RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Casali’s walk off RBI single, lifts Rays past Jays.

(Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex).   Chris Archer didn’t have his best stuff Saturday night versus Toronto. Despite walking 4 and throwing 100 pitches in only six innings of work, Archer allowed only one hit, a 2-run home run off the bat of Joey Bautista which hugged the left field foul pole in the bottom of the third. Archer had command issues early on, but settled down...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 hours ago

Logan's run in April ends with a bang

Logan Forsythe is the Rays' top offensive weapon at this juncture of the season. Saturday night he put an exclammation point on his first month of the season with two big hits in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Faith in Casali pays off for Cash, Rays

Curt Casali had been scuffling. The .136 batting average entering Saturday night's game said as much.
Via Rays.com
4 hours ago

Curt Casali caps Rays' rally in win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a ground ball. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali's hit, the first...
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Casali a walk-off hero for Rays

Curt Casali's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rays a 4-3 walk-off win over the Blue Jays Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Via Rays.com
6 hours ago

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays can’t harness the power of Busey, fall 6-1

The Tampa Bay Rays lost 6-1 on Gary Busey night at the Trop. (Photo Credit: Gary Busey via Twitter) Drew Smyly was good once again, but Toronto righty Aaron Sanchez was better on Friday night, as the Tampa Bay Rays fell 6-1 the Blue Jays on Gary Busey night at the Trop. The night started on an awkward note when actor extraordinaire, Gary Busey, threw out the ceremonial first pitch...
Via X-Rays Spex
18 hours ago

DPD: Happ, Archer Looking for More of the Same

This Saturday slate is low on strong action, but take it from us: we promise we’ll make it up to you on Sunday. Anyway, here’s a quick look at today’s pitchers. Check ’em out! J.A. Happ (TOR) versus Chris Archer (TBR) 6:10 p.m. ET At least from a results standpoint, Happ has done a pretty good job parlaying his post-Searage days into solid pitching. He’s allowed three...
Via The Sports Post
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – April 29, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Friday, April 29, 2016: Total Attendance: 18,928 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 14 Attendance: 13,679 Starting Pitcher: Drew Smyly Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays Opponent Starting Pitcher: Aaron Sanchez Avg Attendance to Date: 15,919 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 17,370 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 15,240 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
21 hours ago

Twelve-year MLB veteran Grant Balfour retires from baseball

At 38 years of age, former all-star reliever Grant Balfour has retired from baseball. The 2013 all-star played 12 seasons in the league for four different organizations before hanging up the spikes. “I had a pretty good career,” Balfour told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. “I was lucky to play for such a long time. .. I got to do a lot of things. … It was definitely a lot...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Baseball Forever mission statement, Rays 4/29/16 starting lineup, etc

On the road to recovery, Brad Boxberger worked on agility drills at the Trop this afternoon. Calling it a community effort to demonstrate to the Tampa Bay Rays that St. Petersburg deserves to be their forever home, Mayor Rick Kriseman released a one minute and 27 second mission statement video, introducing the Baseball Forever Campaign to the general public. You can watch that...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Rays are "very" interested in Kevin Kiermaier contract extension

Lets take a look at what a potential deal would look like Earlier this week the Rays held their weekly "Twitter Tuesday" campaign with Principal owner, Stu Sternberg. One the questions asked was about the possibility of extending Kevin Kiermaier. @RaysBaseball #AskStu I'm sure this is a closed-door conversation, but how intent are you on extending @KKiermaier39's deal with the...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wong drives in 2 in Biscuits win

Taylor Motter and Richie Shaffer hit back-to-back home runs in Durham's loss Top pitching prospects Blake Snell, Jacob Faria, and Hunter Wood all take the mound Friday, so it will be a good day for any fans of the Rays' minor league pitching (which is more or less everyone here). Triple-A Durham Bulls (10-12) The Bulls allowed five runs in the top of the eighth and ended up falling...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Rays’ Steve Pearce, Brandon Guyer worth adding in deep leagues

As we near the endpoint of Week 4 of the Major League Baseball season, fantasy league waiver wires are becoming less and less plentiful. Sure, if you’re in a 10-team league or a shallower 12-teamer, there are gems to be had — every league has an owner who panics and drops a good player after a cold start — but I’ll let the watered down publications handle that stuff; these...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

"INSIDE THE RAYS: TRIP TO CUBA" special forthcoming on Fox Sports

Via press release: On Saturday, April 30 at 5 p.m., FOX Sports Sun, the statewide television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, will debut an all-new episode of "Inside the Rays" centered around the team's recent visit to Cuba. The premiere episode, which airs before the Rays LIVE pregame show on Saturday, features exclusive, never-before-seen footage and access to the Rays as our film...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

The Rays’ Rotation Has Already Improved

It was barely a month ago that we ran our annual positional power rankings series. Perceptions of players and teams ought not to change too much after just a few weeks of baseball, but the neat thing about having projections is around is that they update themselves every night. Never by much, but they’re constantly re-evaluating to reflect whatever’s happened by the appropriate...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays 3, Orioles 1: 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. RAYS 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi was OK, giving up 7 hits in 5 innings and striking out just 1. He was able to work out of a huge jam in the 4th inning when the Orioles scored one run and then worked the bases loaded with one out. Odorizzi was...
Via Rays Index
3 days ago

Kiermaier hits 2-run homer, Rays beat Orioles 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday night. After Steven Souza Jr. had a two-out single in the sixth, Kiermaier put the Rays up 3-1 on his two-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2). Tampa Bay has won three in a row, with 11 of its 13 runs over the stretch coming with two outs. Reliever Enny...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Blake Snell’s Extreme Fastball

Blake Snell is already back in the minor leagues, but he probably shouldn’t be there for long. All the Rays need is an opening, and over the weekend Snell made his big-league debut in a spot start in Yankee Stadium. Everyone understood it would be a one-shot deal, but Snell got to get his feet wet. That counts for something. And we got enough data for a deep dive. That also counts...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Blake Snell Debuts for Tampa Bay

The Rays called up left-handed pitching prospect Blake Snell from Triple-A to face the Yankees in a spot start on Saturday. Snell looked very good in his debut. Although he lasted just five innings, he yielded just two hits, one walk and zero runs. By fanning six, he maintained the ~30% strikeout rate pace he’d been keeping in the minors for the last year-plus. Prior to his call...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Tampa Bay Rays even have a first baseman?

The GM position in any sport has to be one of the toughest roles to play within all of the sports field. When any facet of the team goes wrong, all eyes go directly to them looking for answers – especially when the arising issue was avoidable. At the beginning of April, the Rays released one of the more reliable hitters they’ve had on their squad for a number of years now...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Tampa Bay Rays should be surprised with their success so far

Eighteen games into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are 8-10 and 3.5 games back in the division. Obviously, there is still plenty of time left in the season. The first month of the season is not even over yet. However, Tampa Bay should be surprised by the fact that they are even doing this well. Here is why: 1. What’s wrong with Chris Archer? One of the popular picks for the AL...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Fan hit by Souza Jr. foul ball released from hospital

A fan seriously injured after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Steve Souza Jr. during a game last week at Tropicana Field was released from the hospital on Monday night, per a Tampa Bay Times report. The incident occurred during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. The woman, reportedly a White Sox fan in...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan hit by foul ball that got through netting

The optional expanded of netting at MLB ballparks across the country has largely been praised, yet some (including author Stephen King) have complained about the netting obstructing their views. However, it’s important to note that even expanded netting isn’t a panacea to spectators being injured by foul balls, as a fan at Friday night’s White Sox-Rays game was hit by a foul...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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