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Rays minor-league team cancels ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’

The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box as a subtle jab at Alex Rodriguez before Friday night’s game. But, after the Yankees complained about the “A-Rod Juice Box Night” promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," the Florida team cancelled the free giveaway. In a photo illustration...
Via The Other Paper
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays option infielder Tim Beckham to minors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned rookie infielder Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham after the team's 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Left-hander Enny Romero was called up to take Beckham's place on the roster. Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, hit one of the Rays' three home runs on Friday night. He has hit .224 with five...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longoria helps power Rays past A's 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer off Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Rays powered past the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Friday night. Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham added solo home runs for the Rays, who won for the fourth time in five games and remained in first place in the AL East. Rays starter Chris Archer (5-4) and five relievers gave up nine hits...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Team Cancels A-Rod ‘Juiced’ Promotion

A minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays cancelled a controversial promotion involving Alex Rodriguez.
Via Gamedayr
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays minor-league affiliate cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box Night'

In minor league baseball news, the Charlotte Stone Crabs (class A afflilate of the Tampa Bay Rays) play the Tampa Yankees Friday night, and in honor of the occasion, they planned a special promotion called "A-Rod Juice Box Night". #StoneCrabs poke fun at #Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with "A-Rod Juice Box Night" http://t.co/k0aShe1EWS pic.twitter.com/1qm42GCgQV — Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale...
Via Holdout Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Graph: Chris Archer Among the Greats

Earlier today, the present author utilized a nearly coherent metaphor involving astronomy to illustrate a point about Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer — namely that, not unlike how a star is both luminous and hot, so is Chris Archer’s future as a pitcher simultaneously luminous and also bursting with heat. There are a number of […]
Via Fangraphs
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays affiliate removes any mention of ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’ (photo)

Alex Rodriguez arguably has been saying and doing all the right things in his return to Major League Baseball after serving a season in exile. And while for some it may be easy to forgive and forget, there are others who insist Rodriguez’s sordid history makes him an individual unworthy and undeserving of even a...Read More The post Rays affiliate removes any mention of ‘A-Rod...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Joyce was scratched because he thought it was a night game

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times Matt Joyce was scratched from Monday’s lineup in Toronto, because he thought it was a night game. #Angels LF Matt Joyce said he was scratched Mon because he thought it was a night game in Toronto. Was a day game. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 19, 2015 Joyce told DiGiovanna, “it’s a mistake that should never...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Evan Longoria gets his own custom sneakers

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is upping his shoe game. Announced yesterday, Longoria has teamed up with New Balance to create the Evan Longoria x New Balance 530, launching on May 30. Here's a look at the shoe:    
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stan Boroski on the Rays’ PITCHf/x Usage

Like most teams, the Tampa Bay Rays utilize PITCHf/x data. Stan Boroski, the club’s bullpen coach, looks at it every morning and, along with pitching coach Jim Hickey, uses the findings as an assessment tool. From time to time, what he sees elicits a call to action regarding a member of the pitching staff.. Boroski, […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol 6: AL East Weekly Wrap-Up

Clay Buchholz had a good week for the Red Sox which is quite encouraging. The 5 teams in the American League East are pretty much done with each other until September. There are some games sprinkled in between now and then but there isn’t many. We’re finally going to get a measuring stick for how good the 5 AL East teams really are. Let’s see how the teams are shaping up through...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays activate Nick Franklin from DL

The Tampa Bay Rays have activated infielder Nick Franklin from the 15-day disabled list. Franklin, 24, missed the start of the regular season while dealing with an oblique strain. He had been penciled in as the Rays starting second baseman prior to the injury but given the success of Logan Forsythe it is hardly a given that Franklin assumes the spot. Franklin hit .286/.400/.333...
Via Tireball.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Hindsight on Forsythe

At second base, Forsythe has a career fielding percentage of .976 Logan Forsythe is doing it all for the Tampa Bay Rays (20-16) this year, and he is doing it from just about every position on the field. His offensive numbers are the highest they have ever been in his five-year career. It became clear that Forsythe was in the team’s future from his first year in Tampa; he played...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Lose Third Straight and Chase Whitley Against Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays’ Rene Rivera, center, celebrates his three-run home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Esmil Rogers with teammates Asdrubal Cabrera, left, and Joey Butler, right, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 14, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) After an alarmingly hot start that defied all expectations and placed them atop...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier on Turning a Corner

When Kevin Kiermaier made his MLB debut at the end of the 2013 season, he did so as a defensive replacement. The Tampa Bay Rays dynamo was 23 years old at the time, and in the eyes of many, a glove-first fourth outfielder with questionable offensive skills. A 31st-round pick in 2012 out of D-II […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan gets marriage proposal from man who saved her life

A Tampa Bay Rays fan who miraculously survived being stabbed 32 times by an ex-boyfriend in 2012 received a romantic surprise on Monday when her current boyfriend proposed to her on the mound after she threw out a ceremonial first pitch. After performing her first pitch duties, Melissa Dohme was greeted by boyfriend Cameron Hill,...Read More The post Rays fan receives marriage proposal...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation is in trouble

Because the Gods hate baseball fans, Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher Alex Cobb has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, and Drew Smyly is most likely lost for the season with a tear in his labrum. Cobb hasn’t even thrown a pitch yet in 2015, and Smyly had only made three starts. Rays’ starters just cannot stay healthy. According to Marc Topkin of Tampabay.com, the Rays...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to undergo Tommy John surgery

The hits keep coming for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who has missed extended time in each of the past two seasons with a multitude of injuries. Cobb, 27, has yet to pitch this season due to due to forearm tendinitis. And while there wasn’t much hope that Cobb would return anytime soon, the latest information directly from the Rays is nothing less than a major setback...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Delmon Young is terrified of fielding the ball

Delmon Young broke into the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays as a highly touted prospect with a huge bat but suspect fielding skills. His career has pretty much played out according to the predicted script: An often formidable force with a bat in his hands but with a glove on his hand and...Read More The post Watching a terrified Delmon Young field this ball is as good as it...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Cobb: Potential Victim Of Tommy John Surgery

May 10, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, according to reports. Tampa Bay has said that Cobb is going to try to pitch...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Cobb’s setback

Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb suffers a setback as he has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow. The Tampa Bay Rays suffer another setback. Reports confirmed that starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow. With that said, the Rays have yet to confirm the injury and are still waiting to see the seriousness of his injury. As of right now, the...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

According to Wikipedia, Mookie Betts owns the Tampa Bay Rays

Scott LevesqueTwitter: @scottlevesqueTo date, the 2015 season has been lack-luster at best, but the emergence of Mookie Betts as an all-around superhuman has made swallowing the slow start somewhat bearable.Betts' superpowers were on display tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays including two home runs followed by phenomenal defense. However, Betts was doing some savvy business dealings...
Via RedSoxLife
17 days ago  |  Discuss

David DeJesus makes tough over-the-shoulder grab (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David DeJesus made a tough over-the-shoulder grab in the narrow foul territory in the corner of left field during the fourth inning of Monday night's game in Boston.DeJesus was fired up, and a bit exhausted, after making the great defensive play. He also went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI as the Rays beat the Red Sox 5-1.[MLB] This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Archer aiming for greatness

Chris Archer’s ERA of .84 is the third best in the majors. Chris Archer has led by example for the Tampa Bay Rays (12-10). As the club’s ace, Archer has gone 3-2 with an ERA of .84. Those numbers are very impressive, but do not tell the whole story. On the 26th of April, Archer was feeling under the weather. This did not stop him from throwing seven strikeouts in seven scoreless...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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