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Rays position analysis: Relief pitchers

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. This week, we focus on relievers, an area where Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger emerged as an effective late-inning duo, one that manager Joe Maddon affectionately dubbed "Jake and the Box." Meanwhile, Grant Balfour failed to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays set franchise mark with 18th shutout

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daniel Nava swung through a 93-mph fastball from reliever Kirby Yates, and history was made. The Tampa Bay Rays, no stranger to blanking opponents, secured another shutout with a 7-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Tropicana Field. It marked their 18th of the season, a team record, surpassing the 17 earned last year. "Yeah, we've been good,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays series primer

What now? What's next after the cut-deep loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday at Tropicana Field? What's to come after near-certain victory became agonizing defeat at a time when the Tampa Bay Rays have no business frittering away such could-have-been wins anymore? The All-Star break beckons. First, the Rays must regroup for three key games against the Toronto Blue Jays at...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

For one night, intuition leads Rays astray against Royals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Salvador Perez jogged to home plate in mostly silence. In an alternate ending, a gong would have rang beyond right field at the end of this half inning, an electric guitar would have sounded over Tropicana Field's loudspeakers and the Tampa Bay Rays would have celebrated another series victory in their more-real-by-the-minute renaissance. Instead, there was...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays lead Royals nearly entire game but fall on 9th-inning home run

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Wednesday night. Kirby Yates (0-1), the fifth Tampa Bay reliever, entered with runners on first and third with one out and gave up Perez's towering shot into the left-field corner. It's been a big week for Perez, chosen Sunday to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Perez hits three-run HR in ninth, Royals beat Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Wednesday night. Kirby Yates (0-1), the fifth Tampa Bay reliever, entered with runners on first and third with one out and gave up Perez's towering shot into the left-field corner. It's been a big week for Perez, chosen Sunday to start...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer Report, Week 11

The job in Tampa isn't as pretty as it used to be, as the team is super underachieving, and not in a superhero-footed pajamas kinda way. Joe Maddon looks like he needs an executive parachute, even though he is a hoot to listen to during an interview. I think he is waiting for someone to jump and run with the job. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta or even the artist formally known as Leo...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays designate Josh Lueke for assignment, call up reliever Kirby Yates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the end, reliever Josh Lueke ran out of time to improve his performance with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays designated Lueke for assignment Saturday and promoted right-handed reliever Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham. Lueke had a 5.64 ERA in 30 1/3 innings this season. He last appeared in a loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday at Tropicana Field, where he...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: 3 prospects that can make an impact this year

The Tampa Bay Rays have always been a team that has been built upon the strength of their prospects. Given the fact that they are one of the lowest budget franchises in the MLB, they must rely on their scouts and minor league coaches to find and develop young players that will eventually make an impact on the big league level. These are the top three prospects that I believe have...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Clippers lose pitching duel in extras, 1-0

The Columbus Clippers (13-14) lost to the Durham Bulls (19-11) 1-0 Saturday. Thanks to phenomenal pitching performances by each starter the game was scoreless all game until Jerry ******** a walk-off single in the 11th inning. Kirby Yates (1-0, 0.61 ERA) was the winning pitcher for Durham pitching one and two-thirds innings in relief with one hit, one walk and four strikeouts...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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