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Tampa Bay Rays: Jesus Sucre Emerging in Catcher Conversation

When looking at the Tampa Bay Rays catching conversation, Jesus Sucre is rarely mentioned. With his performance thus far in Spring Training, he might be a part of the conversation. When the Tampa Bay Rays acquired Jesus Sucre earlier this month, the transaction was generally met with a yawn. He was expected to be nothing […] Tampa Bay Rays: Jesus Sucre Emerging in Catcher Conversation...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 hour ago

Rays righty Chris Archer sharp in spring debut against Red Sox

RAYS 7, RED SOX 3 At Port Charlotte, Florida, Chris Archer made his spring debut for the Rays and allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. Tampa Bay's Joe McCarthy homered, doubled and drove in three runs. Boston starter Hector Velazquez gave up one run in two innings.
Via Associated Press
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays 2017 Season Preview: Kevin Kiermaier

The defensive wizard has evolved into possibly the most important player on the team. Background Kevin Kiermaier was drafted by the Rays in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft. THIRTY-FIRST ROUND. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native spent three (2010, 2011, 2012) years climbing the ladder in the Rays farm system and spent most of the 2013 season in Double-A and Triple-A. He performed...
Via DRaysBay
17 hours ago

Sucre comes through with bat, behind plate

Jesus Sucre continued to impress in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Red Sox. Saturday, Sucre hit a solo home run. Sunday, he had an RBI single, threw out a would-be basestealer and threw out another runner on a bunt attempt.
Via Rays.com
18 hours ago

Archer stymies Sox in strong spring debut

Chris Archer set the tone for the Rays on Sunday in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park.
Via Rays.com
19 hours ago

Rays dish on Oscars, favorite all-time movies

The Academy Awards are Sunday night, but it's not likely many of the Rays will stay up to watch what actors and films receive Oscars for the simple reason that the ceremony runs too late and their next day starts too early.
Via Rays.com
22 hours ago

Deep thoughts following the Rays first loss of the spring

Willy Adames makes the tag on Austin Meadows in the second inning of yesterdays ball game against the Pirates. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) The Tampa Bay Rays suffered their first (big) loss of the spring on Saturday, falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-2 in Port Charlotte. With the loss in mind, I thought it to be a good opportunity to remind you that it really...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays Hoping Daniel Robertson Can be Ben Zobrist

The Tampa Bay Rays traded Ben Zobrist for a package of players that included minor leaguer Daniel Robertson. Now, they are hoping that Robertson can be the next Zobrist. One of the hallmarks for the Tampa Bay Rays over the past decade has been the super utility player. Since the time of Ben Zobrist, the […] Tampa Bay Rays Hoping Daniel Robertson Can be Ben Zobrist - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

David Carpenter perfect in spring debut for Rays against Pirates split squad

PIRATES (SS) 7, RAYS 2 At Port Charlotte, Florida, Jacob Stallings hit a solo homer in Pittsburgh's six-run fifth inning, and Joey Terdoslavich had three hits and two RBIs. Terdoslavich and Phil Gosselin each had a two-run double in the fifth. For Tampa Bay, Corey Dickerson went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and starter David Carpenter pitched one perfect inning with a strikeout.
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ 2017 playoff chances may ultimately come down to random chance

Random variance still takes place during the season, even in a 162 game schedule. The baseball season comes down to series of weighted coin flips. It might seem overly simplistic, but over a season the good teams win around 60 percent of their games (a 97.2 win pace), while the bad teams win around 40 percent of their games, a 64.8 win pace. Most teams lie somewhere in the middle...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays: RIP Colby Rasmus’ Beard

Colby Rasmus became an internet sensation for a couple of days after Picture Day for the Tampa Bay Rays due to his beard. Unfortunately, the beard has met its untimely end. Picture Day in Spring Training can be a wondrous time of year. Some truly entertaining pictures can happen, from players photobombing one another to […] Tampa Bay Rays: RIP Colby Rasmus’ Beard - Rays Colored...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
2 days ago

Tim Beckham, Austin Pruitt help Rays get off to strong start in spring training

At Fort Myers, Florida, Austin Pruitt struck out three in two scoreless innings and Tim Beckham had two extra-base hits for Tampa Bay. Beckham, the top pick in the 2008 amateur draft, had a double and a triple and scored the Rays' first run on Daniel Robertson's single off Brandon Kintzler. Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, hoping to rebound from an injury-plagued season, threw...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Colby Rasmus shaves ridiculed beard after wife gave him ultimatum

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus' stint as an (apparent) Amish man is over. After reporting to spring training with a wild beard on his face, and getting broadly lambasted across the Internet by the likes of Deadspin and others, the beard is gone. Behold:   It was a fun ride. According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Rasmus didn't grow the chin music as a goof or anything...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays ready for start of Grapefruit League season

Jake Faria (foreground) plays catch with LHP Blake Snell. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) With full-squad workouts now complete, the Tampa Bay Rays will start the Grapefruit League season on Friday. Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell tossed live batting practice on Thursday, while Matt Duffy and Logan Morrison — both of whom are recovering from surgery —...
Via X-Rays Spex
3 days ago

Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier, Breakout Candidate

Kevin Kiermaier has long been underrated in the mainstream baseball world. He provides value in ways that tend to get overlooked or, at least, receive less attention. You probably know, for example, that Kiermaier is an elite defensive player. You’re probably aware that Kiermaier is an above-average baserunner. You might also know that Kiermaier has recorded a league-average batting...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus shaves off fantastic beard days after its debut

Colby Rasmus arguably was sporting the finest — or at least most outrageous — outcropping of facial hair in all of MLB spring training … until he shockingly and sadly shaved it all off.The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder showed up to camp with one incredibly unique beard. Foregoing the mustache, Rasmus’ wild facial hair resembled Abraham Lincoln's … or perhaps Mose Schrute's...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mallex Smith cracks funny joke about short stint with Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith came to his current team by way of the Seattle Mariners. His tenure in the Pacific Northwest lasted just 77 minutes, as he was traded twice in one day.Smith looked back on his illustrious tenure with the Mariners, and the quotes are pretty hilarious. Hey, that short tenure can be his claim to fame now. Not many players get traded twice in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I actually like where...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays utility man Nick Franklin spent his offseason driving for Uber

As a Major League Baseball general manager, I’d be horrified to learn some of the things my players did during the offseason. However, it seems like I’d be glad to hear what Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Nick Franklin did with his time. Prior to heading home for the offseason, Franklin admitted he’d be making an attempt as an Uber driver. While Franklin didn’t do this...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Nick Franklin worked as Uber driver during offseason

Nick Franklin is hoping to stick with the Tampa Bay Rays as a utility man this season. If he doesn’t make the roster, he knows what he can do for some spare cash.Franklin was at Rays camp on Wednesday, two days ahead of when position players were set to report. He told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he spent a part of his offseason working as an Uber driver. Franklin is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says spring training silliness will return for Cubs

Just because the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions doesn’t mean Joe Maddon has any plans his eccentric  managerial methods.If fact, Maddon put everyone on notice Tuesday that the unique approach to management he brought along to the Cubs organization from his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays will once again play a role at spring training.Maddon did stop short...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

LoMo Returns, Rays Continue Opportunistic Offseason

The Rays are one of the under-the-radar teams that the FanGraphs and PECOTA projection systems forecast to be in the AL Wild Card mix. As Jeff wrote last month following the Logan Forsythe-for-Jose De Leon deal, the Rays have continued to add years of control and surplus value this offseason. While the Rays do not necessarily need pieces like Mallex Smith and De Leon for 2017, they...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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