RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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. Jays 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It finally happened! After failing to throw out 48 straight base stealers, Hank Conger finally got one, nailing Ezequiel Carrera in the fifth inning. Of course, I am still not 100% convinced Conger got this one, but we’ll take...
Via Rays Index
2 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – May 1, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Monday, May 1, 2016: Total Attendance: 29,490 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 16 Attendance: 27,217 Starting Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays Opponent Starting Pitcher: Marcus Stroman Avg Attendance to Date: 16,564 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 18,430 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 26,689 Avg Attendance for Starting...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
4 hours ago

Longoria rediscovering power stroke

Evan Longoria is again swinging for the fences. At least that's the way it's looking in the early going for the Rays' slugger. For the second time in as many days, Longoria delivered a game-tying home run Sunday in the Rays' 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
18 hours ago

Rays 1, Blue Jays 5: Bullpen Folds

A disastrous ninth by the Cedeno and Colome ruin a perfectly nice pitchers duel. If you like quality pitching, this was a fun game for eight innings, as 27,217 fans were treated to dominating performances by the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman and the Rays' Jake Odorizzi. And if you like hitting yourself in the face with a hammer, the ninth inning was pretty good too. Odor's Day Things...
Via DRaysBay
18 hours ago

Cash not ready to pair Rays pitchers, catchers

Chris Archer has pitched well in his past two starts following a less than auspicious beginning to his season. Has the fact that Curt Casali has been behind the plate in both those starts been a factor?
Via Rays.com
23 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Montgomery explodes in 12-run victory

Taylor Motter and Kyle Roller homered in Durham's win Benton Moss threw seven one-run innings in Charlotte's win against Fort Myers. Meanwhile, Bowling Green barely produced a whimper in their loss. Triple-A Durham Bulls (11-13) Thanks to a Taylor Motter two-run home run in the sixth, Durham was able to grab a 3-1 win. Jaime Schultz had another solid start, allowing just two hits...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Casali’s walk off RBI single, lifts Rays past Jays.

(Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex).   Chris Archer didn’t have his best stuff Saturday night versus Toronto. Despite walking 4 and throwing 100 pitches in only six innings of work, Archer allowed only one hit, a 2-run home run off the bat of Joey Bautista which hugged the left field foul pole in the bottom of the third. Archer had command issues early on, but settled down...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Curt Casali caps Rays' rally in win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a ground ball. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali's hit, the first...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Casali a walk-off hero for Rays

Curt Casali's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rays a 4-3 walk-off win over the Blue Jays Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

DPD: Happ, Archer Looking for More of the Same

This Saturday slate is low on strong action, but take it from us: we promise we’ll make it up to you on Sunday. Anyway, here’s a quick look at today’s pitchers. Check ’em out! J.A. Happ (TOR) versus Chris Archer (TBR) 6:10 p.m. ET At least from a results standpoint, Happ has done a pretty good job parlaying his post-Searage days into solid pitching. He’s allowed three...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twelve-year MLB veteran Grant Balfour retires from baseball

At 38 years of age, former all-star reliever Grant Balfour has retired from baseball. The 2013 all-star played 12 seasons in the league for four different organizations before hanging up the spikes. “I had a pretty good career,” Balfour told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. “I was lucky to play for such a long time. .. I got to do a lot of things. … It was definitely a lot...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Baseball Forever mission statement, Rays 4/29/16 starting lineup, etc

On the road to recovery, Brad Boxberger worked on agility drills at the Trop this afternoon. Calling it a community effort to demonstrate to the Tampa Bay Rays that St. Petersburg deserves to be their forever home, Mayor Rick Kriseman released a one minute and 27 second mission statement video, introducing the Baseball Forever Campaign to the general public. You can watch that...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Associated Press
5 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...
Via Fangraphs
6 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...
Via Fangraphs
7 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...
Via isportsweb.com
7 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...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays rough up David Price in his first start against his former club

BOSTON -- Evan Longoria and Curt Casali homered off David Price, and the Tampa Bay Rays chased their ex-teammate in the fourth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 12-8 on Thursday.The Rays gave up five runs in the first inning but scored six in the fourth to take a three-run lead. It was tied 8-all in the eighth when Steven Souza Jr. doubled home the go-ahead run.The Rays, who entered...
Via Associated Press
10 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...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 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...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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