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WWE superstar Sheamus bounces first pitch, demands second pitch

Throwing the first pitch before a baseball game can be a no-win situation. Throw a good pitch and, well, that’s what you were supposed to do. Throw a bad pitch and you live in infamy on the Internet for all of time. Take WWE superstar Sheamus, whose first pitch before Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Rays game would have probably gone largely unnoticed except for the fact that it...
Via The Comeback
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Supported during slump, LoMo rewards Rays' faith

When the Rays started their eight-game, three-city road trip on May 16, Logan Morrison was hitting .119. He didn't have any home runs. He didn't have a single RBI in 85 at-bats. Since then, Morrison has figured it out. He's gone 15 for his last 27 at the plate, and connected on three home runs. The latest came in Tampa Bay's 4-3 loss to Miami at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Marlins 4, Rays 3: Erasmo and Colome unavailable prove costly.

The loss Monday proves costly as it directly leads to tonight's loss. The Rays took the Citrus Series up north to St. Petersburg and play by American League rules. The Rays failed to score the four runs for the first time in eleven games. Both teams left a lot of runs on the board. Marlins left 13 and were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Rays left six on base while...
Via DRaysBay
5 hours ago

Despite LoMo's heroics, Rays can't keep Fish down

Cole Gillespie's RBI single in the eighth drove home the go-ahead run to lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
5 hours ago

Watch WWE star Sheamus demand second attempt on first pitch for Rays

WWE star Sheamus is known more for throwing opponents around the ring than throwing a baseball. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that when "The Irish Curse" was asked to throw out the first pitch Wednesday before the Tampa Bay Rays game, it didn't go according to plan.After bouncing his first attempt, a disgruntled Sheamus asked for the ball back and got a chance to...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays News: Tim Beckham Optioned, Ryan Garton Promoted

The Rays have optioned Tim Beckham and selected Ryan Garton from Durham The Rays made a rather surprising announcement prior to tonight's game as they optioned the Rays former number one pick, Tim Beckham, to Triple-A Durham and selected the contract of Ryan Garton. The Rays cleared space on the 40-man roster by designating Jake Goebbert for assignment. This move was one the Rays...
Via DRaysBay
11 hours ago

Good times are ahead for the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays wrapped up their eight-game road trip yesterday with a 4-3 victory over the Marlins, giving Tampa Bay a 5-3 record during the road trip. Despite the positive outcome in their break away from St. Petersburg, the Rays only gained half a game for the division lead and still sit in 4th place in the AL East. Also, during the series with the Tigers, Kevin Kiermaier broke...
Via isportsweb.com
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Rays Need to Straighten Out Their Bullpen

The Tampa Bay Rays are one game under .500 after forty-three games but the team’s performance has often looked worse. While the offense is tied for the league lead in home runs, three of the teams nine starting position players are hitting under .200 and the team is tied for twenty-fifth in RBI’s and third […] The Rays Need to Straighten Out Their Bullpen - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
14 hours ago

Southern League Notebook: Casey Gillaspie dominant at at plate

It’s almost the end of May, and Casey Gillaspie of the Montgomery Biscuits is a dominant force at the plate. Through 40 games he is batting .311, the best average on the team, and his home-run total of eight is tied for the second-most in the Southern League. The star first baseman has also knocked in 21 runs and owns an impressive on-base percentage of .440. It’s safe to say...
Via Today's Knuckleball
16 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Centeno is human

A Midwest League offense finally figured out how to score against Henry Centeno Does anyone have input for what our pre-draft coverage should look like this year? Lately, it has been a few dozen player profiles covering pitchers with stuff, pitchers with control, middle-of-the-diamond hitters and corner players. Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-28) Durham's offense never arrived at the...
Via DRaysBay
21 hours ago

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: a lazy man’s recap of the Rays 4-3 win over Miami

Logan Morrison hits during a game against the Miami Marlins on May 24, 2016. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Rays built an early three-run lead, and then somehow managed to scratch and claw their way to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. Alex Colome capped the victory with a two scoreless inning save, allowing Tampa Bay to complete a 5-3 road trip, and snap...
Via X-Rays Spex
21 hours ago

Rays’ Kiermaier Fractures Hand; Out for at Least Two Months

The Tampa Bay Rays will be without center fielder Kevin Kiermaier for the next eight-to-ten weeks while he recovers from surgery to treat a mild displacement caused by two metacarpal fractures in his left hand. Kiermaier, the recipient of the 2015 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for American League defenders, suffered the fractures while diving in an attempt to make a catch in the...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Rays pitching after 42 games

(Photo Credit: MLB.com) Through 42 games, the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff has met certain expectations, while lagging in others. A few weeks back we took a look at the Rays offense. Today I’ll take a peripheral look at the pitching staff, in an attempt to determine how Tampa Bay’s hurlers are doing at the quarter point of the season. First off, let’s define a few terms...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Blake Snell

  TEAM: Tampa Bay Rays AGE: 23 POSITION: Starting Pitcher BATS: Left THROWS: Left HEIGHT: 6-foot-4 WEIGHT: 180 lbs. ACQUIRED:  The Tampa Bay Rays selected Snell with their fourth of seven supplemental first-round draft picks in the 2011 First Year Player Draft. Snell was chosen directly from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington.  ***** STENGTHS The tall and...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Rays' Kiermaier expected to miss 8-10 weeks with broken hand

MIAMI (AP) Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks with a broken left hand. The team announced before Monday's game at Miami that Kiermaier will undergo surgery Tuesday in St. Petersburg to repair two fractures in his left hand. Kiermaier, who was hurt diving for a flyball Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, has been placed on the...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could a Rays-less Tampa Bay be the Spring Training Capital of the World?

ShareLast week, I wrote a piece for SaintPetersBlog.com in which I discussed how local Tampa Bay politicians have made the Rays second fiddle by focusing too much of their time, money, and interest into Spring Training and Minor League Baseball. My conclusion was that in order for the Rays to truly be successful in Tampa Bay, they need a monopoly of interest, by both fans and politicians...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 days ago

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. Tigers 9, RAYS 4 (boxscore) THE GOOD: If there was an upside to the Logan Forsythe injury it is that it gave Logan Morrison a second life and he is making the most of it. Prior to the injury, Steve Pearce was starting to eat away at Morrison’s playing time...
Via Rays Index
2 days ago

An offensive explosion for the Tampa Bay Rays

Whenever the Tampa Bay Rays have gone away from the Trop this season, strange things seem to happen with the team. Every road trip early on this season has dealt interesting results, and fortunately for this latest one, a scorching offense has been the result. Looking back at the baseball that has played in the past six games of this eight game road trip, the Rays have totally remade...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay CF Kiermaier breaks hand trying to make catch

DETROIT (AP) Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has broken his left hand trying to make a catch. Kiermaier was hurt in the fifth inning of Saturday's game at Detroit. He broke his glove hand and will be evaluated again on Monday to see how long he might be sidelined. Kiermaier, one of the top defensive outfielders in the majors, made a diving attempt to catch James McCann...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Shoulder Maintenance Workout Behind Chris Archer's Impressive Pitching Performance

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer led his team to a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, striking out seven batters in six innings to earn his third straight win. He now has 61 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings pitched The 27-year-old pitcher's shoulder maintenance regimen helps him maintain health and maximum strength for future starts. Archer said it's important...
Via Stack
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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