• GDT: Gonna need a cup of coffee or two

    GDT: Gonna need a cup of coffee or two
    David Banks-USA TODAY Sports If I’m gonna stay up to watch this one. Go Rays!
  • Series Preview: Rays vs Mariners

    Series Preview: Rays vs Mariners
    Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays lost their first series since the beginning of May. It was an exciting series between the teams with the two best records in the American League but the Rays came up just short in game three. The Rays sit 0.5 game behind the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants for the best record in the majors.
    The Rays hold onto a 1.0 game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The New York Yankees sit 7.0 games back while the Toront
  • Rays acquire Mike Ford

    Rays acquire Mike Ford
    Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Tampa Bay picks up a power hitter from the Yankees scrap heap. The Rays have acquired left-handed hitting first baseman Mike Ford from the New York Yankees.
    Ford has big league experience, having made his Major League debut during the 2019 campaign. A power bat, Ford has since struggled in his limited opportunities with the Yankees between 2020 and 2021, batting around .130 on average with only 5 home runs in about as many opportunities as his breakout season
  • Rays 7 White Sox 8 : Almost a great comeback

    Rays  7 White Sox 8 : Almost a great comeback
    David Banks-USA TODAY Sports I have been watching the Rays for years, and I would swear that this team, across the years, plays terribly in weekday getaway games. These games always seem low energy; these are the games when you are just hoping not to get no-hit.I’m sure someone could fact check me and learn that in fact the Rays are no better or worse on those days then they are on other days. But please don’t fact check me. The heart knows what the heart knows, and in my heart I gre
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  • GDT: Glasnowgate carries on.

    GDT: Glasnowgate carries on.
    Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports Meanwhile the Rays try to win a series! Go Rays!
  • Tyler Glasnow’s injury is MLB’s fault

    Tyler Glasnow’s injury is MLB’s fault
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Will there be any accountability? Tyler Glasnow has been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear and a flexor tendon strain following two pitching outings without using any form of grip on the ball.
    Major League Baseball warned teams and pitchers that mid-year enforcement was coming for the use of any “foreign substance” to improve a pitcher’s grip on the ball, given the rise of more and more advanced substances — from sunscreen to pine
  • Rays 0, White Sox 3: So You Had A Bad Day

    Rays 0, White Sox 3: So You Had A Bad Day
    Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Rays four-game winning streak comes to an end as they get shutout for the first time in over a month. The day for the Tampa Bay Rays started with placing pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 10-day IL with a right elbow sprain and recalling Mike Brosseau to fill the newly vacated roster spot.Shane McClanahan (2-1, 4.54 ERA) gets the start for the Rays against Dallas Keuchel (5-1, 4.14 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox. The Rays came into the game on a four-game wi
  • GDT: Still in first place

    GDT: Still in first place
    Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Last time I checked at least. So that’s something! Go Rays!
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  • Noooooooo

    Noooooooo
    Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports The Rays ace hopes to avoid Tommy John Surgery, but is out indefinitelyThe Tampa Bay Rays have placed Tyler Glasnow on the 10-day Injured List with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain.
    The undisputed ace of the best team in baseball, Glasnow has been phenomenal for the Rays this season, posting a 2.66 ERA / 2.75 FIP over 14 starts and 88 innings pitched. His 2.5 fWAR is tied for the 4th highest in the big leagues among pitchers, wh
  • Rays to release tickets for remaining 2021 home games on June 25

    Rays to release tickets for remaining 2021 home games on June 25
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Capacity at the ballpark will increase to approximately 25,000 fans, social distancing pods will no longer be used. The Tampa Bay Rays have announced single-game ticket information for home games at Tropicana Field scheduled for July 5–September 26.With vaccination rates increasing across Florida and continued health and safety protocols in place at Tropicana Field, capacity at the ballpark will increase to approximately 25,000 fans, matching the c
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Baz set for Durham debut

    Rays prospects and minor leagues: Baz set for Durham debut
    Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images After dominating Double A, Shane Baz will soon get a new challenge.
    The #Rays have formally announced that Shane Baz has been promoted to the @DurhamBulls and that he will make his Triple-A debut on Wednesday at Norfolk.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) June 14, 2021This was not particularly surprising. It was only 32 2⁄3 innings, but with a 40.8 % strikeout rate and 1.7% walk rate, it felt like he had mastered Double A. His strikeou
  • Rays 5, White Sox 2: The Rays bullpen stepped up

    Rays 5, White Sox 2: The Rays bullpen stepped up
    Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Glasnow was lifted after just four innings with an apparent injury The Rays took their MLB best 42-24 record to the South Side tonight to embark on a three game set with the Chicago White Sox, who just so happen to be the second best team in baseball. To make matters more interesting, the series opened with a marquee pitching matchup, with Tyler Glasnow taking the hill for the Rays opposite Lance Lynn for the Sox.
    Coming into the matchup, Glasnow ranked 3rd in
  • GDT: This is gonna be a great series.

    GDT: This is gonna be a great series.
    Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Not often you get the two best teams in baseball squaring off against each other Go Rays!
  • Tampa Bay Rays activate Ji-Man Choi, option Mike Brosseau

    Tampa Bay Rays activate Ji-Man Choi, option Mike Brosseau
    Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images Choi returns from his second IL stint of the season. The Tampa Bay Rays have activated first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the 10-day Injured List. In the corresponding roster move, the Rays have optioned infielder Mike Brosseau to Triple-A Durham.
    Choi returns to the Rays after his second stint on the IL this season, having spent the majority of the 2021 campaign on the shelf. He has only managed to play in 15 of the team’s 66 contests thus far as he has dealt
  • Series Preview: White Hot White Sox

    Series Preview: White Hot White Sox
    Manager Tony La Russa | Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images The two teams with the best record in the majors face off. The Tampa Bay Rays took care of business with a sweep against the Baltimore Orioles. During the five game homestand against teams that are currently at the bottom of their division the Rays went 4-1.
    The Rays have extended their American League East lead to 3.0 games over the Boston Red Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays sit 7.5 games behind and the Yankees have fallen to 8.5 games back. B
  • Collin McHugh is Having One of the Best Seasons of His Career

    Collin McHugh is Having One of the Best Seasons of His Career
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports How is he doing it? Collin McHugh joined the Rays this year after opting out of the 2020 season with the Red Sox. So far, he’s been a great add to the Stable, putting up some of the best numbers of his career. What did he change since joining the Rays? And what about the slider, his best pitch, is making him so effective?
    In 2017, Collin McHugh added a slider to his repertoire and has increased its usage drastically each year since. So far this season, he is th
  • Rays 7, Orioles 1: Randy Slam Can

    Rays 7, Orioles 1: Randy Slam Can
    Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Walls leads the offense to an early lead, Randy puts it away late, and Fleming and the pen are nearly perfect. The Rays finished off a sweep of the lowly Orioles, putting some space in the standings between themselves and the Red Sox, who were pummeled by the Blue Jays 18-4. (No word on whether any unwritten rules were broken.) The win put the Rays a season high 18 games over .500 at 42-24, three games ahead of Boston.
    Michael Wacha got the open, with Josh Fle
  • GDT: I’ve had a great weekend!

    GDT: I’ve had a great weekend!
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports What about all of you? Go Rays!
  • Rays 5 Orioles 4: Here’s why we don’t question the Cash quick hook

    Rays 5 Orioles 4: Here’s why we don’t question the Cash quick hook
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Rays beat the Orioles 5-4, thanks mostly to a smoking hot bullpen and a weak Orioles defense. The Rays hardest hit balls were straight into the gloves of defenders, largely right fielder Austin Hays. Their five runs came largely on weak hits that were either slightly or badly misplayed by Baltimore. In short, it was not a glorious game, but over a 162 game season there will surely be well-played losses and lucky wins. This was the latter.The first inning was the
  • GDT: King of the Hill

    GDT: King of the Hill
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Go Rays!
  • Rays 4, Orioles 2: DFA The Replay

    Rays 4, Orioles 2: DFA The Replay
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Rays are now 4-0 against the Baltimore Orioles this season and become the first MLB team to 40 wins this season The Tampa Bay Rays became the first team to 40 wins this season despite being on the business end of two controversial calls by umpires Friday night.Ryan Yarbrough got the start for the Rays coming off his complete game against the New York Yankees in his last start and continued to look good on the mound. He got off to a quick start getting the f
  • GDT: Off days hit different after a loss

    GDT: Off days hit different after a loss
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Ready to get back at it tonight? Go Rays!
  • Rays acquire RHRP Matt Wisler for prospect LHP Michael Plassmeyer

    Rays acquire RHRP Matt Wisler for prospect LHP Michael Plassmeyer
    Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images There will be sliders. The Rays have traded from their pitching depth in the minors to see what they can unlock in the bullpen, sending Double-A LHP Michael Plassmeyer to the Giants for RHP Matt Wisler.
    Wisler is notable for one thing — literally. All he throws is a slider (90%+), and against either handed hitter it’s not an easy pitch to pick up, particularly when he’s flirting with the lower portion of the zone.Here he is striking out Luis
  • Series Preview: Rays vs Orioles

    Series Preview: Rays vs Orioles
    Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed their second off day this week after splitting a two game series with the Washington Nationals. The Rays remain in a tie with the San Francisco Giants for best record in the majors.
    The Rays lead the American League East by 1.0 game over the Boston Red Sox. The New York Yankees sit 6.0 games back. The Toronto Blue Jays are 6.5 games behind, and the Baltimore Orioles are 16.0 games behind the Rays.
    The Rays take on the Orioles at Tropicana
  • Who’s On Worst: Sandlot 2

    Who’s On Worst: Sandlot 2
    Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images Did you love the original Sandlot? Well bad news, friends... We’re back!
    In this week’s episode, Ashley, Darby, and Brett review the horrendous direct-to-video sequel to the beloved classic The Sandlot, with the almost scene-for-scene-but-worse Sandlot 2.When people talk about movies “ruining their childhood” this might be precisely what they’re talking about, and is easily one of the worst movies we’ve watched to date. But hear
  • View from the Catwalks: Meadows going back to the future

    View from the Catwalks: Meadows going back to the future
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Plus: Wander does Wander things, two former horseman of The Stable join the Horsing Around Pod, and what is the theoretical limit longest HR possible? Rays News
    Rays’ Austin Meadows’ past is showing, and that’s a good thing - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Meadows has put his strange and frustrating 2020 in the rearview mirror so far this year.
    Wander homers in back-to-back games - MLB.com: Wander Franco keeps doing amazing things on a n
  • Roundtable: tell us why you are a Rays fan

    Roundtable: tell us why you are a Rays fan
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Yes, we root for laundry. And great players. And a savvy front office.Last week, our friends at Rays the Roof podcast were talking with Lindsey Adler, the Yankee beat reporter for The Athletic.Lindsey was wondering how fans can stay engaged with a team like the Rays. After all, the Rays are best known for trading away players as soon as they get expensive. Other teams get to watch Brett Gardner or Buster Posey don the home uniform until it’s time for that grand
  • Rays Your Voice: Guest RJ Anderson on whether the Rays are good and potential trade targets

    Rays Your Voice: Guest RJ Anderson on whether the Rays are good and potential trade targets
    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Wander Franco for Shohei Ohtani straight up, who says no?On this week’s episode of Rays Your Voice, Danny and I are joined by RJ Anderson of CBS Sports to talk about the Rays season thus far, and how the roster might change before the July 31st trade deadline. Although we throw out some unrealistic ideas for who the Rays could get for Wander Franco, we take a look around the league for options that the team could acquire to try and improve on the margins
  • Rays 7, Nationals 9: A back-and-forth roller coaster ended in extras

    Rays 7, Nationals 9: A back-and-forth roller coaster ended in extras
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images And not in the Rays favor. What is the opposite of a pitching duel? I ask because the opening innings of tonight’s game were precisely that.If runs being scored is your favorite thing about baseball, then lucky you. But if you like watching a complicated dance between batter and pitcher, and pitcher vs. pitcher as they struggle against each other to keep runs at bay, well... perhaps you should have watched a different game.
    Shane McClanahan was not
  • GDT: I’m not at this game

    GDT: I’m not at this game
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Sorry, hope they still win. Go Rays!
  • Rays to offer vaccines, free tickets June 15-17 at Tropicana Field

    Rays to offer vaccines, free tickets June 15-17 at Tropicana Field
    Doug Engle via Imagn Content Services, LLC Fans can pick up the Pfizer or J&J vaccine, plus two free tickets, at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Rays, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, have announced details for on-site COVID-19 vaccination opportunities at Tropicana Field.
    From Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 17 — as part of Major League Baseball’s league-wide Vaccinate at the Plate initiative &mdas
  • Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: A Good Day for Team Champa Bay

    Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: A Good Day for Team Champa Bay
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Rays win, Lightning advance, USF to Super Regionals The Rays knocked off the Nats 3-1 last night in a game where they walked 69 times and left 420 runners on base. But a win is a win, right? Combined with the Red Sox loss, the Rays are now a game and a half in front of Boston in the AL East. They finish off the Washington miniseries tonight at 7.
    Also in Team Champa Bay news, the Lightning knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes to advance to the semifinals,
  • Nationals: 1, Rays: 3 - Squeezing out (of) Jams

    Nationals: 1, Rays: 3 - Squeezing out (of) Jams
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Ryan Thompson helps Tyler Glasnow get his 5th win on the season. After a well deserved off day, the Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Washington Nationals to Tropicana Field for the first two games of a four game home/away season.
    A look at tonight's lineuppic.twitter.com/c7IEhpn1at— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 8, 2021Running away is easy.It’s the leaving that’s hard. #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/Hy8VwTitnU— Washington Nationals (@N
  • GDT: I’m at this game!

    GDT: I’m at this game!
    Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports Come say hi if you’re in the cheap seats. Go Rays!
  • J.P. Feyereisen joins The Stable

    J.P. Feyereisen joins The Stable
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports He brings three plus pitches to the Rays bullpen The Rays made headlines a few weeks back when they sent their starting shortstop Willy Adames and swingman Trevor Richards to the Milwaukee Brewers. Both teams dealt from a position of surplus, as the Rays received two formidable relievers in the forms of J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen.
    While Rasmussen was optioned to AAA Durham to be stretched out into some type of multi-inning capacity, Feyereisen was slotted int
  • Series Preview: Rays vs. Nationals

    Series Preview: Rays vs. Nationals
    Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Although you could say the Rays have cooled off after a 4-3 road trip, they remain tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best record in the majors.The Rays hold a 0.5 game advantage over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays sit 6.0 games back and the New York Yankees have fallen to 6.5 games back.
    The Washington Nationals enter the two game set at Tropicana Field with a record of 24-32, 7.0 games back of the New York Mets in the Na
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Zombro out of ICU as recovery continues

    Rays prospects and minor leagues: Zombro out of ICU as recovery continues
    Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images Tyler Zombro was transferred out of the ICU Monday and remains in stable condition. Thursday night, the baseball world rallied around Durham pitcher Tyler Zombro, who was struck by a batted ball on the mound. Monday, Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record reported he was transferred out of the ICU and remains in stable condition. He may be out of the hospital in a week.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-9, 2nd out of 7)
    Durham’s late rally falls short
    Franco hom
  • View from the Catwalk: A rare Yandy bomb sighting!

    View from the Catwalk: A rare Yandy bomb sighting!
    Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images Rays News
    The Rays decided to make us sweat just a bit yesterday, saving all their runs for the eighth and ninth inning en route to taking the series from the Texas Rangers. Yandy Diaz’s first home run of 2021 was surely among yesterday’s highlights:
    First of the year for Yandy!The @RaysBaseball build on their lead in the ninth! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/fDzKoU0Qi9— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) June 6, 2021The team will no doubt enjo
  • GDT: Win! Win! Win!

    GDT: Win! Win! Win!
    Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Come on, you know you want to. Go Rays!
  • Rays 3, Rangers 0: Saturday Shutout!

    Rays 3, Rangers 0: Saturday Shutout!
    Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images Rich Hill and the bullpen had no issues blanking the Rangers. The Rays are in Arlington, continuing their weekend series against the Texas Rangers after dropping the first game last night. Rich Hill is on the mound for the Rays, while Kolby Allard starts for Rangers.
    Ready to fight our way back into the win column pic.twitter.com/0IsAs2Qg28— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 5, 2021Manuel Margot worked a leadoff walk to begin this game and he moved
  • GDT: Rich Hill, Ace of the Rotation

    GDT: Rich Hill, Ace of the Rotation
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Who would’ve thunk? Go Rays!
  • Rays 4, Rangers 5: The Rangers ended their losing streak at the Rays expense

    Rays 4, Rangers 5: The Rangers ended their losing streak at the Rays expense
    Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images This could have gone a lot better. No one loves to lose, but given where the Rays are in the standings, it’s probably safe to say they really don’t love to lose, especially not to a team on a nine-game losing streak going into the series. Sure, I could be empathetic and say the Rangers also hated to lose and that’s why they won tonight, but I don’t write for Lone Star Ball and therefore, I hated this game.
    Through the first two inni
  • GDT: Back in Texas

    GDT: Back in Texas
    Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports The Rays, though, don’t have a Lone Star; they have many. Go Rays!
  • Series Preview: Rays vs. Texas Rangers

    Series Preview: Rays vs. Texas Rangers
    Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a series split by defeating Gerrit Cole in the series finale against the New York Yankees.
    The Rays sit atop the American League East. They are 2.0 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, 4.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees, and 5.0 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. They also are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best record in the majors.
    The Rays have won 17 of their last 20 while the Texas Rangers have lost nine in a row an
  • Rays Your Voice: Ryan Yarbrough CG, Rich Hill Pitcher of the Month, Jamal Wilburg and Danny Russell

    Rays Your Voice: Ryan Yarbrough CG, Rich Hill Pitcher of the Month, Jamal Wilburg and Danny Russell
    Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports Is this Rays team better than the 2020 squad?On this week’s Rays Your Voice, I am joined by Jamal Wilburg and Danny Russell to discuss Ryan Yarbrough’s complete game, Rich Hill’s historic performance in the month of May, and all other Rays news from the past week. We take a look at the fall out from the Willy Adames trade, and ask if the move has made the Rays better almost immediately.As the Rays entered June with the best record in baseball, we st
  • Rays Stadium Saga: A timeline of this year’s drama

    Rays Stadium Saga: A timeline of this year’s drama
    Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred, left, speaks with Mayor Rick Kriseman as Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg looks on. | Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images Here’s a refresher on a wild 2021. The month of May was a tumultuous one in the Rays stadium saga, resetting allegiances in the politics for a new Rays stadium.Gone are the days when the Rays leadership refused to attend City Council meetings and only negotiate with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. Now it is the City Council
  • View from the Catwalks: Feeling complete after trip to NY

    View from the Catwalks: Feeling complete after trip to NY
    Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images Plus: running lane rules explained, scary incident for Zombro, Ji-Man might be missing time, and All Star voting opens Yarbrough becomes the first Rays pitcher to throw a complete game since 2016!
    Yarbs over Yanks all day long #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/UFB2Hkwp6w— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 3, 2021Yarbrough fires CG as Rays pound Yanks - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Truly a heck of a performance from Yarby vs Cole on the road in New York.
    Yarbrough pulled a
  • Ryan Yarbrough Finishes What He Started Against Yankees

    Ryan Yarbrough Finishes What He Started Against Yankees
    The Tampa Bay Rays had not had a pitcher complete his start in more than five years.
  • Rays 9 Yankees 2: Rays use innovative strategy in which 1 pitcher goes 9 innings

    Rays 9 Yankees 2: Rays use innovative strategy in which 1 pitcher goes 9 innings
    Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports I love my Rays and don’t want to doubt them but let me confess: I started drafting this recap yesterday because I figured I could pre-write a paragraph about a dominant Gerritt Cole and it would fit somewhere. Once I read, earlier today, that Ji-Man Choi would be sitting out with a sore groin, I figured the Rays would be lucky to get a run.
    But two very unexpected things happened today. First, Cole was human, very human, and the Rays were able to score a few of
  • GDT: When I said start a new streak

    GDT: When I said start a new streak
    Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports This is not what I meant Go Rays!

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