...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays have fully embraced the spoiler role late in 2016 season

The spoiler — a position that is never envied and is always hated. Yet that is the role Tampa Bay has relegated themselves to after another sub-standard first-half of the 2016 MLB season that gave way to not being in contention in the second. The worst thing a team can do in the Rays (64-85)  position is to be totally unmotivated to even compete in ball-games, which fortunately...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Tampa Bay Rays

It wasn’t supposed to go like this in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. They retooled their offense! Their pitching staff was strong! Their defense once again looked sturdy! But in a year where four of the five AL East teams are still in the hunt for the division title, one team has been off the mark all season – and that team was the Rays, who were last above .500 on May 20th. Preseason...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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