RAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rays recall RHP Sturdevant, demote INF Shaffer

The Tampa Bay Rays will have another arm on hand for their afternoon game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday as they recalled Tyler Sturdevant from Triple-A Durham following Wednesday’s 11-inning victory. The 30-year-old Sturdevant made his major-league debut earlier this season, going 0-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Tampa […] The post Rays recall RHP Sturdevant...
Via Today's Knuckleball
15 minutes ago

Rays edge Red Sox on walk-off error in 11th

Luke Maile saw reliever Heath Hembree drop the ball at first base in the 11th inning and started his sprint home. And the Rays' backup catcher slid in safely as Sandy Leon couldn't handle the throw at the plate to give Tampa Bay a 4-3, walk-off win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox remain in a tie for first place in the American League East since...
Via Rays.com
1 hour ago

David Ortiz oldest player to have 30 home runs in a season

With his home run in the first inning on Wednesday night off Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Andriese, David Ortiz becomes the oldest player in Major League Baseball history to have a 30-home run campaign. Ortiz also becomes the oldest player in MLB history to reach 30 HRs. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 24, 2016 […] The post David Ortiz oldest player to have 30 home runs in a...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

Rehabbing Cobb nearing return to Rays

Alex Cobb will pitch Saturday in Durham for the Triple-A Bulls in what will likely be his final start before returning to the Rays.
Via Rays.com
6 hours ago

Rays 8/24/16 starting lineup, Cobb slated to return shortly, etc

Matt Andriese gets the start Wednesday opposite of Rick Porcello. He’s 1-0, 0.00 ERA in three appearances (one start) vs. the Red Sox. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Matt Andriese will make his fourth career appearance (second start) against the Boston Red Sox. He hasn’t allowed a run over 9-2/3 innings, and yielded only one baserunner over six innings pitched in that start...
Via X-Rays Spex
7 hours ago

Rays tap USF Sports Marketing Professor for ideas

ShareI’m not sure what the date on this news is, but according to a press release by the University of South Florida, USF professor Mike Mondello will be working with the Rays throughout the fall in an attempt to help their marketing department. Per the release: Sport & Entertainment Management Professor Mike Mondello will use analytics to work with Rays senior management on...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
12 hours ago

Chris Archer mocks himself over hilarious hoodie mishap

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has gone viral for forgetting how to put on a sweatshirt, and he is taking it quite well. Archer was in the process of putting on a hoodie after the fifth inning of his team’s eventual loss to the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night when he was informed that he was not going back into the game. The brief conversation must have distracted him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays' bullpen messes with a ballboy after he misses foul ball

A line drive from Corey Dickerson came flying in hot to the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen on Tuesday night when a ballboy narrowly missed the ball that ended up rattling around the pen. Rays relievers Erasmo Ramirez and Enny Romero did not miss the opportunity to bust the young man's chops. It appears the pitchers have rejected the ballboy as their guardian and also decided to take their...
Via FOX Sports
17 hours ago

Can somebody help Chris Archer put on a hoodie?

If we’re being honest, we have all put on a shirt or sweatshirt backwards at least once in our lives. Given that assumption is accurate, then we should all be able to relate to the brief snafu Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer had with his hoodie in the dugout. After being informed he was being removed from a game against the Boston Red Sox, Archer proceeded to put his Rays...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Duffy, Miller holding their own at new spots

Matt Duffy and Brad Miller have transitioned well to their new positions since the pair changed the complexion of the Rays' infield.
Via Rays.com
1 day ago

Rays 8/23/16 starting lineup, Arcia claimed by Marlins, etc

Chris Archer takes the hill for the Rays tonight, opposite of RHP Clay Buchholz. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Rays 8/23/16 Starting Lineup Forsythe 2B Kiermaier CF Longoria 3B Miller 1B Beckham SS Morrison DH Souza RF Dickerson LF Wilson C Archer RHP Noteworthiness — OF Oswaldo Arcia, who was designated for assignment last week by the Rays, has been claimed off waivers...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Mikie Mahtook awards $5,000 grant for flood victims

Foundation makes grant for student relief.
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
1 day ago

What 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. Red Sox 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays have been better. Prior to the All-Star break, the Rays ranked 26th in MLB with a -74 run differential. That is, they gave up 74 more runs than they scored, a sure-fire way to lose a lot of ballgames. Since the All...
Via Rays Index
1 day ago

Rays playoff hero Dan Johnson joins Dodgers as pitcher

Former Tampa Bay Rays playoff hero turned knuckleball pitcher Dan Johnson is getting another shot with a major league organization, as the 37-year-old recently had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson, who has been a two-way player with the independent St. Paul Saints, will pitch at Double-A Tulsa. He had a 4-3 record with a 4.50 ERA with the Saints this season...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – August 22, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Monday, August 22, 2016: Total Attendance: 13,576 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 66 Attendance: 13,576 Starting Pitcher: Blake Snell Opponent: Boston Red Sox Opponent Starting Pitcher: David Price Avg Attendance to Date: 16,124 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 18,174 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 14,091 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...

Rays offense baffled by David Price, fall to Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.Price (12-8) walked two, struck out eight and didn't allow a runner past first base while extending Tampa Bay's scoring drought against Boston to 25 innings dating...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays 8/22/16 starting lineup, Kevin Kiermaier returns to the lineup, etc

Former ace, meet future ace. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Rays 8/22/16 Starting Lineup Forsythe 2B Kiermaier CF Longoria 3B Miller 1B Duffy SS Beckham DH Souza Jr. RF Mahtook LF Maile C Snell LHP Noteworthiness — Aftet snapping an 0-for-29 with a walk in his final plate appearance Sunday afternoon, Mikie Mahtook took early batting practice today. — Kevin Kiermaier returns...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: who’s questioning Evan Longoria now?

Standards are made in a hope that the individual who made them is able to maintain them. Whether that is warranted or not amongst the opinions of outside individuals is debatable, yet somehow one “flash in the pan” run is supposed to solidify the talents of an athlete for an entire career. Anything less, Heaven forbid, anything significantly less, can be detrimental to a career...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wood returns to form with Biscuits

After missing some time with a broken thumb, Hunter Wood looks to finish the season on a high note Speaking of quality pitching, Princeton shut out Pulaski for 17 innings over the course of two games Sunday. In those games, five Princeton pitchers struck out 20 batters, walked two and allowed just nine hits. Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-73) Jake Hager's first Triple-A home run lifted...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

Nick Franklin eligible for Rays after being struck by bat Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays utility man Nick Franklin is available to play after being hit in the head on deck Wednesday by a teammate's bat.Franklin was not in the starting lineup against Texas left-hander Cole Hamels Friday night but could come off the bench."Everything is good," Franklin said. "Everything came out fine. I'm set to play whenever."Kevin Kiermaier...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays infielder drilled in head by bat (VIDEO)

A scary moment took place on Wednesday when Rays infielder Nick Franklin got hit in the head by a swinging bat while standing in the on-deck circle. Teammate Kevin Kiermaier was beginning to warm up, so he began swinging the bat around. Unfortunately, he had no idea that Franklin was near, and he hit the infielder in the head with his backswing. Franklin, somehow, remained in the...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays infielder Nick Franklin hit in head by bat in on-deck circle

The on-deck circle can be a weird, bizarre and somewhat dangerous place, and it certainly was that for Rays infielder Nick Franklin on Wednesday afternoon. In the bottom of the first, Franklin went down to pick something up. Teammate Kevin Kiermaier, not realizing that Franklin was there, continued to take warm-up cuts anyway, and hit his teammate in the head. Franklin stayed...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier’s Got a New Plan

Kevin Kiermaier missed a good chunk of the season after breaking his glove hand in late May, and that’s a shame, because when Kiermaier is in the field, he’s among the most exciting players in baseball. Kiermaier is must-see television with a glove in his hand. Decidedly less so at the plate. He’s been roughly a league-average hitter through 1,100 career plate appearances,...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Cobb rehab update

With the type of year the Tampa Bay Rays (47-69) are having, clinging to positives, regardless of how big or small, makes the smarting season feel a bit more bearable. One of them being that Rays’ ace, Alex Cobb, is making steady progress working his way up through the minors, with the potential to make a few appearances at the end of the current season. Cobb went under the knife...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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