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The Tampa Bay Rays Bullpen Now Has A Fatal Flaw

The Tampa Bay Rays made an encouraging move today when they called up Juan Carlos Oviedo, who hasn’t thrown a big league pitch in two seasons. If he can return to his prior form, the Rays have a much better ...

Should the Tampa Bay Rays Fire Derek Shelton?

It’s a new season, so it is time to play everyone’s favorite game: should the Tampa Bay Rays fire hitting coach Derek Shelton? Granted, the timing of this article is pretty bad–the Rays scored a combined 27 runs on Friday ...

Juan Carlos Oviedo Finally Arrives for the Tampa Bay Rays

Back on January 13, 2013, Juan Carlos Oviedo originally signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. Only tomorrow, 464 days later, will Oviedo finally spend his first day on the Rays’ active roster. The 32 year old has not pitched a ...

C.J. Riefenhauser Becomes Seventh Hot Rod to Make Show

In the midst of the worst stretch of on-field play that the Bowling Green Hot Rods have seen in their franchise history (spanning three cities and two states and affiliations), there was some good news surrounding the club this past ...

The Undercards: Dylan Floro, Richie Shaffer Impress in Montgomery Win

We all hear the “small sample size” refrain plenty in the early goings every season, but there is still that twinge of doubt in our minds that inevitably surfaces when a player starts off badly. Could their horrific start be ...

Game 19: Tampa Bay Rays Miss Opportunities, Lose in 12

Let’s rattle off the lucky breaks the Tampa Bay Rays had in their game against the New York Yankees on Sunday. 1) They were facing Vidal Nuno instead of one of the Yankees’ established starters like say Masahiro Tanaka, who ...

Rays Look Forward to Working With Big Arm of Bryce Stowell

Yesterday, 27 year old right-hander Bryce Stowell made his Tampa Bay Rays organizational debut, working around a hit with strikeout in a scoreless inning for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. The way he ended up with the Rays is quite strange, ...

Yankees: Team players do not pitch hurt

As you already know, baseball is a team sport. The greatest teams are made up of players who keep their egos in check by setting aside personal desires, and living by the motto, whatever it takes to make the team ...

Brad Boxberger, C.J. Riefenhauser Headline Strong Young Relief Group

Brad Boxberger, a promising 24-year old relief pitcher, was sent down to Triple-A before Saturday’s game, but not before impressing in four scoreless innings. The Tampa Bay Rays needed another fresh relief arm in the ‘pen, and Boxberger happened to have an option. ...

Injuries Overcome, Evan Longoria Right Back Where He Belongs

An incredible rookie year was enough for Tampa Bay Rays fans to forgive Evan Longoria for his first injury, a wrist fracture that sidelined him for nearly a month. Two years later, he missed the last 10 games of the ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/20/14: Kean Wong

The Bowling Green Hot Rods continue to make negative history, as their losing streak has now reached 13 games, and is two games away from matching a Midwest League record. It looked promising for 9 innings, as the Hot Rods ...

The Undercards: Tyler Goeddel Homers for Second Straight Game

The pitching was there for Rays minor league affiliates on Saturday, as usual. But after the Rays’ 16-run outburst against the New York Yankees yesterday, this is a nice time to acknowledge the hitting. The Rays always knew that 2011 ...

Rays Game 18: Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan Deliver Multi-HR Games in Blowout

It was just a couple of days ago that the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense was as cold as ice. Now, quite the contrary is true. The Rays followed up their 11-5 comeback victory over the New York Yankees on Friday ...

Tampa Bay Rays Need Ryan Hanigan More Than Ever

Who is the most valuable player on the Tampa Bay Rays at the moment? Evan Longoria you say? No, try again. Will Myers? Ben Zobrist? Sorry, better luck next time. No idea? Well, the answer is Ryan Hanigan. That’s right, the ...

Changes That Must Occur for the Tampa Bay Rays

I’m not going to be alarmist or anything like that. The season is still very young. If it were a person, it would still be carded when it tried to buy cigarettes. There are, however, a few changes that could ...

A How-To-Guide for Tampa Bay Rays Fandom: Joe Maddon

So, you want to become a fan of a major league baseball team? Excellent! And, you have chosen the Tampa Bay Rays as the team that you are going to follow, whatever the reason may be. You will live by them ...

This Is Why the Tampa Bay Rays Acquired Nate Karns

When Tampa Bay Rays fans heard that the trade was going to be catcher Jose Lobaton to the Washington Nationals for right-hander Nate Karns, they were elated. After all, Lobaton was a catcher with no place on the team while ...

Rays Give Matt Neil a Chance to Prove Numbers Are Sustainable

When you look at Matt Neil‘s numbers, it is perplexing that he was a free agent until the Tampa Bay Rays signed him on Thursday. In his three professional seasons, Neil is 17-15 with a 3.69 ERA in 67 appearances (60 ...

The Undercards: Nate Karns Makes Case for Big League Rotation Spot

The Tampa Bay Rays gave veteran lefty Erik Bedard a start on Friday night, but after Bedard allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 3.2 innings, there is no guarantee that he will get the ball again. That is especially ...

Rays Game 17: Offense Finally Awakens in Comeback Win

The Rays’ offense has been abysmal over the past two weeks and it finally came alive on Friday night during the 11-5 victory over the New York Yankees. Rays’ starter Erik Bedard only lasted 3.2 innings but the bullpen picked ...

It All Comes Down to This for Erik Bedard, Tampa Bay Rays

No one thought about this scenario. In their harshest nightmares, could the Tampa Bay Rays have imagined Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Jeremy Hellickson all going down to injury, with Moore needing to undergo Tommy John Surgery? Whether they could ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/18/14: Johnny Field

The Bowling Green Hot Rods continue their slide to open the season, as they dropped to 2-11 on the year by losing their 11th straight game in the first game of a four game weekend series versus the Clinton LumberKings ...

German Marquez Could Quickly Become A Top Prospect

German Marquez was not a widely heralded international free agent when he signed back in 2011. But, after signing for a still decent $225,000 bonus, Marquez is quickly moving his way up and is establishing himself in the Tampa Bay ...

The Undercards: Richie Shaffer Homers to Continue Strong Start

The Tampa Bay Rays departed from their usual draft strategy when they selected Richie Shaffer in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft. It looked like that deviation would cost them when Shaffer had a disastrous 2013. But right ...

Rays Game 16: David Price Hit Hard, No Luck for Offense

Lately it seems like we’re watching reruns of the same frustrating Rays game over and over again. For the third time in their last four games, the Rays played a game that can be accurately described like this: the Rays’ ...

Better Now Than Later for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Offensive Struggles

So far in 2014, the Tampa Bay Rays’ lineup has been almost unbelievably bad. They have managed just a .221/.306/.351 line as a team, with key players like Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, and David DeJesus doing nothing at all at ...

Are Josh Lueke’s Days As A Tampa Bay Ray Limited?

Josh Lueke has tantalized the Tampa Bay Rays ever since arriving from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for John Jaso. Last year was no different, he put up an outstanding 0.63 ERA in Triple-A, but posted a 4.36 ERA in ...

Yankees @ Rays pitching matchups

The Undercards: Jared Mortensen Strong As Montgomery Biscuits Roll

The Tampa Bay Rays are always looking to add to their minor league system, whether that is through the draft, international signings, or other means. One way they look for players is in the independent leagues. Jared Mortensen was picked up ...

Yankees: Tropicana Field beat down starts tonight

Following winning yesterday’s double header against the Cubs, the New York Yankees land in Tampa on a four game winning streak to face their divisional rival Rays. This series is a big one not only because Tropicana Field, the dome ...

Rays Game 15: Wil Myers, Bats Shut Down Yet Again

The Tampa Bay Rays offense is struggling mightily, and the slump has not shown signs of stopping anytime soon. In this game, Miguel Gonzalez started for the Baltimore Orioles and went 5 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and 3 ...

Tampa Bay Rays’ Real Trouble in 2014 is Hitting

It didn’t take long for the Tampa Bay Rays’ all-star rotation to fall apart. Matt Moore is scheduled for Tommy John surgery and Alex Cobb is out 4-6 weeks with a strained oblique. Chris Archer got rocked by the Baltimore ...

Is Lucas Harrell An Option For The Tampa Bay Rays?

We all know that the Tampa Bay Rays are having their pitching depth stretched thin. They currently have three starting pitchers, Jeremy Hellickson, Alex Cobb, and Matt Moore, on the DL with injuries, and a fourth, Alex Colome, is suspended. The ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/16/14: Darryl George

The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a six game homestand yesterday in a doubleheader against the Kane County Cougars (CHC) after the originally scheduled opening game of the series was rained out on Monday. The Hot Rods pitched two stellar games, ...

The Undercards: Jerry Sands Propels The Durham Bulls’ Offense

The Durham Bulls have been rolling this year, and Tuesday was no exception. With another win over the Charlotte Knights, they are now 10-3 on the season, and are extremely hot at a time when the major league club is ...

Who Will Fill the Last Two Spots in the Tampa Bay Rays’ Rotation?

Hopefully, by the time this article is published, another Tampa Bay Rays Rays pitcher won’t have been injured. With Matt Moore undergoing Tommy John surgery, Alex Cobb’s oblique strain sidelining him for up to six weeks, and Jeremy Hellickson out until at ...

Explaining Matt Moore and Alex Cobb’s Injuries

There are a catalog of famous parts of the body. Betty Grable was famous for her legs and back end, Arnold Schwarzenegger his muscles, Scarlett Johansson…well, you know. Tommy John should be given a copyright for the elbow. His name ...

Bowling Green Hot Rods: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not?

It’s been a rough go at the beginning of the season for the Rays single-A affiliate from the Midwest League, the Bowling Green Hot Rods. After taking the first two games of the season against South Bend Silver Hawks, the ...

Specter of Matt Moore Tommy John Surgery Looms for Rays

In 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays hoped that Matt Moore would break out in the style that David Price did in 2010. He did win 17 games, but that did not happen as expected. Nevertheless, we gave Moore a mulligan ...

Rays Game 14: Chris Archer Struggles As Rays Lose 7-1

The Tampa Bay Rays traveled to Baltimore on Sunday to take on the division rival Orioles in their first matchup of the year. The Rays were hoping to rebound from a tough loss against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, but ...

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