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Maddon eager to extend contract with Rays

With 2014 officially in the books, Rays manager Joe Maddon is entering the final year of his contract. He said before Sunday’s game that he would like to manage for 10 more seasons and that he would like to manage the Rays beyond this contract. “I believe it will work out,” Maddon said about another extension. “I believe organically the right thing will occur, and I place...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays enter strange offseason with goal fixing issues from down year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays' season began in late March with an optimistic outlook that appeared like wishful thinking come mid-August, the transformation proof that baseball can be a fickle game that scatters the best of intentions. By Monday, there was little new left to say about a year of unmet hope. "Tough," utility man Sean Rodriguez said in a corridor...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Disappointing season will gnaw at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays are no longer accustomed to playing meaningless games, so the past week or so has been especially tough on a team that began the season with expectations of contending for a World Series berth. Instead of making a fifth trip to the playoffs in seven years, disappointed players and manager Joe Maddon are getting an early start on their...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays attendance drops for third year

The Tampa Bay Rays maintained a disappointing trend this season — the third consecutive year of declining attendance. An average of 17,857 people came out for games at Tropicana Field this year, down from 18,646 in 2013 and 19,255 in 2012, the lowest per-game attendance in the league. With their home games completed, the Rays will conclude the season this weekend in a series...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Yunel Escobar has no structural damage in knee

The Tampa Bay Rays won their 77th game of the year on Saturday by shutting out the Indians by the score of 2-0. Wil Myers lead the Rays with two hits in four at bats with an RBI. Four Rays' pitchers scattered five hits and struck out 11 in the win. On the injury front, Yunel Escobar, who is finished for the season with a knee injury, had an MRI which revealed no structural...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians series primer

The Tampa Bay Rays have a chance to play spoiler in their final series. Entering the last series of the regular season, the Rays travel to Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians on the fringe of the American League wild-card race. At 83-76, the Indians are three games behind the Oakland Athletics for the second wild-card spot, so that means Cleveland can be eliminated from...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wil Myers Trips At First Base After Groundball Out (Video)

This has to be the most clumsiest play of the season. Watch Wil Myers trip after trying to beat out a groundball play at first base. The post Wil Myers Trips At First Base After Groundball Out (Video) appeared first on Geeks & Cleats.
Via Geeks and Cleats
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Ryan Hanigan scratched with sore toe

The Tampa Bay Rays entered Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with a record of 76-81, fourth in the American League East. The Rays have struggled offensively, ranked 24th in the Major Leagues on runs scored, but have stayed close to .500 because of a pitching staff with a solid ERA of 3.49. On the injury front, catcher Ryan Hanigan was scratched from last night...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Yunel Escobar likely done for season after early exit

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has probably played his last game of the 2014 season after suffering a knee injury in an awkward home plate collision on Tuesday night. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Escobar sprained his left knee while trying to avoid Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during a play at the plate in the third inning and had to leave the game...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Matt Joyce expects to be traded

The Tampa Bay Rays season is running out, with only six games to play and their last home game was Monday. Some of the players likely know that they won't be back next year, and one of those is outfielder Matt Joyce. As Mark Topkin write for the Tampa Bay Times, Joyce is due for an arbitration salary increase next year, and it will probably make him too expensive for the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Tampa Bay Rays

This was supposed to be *the* year for the Rays. They looked like one of the most talented teams in the American League, and were going to be a playoff lock. But just like with the Rangers, their season derailed quickly and couldn’t get back on the tracks. By the time all was said and done, all the dust had settled, and the smoke was cleared, the Rays were in no man’s land in...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Matt Joyce expecting to be traded this offseason

Tampa-born OF Matt Joyce takes the field today figuring it "most likely" will be his last game at the Trop as a Ray. Joyce figures that his arbitration-driven salary increase for next season to around $5 million likely will make him too expensive for the Rays to keep, and thus likely to be traded this winter. "I think there's a good chance, just knowing the organization...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon asks fans to send in charity shirts, wears them

Joe Maddon has pulled some pretty interesting stunts out of thin air in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. But for the last eight weeks, the bespectacled skipper has been doing something pretty cool and it all started with a simple tweet to his more than 172-thousand followers. Send in your charity’s T-shirt & I will wear it at a postgame press conference. I’m an L+. Send...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays' Jeter tribute night gets chippy, benches clear

Derek Jeter added a few more gifts from the Tampa Bay Rays to his Farewell Tour collection Tuesday night. Before the game, the organization gave him a $16,000 donation to his Turn2 foundation, a Don Zimmer jersey, and a pinstriped kayak.Then in the eighth inning, Rays pitcher Steven Geltz chipped in with a fastball to Jeter's elbow.Your browser does not support iframes.Jeter...
Via The Other Paper
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeter has hard time paying a compliment to Tropicana Field

Derek Jeter met the press Monday — before playing his final series against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg — and got a little tongue-tied when trying to come up with a reason he might miss playing at Tropicana Field.  A reporter asked the Yankees shortstop, "Is there anything you're going to miss about playing here in the Trop?"After a pause, Jeter smiled...
Via The Other Paper
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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