RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rays squander chance vs. Jose, get chippy

Few, if anybody, in the ballpark felt like the Marlins could be caught with a four-run lead in the fourth inning and dominating Jose Fernandez on the mound.
Via Rays.com
8 hours ago

Amidst rough patch, Archer faces rival Yanks

Chris Archer looks to break out of his season-long slump when the Rays host Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday.
Via Rays.com
10 hours ago

Forsythe eyeing return first week of June

Logan Forsythe is feeling good and is optimistically looking toward the first week in June for his return to the Rays.
Via Rays.com
14 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Market Zip Code Analysis: 34683

ShareContinuing our deep-dive into the most populated zip codes in the Tampa Bay area. We will look at who lives there, how much money they have, what baseball teams they root for, and how far they are to baseball. Statistics are acquired via census.gov, Facebook/New York Times study, Google Maps. Assumptions: We are assuming two things. 1) The population of baseball fans is 50%...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
14 hours ago

Rays 5/26/16 starting lineup, etc

Logan Morrison jumps into the arms of Steven Souza Jr. arms after his sixth inning, game tying two-run homer. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) LHP Drew Smyly will take the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays, opposite of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, the Alonso High product who is off to a great start. You can read about the pitching matchup in our series preview. Rays...
Via X-Rays Spex
15 hours ago

The Rays have one of the most powerful hitters in baseball but he is being held back by a maddening flaw

Steven Souza Jr. has hit nine home runs this year. But he should have more because he is doing something weird that it is keeping him from being one of the best home run hitters in all of Major League Baseball. It is no secret that Souza can hit the ball a country mile. Remember the blast he hit in Toronto last year? That ball might still be going if not for the restaurant in...
Via Rays Index
16 hours ago

DPD: Fernández and Smyly Highlight the Afternoon

It’s a short slate on this baseball Thursday, but it’s also a pretty good one. We’ve got a little bit for everyone, with an aces matchup, an ace in isolation and a nice secondary duel. Check ’em out! José Fernández (MIA) versus Drew Smyly (TBR) 1:10 p.m. ET Fernández has been red hot over his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs total in bringing his ERA...
Via The Sports Post
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – May 25, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Total Attendance: 14,050 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 22 Attendance: 13,554 Starting Pitcher: Matt Andriese Opponent: Miami Marlins Opponent Starting Pitcher: Justin Nicolini Avg Attendance to Date: 16,738 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 13,554 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 12,600 Avg Attendance for Starting...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
19 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Ciuffo has first 4-hit game

The former first-rounder is riding a nine-game hitting streak In his hitting steak, Nick Ciuffo is batting .400 (16-for-40) with a couple doubles, eight strikeouts and a walk. This comes on the heels of an eight-game streak with a .912 OPS. Over the final 40 games in 2015, he batted .307. He's going on these runs largely without extra-base hits, walks or strikeouts. I don't know...
Via DRaysBay
19 hours ago

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 days 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
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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
4 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
5 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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