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Rays' Matt Joyce expecting to be traded this offseason

Tampa-born OF Matt Joyce takes the field today figuring it "most likely" will be his last game at the Trop as a Ray. Joyce figures that his arbitration-driven salary increase for next season to around $5 million likely will make him too expensive for the Rays to keep, and thus likely to be traded this winter. "I think there's a good chance, just knowing the organization...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nick Franklin continues to make right first impressions with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's still much to learn about Nick Franklin. These are the earliest glimpses of him in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform, and the September teases are either indicative of what the utility man will offer in the future or they're something else. He'll always be one of the three players gained in the David Price trade, so there will be intrigue whenever...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer, Nick Franklin lead Rays past visiting White Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Franklin hit his first home run with Tampa Bay and Chris Archer pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, leading the Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. Franklin connected against Hector Noesi in the second inning, belting a drive to right after a leadoff double by James Loney. Franklin had to wait 79 seconds...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Generating more offense an offseason priority for Joe Maddon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Elimination from postseason contention Friday has Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon considering an interesting offseason goal: Devising creative ways to generate more offense. With a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, the Rays faced the reality that they will miss the playoffs for just the third time since 2008. A large reason for Tampa Bay's...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays fan makes sweet no-look catch on Wil Myers' liner (VIDEO)

Catching a foul ball off the bat of major league player is no easy feat. Now try doing it with your eyes closed and the prized souvenir coming towards you at 120 mph.This Rays fan makes a great no-look catch down the third-base line on a foul ball off the bat of Wil Myers Friday night — even with another fan in front of him diving for the same ball.Yeah. I planned that.Your browser...
Via The Other Paper
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Odorizzi, Zobrist, Longoria take home BBWAA awards

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben Zobrist found Don Zimmer's influence most powerful when discussing baseball's small moments. If attention to detail is present, Zobrist learned, production will follow in time. Zimmer's ethos was wise: Master the job's little duties and large reward will come. So it was appropriate that the utility man reflected on the late Tampa Bay Rays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Tampa Bay Rays

Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Rays gave both a farewell and a welcome home to Yankees captain and Tampa resident Derek Jeter. 1. A 16-foot kayak decorated with Yankee pinstripes and Jeter's number 2.2. A framed jersey of Don Zimmer's, presented by his widow, Soot.3. A $16,000 check payable to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, which breaks down to $50 for every Jeter hit...
Via Lady At The Bat
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon asks fans to send in charity shirts, wears them

Joe Maddon has pulled some pretty interesting stunts out of thin air in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. But for the last eight weeks, the bespectacled skipper has been doing something pretty cool and it all started with a simple tweet to his more than 172-thousand followers. Send in your charity’s T-shirt & I will wear it at a postgame press conference. I’m an L+. Send...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays' Jeter tribute night gets chippy, benches clear

Derek Jeter added a few more gifts from the Tampa Bay Rays to his Farewell Tour collection Tuesday night. Before the game, the organization gave him a $16,000 donation to his Turn2 foundation, a Don Zimmer jersey, and a pinstriped kayak.Then in the eighth inning, Rays pitcher Steven Geltz chipped in with a fastball to Jeter's elbow.Your browser does not support iframes.Jeter...
Via The Other Paper
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeter has hard time paying a compliment to Tropicana Field

Derek Jeter met the press Monday — before playing his final series against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg — and got a little tongue-tied when trying to come up with a reason he might miss playing at Tropicana Field.  A reporter asked the Yankees shortstop, "Is there anything you're going to miss about playing here in the Trop?"After a pause, Jeter smiled...
Via The Other Paper
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Make Rookies Wear Crazy Costumes For Themed Road Trip

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is known for bringing some levity to the grueling 162-game Major League Baseball schedule by incorporating themed road trips for his players. The Rays most likely are not going anywhere this postseason, so Maddon’s themed road trips are a great way for the team to bond and develop chemistry. With roster expansion coming into play this month, the...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Joke that is the Tampa Bay Rays payroll will get worse in 2015

Facing the prospect of spending $1 Million per victory in 2014, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg is already promising to lower the team’s payroll next season. In stating that the team’s $76 Million paying this year was an “enormous aberration”, Sternberg said in an interview Thursday fans can expect the team to cut payroll next year. Stu Sternberg has been the Managing...
Via 110 Nation Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay To Shut Down P Drew Smyly

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to shut down starting pitcher Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season. #Rays make it official; Smyly is shut down for season. Officially TBA for Friday — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 9, 2014 This is not due to injury, […]
Via On-Base Talk
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Drew Smyly shut down for season

The Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday nights game against the Yankees with a record of 69-75, fourth in the American League East. Although 15 1/2 games out in the division, the Rays have been productive on the mound, ranked eighth in the Major Leagues in ERA. One pitcher who's had a fine season is Drew Smyly, but he's been shut down for the remainder of the season. #454776302...
Via MLB Injury News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon disappointed with Rays fans

A capacity crowd at Tropicana Field is 31,042 and, as you would imagine, the fourth place Tampa Bay Rays haven’t come close to filling the place since Opening Day. That was, of course, until Derek Jeter came to town. You see, the New York are drawing crowds all across baseball…with fans hoping to get one last glimpse of their team captain and his retirement sideshow. Saturday...
Via Hall of Very Good
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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