Found July 16, 2013 on Athlon Sports:
The Rays’ pitching is stingy, the Mariners’ bats get lively, a Brew Crew starter finally completes a game, the Pirates finally answer...

Tampa Bay Rays: Mid-Season Report Card

Team:  Tampa Bay Rays Record: 55-41 (2.5 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half:  The Rays’ batting leader through the first half of the season (.315/.366/.466), James Loney is the team’s biggest first half surprise. About a year ago, he all but appeared finished with the Los Angeles Dodgers, stuck in a platoon with Juan Rivera.  By the time he left the Dodgers in a trade with...

Carly Rae Jepsen's first pitch at Rays game was worst ever (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Carly Rae Jepsen performed in concert Sunday at Tropicana Field as part of the Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series. Unfortunately, it's Jepsen's performance before the game that everyone is talking about. Jepsen was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rays game, and did so terribly. There is no...

Rays have plenty of pros with All-Star potential

The All-Star Game has passed, and thoughts have turned to the seasons second half. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore, a first-time All-Star, was stellar in his appearance in the fifth inning Tuesday at Citi Field when he retired three National League batters in nine pitches. Meanwhile, Rays infielderoutfielder Ben Zobrist was named to his second All-Star Game as a reserve but...

Rays’ Yunel Escobar exits with strained hamstring

The Tampa Bay Rays lost shortstop Yunel Escobar in the eighth inning of yesterday’s first-half finale against the Houston Astros after he suffered a mild hamstring strain. Mild and hamstring strain don’t often go together, as the injury can linger if extensive treatment isn’t provided, but nonetheless manager Joe Maddon told reporters – including Sam Strong of

Ben Zobrist, Matt Moore mixed up in All-Star Game introductions

Imagine being 24, in your third MLB season, and getting the huge honor of being named to the All-Star team for the first time in your career. That’s a big deal. Unfortunately for Matt Moore, his moment of fame was botched when Joe Buck accidentally got the two Tampa Bay Rays all-stars mixed up during [...]

Getting Strikes on the Edge

The last time I wrote about Edge% it was in the context of the Tampa Bay Rays using it to get their pitchers into more favorable counts on 1-1. But now I want to take that topic and drill a little deeper to understand how often edge pitches are taken for called strikes. Overall, pitches taken on the edge are called strikes 69% of the time. But that aggregate measure hides some pretty...

State of the Rays: Tough foes await after hot 1st-half finish

The Tampa Bay Rays enter the All-Star break as baseball's hottest team, the result of beating opponents they should and a return to what has made them consistent winners in the past. Their record, 55-41, places them 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. If the season ended today, a wild-card game would be played at Tropicana Field. That fact is notable...

Rays' Alex Cobb faces live hitters

For the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive, Alex Cobb has faced live hitters.  The 25-year old righty threw to hitters Sunday afternoon and felt good about it.  Cobb, of course, suffered a concussion when he was hit by a screaming line drive on June 15th. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Cobb was not anxious during his outing yesterday. ...

Rays' Matt Moore takes partial blame on Jepsen's toss

Catch her maybe? Maybe not. Tampa Bay Rays ace Matt Moore is taking partial blame for singer Carly Rae Jepsen's disastrous first pitch prior to Sunday's contest against the Houston Astros. Moore fessed up during All-Star media day at Citi Field in New York, suggesting it was his idea for the petite singer to throw from the pitcher's mound. "She was very nervous and...

Jepsen has fun with first-pitch fail

Call me maybe - just not to throw out a first pitch. Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen had a good laugh at herself after she spiked the ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday. Jepsen, best known for the catchy Top-40 hit ''Call Me Maybe,'' posted a text-message conversation between her and her brother on Twitter that had the hash tag ''...

Hey, I Just Met You, And This Is Crazy, But Your First Pitch Sucked

This pitch is something I can’t resist. This pitch is undeniable!I was in St. Pete for Saturday’s Rays/Astros game, and it was great. The Rays won 4-3, the game was full of powerful home runs and great defensive plays and it was “Disco Night,” so a guy was walking around in a nightmare-inducing “Disco Duck” costume and KC and the Sunshine Band played when it was done...

Bill Nye The Science Guy’s First Pitch Is Awesome, Scientifically Accurate

BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL, BILLEarlier today we shared with you ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s hilariously inept first pitch before a Tampa Bay Rays game. It was the kind of first pitch you’d expect from a Canadian gameshow runner-up who had a novelty hit and a follow-up duet with the guy from the Fake Postal Service.I am proud to also share...
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