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Yankees: Beating Bedard should be enough to win

After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece. Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the ...

Should the Rays Demote Jake Odorizzi To Get Past Their Bullpen Situation?

Thanks to a doubleheader, a 14-inning game, and a trio of starters that did not last five innings, the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen has now tossed 20.2 innings over the last three days. That is confounding number, and it is ...

The Tampa Bay Rays’ Disastrous Bullpen Management

The Tampa Bay Rays rarely get criticism for the way they run their ballclub. In fact, they compete year in and year out because Andrew Friedman and the front office are so good at managing a roster. But, in the ...

Rays Game 31: Jake Odorizzi, Josh Lueke Come Apart Again

With a bullpen that had thrown 15.2 innings, the Tampa Bay Rays desperately needed Jake Odorizzi to provide length. However, Odorizzi had not pitched five innings in three starts, with issues the second time through the order dismantling him every ...

The Undercards: Hunter Wood, Hot Rods Hurl 6-Hit Shutout

As the Tampa Bay Rays’ extra-inning contest with the New York Yankees approached 6 hours, it was nice to see at least one Rays affiliate play a game in under 3. With Hunter Wood leading the way the Bowling Green ...

James Loney: The Tampa Bay Rays’ Mr. Clutch

Clutch seems to be James Loney’s middle name, especially in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. Nowhere was that proven more than the back end of the doubleheader versus Boston. Twice during the game Loney singled in Sean Rodriguez. The first ...

Yankees: Not much to say after heartbreaking loss

The New York Yankees lost a 14-inning heartbreak-er early this morning to none other than the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-5. Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career, and the Yankees were 1-13 with runners in scoring ...

Game 30: David Price Stellar As Tampa Bay Rays Win In 14th

The Tampa Bay Rays had an exciting Thursday, as they beat the Boston Red Sox in both games of a doubleheader. But, they couldn’t be excited for too long, as they had to travel to New York to take on the ...

A Look At Sean Rodriguez’s Power Surge

The score was 5-2 Boston. Chris Archer had just had a horrendous fifth inning, giving back a 2-0 lead. Evan Longoria reached in the sixth on a pop up that Boston third baseman Wil Middlebrooks misplayed and up stepped Sean ...

Yunel Escobar Might Finally Get Hot After His Big Game

Yunel Escobar struggled out of the gates in 2013, posting just a .169/.229/.286 line in the month of April. He was hoping to avoid a similar cold start this season, but he has been unable to do so, posting just a .217/.280/.293 ...

David DeJesus Reminding Everyone Why Rays Committed to Him

When the Tampa Bay Rays agreed on a two-year extension with David DeJesus worth $10.5 million with a third year option, it was a strange deal right from the start. $5 million a year might not be a lot of ...

The Thankless Job of Tampa Bay Rays Hitting Coach Derek Shelton

In a baseball game, the pitching coach visiting the pitcher is a common occurrence. Like a worried parent, they hover, coddle and encourage their charges, trying to squeeze out every last ounce of performance they possibly can. It isn’t the ...

The Undercards: Tyler Goeddel Breaks Slump With Triple, 2 Doubles

Every player has hot streaks and slumps, but some players gain a reputation as streaky for one reason: they place those streaks right next to each other. Over the years, Matt Joyce always seems to be unstoppable in April and ...

Rays Game 29: Sean Rodriguez Drills HR, 2 Doubles to Spark Comeback

Game 1 was a big win for the Rays, but it looked like it would be just another flicker of promise that quickly went away. 2014 has been a Rays season exemplified by disastrous innings that turn winnable games into ...

Game 28: David DeJesus, Bullpen Lead Rays to Much-Needed Win

Winning games has not been an easy task for the Tampa Bay Rays in recent days. Injuries have dismantled the rotation and, in turn, overworked the bullpen. On the offensive side, meanwhile, the Rays have had their moments but consistency ...

Hot Rod of the Day 5/1/14: Jake Faria

The Bowling Green Hot Rods closed the month of April the same way they began it: winning back to back games over the South Bend Silver Hawks. Bowling Green and South Bend played two yesterday after a rainout on Tuesday, ...

Jake Odorizzi Struggling to Find Early-Game Approach That Works

Injuries to Matt Moore and Alex Cobb have brought Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard into the Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation. Among the biggest disappointments on the team, though, is the pitcher who beat out Ramos and Bedard to replace Jeremy ...

The Undercards: Jacob Faria Tosses 7-Inning Complete Game for Hot Rods

The complete game column can be misleading in minor league baseball. Whenever their is a doubleheader, both games are reduced to just 7 innings, giving pitchers an easier opportunity to go the distance. But don’t let the “just” 7 innings ...

Fixing the Issues With the Tampa Bay Rays Bullpen

We have heard so much about the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitching struggles that their bullpen issues have gone overlooked for a while. But right now, with Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard coming off strong starts, it is finally time ...

“Forgotten” Trade Piece Patrick Leonard Certainly Not Forgotten Anymore

From his first day in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Patrick Leonard was overshadowed. How could he not be? He was acquired in the James Shields trade along with Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, and Mike Montgomery. Myers became the Rookie of the Year, Odorizzi won the Rays’ ...

The 2016 Tampa Bay Rays Defense Could Become The Best Ever

The Tampa Bay Rays have always prided themselves on putting together a team full of advanced defenders. Look no further than last year- all four of their starting infielders were nominated for a gold glove award. This offseason they once ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/30/14: Darryl George

The Bowling Green Hot Rods won their fifth game in their last eight they have played yesterday, in a game that nearly broke a team record in time played (I’ll say this – it took 90 minutes to play three ...

The Undercards: Josh Sale Comes Up Double Short of Cycle

When a player like Josh Sale has a great game, it’s nice, but you realize immediately that it means nothing if it does not get him back on track. Could a strong game Tuesday be the turning point for Sale? ...

Game 27: 1000 Games as the Tampa Bay Rays

I am not including the score in the title because I am choosing to focus on the positives. I will talk about the negatives but I’ll get you in a good mood first. As the title says, this was the ...

Tampa Bay Rays Rotation Issues Could Be Fixed By A Piggyback System

The Tampa Bay Rays rotation issues keep on coming. Not only have Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Jeremy Hellickson gone down with injuries, but David Price, Jake Odorizzi, and fill-in Erik Bedard have all struggled with performance so far this season. ...

Erik Bedard’s Last Chance to Find Something for the Tampa Bay Rays

Erik Bedard has reached the end of the line. The former Baltimore Orioles ace is 35 years old and has a 7.45 ERA in his three appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, walking more than he has struck ...

The Rays Rotation Needs a Lift, and Scott Baker Provide It

The Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation is going to get better as the year progresses. Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson will return from injury, and the Rays’ starting staff should regain its place among the best in baseball. But right now, ...

Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

After struggling to find their bearings for much of the early season, the Red Sox have been getting their act together in recent weeks. The Red Sox had won four of five before dropping a series to the Yankees; however, ...

Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox Q&A With Conor Duffy of Bosox Injection

Tonight begins the first Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox series of the year as the Rays hope to rebound from their rough stretch in recent weeks. To get some perspective on Boston, I talked with Conor Duffy of Bosox Injection about ...

The Undercards: Ryan Brett Laces 5 Hits in Montgomery Biscuits Loss

There is no worse feeling than when you do everything you can to help your team and your teammates give you nothing. That was not entirely true for Ryan Brett and the Montgomery Biscuits on Monday, but it is also ...

Game 26: Gameplan Fails for Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays

In his four starts entering Monday, Jake Odorizzi did not allow a single run the first time through the order yet had just a 6.52 ERA overall. To try to combat that, the Tampa Bay Rays came up with a ...

Michael Roth Would Be A Classic No-Risk Claim For The Tampa Bay Rays

You likely have never heard of Michael Roth, and probably for good reason. The 24-year old lefty has an ugly 7.20 ERA in 15 big league appearances to go along with a 4.55 ERA in 32 career minor league appearances. ...

The 25-Man Roster the Tampa Bay Rays Should Have

The Tampa Bay Rays are trying to do the best they can with the players they have following the injuries to Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jeremy Hellickson. But let’s be honest–the 25 players the Rays have on their roster ...

The Danger of Keeping David Price for the Tampa Bay Rays

Six starts into 2014, David Price has a 4.75 ERA. But wait a second–Price had a 5.24 ERA through 9 starts last season before heading onto the disabled list. If Price is healthy this time and gets his performance back ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/28/14: Oscar Hernandez

Since I last came to you with a Hot Rod of the Day (yeah, it’s been a while. Completely my bad, the real world gets in the way of important things some times. But as an Abercrombie and Fitch shirt ...

The Undercards: Reinaldo Lopez Strong As Stone Crabs Win In 12

There are some days when your offense can’t do much to help you out, but your pitching staff is strong enough that you still come away with a win. Look no further than the Tampa Bay Rays, who have had ...

2014: The Tampa Bay Rays Season Where Nothing Is for Granted

There are so many things that Tampa Bay Rays assumed entered 2014. The starting rotation was supposed to be among the best in baseball–after injuries to Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jeremy Hellickson, that has decidedly not been the case. ...

Game 25: David Price Lets Defensive Miscues Get To Him

There are games when you lose because the other team outplayed you. Then, there are games that you lose because you beat yourself. That was what happened to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, as a David Price allowed multiple ...

Analyzing Cesar Ramos’ Breakthrough for the Tampa Bay Rays

We would be getting ahead of ourselves to say that Cesar Ramos has established himself as a long-term starting option after just a couple of great games. Even though he has allowed just one run in 10 innings pitched, Ramos has ...

The Undercards: Mike Montgomery, Brad Boxberger Throw No-Hitter

Each and every player has times when they are hot and nothing can stop them. But every once in a while, players are so locked in that their night will be remembered in the record books for generations to come. That ...

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