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Rays lose in 12; split series with Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays have been inconsistent throughout the first month of the season, and this trend continued in their series against the AL East leading New York Yankees. The Rays lost 5-1 in a twelve-inning game on Sunday afternoon. Joe Maddon decided to have CJ Riefenhauser intentionally walk Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases, and face Dean Anna with two outs. Riefenhauser then...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Dumpster Diving — Ryan Hanigan

Depending on the league you are in, dumpster diving is a pastime that could lead you to the playoffs in your league. Some leagues limit your moves, but even then it pays to pay attention to your waiver wire. You can think of the waiver wire the same way that stock brokers look at stocks. Some stocks are the kind you hold onto for years and use them to stabilize your retirement. Others...
Via The Fantasy Fix
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Alex Cobb frustrated by oblique setback

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb worked through a two-month rehab last summer in recovering from a mild concussion. He faces a similar absence in healing from a left oblique strain, and that frustrates him. "It has definitely been a struggle to compare the two," Cobb said. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 13 with the strain....
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yanks wither under Rays bats in 16-1 rout

Where to start? With the pitching? Chris Archer was outstanding. With the offense? Powered by Ryan Hanigan, Wil Myers and Evan Longoria, it was outstanding again. Mix them together Saturday and you get a 16-1 Tampa Bay Rays victory, a walk-in-the-park against the New York Yankees in front of 30,159 at Tropicana Field. “It was really fun to watch,” Rays manager Joe Maddon...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Evan Longoria sets Rays' record for career HRs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Slide over, Carlos Pena. Third baseman Evan Longoria became the Tampa Bay Rays’ leader in career home runs by smacking his 164th in the third inning Saturday at Tropicana Field against New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. Longoria, who has two home runs this season, cracked a two-run homer off the C-ring catwalk in left field on a 78-mph curveball...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Rays don't consider Desmond Jennings' groin injury to be serious

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon says there's no reason for alarm with outfielder Desmond Jennings, but the team has taken a cautious approach. On Saturday, Maddon said Jennings has dealt with a groin injury sustained in the first inning of the Rays' loss to the Baltimore Orioles last Monday at Camden Yards. Jennings was available off the bench for...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan faceplants on field reaching for foul ball (GIF)

A Tampa Bay Rays fan faceplanted onto the field while reaching for a foul ball during Friday night's game against the New York Yankees.The unidentified fan reached over the railing in the 7th inning as the foul ball rolled into the corner, and he totally went for it. The fan lost his balance as he left his feet and reached for the ball with both hands, faceplanting and landing...
Via Holdout Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays break out of doldrums with 11-5 win over Yanks

Work the process, work the process, work the process. If there was one thing Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said this week – and he said it often – was his team needed to work the process. Have good at-bats. Continue to put the ball in play. “It will comeback to us,” Maddon said before Friday night’s game and before every game since his team fell into this offensive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy Myers With Zest As He’s No Lemon

I remember distinctly the day Will Clark retired. I just got home from a Winter Solstice Pageant. I was only 12 years old at the time, but my mustache was already coming in. Earlier that night, when I was singing in the pageant, a mother yelled out from the audience, "Who's the midget with the mustache?" Then another parent yelled out, "Or is it a dwarf? I...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Moore’s Injury Might Have Hurt Rays’ Chances Of Winning AL East

This was set up to possibly be the finest season in Tampa Bay Rays history. The franchise went all-in for its first World Series title when it decided not to trade ace David Price this offseason in a minor surprise. The Rays looked like legitimate contenders because of their rotation, considered one of the best in baseball. Here is what the rotation was projected as: Price, Matt...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Angels, Twins interested in Sam Fuld

Sam Fuld was released by the Oakland Athletics last week, but he is drawing interest from teams including the Angels and Twins, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.Re: Fuld, there is expected to be interest in him from several teams, incl #Twins and now likely #Angels among others. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 16, 2014 Fuld has value...
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Myers epitomizes club’s woes at plate

Maybe if he was swinging the bat better, the Rays’ Wil Myers would not have been out front of the slider thrown by Zach Britton in the seventh inning Wednesday that Myers hooked foul with the bases loaded. But Myers is in a slump, and the long foul ball was followed by a swing-and-a-miss for strike three and the Rays lost the final game of their long road trip 3-0 to the Orioles...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays lose Matt Moore for the season

The Tampa Bay Rays have lost one of the key members of their starting rotation.  Matt Moore will have season ending Tommy John surgery next week.  In a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 7, Moore left late in the game with discomfort in his elbow.  Originally, the Rays had placed him on the 15-day disabled list, but after a catch session on Monday, the team determined...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Moore done for year; will undergo Tommy John surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays have a gem of a left-hander in Matt Moore. He had an excellent season in 2013 and looked poised to be one of the top starters in the American League this season. Unfortunately, Moore will be missing the rest of the year thanks to Tommy John surgery. Moore tested out his gimpy left elbow on Monday throwing a bit, but the soreness in his arm persisted. He has been...
Via Rumors and Rants
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Cobb’s latest DL stint will force Rays to get creative

Just a day after dominating the Reds en route to a 2-1 Rays win, Alex Cobb has been placed on the disabled list due to an oblique strain. Cobb joins fellow Rays starters Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore on the DL, meaning that the only members of Tampa Bay’s projected preseason rotation that are still healthy are David Price and Chris Archer. This is Cobb’s third DL stint in...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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