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Eight thoughts on the Rays debut of Trevor Richards

1. First impressions get remembered, and that’s not good for Trevor Richards. He walked his first batter, Victor Reyes. Then he struck out his second batter with Dawel Lugo swinging under a changeup up in the zone that didn’t...

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Double your walk-offs; double your fun

Well, that was quite the weekend. After scoring two runs over the first 29 (!) innings of their series with Detroit, the Rays bats woke up when we needed them most, scoring two in the eighth and two in...

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe brothers homer in Durham, Montgomery wins

A couple weeks ago, MLB Pipeline named a prospect who will contribute to each contending team down the stretch, and its selection for the Rays was Nate Lowe. I don’t know where he would get the at-bats, but at...

Rays 5, Tigers 4: Rays walk it off to win the series

As someone who also covers the Tigers, I honestly don’t know what to tell everyone. I barely recognized the Tigers this series. Their offense was present, their defense was functional. No one is more surprised than I am. Going in...

GDT: Imagine scoring more than one run in a game

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Devil Rays set a modern era record

Utter dominance That’s the only way to describe the Rays pitcher’s performance on Saturday night against the Tigers, which they did while wearing their Devil Rays throwback uniforms: 24 strikeouts, 0 walks, and too many ugly swings and uncomfortable at-bats...

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Schnell makes Bowling Green debut

Nick Schnell has had a bit of a stop-and-start beginning to his pro career after being drafted with the No. 32 pick last year. Injuries — including to a wrist — have contributed to his limited plate appearances so...

Tigers: 0, Rays: 1 – Yarbrough, Bullpen Sharp

After a disappointing 0-2 opening homestead loss to Detroit, the Rays were looking to bounce back with Ryan Yarbrough getting his 2nd start in a row. Let's hope he continues where he left off. The Tigers were sending out...

GDT: Searching for Offense

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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones leads Hudson Valley All-Star contingent

Greg Jones, outfielders Hill Alexander and Garrett Hiott, infielders Jacson McGowan and Nick Sogard, and pitcher Joe LaSorsa were named New York-Penn League All-Stars Thursday. The game will be played in Staten Island on Aug. 20. I’m not an avid...

GDT: Well here’s a series you’ve really gotta win

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Rays to promote RHP Peter Fairbanks

The Rays continue to ensure a fresh supply of bullpen arms; they optioned José De León after his two inning stint on Wednesday, and have now promoted Peter Fairbanks, a right-handed relief pitcher acquired in July from the Texas...

On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Nick Anderson is an elite relief pitcher

Nick Anderson was one of baseball’s best kept secrets in the first half of the season. A 29 year old rookie who had been an undrafted signee hardly seems like a promising addition. Anderson had come up through the...

2019 Rays Walk-up Music Bracket: Round 2

All right. Round 1 is in the books. I disagreed with a couple picks, but the only song I’m truly morning today is the vastly underrated “Sax to Me” by DJ Seven that Jose Alvarado chose. Part of that,...

Tigers Series Preview: A Q&A with Bless You Boys

In advance of the upcoming Tigers series, I exchanged some questions with Ashley MacLennan of our sister site, Bless You Boys, asking about life with a rebuilding franchise and the few bright spots in a losing season. You might think...

Rays Monthly Attendance Analysis: July 2019

Welcome to our fourth monthly review of the Tampa Rays 2019 attendance. This post will look at attendance in the Rays 13 home games played from July 1 to July 24, 2019. Total July 2019 Tampa Bay Rays home attendance:...

View from the Catwalk: Winning streak snapped

The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the San Diego Padres yesterday afternoon, despite an encouraging start. Tommy Pham, with a broken hand, drilled a first inning two run home run off the Western Metal Supply building in left field...

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Joe Ryan makes AA debut

Triple-A Durham Bulls (68-53) The Durham Bulls lost to the Syracuse Mets 5-4. Trevor Richards threw 2.0 scoreless innings as he works himself back to a bigger workload. The Mets scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0...

Rays 2 Padres 7: Waving the white flag

If Kevin Cash’s goal was to protect his bullpen, then mission accomplished. If his goal had been to win the game, he and his team fell short. Jalen Beeks, the Rays lefty who has performed bulk and starter duties, was inconsistent...

GDT: Pack it up, fellas.

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Rays place OF Avisail Garcia on the IL, promote RHP Jose De Leon

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the injured list with right oblique tightness and have called up right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham. Garcia felt his oblique flare up during his plate appearance in...