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Looking Backward While Moving Forward: losing streak snapped at 11, Rays win 13-7

The Tampa Bay Rays won, 13-7, over the Red Sox to open the series. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays snapped their longest losing skid in seven seasons with an impressive offensive display against the Boston Red Sox, winning 13-7. Nick Franklin homered and drove in a career-high five runs as the Rays scored their most runs in a home game this season. Watch this...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 hour ago

The Good Things About the Rays 2016 Season

There's always a silver lining. Isn't there? Looking back at the start of spring training, there optimism about this team.  We knew we had an outstanding starting rotation, and the front office had gotten us some hitters who could ensure that we would no longer lose every game 2-1.  The bullpen we knew would be spotty, but with aces like Archer and Smyly giving us quality starts...
Via DRaysBay
1 hour 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 13, Red Sox 7 (boxscore) THE GOOD: After scoring just 29 runs in the previous 11 games, the offense had one of the best days of the season. The 13 runs tied for a season-high and was just the fourth time this season the Rays topped 10 runs in a game. The 18...
Via Rays Index
3 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – June 27, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Monday, June 27, 2016: Total Attendance: 20,831 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 36 Attendance: 18,024 Starting Pitcher: Blake Snell Opponent: Boston Red Sox Opponent Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez Avg Attendance to Date: 17,018 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 18,024 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 15,378 Avg Attendance for Starting...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
6 hours ago

Rays still looking to get hitting, pitching back in sync

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman stood in front of his team’s dugout at Tropicana Field on Monday afternoon talking a lot like a frustrated tech support specialist. In analyzing the system failures that had derailed the Rays during their American-League worst 11-game losing streak, Silverman said the problem all boiled down to a lack of integration...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Rays’ rookie LHP Blake Snell earns first career big league victory

Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher and top prospect Blake Snell earned the first win of his big league career on Monday evening at Tropicana Field. Taking down a divisional rival in the Boston Red Sox in the process, Snell improved to 1-2 on the year as he was making just the fourth start of his major league career. It is also worth noting that with the Rays’ toppling the Red Sox...
Via Today's Knuckleball
13 hours ago

Rays look to build off series-opening rout

The Rays look to win consecutive games for the first time since June 14-15 when they take the field Tuesday night at Tropicana Field against a Red Sox club that has seen its rotation endure a rough stretch of starts.
Via Rays.com
14 hours ago

Franklin drives in 5, Rays beat Red Sox to stop 11-game skid

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Nick Franklin homered and drove in a career-high five runs to help Tampa Bay end an 11-game losing streak with a 13-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. Franklin had his first three hits of the season, and Logan Forsythe and Desmond Jennings also homered in support of rookie left-hander Blake Snell (1-2), who allowed four runs and eight...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longoria still seeking All-Star Game support

With only four days left to vote for starters in this year's All-Star Game, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hasn't cracked the top five in votes at his position.
Via Rays.com
16 hours ago

Farquhar recalled; Webb designated for assignment

Within the span of three days, right-hander Danny Farquhar has been called up twice from Triple-A Durham, the most recent coming Monday when the Rays designated Ryan Webb for assignment.
Via Rays.com
17 hours ago

Rays Have Power But Not Much Punch

The pundits are all over the Rays starting pitching for lack of performance, and I’ll be the first to say that the starting rotation has been out of sorts since day one of the season. Would you have thought coming out of spring training that Chris Archer would be 4-10 with a 4.70 era at […] Rays Have Power But Not Much Punch - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
21 hours ago

Rays 6/27/16 starting lineup; team designates Ryan Webb for assignment, recalls Danny Farquhar

Blake Snell will make his second Tropicana Field start Monday night. (Photo Credit: MLB.com) Rays 6/27/16 Starting Lineup Forsythe 2B Beckham SS Longoria 3B Morrison 1B Jennings CF Arcia RF Motter LF Franklin DH Casali C Snell LHP Noteworthiness — Nick Franklin? At DH?! What about Corey Dickerson? Dickerson told Roger Mooney (Tampa Bay Times) the swelling in his thumb is...
Via X-Rays Spex
21 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Designate Ryan Webb for Assignment, Promote Danny Farquhar.

A day after being activated from the DL, Ryan Webb has been designated for assignment Just one day after being activated from a month long stint on the disabled list, the Rays have designated Ryan Webb for assignment. The Rays signed Webb back in February to a $1 million, one year deal, hoping the Clearwater native would help bridge the gap from the starting pitcher to the closer...
Via DRaysBay
21 hours ago

The New What Next: Rays vs Red Sox, part two — a series preview

Brad Miller posted back-to-back three-hit games over the weekend. He’s now tied with Logan Forsythe (5) for the Rays lead. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays are in the throes of an 11-game losing streak, their longest since 2009. They, however, have a chance to redeem themselves when they open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Monday. The...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

An Open Letter to Dick Vitale regarding Rays fandom

ShareDear Dickie V, You don’t know me. My name is Michael Lortz and I am the owner and writer of this site. I also have a twitter account of a similar name. On Friday, June 17th, we had this twitter exchange: The reason I am writing this blog post is to answer your question: “What have u done?”. Let me first state that I am not usually comfortable with fandom comparisons....

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. Orioles 12, RAYS 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It’s almost July! That means we can stop worrying so much about this poop show and start concentrating on whom the Rays will trade away for super-awesome minor leaguers with tons of upside. THE BAD: Holy cow this is bad...
Via Rays Index
1 day ago

Change of scenery seems to be suiting Oswaldo Arcia well

Rays manager Kevin Cash was a bullpen coach with the Indians the first time he got a feel for what outfielder Oswaldo Arcia can do with a bat in his hands. “He actually beat us up pretty good,’’ Cash remembered this week. Now a member of the Rays following a mid-week trade with the Twins, Arcia did his best to beat up the Orioles on Sunday, delivering three hits and driving...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

A Longo and Winding Road For Rays

The Rays have been decimated by injuries this year, hampering their chances to make noise in the AL East. One thing that has gone right, though, is the resurgence of Evan Longoria. But his performance may initiate a tough decision.
Via Sports On Earth
1 day ago

Injuries have ruined the Tampa Bay Rays season

The Tampa Bay Rays are already at a disadvantage every season because of the small market they play in. They cannot afford top talent or even afford to keep their own good talent. Making matters worse, they are in the same division as the two highest spenders in the American League, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Even the Orioles and Blue Jays spend good money as they...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blake Snell Needs to Get Strike One

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell entered the season one of the top prospects in major-league baseball. Among the top-20 names on a number of the industry’s preseason lists and a dark-horse Rookie of the Year Candidate, there were rumors that the young left-hander might agree to a contract extension with the Rays that likely would have placed him on the club’s Opening Day roster. That...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays place Steve Pearce, Mikie Mahtook on DL, recall Nick Franklin, Ryan Garton

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Steve Pearce and Mikie Mahtook on the 15-day disabled list after both players were injured in Monday night's 7-4 loss to Cleveland.Pearce strained his right hamstring running to first base after hitting a fly ball in the ninth inning. Mahtook suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Josh Tomlin pitch in the second.Pearce is...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays interested in bringing back Carl Crawford

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly open to turning back the clock. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays would at least be willing to discuss bringing back former outfielder Carl Crawford if he were interested in joining the team. Crawford was recently released by the Dodgers and is available for a league minimum salary. He was hitting just .185 in 2016, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night draws best attendance in decade

Following the horrific attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of last Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays came up with a great way to help those affected. While Friday night was scheduled to be “Pride Night” at Tropicana Field, the Rays upped the ante with an announcement that they were dedicating the night to the Pulse nightclub victims and that included...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Pride Night draws largest crowd in a decade

The Tampa Bay Rays held Pride Night at Tropicana Field on Friday, drawing the biggest regular-season crowd in a decade, ESPN reports. Officially, 40,135 people attended the event, which was reasonably priced at $5 per ticket. As promised, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Pulse Victims Fund (over $300,000 in total), which was created in the wake of the horrific terrorist attack...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Orlando with old AA minor league cap

The Tampa Bay Rays are going to great lengths honor and help the victims of the Orlando shooting tonight. The Tampa Bay Rays organized a night to honor the victims of the nightclub massacre that took place in Orlando last weekend. On Friday the Rays sold tickets to a game against the San Francisco Giants for just $5 and committed to donating all of the proceeds to the Pulse Victims...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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