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Could the Tampa Bay Rays be one player away from the Word Series?

Here’s an idea — could the Tampa Bay Rays really be one player away from being competitive in the American League East? While they have been competitive as a team all season, they are far from competing with the big market New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays will almost surely miss the playoffs for the second year in a row. Throughout the season Rays fans have been...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How the September Call-ups will help the Tampa Bay Rays

Matt Moore Every September, the Major League rosters expand from 25 to 40 players. Teams are allowed to call up as many players from the 40-man roster as they want to. The Tampa Bay Rays have only used six spots of the September call-ups, although they can call up more later in the month. While these call-ups probably will not make a major impact, they can provide the extra push...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly, J.P. Arencibia lead Rays in rout of Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in six runs to back an impressive pitching performance by Drew Smyly, and the Tampa Bay Rays breezed past the free-falling Baltimore Orioles 11-2 Tuesday night. Brandon Guyer had four hits for the Rays, who scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to send the Orioles to their 12th loss in 13 games. Tampa Bay has won...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Still In American League Wild Card As Calendar Reaches September

With the baseball season entering its final month, it’s safe to say the Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the league’s biggest surprises. In fact, while many figured the new-look, young roster guided by rookie manager Kevin Cash would be out of contention at this point, here they are to start September right in the thick of things, being only 3.5 games back of the Texas Rangers...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier's home run-robbing catch at Camden Yards was 'Trout-like' (VIDEO)

During the Rays' 6-3 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday, Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier showed once again why he is quickly becoming one of the best defensive outfielders in Major League Baseball. Kiermaier chased down a first-inning Manny Machado fly ball to deep right-center and made a leaping catch that was well ... "Trout-like." The...
Via The Other Paper
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays blast 3 homers to take care of fading Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs in a 6-3 victory over the fading Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria connected off Wei-Yin Chen (8-7), and Tim Beckham added a solo shot against Brad Brach. Logan Forsythe had three hits for the Rays, coming within a home run of the cycle. Archer...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chris Archer has great reaction to Kevin Kiermaier catch

    Chris Archer had a great reaction to a beautiful catch made by Kevin Kiermaier in center field on Monday night. Kiermaier robbed Orioles leadoff hitter Manny Machado with a great catch against the wall for the first out the Rays recorded in the game.     Archer was worried that the first batter he faced had hit a home run against him, so he kept the celebration...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays minor leaguer suspended 50 games for drug violation

NEW YORK (AP) A minor league outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays has been suspended 50 games for a drug violation. The commissioner's office said Monday that 20-year-old Jeremy Hadley had been penalized after testing positive for an amphetamine. Hadley was on the roster of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Rays.
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE STARTS AT 6:30 P.M. Chris Archer has battled consistency issues since the end of June, but the level of offense Baltimore has displayed in a damaging late-August slump might make his next start a little more predictable. The Tampa Bay ace takes the mound Monday night at Camden Yards, where the Rays will try to send the Orioles to a fifth straight...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays outfielder fooled by Tropicana Field catwalk

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier climbed the outfield wall at Tropicana Field on Friday night, and instead of coming down with the ball, he landed with a little embarrassment. He was anticipating the hard hit ball by Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales would land close enough to the wall where he could rob a home run, but the ball traveled so high...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Head Coach Fires Back After Being Fired

After an investigation concluded that Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckham mistreated his athletes, Illinois fired him. On Friday evening, Beckham finally responded to the event. Statement from Tim Beckman: "I am shocked and disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas and the University of Illinois made today …. " — Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 28, 2015 Tim Beckman statement...
Via Gamedayr
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier left hanging on curious home run at Tropicana Field (VIDEO)

Kevin Kiermaier was left in a precarious position after climbing the wall during Kendrys Morales' curious home run that bounced off Tropicana Field's catwalk Friday night. The Rays player has been one of the best defensive outfielders in Major League Baseball this season, but even Kiermaier couldn't anticipate — or figure out — what happened on this play. After Morales...
Via The Other Paper
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays bullpen helps end Twins' six-game winning streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Relievers Brandon Gomes, Alex Colome and Brad Boxberger combined for 4 2-3 scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays ended Minnesota's six-game winning streak, beating the Twins 5-4 on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Twins a half-game behind Texas for the second AL wild-card spot. Gomes (2-4) got an inning-ending double play with two on in the fifth during...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

James Loney drops appeal, will serve 1-game suspension Thursday night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension. The lefty-hitting Loney decided to serve his suspension in Thursday night's game against Minnesota. The Twins' starting pitcher is left-hander Tommy Milone. Loney played Tuesday and Wednesday after appealing the suspension and an undisclosed fine announced by Major...
Via Fox Sports Florida
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays catcher Curt Casali strains hamstring rounding bases on home run (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali suffered a strained hamstring during Tuesday night's game against Minnesota in unusual fashion, as he hurt it while rounding the bases after he hit a home run.It happened in the fifth inning as Casali hit the homer down the line and over the left field wall. Casali felt the pain before he reached first base, and as the video shows, there didn't...
Via Holdout Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays catcher strains hamstring circling bases after homer

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali came up gimpy while circling the bases following a home run Tuesday night, suffering a strained left hamstring. Casali appeared to take an awkward step while rounding first base after hitting the home run during the Rays’ 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. He looked to be in discomfort throughout the rest of his trot and limped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Loney appeals 1-game suspension for bumping umpire

  Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert in Saturday's game at Oakland. Loney appealed the sanctions announced Tuesday and will be able to continue playing until the appeal process is completed. Loney was ejected after striking out in the sixth inning...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer Produces a Masterpiece

Amid the ever-increasing dominance of pitching this season, Chris Archer has been a singular figure among the leaderboard of best pitchers durinwg 2015: he’s not only a newcomer to the best handful of starters that populate baseball, but he’s also gotten to where he currently is in a rather unique way. In late April, I noticed that Archer was now throwing his slider almost...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Erasmo Ramirez for Real?

Every year, a number of starting pitchers seemingly come out of nowhere to become significant contributors at the major-league level. Sometimes, like in the case of Jacob deGrom, the sudden evolution is real and sustainable. In the case of the majority of short-term success stories, the league adjusts, the pitcher can’t respond to those adjustments, and he disappears from the...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: The demise of Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays for many stretches of the 2015 season were leading the American League East division, but today the Rays are five games back in their division. There are a variety of reasons they have slipped in the standings but one key aspect to look at, is the lackluster numbers the starting third baseman has produced. Evan Longoria was looked at to be one of the premier talents...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Rookie Gets Silent Treatment; Celebrates HR With Imaginary Teammates

Richie Shaffer and his family had the night of a lifetime Tuesday night in Chicago. The Tampa Bay Rays rookie collected his first major league hit in a big way, homering to right field in the seventh inning as part of the Rays’ blowout win over the White Sox. The home run was also the first hit of Shaffer’s career. Making the moment even better, his family was in town to see...
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays rookie hits first HR, gets ignored by teammates

One of the silliest traditions in some MLB clubhouses is ignoring a player after he launches his first career homer. In Chicago on Tuesday night, Richie Shaffer of the Rays hit his first MLB homer, a solo shot in the seventh inning to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-1. As Shaffer came back into the dugout, he found his teammates huddled up ignoring him, so he did what any rational...
Via The Outside Corner
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays Call up Richie Shaffer

With a 52-54 record and a meager 10% chance of making the playoffs, there likely won’t be much reason to pay attention to the Rays over the next two months. Simply put, it’s unlikely they’ll be playing too many more meaningful games from here on out. However, the Rays just got a bit more interesting today. They called up former first round pick Richard Shaffer from Triple...
Via Fangraphs
August 03, 2015  |  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
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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