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The Undercards: Curt Casali Unstoppable in Montgomery Win

Curt Casali had an unbelievable run in 2013 after getting promoted to Double-A Montgomery, but he faced major questions as he hoped to prove it wasn’t fluke. So far, so good–after his incredible day on Wednesday, his OPS is actually ...

Game 21: Josh Lueke Spoils Bullpen’s Gem As Rays Lose In 12

Tonight marked a special occasion for the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins alike, as it was fan favorite Sam Fuld‘s first game back in the lineup at the Trop as an opposing player (he was not in last night’s ...

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Play for free tonight to get your entry in DraftKings Sweet Spot THIS FRIDAY, 4/25, with $400,000 in prizes. Where else in fantasy sports can you play for free 1-day, and win a piece of $400,000 in prizes the very ...

Alex Colome Leads Many Starting Prospects Likely Heading To Relief

The Tampa Bay Rays are at it again, and they have a plethora of starting pitching prospects that are not far from being ready for the big leagues. But the great problem is that they already have Matt Moore, Alex ...

Yes, The Tampa Bay Rays Should Fire Derek Shelton

I was watching a Rays game over weekend and was fascinated by Brian Anderson’s explanation of Wil Myers‘ hitting problems. He was “leaking” his front hip and pulling off the ball. Anderson, the Rays analyst and former big league pitcher, ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/23/14: Alexander Simon

The Bowling Green Hot Rods have gone streaking again, but it’s the good type of streak, as in their second two game winning streak of the year! Blake Snell, Andrew Hanse and Luis Cabrera combined for nine innings of four hit, ...

The Undercards: Merrill Kelly Strong As Durham Bulls Win

As the old saying goes, teams are only as good as their depth. Injuries are bound to happen, and therefore the players that a team has in reserve have a big impact on every team each year. The Rays emphasize ...

Game 20: David Price Goes The Distance As Rays Beat Twins 7-3

Coming into the game against the Minnesota Twins, David DeJesus had just one hit in his last twenty-six at-bats. One can hope tonight was a slump buster for DeJesus. He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and seemed to have ...

Richie Shaffer Hitting His Way Back Into the Rays’ Future

All it took was one year for Richie Shaffer to go from the Tampa Bay Rays’ first baseman of the future to a serious question mark. Touted as an advanced prospect after the Rays selected him in the first round ...

Looking at the Early-Season Results From 2013 Rays Playing Elsewhere

The Tampa Bay Rays had a momentous 2013 offseason. They had several impending free agents, and they were able to retain one major one, James Loney. They did not trade David Price, they signed David DeJesus to an extension, and ...

Why Is Brandon Guyer Only Seldomly Being Used?

Brandon Guyer has had a tumultuous career, largely in part due to injuries. This season, he finally made the Opening Day roster, and it looked as if he would play an important role on the big league club. However, Guyer has only ...

Hot Rod of the Day 4/22/14: Armando Araiza

Today’s Bowling Green Hot Rod of the Day is all too obvious. The Bowling Green club was two losses away from setting a Midwest League record for most consecutive losses, but coming through clutch in the top of the 10th ...

When Will the Tampa Bay Rays Finally Part Ways With Josh Lueke?

If there has been one positive aspect of the Tampa Bay Rays’ injuries to their starting rotation, it is that we have gotten to see three of the talented relief prospects we have been hearing about the past few months. ...

Tampa Bay Rays Face Rough Road in AL East

After four straight 90-win seasons, and an offseason where Tampa Bay Rays management went all-out to upgrade the team, many Rays fans, myself included, expected a quick start out of the gate this year. Instead, two-fifths of the team’s rotation ...

The Undercards: German Marquez Strong as Hot Rods Finally End Skid

Every team needs a stopper. That is certainly true in the major leagues, where every team in a losing streak knows that a great start from its ace could change everything, but it can be true in the minor leagues as ...

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’ ...

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