• Rays 2, Blue Jays 8: Maybe tomorrow the offense will wake up

    Rays 2, Blue Jays 8: Maybe tomorrow the offense will wake up
    Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Rays struggle at the plate again, drop fourth game in a row. The Rays dropped game two of the five game series against the Blue Jays by a score of (insert here). After sweeping the Pirates in a three game set, they have now lost four in a row, and their record now stands at 40-36.Rather than rehashing yet another uninspiring day at the plate for the Rays offense and a fourth consecutive loss via recap, lets all take a step back and take a very, very deep breath. M
  • GDT: I might need to spend more time at The Store

    GDT: I might need to spend more time at The Store
    Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Anyone need me to pick anything up? Go Rays!
  • Tampa Bay Rays activate Kevin Kiermaier

    Tampa Bay Rays activate Kevin Kiermaier
    Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Rays center fielder rejoins the team. Prior to Friday’s afternoon contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays have made several changes to their active roster as Kevin Kiermaier has been activated from the 10-day Injured List and RHP David McKay has been promoted from Triple-A Durham.
    In corresponding roster moves, the Rays have optioned OF Luke Raley and LHP Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A.
    Kiermaier returns to the Rays following a brief stint
  • GDT: 5 game series are EXHAUSTING

    GDT: 5 game series are EXHAUSTING
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports But at least the Rays get to spend it in Canada Go Rays!
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  • Rays Make Roster Moves

    Rays Make Roster Moves
    Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports The team will cross the border with a new look pitching staff The Tampa Bay Rays are set to begin their first series in Toronto, facing the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre for the first time since the pandemic forced the club to take up a temporary residence in Buffalo, New York.
    The Blue Jays, of course, play in Toronto, Ontario, where Canada’s COVID rules for visitors apply. The Canadian policy is that only those fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus can
  • Brewers: 5, Rays: 3 - Onto the next one

    Brewers: 5, Rays: 3 - Onto the next one
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images
    Noon ⚾️ coming right up#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/AZgmoElFgD— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 29, 2022Baseball before lunch.: @BallySportWI: @620wtmj #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/gCNTLZ1DiV— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 29, 2022INCREDIBLE!Jonathan Davis put his body on the line to come up with the [email protected]_JonathanDavis | #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/yvX4tzGPNj— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 29, 2022Randy Arozaren
  • GDT: Well that was a short, weird series

    GDT: Well that was a short, weird series
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports And I haven’t even had lunch yet! Go Rays!
  • St. Petersburg to re-start Tropicana Field redevelopment project, now with Rays involved

    St. Petersburg to re-start Tropicana Field redevelopment project, now with Rays involved
    Team’s future in St. Pete to be determined by the end of the year. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has finally made official what has always been the most likely course of action regarding the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site: he’s going to choose his own developer, and he’s going to do it with the Rays involvement.
    Early in 2020, former Mayor Rick Kriseman made an attempt at finding a developer for the Rays 86-acre stadium site, which occupies nearly 25% of the downto
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  • Rays 3, Brewers 5: Old friend alert

    Rays 3, Brewers 5: Old friend alert
    Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images Could have done without those home runs.Welcome back. Willy Adames. The former Rays’ shortstop was welcomed warmly by fans and the home dugout alike as he made his turn to Tropicana Field tonight, and it was nice to see his familiar smile on the field again.For the Rays, there weren’t a lot of familiar faces when it came to squaring off against the Brewers, and this unusual little two-game series was a hard one to predict. Shane Baz was up for the
  • GDT: Willy’s Back!

    GDT: Willy’s Back!
    Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Hope the Rays haven’t fixed the lights since he left though. Go Rays!
  • Series Preview: Rays vs Brewers

    Series Preview: Rays vs Brewers
    Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exciting series that included two walk offs for the Rays. Now the Rays host a family reunion against the Milwaukee Brewers. Former Rays Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Hunter Renfroe and Brad Boxberger return to Tropicana Field, and if Ozzie Timmons is doing dugout pushups it will be for the other guys.
    The New York Yankees continue to accumulate a massive lead in the American League East. Second through fourth
  • Rays Your Voice: Processing Losing as a Fan, with guest Ian Malinowski

    Rays Your Voice: Processing Losing as a Fan, with guest Ian Malinowski
    Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports News on Isaac Paredes, Wander Franco, and more. This week I am joined by Ian Malinowski to discuss everything that went down at Tropicana Field, including Isaac Paredes slugging his way to the American League Player of the Week Award. During that week he hit .579, had a 488 wRC+, and hit 5 home runs, bringing his season total to a team-leading 10. When a hitter is running this hot, you expect them to do it every game. Even though Paredes will not be a career 488 wR
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Patino builds workload

    Rays prospects and minor leagues: Patino builds workload
    Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports Luis Patino threw five innings Sunday in his longest rehab appearance yet. A player who’s having a really interesting season is Alika Williams. Mostly billed as a contact hitter without a lot of power, he’s a .264 hitter in his pro career. This season, he has seven home runs (he had five in 129 games at Arizona State) and a .210 ISO. His strikeout rate has gone up a bit, but not by so much that it looks like he’s selling out to hit for more power.
  • View from the Catwalks: We can see you, Isaac!

    View from the Catwalks: We can see you, Isaac!
    Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Paredes has a huge week, and Wander returns. The Rays had a 4-2 week, losing two of three to the Yankees before sweeping the Pirates. They sit in third place in the AL East, 12.5 behind the Yankees, and in the second wild card slot, 1.5 behind the Red Sox. They are off today before hosting the Brewers for a quick two game set, they travel to Toronto for a four game series.
    Wander returned to the lineup on Sunday.
    More on Franco’s return to #Rayshttps://t
  • Rays: 4, Pirates: 2 - Sugar Shane Sweep

    Rays: 4, Pirates: 2 - Sugar Shane Sweep
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Baserunning was both the worst and best part of this game After two back-to-back walkoff wins, the Rays look to complete a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to another walk off win, right?
    Also Happy Wander Franco day to all who celebrate. A welcomed sight in the Rays’ lineup.
    Sugar Shane Sundays#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/2BvTB62jlb— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 26, 2022Our Sunday squad.#LetsGoBucs pic.
  • Pirates: 4, Rays: 2 - Sugar Shane Sweep

    Pirates: 4, Rays: 2 - Sugar Shane Sweep
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Baserunning was both the worst and best part of this game After two back-to-back walkoff wins, the Rays look to complete a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to another walk off win, right?
    Also Happy Wander Franco day to all who celebrate. A welcomed sight in the Rays’ lineup.
    Sugar Shane Sundays#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/2BvTB62jlb— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 26, 2022Our Sunday squad.#LetsGoBucs pic.
  • GDT: What am I supposed to do with all these off days?

    GDT: What am I supposed to do with all these off days?
    Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Watch the Lightning????? Go Rays!
  • Rays 6, Pirates 5: Victory Paredes!

    Rays 6, Pirates 5: Victory Paredes!
    Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Isaac Paredes saves the day Not gonna lie, this recap was going to be about how much I hated the bullpen management, and how Cash clearly pissed off the baseball gods. But the Rays had other ideas, rallying and winning it in thrilling fashion in the bottom of the ninth.
    Corey Kluber got the start today against J.T. Brubaker. And the Rays lineup? Well, it looked a little different, with Taylor Walls in the leadoff slot. pic.twitter.com/VNr9eGkbkt— Tampa B
  • GDT: An early afternoon weekend game!

    GDT: An early afternoon weekend game!
    Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports The Rays do great in these games, right?...right??? Go Rays!
  • Rays 4, Pirates 3: Hark! The Harold Ramirez Swing

    Rays 4, Pirates 3: Hark! The Harold Ramirez Swing
    Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Harold Ramirez pinch hit walkoff single propels Rays to victory Apparently, the Tampa Bay Rays can win a close game. The Rays pulled off a 4-3 extra innings win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tonight’s game makes it 10 straight games for the Rays decided by 2 runs or fewer and the Rays are 3-7 in the stretch.Jeffrey Springs was the starter for the Rays and he was looking to bounce back from his poor performance against the Baltimore Orioles last week
  • GDT: This Oneil Cruz guy is pretty good!

    GDT: This Oneil Cruz guy is pretty good!
    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Wish the Rays had a fun young dynamic player in their lineup right now too, but alas Go Rays!
  • Rays Series Preview: Pirates, prospects sail into town

    Rays Series Preview: Pirates, prospects sail into town
    Oneil Cruz | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh series offer the Rays a chance to get back on track. The Tampa Bay Rays have continued a tough stretch when it comes to injuries and that has begun to catch up to the Rays in the standings.Manuel Margot going down with an injury that could potentially see him miss the season is just the latest in a long list of impactful players on the Injured List. Fortunately Wander Franco could be returning as early as this weekend, but there’s s
  • Rays 4 Yankees 5: I miss having a good bullpen

    Rays 4 Yankees 5: I miss having a good bullpen
    Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images Tonight the Rays played four innings of great baseball that reminded me of the Rays of recent years. Good pitching, solid defense, and strong offense from across the lineup. They looked sharp!They had a lead!It was fun.But then some of the demons of 2022 emerged. Outs on the bases. Costly fielding errors. And finally, when you need 12 bullpen outs and you are counting on Colin Faucher (ERA 9.82, FIP 6.67), Ryan Thompson (ERA 5.87, FIP 4.82) and Ralph Garza (ER
  • GDT: A nice little day off tomorrow

    GDT: A nice little day off tomorrow
    Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Wouldn’t fault you if you were watching the Bolts game, though Go Rays!
  • Rays 5, Yankees 4: Break down las Paredes

    Rays 5, Yankees 4: Break down las Paredes
    Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Isaac Paredes joins the Rays record books With Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot joining a long list of Rays players on the injured list, Kevin Cash was forced to change up the lineup more than he usually does. For Tuesday night’s game against Nestor Cortés Jr. and the New York Yankees, Cash chose Isaac Paredes to hit in the coveted second spot as the team tried to avoid losing yet another series to the Bronx Bombers.While the Rays considered bringing
  • GDT: Just call me Linkin Park

    GDT: Just call me Linkin Park
    Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Because I have become so Numb Go Rays!
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Franco begins rehab assignment

    Rays prospects and minor leagues: Franco begins rehab assignment
    Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports According to Marc Topkin, the Rays hope to add an important player back to their lineup as soon as the weekend. A number of players from the team’s 2021 class have gotten their pro careers off to good starts.
    - Carson Williams (No. 28 overall) has a .899 OPS in his full-season debut with 50 games at shortstop
    - Kyle Manzardo (No. 63) has a .988 OPS with a .298 ISO in 34 games with High-A Bowling Green
    - Dru Baker (No. 130) quickly earned a promotion from Low-A
  • Rays 2, Yankees 4: Ugh, these guys again?

    Rays 2, Yankees 4: Ugh, these guys again?
    Photo by Tyler Schank/Getty Images Injuries aplenty made this one a real bummer. It seems like every time I turn around the Rays are playing the Yankees (no one point out the regularity with which divisional rivals play, I know, but it feels like 190 times a season, not 19). And with the Yankees maintaining a strong lead in the AL East, the games between these two clubs feels like they matter more than usual.This time around it was a battle of the aces (it feels exceptionally strange to call Sha
  • GDT: Oh God it’s the Yankees again

    GDT: Oh God it’s the Yankees again
    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Someone get an AED ready for me Go Rays!
  • View from the Catwalks: Things Fall Apart

    View from the Catwalks: Things Fall Apart
    Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports Here’s hoping the scuffling Rays found the bottom The Rays slumped their way through a 1-5 week and a 2-7 road trip, dropping three to the Yankees and two of three to the Orioles. They are in third place in the AL East, 13 games behind New York, though they do still somehow hold the final wild card slot. They host the Yankees for a three game set starting this evening before welcoming the Pirates on Friday for three games.
    The 13 man pitching staff limit goes
  • Rays Your Voice: Explaining Jeffrey Springs with Austin Reimann

    Rays Your Voice: Explaining Jeffrey Springs with Austin Reimann
    Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports We also discuss a “transition year” for the offense.Austin Reimann joins the show this week to talk about his recent article on Jeffrey Springs. We discuss how he is able to attack hitters and get outs the second and third time through the order. Springs has been a revelation, and Danny Russell and I marveled about his transformation into a starting pitcher on last week’s episode.Last night, Jonathan Mayo reported that Josh Lowe will be returnin
  • Rays 1, Orioles 2: I Miss Paul Fry

    Rays 1, Orioles 2: I Miss Paul Fry
    Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Rays strand ten On Father’s Day, the Rays gave dads across Tampa Bay the baseball equivalent of an ugly tie. Their 2-1 loss to Baltimore, on a day when they had traffic on the bases all day, was demoralizing. The also wasted another strong start from Corey Kluber as well as some nice bullpen work. The Rays put runners on in five of the first six innings, and seven out of nine, but were undone by the lack of a clutch hit, and some great
  • GDT: I wish every day could be Sugar Shane Day

    GDT: I wish every day could be Sugar Shane Day
    Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports But Klubot Day should be pretty good too. Go Rays!
  • Rays 7, Orioles 6: Ugly Wins Count the Same

    Rays 7, Orioles 6: Ugly Wins Count the Same
    Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Rays break four-game losing streak as offense shines and defense struggles Imagine a world where the Tampa Bay Rays as we know them played offense and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as we knew them played defense. You almost don’t have to imagine that the way this team has been playing lately.Today’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was no different, though, the outcome was more desirable as the Rays snapped a four-game losing str
  • GDT: Need a Springs in our step

    GDT: Need a Springs in our step
    Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports Or something to light a fire! Go Rays!
  • Rays: 0, Orioles: 1 - Another Day, Another Game with no offense

    Rays: 0, Orioles: 1 - Another Day, Another Game with no offense
    Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Maybe the sky is falling?Rays would like to wash that getting swept by NYY feeling with a reset against the Baltimore Orioles.Birthday boy Baz on the bump#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/xZS0rZ1VKq— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 17, 2022(HBD Shane!)Dean Day pic.twitter.com/htY9Q7NYvY— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 17, 2022Baz got into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the 1st inning with a double to Trey Mancini with only 1 out. But Santander st
  • GDT: This has been a rough road trip

    GDT: This has been a rough road trip
    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Are the O’s the solution to that? Go Rays!
  • Series Preview: Rays at Orioles

    Series Preview: Rays at Orioles
    Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports Escape from New York!
    The Tampa Bay Rays trip to New York City didn’t go as well as Rays fans hoped. The Rays were swept in a series. Don’t mistake a sweep for a blow out —every game was close, but the Rays just couldn’t make that one play to put them over the top. Now the Rays head to Charm City and hope facing the Baltimore Orioles will be the salve they need. However the Orioles have played well recently and are coming off a four game spl
  • Rays 1, Yankees 2: Swept out of the division race

    Rays 1, Yankees 2: Swept out of the division race
    Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images A 12-game deficit feels insurmountable.Leaving the Bronx with just one win wouldn’t have been something to celebrate about, but picking up that win in the series finale would’ve left a nice taste in fans’ mouths before a weekend set against the Orioles. It might not have even been enough to keep the Rays in the race for the AL East title, with Yankees lapping the field and showing no signs of stopping.The pitching was definitely good enough to
  • GDT: See you later, New York

    GDT: See you later, New York
    Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports In, like, three days. Go Rays!
  • The evolution of Jeffrey Springs

    The evolution of Jeffrey Springs
    Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The evolution of Jeffrey Springs as he has moved into a starting role has been one of the most fascinating stories to follow this season. In 2021, Springs logged a total of 44.2 innings of work across 43 appearances out of the Rays pen. With nearly two thirds of this season remaining, Springs already has thrown 44.1 innings across 8 relief appearances and 7 starts.To find the last time that Springs started on a regular basis, you have to go back to 2017 during his t
  • Rays 3, Yankees 4: Rays drop another close game to the Yankees

    Rays 3, Yankees 4: Rays drop another close game to the Yankees
    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Another day, another costly error, and another injury.The Rays dropped yet another close game to the Yankees Wednesday night by a score of 4-3. The loss dropped their record against the Yankees this season to 2-4. Across the first six contests, the Rays have been outscored by a total of six runs.This latest loss was again a frustrating reminder that this Rays team has yet to put everything together. Amidst a mounting pile of injuries both on the mound and in t
  • GDT: Shane vs. Nestor

    GDT: Shane vs. Nestor
    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports OK now THIS is the matchup of the year Go Rays!
  • Harold Ramirez flyballs carry farther than expected

    Harold Ramirez flyballs carry farther than expected
    Photo by G Fiume/Getty ImagesWhether that’s a good thing remains to be seen. In late March the Rays struck a deal with the Chicago Cubs to bring 27-year old Harold Ramirez down south to Tampa Bay.
    Harold has been a fun pick-up for the Rays up to this point, he’s slashing .294/.335/.385 (114 wRC+) across 155 plate appearances, and is the team’s nominee at DH for the All-Star Ballot.You could say his skills as a player fall on the extreme ends of the spectrum, which is evident in
  • Who’s On Worst Special Edition: Ed

    Who’s On Worst Special Edition: Ed
    Photo by Universal/Getty Images We brought in reinforcements for this truly terrible flick In a world where there are roughly 78,000 true crime podcasts, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is more than one podcast dedicated to baseball movies. We knew that one day we wanted to do a crossover episode with Take Me Into the Ballgame, a wonderful podcast hosted by Ellen Adair and Eric Gilde, and we knew exactly what movie we wanted to watch with them.
    We’re pleased to share that
  • Rays 0 Yankees 2: Some games just feel cursed

    Rays 0 Yankees 2: Some games just feel cursed
    Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports The Rays have had pretty good success against Gerrit Cole — that is outside of his shutdown 2019 ALDS performance. But tonight he was on his game, aided by a generous strikezone to be sure but he was indeed sharp and kept the Rays from getting much going. I don’t tend to be a pessimistic sort of fan but this game felt like one where the bounces — and calls — would go against the Rays.The Rays got the no-hitter monkey off their backs in the first
  • GDT: Kluber vs. Cole

    GDT: Kluber vs. Cole
    Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports In 2017 this might be the best pitching matchup of the year Go Rays!
  • Yankees Series Preview: Rays face tall challenge in New York

    Yankees Series Preview: Rays face tall challenge in New York
    Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Rays escaped Minneapolis with a single win against the Minnesota Twins. Now they head to the Big Apple to take on the scorching hot New York Yankees.Since the Rays won the final two games of their four game series at Tropicana Field the Yankees have won 11 of their last 12 games. In other words, the Yankees are on a 119 game win pace.The Yankees hold a 8.0 game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays, 9.0 game lead on the Rays, 12.5 game lead on the Boston Red S
  • Rays Your Voice: Pride Night, Andrew Kittredge TJS, and Shane Baz’s return with guest Danny Russell

    Rays Your Voice: Pride Night, Andrew Kittredge TJS, and Shane Baz’s return with guest Danny Russell
    Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Danny addresses the decision of some players to opt out of Pride Night On this week’s episode of Rays Your Voice I am joined by DRB Managing Editor Danny Russell.At the end of the show, Danny addresses the decision made by a small number of Rays players to opt out of wearing Pride-themed uniforms. We discuss how that decision affected the usual celebratory nature of Pride Night at Tropicana Field, and the mistakes the organization made in handling the si
  • Rays prospects and minor leagues: Colmenarez makes U.S. debut

    Rays prospects and minor leagues: Colmenarez makes U.S. debut
    Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Some of the Rays’ top international signings have the FCL Rays off to a good start through one week of games. Baseball Reference didn’t have FCL stats yet, but since the league has only been in action for one week, it wasn’t hard to find them elsewhere. Hopefully Baseball Reference is caught up next week.
    Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-29, 5th out of 10)
    Durham can’t hang on against Memphis
    Bulls beat by Liberatore, Redbirds
    Edwards, Durham prev

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