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Minnesota Twins get Kevin Jepsen from Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers

The Minnesota Twins addressed one of their biggest needs on Friday, when they acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league right-handers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia. Jepsen, 31, can slide right into the setup role ahead of Twins’ All-Star closer Glen Perkins. In 46 games for the Rays this season, Jepsen is 2-5 with a 2.81 earned...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays willing to listen on Nate Karns

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays have shown a willingness to field offers for 27-year-old right-hander Nate Karns. Source: Rays listening on Nate Karns, who’s drawing interest from a number of teams. Five years of control with really good offspeed stuff. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2015 Karns is enjoying a breakout rookie season. He had...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

David Price Tries to Hug Evan Longoria Out But Longoria's Not Having It

Daivd Price and Evan Longoria were once teammates on the Tampa Bay Rays, but last season the Rays sent Price to Detroit. When the two teams played Tuesday night Price got the chance to say hello to his former teammate during the game when Longoria hit a grounder right to him.Rather than just say hi as he tagged him out Price went for the hug, but Longoria wasn't having it and backed...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kim DeJesus thrilled about husband being traded to Angels

David DeJesus was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Angels on Tuesday, and nobody is happier about it than David’s wife, Kim. Upon learning of the trade, Kim sent off a flurry of tweets expressing her elation over the deal. @David_DeJesus3 is officially an Angel!!!!!!! And I'm officially in heaven!!!!!!!!!! — Kim DeJesus...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays leave no surprises in their Gatorade showers

Usually, when a player is giving a postgame interview and his teammates give him a Gatorade shower, they try to dodge the icy shower. Not the Tampa Bay Rays.They actually seem to be taking the exact opposite approach.No surprise. Clear warning. No running.For example, check out how casual this postgame bath was after Monday's game:And on Friday:It's certainly different, but hey,...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays owner Sternberg, manager Cash learning each others' tendencies

The Tampa Bay Rays and owner Stuart Sternberg took a big risk in hiring first-year manager Kevin Cash.So far, it's paying off for them.The communication between the two is only helping the two understand what makes each other click, thus creating a better working environment.“He is almost as willing as any person I ever worked with or I worked for or worked for me to admit mistakes...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. It's not a surprise the Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation ranks second in the AL in ERA. What is unexpected is just how much Erasmo Ramirez has contributed to that. Ramirez looks to continue his impressive run of pitching and help the Rays win their fifth straight at home Saturday night against the reeling Baltimore Orioles...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Team Had A Rally Alligator Visit the Dugout

Is there an alligator in your dugout or are you happy to see me? There are certain things that baseball players never want to find in the dugout, but have from time to time anyway. There have been skunks, snakes, bees, and all sorts of not so dangerous animals that have decided to pay a team a visit and rally the troops.Well--a Rays minor league affiliate (Charlotte Stone Crabs)...
Via FatManWriting
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays second-round draft pick undergoes Tommy John surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays second-round draft pick, pitcher Chris Betts, is officially part of the #TommyJohnClub.The righty took to Twitter to announce he has undergone the surgery.The road to recovery now begins; he might want to keep those pillows underneath his elbow, the Rays have quite an investment there.
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nathan Karns has game to remember

The Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching staff is used to the team not scoring runs for them and still finding a way to win the game. However, what happened to Nathan Karns takes that to a whole new level. Karns went five shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night during the Rays’ 1-0 win. Karns’ final stat line was pretty impressive, five innings, three hits, 2...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tampa Bay Rays P Nathan Karn Makes HIstory With First Career Home Run in Win Over Phillies

Nathan Karns did much more than just pitch a solid game for the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. With Aaron Nola as good as expected in his debut for the Phillies the Rays were having a tough time getting runners across the plate--or even on base. So when Karns stepped up to the plate in the third inning he decided to take matters in to his own hands.With his first career hit--a home...
Via FatManWriting
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Souza activated from the DL

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David Dejesus looks to compliment returning outfielder Steven Souza Jr. With the second half of the season underway, the Tampa Bay Rays made headlines. Yesterday, the club activated outfielder Steven Souza Jr. after their 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Souza got hit by a pitch against the New York Yankees on July 5 which resulted in deep lacerations...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Chris Archer Got in All-Star Shape

Watching the Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer pitch teaches a lesson in balance. Each piece of his windup feels like a separate episode. There’s the deliberate leg kick as Archer
Via Stack
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier wins 2015 Heart & Hustle Award for Rays

Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was named the Tampa Bay Rays' 2015 Heart & Hustle Award recipient on Tuesday morning. The award, given out by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." It is voted on by former players, according...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

For Rays players, coaches 08′ Series one to forget

With the Tampa Bay Rays back in town, memories of the 2008 World Series inevitably surface. For them however, the memories are not fond ones to say the least. In a piece titled Rays Tales: 2008 memories of Philadelphia, Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin asked players and coaches to reflect on their time in Philadelphia during the World Series. 3B Evan Longoria (.050 BA with...
Via Phillies Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Giving Free Tickets to Military Personnel For Remainder of the Season

In an awesome act of generosity that will lift up the lives of so many who deserve to be given special treatment every once in a while, the Tampa Bay Rays are giving out free tickets to military personnel for the remainder of the season. With 30 home games remaining on the schedule, each member of the military that decides to take the Rays up on this offer, can attend every remaining...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB not considering relocation of the Tampa Bay Rays (at least for now)

Tampa Bay Rays fans were reassured by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday that the league isn’t looking to relocate the franchise… at least for the time being. According to an article by Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer Marc Topkin, Manfred is encouraged about the likelihood of the Rays getting a new stadium and staying in the Tampa Bay area after having a private conversation...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: The Emergence of the Eraser

Erasmo Ramirez has survived as a member of the Rays starting rotation after the recent renovations required with the returns of Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi. The reason for an increase in Ramirez’s success is pretty apparent, most notable of which are a 48.4% ground ball rate and a 12.4 K-BB%. Ramirez has decreased his usage of his two-seam fastball in favor of the four-seam fastball...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria left hanging as foul ball gets stuck in rafters (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was left hanging by a foul ball that got stuck in the rafters during the first inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field.Longoria and Curt Casali ran to catch the foul popup hit by Houston Astros batter Colby Rasmus, but the ball never came down. Longoria tried to guide the ball with his hands, but to no avail. By rule, the result of the...
Via Holdout Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon carted off field after suffering left groin strain

This certainly isn’t how the Kansas City Royals wanted to go into the All-Star break. Actually, there’s no point of the season during which the best team in the AL wants to lose its best player. During the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game versus the Rays, Alex Gordon went down with what appeared to be a left knee or ankle injury, buckling as he ran toward the outfield wall...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Jaso activated, Souza to the DL

DH John Jaso will look to bolster the Rays lineup for the remainder of the 2015 season. It is no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays are at the forefront of injury news. Today was no exception for the club as they activated designated hitter John Jaso. Jaso suffered a contusion in his left wrist as he was sliding into second base against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning on Opening...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Historically Heavy Bullpen Usage Key to Relevance

The Tampa Bay Rays are taking a relatively novel approach to divvying up innings between starters and relievers. Injuries have robbed the team of Alex Cobb for the season, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly for much of the year, and Jake Odorizzi for a time as well. Despite those problems, the team climbed to a […]
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th

One. Pitch. That’s how close Indians righthander Carlos Carrasco was to no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday night. WFNY will have a full game recap tomorrow morning, but here’s the quick and dirty of what happened. Carrasco was perfect through six innings. He struck out 10, including two hitters in the each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Rays are winning and they’re not going to stop

Last year and this past winter saw the Tampa Bay Rays trade away David Price, Ben Zobrist, and Wil Myers. These moves were not widely lauded and most thought there wasn’t a chance the Rays could compete this year. As of the morning of June 24th, the Rays are first in the AL East with a 41-32 record (3rd best in AL, 7th best in MLB). This has prompted me to ask two questions...
Via The Outside Corner
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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