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Rays roster moves; 6/28/17 starting lineup and pregame notes

Alex Cobb took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night. (Photo Credit: MLB.com) The Tampa Bay Rays look to make it two in a row after Alex Cobb flirted with a no hitter in last night’s extra innings 4-2 win against the Pirates. Following the ball-game, the Rays made a handful of roster moves, adding left-handed pitchers Blake Snell and Adam Kolarek, while optioning LHP...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays Play the Midnight Roster Shuffle

The Tampa Bay Rays did a little tweaking with the bullpen during the midnight hours, as they departed with Pruitt and Alvarado while adding a comparatively unknown in Adam Kolarek. The Tampa Bay Rays officially added tonight’s starter Blake Snell to the 25-man roster following Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates by optioning Austin Pruitt […] Tampa Bay Rays Play the Midnight...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
7 hours ago

Rays top local television ratings, draw more than UF College World Series win and The Bachelorette

A busy Tuesday Night still had the Rays on top in the Tampa Bay market, a sign of surging popularity. The Tampa Bay Rays have always been a great television product, and this year having a competitive team in the AL East has helped their case. The Rays are contenders, and have started acting like it by adding top notch defensive SS Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade completed Monday...
Via DRaysBay
7 hours ago

Behind surprise stars, the Tampa Bay Rays look like honest-to-god playoff contenders

On Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 thanks to eight scoreless innings from Alex Cobb and a 10th-inning rally keyed by two recent additions. The win continued a strong month for the Rays, improving them to 41-38 on the season, three games back of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East. If it weren’t far too early to peek at the wild-card standings...
Via The Comeback
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays sign 4th overall pick Brendan McKay to record deal

The Rays have signed the best player of this year’s draft class to the highest amount ever in the bonus pool era. The Tampa Bay Rays have signed their first round selection and the 4th overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, Brendan McKay, to a record amount. The team made the announcement last night that McKay signed for $7,007,500, the most even given to a draftee during the bonus...
Via DRaysBay
8 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays to Set Record with Brendan McKay

The Tampa Bay Rays are not a team expected to set records when it comes to payroll or salaries. Well, they did just that as they have signed fourth overall pick Brendan McKay to a record signing bonus. The words “record signing bonus” and the Tampa Bay Rays just do not seem to go together. […] Tampa Bay Rays to Set Record with Brendan McKay - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
10 hours ago

Alex Cobb goes 8 strong, Rays outlast Pirates in 10 innings

Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brendan McKay gets record signing bonus from Tampa Bay Rays

$$$$$$$$$$$$ Earlier this month, Brendan McKay had the option of fulfilling a lifelong dream and becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft. After being contacted by Minnesota before they made the pick and told what he would be offered, he passed. Now we know why. University of Louisville pitcher-first baseman Brendan McKay, the fourth overall pick in the MLB first-year...
Via Card Chronicle
21 hours ago

Archer, others encourage kids in RBI program

Rays right-hander Chris Archer was reading Paul Coelho's "The Alchemist" in 2012 when the realization came to him. The novel mentioned that people have something called a "personal legend." That's when he realized his personal legend was his influence as a professional athlete.
Via Rays.com
23 hours ago

Hechavarria makes Rays debut Tuesday

Adeiny Hechavarria got the start at shortstop in his debut with the Rays on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Hechavarria, who was acquired from the Marlins on Monday, hit eighth in the lineup.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Rays To Sign Brendan McKay

The Rays have agreed to a $7,007,500 signing bonus with No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). The bonus is the largest ever given to a player under the current set of draft rules, narrowly topping the flat $7MM signing bonus that Kyle Wright received from the Braves earlier this year. McKay is represented by Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon. Marc...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Are the Tampa Bay Rays going ‘all in’ this season?

The acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria could signal that the Rays mean business this season. (Photo Credit: ESPN.com) Think back to the 2015 trade deadline, when the Tampa Bay Rays were just three-games back in the AL East. Toronto made a pair of big acquisitions, trading both for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. The Rays, on the other hand, traded away Kevin Jepsen and made no...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Roller Coaster Rays

It has been a roller coaster season so far for the Tampa Bay Rays, and in time key players will return, hopefully making way for a strong finish and a great ride. The 2017 season for the Tampa Bay Rays has had a number of ups and downs and it leaves fans wondering what exactly […] Tampa Bay Rays: Roller Coaster Rays - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays Trade for Hechavarria

For being a team that is known for trading away their players at the deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays have been the beneficiary lately.  The Rays traded for infielder Trevor Plouffe and more recently, Adeiny Hechavarria. Surprisingly, they did not lose any starters in the process. Trevor Plouffe was traded for cash consideration and a player to be named later. He already has appeared...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – June 25, 2017

Tampa Bay baseball attendance for Sunday, June 25, 2017: Total Attendance: 18,134 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 42 Attendance: 15,943 Starting Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Opponent: Baltimore Orioles Opponent Starting Pitcher: Chris Tillman Avg Attendance to Date: 14,955 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 19,591 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 18,207 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays are a trade away from the post-season

A few weeks ago, it seemed as though the Tampa Bay Rays would be sellers as the trade deadline approached. After injuries to several key players, Tampa’s playoff hopes seemed to be slipping away and the team was struggling to break their .500 record. As the month of June passed, however, the Rays suddenly found themselves within striking distance of first place in the AL East....
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Baltimore Orioles tied an MLB record they can’t be proud of

In mid-May, the Baltimore Orioles were 10 games over .500 and one of the clear surprises in baseball. Even entering June 8th, they were five games over .500, right in the thick of the AL East race and the AL Wild Card race.While the Orioles were playing well, the computers and projection systems weren’t buying it, and waited for the Orioles to regress. That’s happened. Baltimore...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Cobb trade rumors

Every year around this time, it seems the Rays are sellers. It has become a tradition for the team to trade away veterans with expiring contracts for a heap of young talent. This makes sense for a small-market team with a low budget; trading away players expected to receive a contract bump for some kind of return is a logical move for a team who cannot afford to sign players to large...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera will not sit out despite myriad of injuries

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a whole host of injuries, but isn’t going to let that keep him off the field.Cabrera admitted Thursday that he is coping with back, oblique, and groin strains, and picked up a hip flexor problem during Thursday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite all that, he managed a walkoff opposite field home run, his first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Rays Ever Achieve League-Average Attendance?

This is Michael Lortz’ third piece as part of his June residency at FanGraphs. Lortz covers the Tampa Bay baseball market for the appropriately named Tampa Bay Baseball Market and has previously published work in the Community pages, as well. You can find him on Twitter, as well. Read the work of all our residents here. In my recent interview with Rays President Brian Auld, he...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Brendan McKay announced as first baseman when selected by Rays

Highly touted prospect Brendan McKay is headed to the Tampa Bay Rays — potentially as a first baseman.McKay doubles as a slugging first baseman and a left-handed pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals, and there had been some dispute as to what position he’d play professionally. When MLB announced the pick, they called McKay a first baseman.While it’s unclear if that was an indication...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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