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New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE STARTS AT 6:30 P.M. The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for more wins following a successful first road trip of the season and will try to get them by adding to the New York Yankees' woes. It's unclear, though, if the Rays will have Evan Longoria available for their attempt to send the Yankees to their worst start in 26 years Friday night. Tampa Bay...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier’s Rise and Evaluating Sample Size

Forecasting breakout hitters is extremely difficult. A shift in approach at the plate, a swing adjustment, or just natural progression as a player ages and gains more experience against big league pitching are hard to account for in a preseason projection when the only data we have on a hitter leads us to draw certain conclusions. As much as we like to speculate on breakout candidates...
Via Baseball Professor
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Preview – Yankees at Rays (4/17/15)

View image | gettyimages.com The Yanks continue their road trip and the next stop is Tampa Bay. Adam Warren (0-1, 1.69 ERA) will make his fifth career start and Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.97 ERA) will be on the hill for the Rays. Warren only allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings in his season debut, but his offense didn’t reward his efforts and he took a loss. In 10 relief...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays Sign J.P. Arencibia

     The Tampa Bay Rays have signed veteran catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract, according to several sources. Arencibia broke in with Toronto, who had drafted him with the 21st pick of the 2007 draft, despite concerns about his defence.  After breaking into MLB with a spectacular 4-5 debut, which included a pair of home runs in 2010, the Blue Jays made Arencibia...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Makes Epic, Wall Climbing, Home-Run Saving Web Gem

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was up to his old trick last night manning left field versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The human highlight reel made an epic, wall climbing, home run saving web gem off the bat of Tim Beckham. Pillar has about five mouth dropping, defensive dazzlers already under his belt this season. The post Kevin Pillar Makes Epic, Wall Climbing, Home-Run...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar scaled the wall to rob Tim Beckham of a homer

Crazy things happen in the Rogers Centre outfield, and on Wednesday, another one of those crazy moments happened. Check out this catch by Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar to rob Rays second baseman Tim Beckham of a homer in the seventh inning. Like…how? What? That’s not a short fence, and Pillar wasn’t exactly running at full speed when he made his leap. But whenever I...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former LSU Tiger Mikie Mahtook Drills First MLB Homer

In a moment that some only ever dream of, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and former LSU Tiger standout Mikie Mahtook has made a reality. In the Rays’ game tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre, Mahtook got his first major league hit. Even more special was that it was a two-run shot off of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle. Mahtook ended up going 1-for-2 on the...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar climbs wall, steals homer from Tim Beckham (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar climbed the outfield wall and stole a home run from Tampa Bay Rays batter Tim Beckham during the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game at the Rogers Centre.The fans gave Pillar a standing ovation after his amazing catch, which is clearly one of the best of the season so far.Pillar also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Blue...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Pillar climbs wall to rob home run

Your browser does not support iframes. On Tuesday, Nolan Arenado presented a candidate for Major League Baseball’s catch of the season by making a spectacular grab down the third base line. The following day, Kevin Pillar did his best to one up him. In the top of the seventh inning, Rays second baseman Tim Beckham...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Allan Dykstra Bunts Ball Off His Face; Teammate Reacts Perfectly (GIF)

Bunting ain’t easy. Tampa Bay Rays rookie Allan Dykstra had a memorable day at the ballpark Monday, collecting his first major league hit and his first shiner from a bunt-gone-wrong during batting practice all in the same 24 hours. The 27-year-old had quite the painful pregame experience, as he fouled the second pitch he saw directly into his own face while getting some extra...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria's Off-Season Strength and Resistance Workout

After a somewhat disappointing 2014 season, in which the Tampa Bay Rays missed the playoffs for only the second time in the last five years, Rays slugger Evan Longoria attacked
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Opening series observations

Desmond Jennings scored a run in Tampa’s first win of the year on Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Rays began opening day by retiring Don Zimmer’s number 66. They ended it with a 6-2 loss. In the second game, the Rays scored five runs but gave up six in the losing effort. Game three proved to be more fortunate for the Rays as they won 2-0. Here are some observations on that opening...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

April 8, 2003 – Hideki Matsui Wastes No Time Winning Fans

Twelve years ago today, 29 year old Hideki Matsui made his debut at Yankee Stadium in grand fashion. With the Yankees leading the Twins 3-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning, Matsui would step to the plate with the bases loaded. With the count full, Twins starter Joe Mays delivered a pitch that Matsui would gladly deliver into the right field bleacher for a grand slam. The...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan runs onto field, greets CF, hops fence

A man who attended Tuesday night’s Orioles-Rays game really wanted to meet Desmond Jennings. He apparently was willing to go to great lengths to meet the Rays outfielder, judging by what happened during the game. The man took matters into his own hands at one point by running onto the field and shaking Jennings’ hand. When you run on the field during a game to shake Desmond...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Move the Rays to Montreal!

Yesterday, I came across a piece detailing the Tampa Bay Rays’ ongoing problems with city officials in securing a new stadium. The team has had many issues trying to stay in Tampa, and by all accounts it looks like it’s far from being resolved. Matters certainly aren’t helped by the fact that in terms of the on-field product, it’s starting to look pretty grim in the Big...
Via Brush Back Pitch
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: will the Myers deal pan out?

Wil Myers (Photo credit: Elsa/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Rays will be putting the weight of the world on the back of RF Steven Souza. Souza was part of the three-team deal that sent former rookie of the year Wil Myers to San Diego. Along with Souza, the Rays received LHP Travis Ott from Washington, and C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers, and RHP Burch Smith from Tampa Bay. Along with...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Life on the Rays side- Ready for Baseball?

How Will Asdrubal Cabrera Do For The Tampa Bay Rays? Last season, Asdrubal Cabrera experienced one of his most challenging years of his career. Not only was he traded away from the Cleveland Indians, but he struggled in limited action with Washington to end the year. The free agent was hoping to earn a sizable payday, but his lack of production in fantasy baseball really hurt his...
Via Buc Stop
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s ‘Game of Thrones Night’ (pic)

On April 23, the Duraham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will hold “Game of Thrones Night” at their home ballpark when it hosts the Charlotte Knights. No word if the visiting squad will wear the white cloaks of the Kingsguard. The Bulls, however, will be wearing special jerseys to commemorate the...Read More The post Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Prospect Forced to Shave Off Impressive Beard

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Ryan Brett made a lot of pre-season “best of” lists. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with the second baseman’s .297 career batting average through five minor league seasons. The fuss was all about Brett’s impressive lower face foliage. On Monday, however, after being sent to the team’s minor league camp, the “Duck Dynasty” lookalike was forced...
Via Hall of Very Good
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The Durham Bulls are holding Game of Thrones Night

This is on my short list of “best promotions” for the 2015 season. The Durham Bulls, AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will be holding a Game of Thrones Night on April 23rd, and it sounds pretty awesome. Here are some of the details from the Bulls. -Good guys & bad guys: we’re playing the Charlotte Knights on 4/23…yes, we did that on purpose. -Awesome costumes: The...
Via The Outside Corner
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Archer interviews reporters about his start

Chris Archer is becoming one of my favorite players in the league to watch, and after his start for the Rays on Sunday, he interviewed reporters in the clubhouse about how they think he pitched. Pretty funny way to change things up. In his start against the Phillies on Sunday, Archer allowed one run on three hits over two innings, walking one and striking out one. But hey, it...
Via The Outside Corner
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays reliever sounds off on Yoan Moncada deal

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with 19-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada, and the Cuban baseball player is set to receive a $31.5 million signing bonus to join their organization. However, $31.5 million seems like a lot of money for a player who has never played in a game at the Major League level. Tampa Bay Rays reliever Drew Smyly echoed those sentiments on Twitter...
Via The Sports Daily
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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