• Is it ever okay for a pitcher to intentionally hit a batter?

    A former Rays “ace” did such a thing last week Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Rays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
    There has always been debate in baseball over the beanball wars that have been a part of baseball since the games inception. A way of getting back at an opposing player or team, you drill a hitter as some sort of retaliation. Nowadays, the most common reason to get drilled i
  • Royals: 10, Rays: 2, - Zilla Tune Up & Quiet Bats

    Zilla’s rehab, and Royals turn into the Rays for a game After getting back on track against the Royals for the past two games, the 16-8 Tampa Bay Rays would look to complete the sweep of the Royals in tune up start for re-instated Blake Snell.Zilla on the bump + a chance to sweep. https://t.co/IkE18tr2WT #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/8Io3B5MVxA— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2019Cash said they will play it by ear depending on how Snell is feeling https://t.co/nHWZp05ZEs—
  • Joey Wendle suffers wrist fracture

    He will be returning to the injured list. Fresh off two weeks on the Injured List, Joey Wendle will be spending a considerable longer time on the shelf this time around. He suffered a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch thrown by Jacob Diekman of the Kansas City Royals during the 6th inning of the series finale on Wednesday.
    Wendle remained in the game to run after being hit by the pitch, but was removed the following half inning with Brandon Lowe taking over at second base. Wendle under
  • Why Tyler Glasnow’s four-seam fastball acts like a cutter

    It is certainly a unique and interesting pitch. Does Tyler Glasnow throw a traditional four-seam fastball or a cutter?
    The answer is both simple and not, as Brian Menendez investigated earlier this month.
    Glasnow’s grip is decidedly a traditional four-seam, his large hands are on all four seams in any photo or broadcast slo-mo, but put in action and you get viral strikeouts with a high-90’s occasionally cutting fastball:
    Uh oh.... If Glasnow isn’t doing this on purpose , he ne
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  • GDT: Hey-la, Dey-La...

    My Blake Snell's back! A win today might help wash the horrible taste of a Red Sox sweep out of my mouth.
  • Rays activate Blake Snell and Ji-Man Choi

    Two key members of the Rays are back on the active roster Prior to their series finale against the Kansas City Royals, the Tampa Bay Rays have activated left-handed pitcher Blake Snell from the 10-day Injured List, and first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the Restricted List.
    In the corresponding roster moves, the Rays have optioned infielder Andrew Velazquez and right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt, to Triple-A Durham. In an unrelated move, Hunter Wood’s paternity leave has been moved to the &ls
  • View from the Catwalk: The Rays are the coolest team in baseball

    This is an indisputable fact After the series that shall not be mentioned again, the Tampa Bay Rays have taken two straight against the Kansas City Royals to improve to 16-8 on the season and maintain a 2.5 game lead over the New York Yankees, who have won five in a row.
    It was a solid game all around for the Rays; Mike Zunino was the main offensive force for the Rays as he slugged his second homer of the year as part of a three hit game. Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, and Joey Wendle all knocked a
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cronenworth, Wong set table in Durham win

    Durham’s No. 1 and No. 2 hitters reached base seven times and scored six times Tuesday. Since Wander Franco left a game early just about two weeks ago, he’s on a nine-game hitting streak. His OPS is up 203 points, and he has six extra-base hits. He’s the youngest player in the Midwest League.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-10)
    Durham received one of its best pitching performances of the season in a 9-2 win over Louisville. The Bulls had four pitchers combine to strike out 15, led by
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  • Rays 5, Royals 2: Mike Zunino continues to be good

    And Jalen Beeks delivers his best outing of 2019 The Tampa Bay Rays went into tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals hoping to not just win the game, but secure the series a day early. Doing so would potentially start a new streak after their last one of six was snapped over the weekend, when they got swept by the Boston Red Sox.
    They’d look to do it against the Royals veteran starter Homer Bailey, who, after a tough start to the year, bounced back to pitch 7 shutout innings
  • GDT: Everyday can be a Bullpen Day!

    ...if your starters are struggling. Yesterday I got stuck on a mountain and I couldn't watch the game, so please someone tweet me if the Ray's hit a home run.
  • View from the Catwalk: Rays back in the win column

    And Mike Zunino has that big dad energy Brad Keller was ‘cruising.’
    The Royals starter needed just 63 pitches to get through the first 5 innings, and though the Rays offense hit a few screamers, they hadn’t scored a run since the 1st.
    Keller needed 22 pitches to get through the 6th, however, and a Brandon Lowe double put the Rays within a run.
    But manager Ned Yost stuck with his pitcher into the 7th, when Mike Zunino, fresh from the paternity list, delivered the devastating bl
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Brendan McKay strikes out nine.

    Moises Gomez and Ford Proctor homer. Brendan McKay struck out nine in five innings for the Montgomery Biscuits (AA). Moises Gomez hit his second homer of the season for Charlotte (A+). Ford Proctor hit his first homer of the season to put Bowling Green (A) ahead in the ninth.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-10)
    The Durham Bulls had a scheduled day off.
    Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-8)
    The Montgomery Biscuits fell to the Mississippi Braves 2-1 in extras. The Biscuits got on the board first with a fir
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  • Rays 6, Royals 3: Contributions from everyone put the Rays back into the win column

    The Rays came back from an early deficit to win a fun game in the late innings Opening the new series against the Kansas City Royals, the Rays looked to get back into the win column against a struggling team after the Rays dropped the previous four games to divisional opponents.Welcome back, Dad! https://t.co/B0tiM8yf6m #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/922L8HnrW6— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 22, 2019Yonny Chirinos received the nod to start the game for the Rays, and in the first inning, C
  • GDT: A Royal end to a losing streak?

    This whole losing thing has to stop The Rays stay at home tonight, looking to bounce back from their weekend sweep at the hands of the Red Sox (who they still lead by five games, for the record) with a home series against the 7-15 Kansas City Royals.
    On the mound Monday are:
    Tampa Bay: Yonny Chirinos (3-0, 3.26 ERA)
    Kansas City: Brad Keller (2-1, 2.64 ERA)
    With four straight losses decided by five runs combined, it’s time to mix up the juju and just get a nice easy win... but that never h
  • Should the Rays sign Gio Gonzalez?

    He’d be a perfect stopgap until Rays pitching gets healthy, and a potential bulk role guy after that The Yankees were the surprise winners for Gio Gonzalez’s services after he couldn’t secure a major league deal this off-season, but after four starts in the minors (with the fourth rained out), the injury-laden Yankees hadn’t promoted him, and an opt out has been triggered to give Gonzalez his release.
    Here’s how MLB Trade Rumors summarized his situation:
    Although h
  • INJURY UPDATE: No surgery required for Meadows

    Incredibly good news for the Rays breakout young slugger, as he is now only expected to miss “a few weeks”. Austin Meadows and the Rays reportedly got some extremely good news after MRI on Meadow’s injured thumb.
    #Rays Meadows said he got good news and the injury won’t require surgery. Said he hopes to be out only a couple of weeks.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) April 22, 2019Just last year the Rays went through a similar wait and see and hope with a Kevin Kiermaie
  • View from the Catwalks: Tampa Bay Razed

    A not so happy holiday weekend for Rays fans.I have some rambly thoughts after a horrible holiday weekend of Rays baseball, and I cannot afford therapy so this will have to do.Yes, all the good feeling of the early season may be gone. That good vibe capitol built up by the Rays hot start is officially vaper lost in the atmosphere.The bullpen that look so flawless, so dominant has suddenly been a glaring weak spot over these 4 game losing streak. Even the dynamic Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe brothers combine for 3 homers

    Durham and Montgomery lost Sunday, but it wasn’t due to a lack of power from Josh and Nate Lowe. Nate Lowe hit a lot of home runs last season, and Josh Lowe has quite a bit of power potential. However, Sunday was the first time in their professional careers that they homered on the same day. It likely won’t be the last.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-10)
    An early 6-2 lead wasn’t enough in Durham’s 7-6 loss to Gwinnett. Nate Lowe opened the scoring in the first with an RBI sing
  • Rays 3, Red Sox 4: Swept at home

    The Rays lose a tough extra inning game and drop to 14-8. With the first series loss already locked up for the Rays, Tyler “New Hotness” Glasnow took on David “Old and Busted” Price on Easter Sunday in an attempt to prevent a sweep. Unfortunately, the Rays came up short, 4-3. But if you like tense extra inning games, there was still a lot to like.If the Rays were going to pull it off, they’d have to do it with some new faces, most notably Joey Wendle rising again f
  • GDT: Well then

    This sure hasn't been what we all hoped it would be. Not gonna lie, it's pretty disappointing. But if the Rays win today they can salvage a series so, let's do that.
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Newcomer, veterans lead Durham to doubleheader sweep

    Until Saturday, catcher Dashenko Ricardo hadn’t had a hit in affiliated baseball since 2013.
    It is with great sadness that we have learned of former 2011 Hot Rods player Braulio Lara has passed away. Braulio was involved in a fatal car crash in his hometown of Bani, Dominican Republic. Braulio pitched for the Hot Rods in 2011 with 21 starts and appeared in 25 games. pic.twitter.com/txcTvfsaJk— BG Hot Rods (@BGHotRods) April 20, 2019Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-9)
    Durham bashed four home
  • Red Sox 6, Rays 5: Triples for all, but no win for the Rays

    It was a tough loss, but they fought tooth and nail for those runs. Here’s what I love about this Rays team: in any other year, going up against a team like the Red Sox with a grand slam like a black mark on the score sheet, the game would feel over. Not so, with this 2019 club.
    Even after the dismal turn of events in the second inning, when Charlie Morton walked in a run with a hit-by-pitch to Sandy Leon, and then gave up the aforementioned grand slam to Andrew Benintendi (his first care
  • GDT: Rays v Red Sox take two

    We really really really would like to see the Rays win this game Tonight the Rays play the Red Sox.The starting pitchers are:
    For the Rays: Charlie Morton, 2-0, 2.18 ERA, 25 SO
    For the Red Sox: Rick Porcello, 0-3, 11.12 ERA, 10 SO
    We know both pitchers will regress closer to career norms but PLEASE NOT TONIGHT NO REGRESSION TONIGHT PRETTY PLEASE
  • Blake Snell: Rock LOBster

    Yes, I am proud of myself for that headline, thank you The Rays’ Friday night loss to the Red Sox was frustrating on many levels. It just seemed like one of those games right from the first pitch, and whether it was an inconsistent strike zone, the Sox bullpen outdueling the Rays bullpen, or the fact that Saturday now feels like a must-win, the game as a whole was just less than ideal.
    Of course, things might have been very different if the Rays’ ace, Blake Snell, hadn’t decid
  • Rays 4, Red Sox 6: After 20 games, the Rays finally drop back-to-back

    Diego Castillo’s poor eighth inning cost the Rays a close game Facing the Boston Red Sox for the first time in the 2019 campaign, the Rays looked to start the series the right way with a win.
    Big weekend series on deck. https://t.co/iE0E1hZwVG#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/tr17mvCd8q— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 19, 2019Ryne Stanek opened the game for the Rays, marking the third straight day an opener was used. Stanek worked two hitless innings, throwing only 14 pitches in total b
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Biscuits split doubleheader

    A starter and a bulk guy both pitched well for Montgomery Friday. Montgomery leads the Southern League in runs so far, and a large part of that is its league-leading .356 on-base percentage. And a large part of that is Lucius Fox and Josh Lowe at the top of the lineup. Fox has a .431 OBP, and Lowe has a .414 OBP. The team also has 24 steals in 30 attempts already.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-9)
    Durham’s game was postponed.
    Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-6)Montgomery didn’t get enough
  • GDT: The Red Sox finally make their way here.

    So you’ve decided to come crawling back, huh? I wish Blake Snell was starting today. I hope we didn’t take him for granite.
  • Roster moves: Casey Sadler and Nick Ciuffo promoted, Emilio Pagan optioned

    Mike Zunino has also been placed on the Paternity List Prior to Friday’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays made a small slew of roster moves. They optioned right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagan to Triple-A Durham, and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher, Casey Sadler.
    In addition, the Rays have also placed catcher Mike Zunino on Paternity Leave, and promoted catcher Nick Ciuffo. In order to clear space on the 40-man roster, the Rays have also moved right-h
  • FanPost Friday: Rank the other MLB teams

    Do you secretly love the Reds? Tell us how the other teams rank. Here’s a truth I’ve noticed about baseball: some teams are just more likeable than others. Whether its because of a classic underdog story (2016 Cubs, I’m looking at you), or a group of fun young players out having a great time (Cleveland Indians, I am grudgingly looking at you), there are teams you come across that you like more than the rest.
    Obviously, we’re all going to rank the Rays on the top of the h
  • View from the Catwalk: This weekend is either going to be great or terrible

    The Rays have a big chance to bury the Red Sox... or reignite them A mid-to-late April MLB series is still within the realm of “too early to really tell” when it comes to sweeping conclusions about the season, however, this weekend’s Ray-Red Sox series has the feel of a series that could go a long ways in determining each team’s trajectory.
    The Rays have gotten off to the best start in baseball, sitting atop the league-wide standings at 14-5, even after an annoying loss
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hernandez, Whitley power Charlotte win

    Ronaldo Hernandez and Garrett Whitley each hit their first home run of the season Thursday. For the first time since Aug. 24, 2017, Garrett Whitley homered. A labrum injury cost him the entire 2018 season. He’s had a slow start, but that hasn’t been uncommon in his career. Through his first 12 games in 2017, he had a .413 OPS. In 2016, it was .519. In both seasons, he eventually settled in.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-9)
    A late collapse cost Durham in an 8-5 loss to Norfolk. Aaron Sleg
  • Rays 5, Orioles 6: Rays lose series finale in extras

    But hard hit balls remained constant After last night’s 8-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles, the hot hitting Rays eyed a sweep with a win in tonight’s game, but would have to settle for a series win in a tough but well fought 6-5 loss.Rays starter Hunter Wood made easy work in the top of the first, and the Rays continued their trend of first inning runs, with Austin Meadows tattooing a 99.9 MPH double to the right center field wall off Orioles starter Andrew Cashner. Tommy Pham follow
  • GDT: Wood you like to sweep a series?

    Because I wood. Let’s go Rays! Sweeping the O’s would be a great way to wrap up a Thursday. Or any day, really.
  • Brent Honeywell shutdown

    The Rays top pitching prospect will be shutdown for a few days Brent Honeywell has been reportedly shutdown by the Tampa Bay Rays as he is dealing with some soreness in the forearm area.
    #Rays Cash said Brent Honeywell had some soreness in the forearm area, which he said is pretty common, but he has been shut down from throwing for a couple of days. Team is hopeful that it’s nothing more than soreness.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) April 18, 2019Honeywell underwent Tommy John Surger
  • The Rays are hitting the ball harder than ever before

    Or at least harder than ever before in the Statcast era! This morning, this tweet was sent into the DRaysBay Slack channel.
    Trends in April exit velo, launch angle, and barrels. Easy to see how approach has changed since the start of the @statcast era pic.twitter.com/0OnVRUXCQu— BaseballTools (@baseball_tools) April 18, 2019The graphs created by @baseball_tools give a great look into the annual change, specifically in the month of April, in batted ball metrics across Major League Baseball
  • View from the Catwalk: One streak ends, another continues

    Tommy Pham’s franchise record on-base streak has come to an end Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays took home another victory as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 8-1.Everything clicked once again for Tampa Bay as Ryne Stanek was excellent in the Opener, allowing a hit but also picking up three more strike outs. Yonny Chirinos delivered five scoreless inning as the bulk guy. Wilmer Font allowed the lone run, while Emilio Pagan was perfect in his Rays debut.
    Offensively; Brand
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Chris Betts and Roberto Alvarez homer for Bowling Green

    Joe Ryan strikes out 12. The Durham Bulls and Charlotte Stone Crabs converted ninth inning rallies for wins. Chris Betts and Roberto Alvarez led an offensive outburst for Bowling Green with homers.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-8)
    The Durham Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tide 5-4. Luis Santos and Austin Pruitt threw 3.0 innings allowing two runs (one earned) each. Through five the Bulls were down 4-3. Christian Arroyo came through with a two run double to take the lead. Arroyo collected two doubles.
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  • Rays: 8, Orioles: 1 - Those Rays Are So Hot Right Now

    ::Fire Emoji:: The hits keep on coming! Rays sent out Ryne “The Opener” Stanek against David “Technically Not the Opener” Hess.Let's get another series win. https://t.co/6cUOzCnRjA #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/IxhhvOEW8j— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 17, 2019We also had the lovely pleasure of having Willy Adames being mic’d up:Mic'd Up Willy Adames️:
    "That's the ballgame." -@willya02 warms up his swing during BP. ☄#RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/
  • GDT: Imagine winning the first 6 series

    Now make your dreams a reality. Let’s go Rays! Let’s go The Opener!
  • Rays playoff odds surging after hot start

    Playoffs? Don’t talk about - playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? Outside of an exhilarating Opening Day victory over the Boston Red Sox, the start of the 2018 season for the Tampa Bay Rays was less than ideal. 17 games into the season the Rays were 4-13 and had dug them a hole they couldn’t get themselves out of.This year the Rays the exact opposite has happened. After a disappointing Opening Day loss, the Rays sit at 13-4 with the best record in all of Major League Baseball.
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  • Rays fans are more confident than the rest of the division

    The Rays winning ways has given the fanbase plenty of to feel good about Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Rays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
    The Tampa Bay Rays are the best team in baseball.
    They currently sport a 13-4 record, the largest division lead in the majors, and are playing incredibly — having won each of the series they have played thus far during the 2019 season.
    Fittingly, Rays fan
  • View from the Catwalk: Blake Snell toes the line, lands on the Injured List

    Blake Snell has a bathroom mishap that breaks his toe The Tampa Bay Rays won another game yesterday, improving their record to 13-4 on the young season. They have a 5.5 game lead on the New York Yankees for the division lead, and they’re the only team in the American League East to be over .500. The Rays also hold the largest division lead of any team in baseball.
    During last night’s game, Tyler Glasnow didn’t have his best stuff, but still showcased his vastly improved comman
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay, McWilliams pitch Montgomery to win

    Brendan McKay struck out seven, and Sam McWilliams made his 2019 debut. Last season, Bowling Green led the Midwest League in scoring and OPS. The talented core that made up that team moved up to Charlotte this season, but they haven’t had quite as much success yet. The Stone Crabs have 30 runs in 13 games and a .570 OPS — well below the league average. Offense is down across the entire Florida State League though, and some of those players are too talented to continue struggling lik
  • Rays 4 Orioles 2: Even a Glas(now) half full can be pretty refreshing

    Rays are victors on a tough night for Tampa Bay fans The Rays gave us something to cheer about on a tough night for Tampa Bay sports fans, whose Lightning ended a great season with a shockingly poor playoff series.But there is still much baseball to be played this year, and your division-leading Rays continued their division-leading ways with a relatively easy and quick (2 hours, 41 minutes) victory.Tyler Glasnow did not have his best stuff.In his last start he stuck out 11; tonight he struck o
  • GDT: Tile, or Glass, now

    Glasnow looks to continue showing up the league. If you came here from Twitter, hope you liked the misdirect! Rest assured that I will never do anything like that again, as there simply aren’t a lot of puns you can make with Glasnow’s name. No sir, not me.
  • Tampa Bay Rays to honor Jackie Robinson

    “42” jerseys; a civil rights exhibit and some stunning art work among the features of this homestand Tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with all players and on-field personnel wearing specially-designed “42” T-shirts during batting practice and Robinson’s iconic number 42 on their jerseys. The game-worn No. 42 jerseys and caps will be available for auction at raysbaseb
  • Blake Snell to 10 Day injured list

    Emilio Pagan recalled to shore up bullpen The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Blake Snell on the 10 day injured list. He has apparently fractured a toe.
    No word from the Rays about when and how this injury occurred.UPDATED:something something bathroom something fell on his foot on Sunday?Or not, as #Rays Snell said he broke the toe on Sunday night at his home after dropping something on his foot https://t.co/VQZi4wNYXF— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 16, 2019
    #Rays Snell a granite pole in h
  • View from the Catwalk: The Rays hold the biggest division lead in baseball

    The team in second place in the AL East comes to town tonight The Tampa Bay Rays will be back at it tonight, returning to Tropicana Field after an incredible road trip in which they took a series from the San Francisco Giants, swept the Chicago White Sox, and capped it off with another series victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
    The 12-4, division leading Rays will welcome the Baltimore Orioles into town for a three game set. The Rays currently hold the best record in baseball, and have the larg
  • View from the Catwalk: Rays the best show in town

    The 12-4 Rays welcome Baltimore, Kansas City and Boston for a 9 game home stand The Rays extended their series winning streak to 5 with an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. They would exit Toronto with the baseball’s best record and highest run differential.
    Fans in the bay area tuned in:
    #RaysTVRatings: #RaysUp fans flocked to FOX Sports Sun this weekend! Saturday's game was the 2nd most watched sports program of the day (2.7 HH) behind Masters. Had more viewers than ever

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