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  1. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  2. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

  3. Red Sox advance to ALCS with 3-1 defeat of Rays

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    ellsbury

    Boston will play for the American League pennant. Jake Peavy yielded just one run over 5 2/3 innings and the Red Sox offense managed a couple of key hits to dismiss the Rays from the 2013 postseason mix with a 3-1 defeat in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday night at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana…

  4. Red Sox move ahead of Rays in seventh inning of Game 4

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    ellsbury getty

    The Red Sox are suddenly six outs away from dismissing the Rays and advancing to the ALCS. Tampa Bay scored the first run of this ALDS Game 4 in the bottom of the sixth inning on David DeJesus‘ RBI single, but the Red Sox answered right back in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitting for…

  5. Just another shutout for Alex Cobb and the Rays

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    The Rays (17) and the Indians (16) were the only American League teams to throw 15 shutouts this season, so it’s fitting that the wild card turned into another one. Pitching himself into and out of trouble, Alex Cobb scattered eight hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a 3-0 lead. Joel Peralta, Jake…

  6. Rays blank Indians in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    alex cobb getty

    It’s rare that a team will tally nine hits and be held scoreless, but that is exactly what happened to the host Indians in Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Using an arsenal of vicious breaking stuff and a steady low-90s fastball, Rays starter Alex Cobb worked in and…

  7. It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Pillar

    The Rangers and Rays entered today’s action — the final day of regular season action — tied for the second AL Wild Card spot and remained so at the end of the day. While the Indians secured themselves top billing in the AL Wild Card play-in game, the Rangers and Rays will have to play…

  8. Rays run scoreless innings streak to 27 before collapsing late against the Twins

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    David Price

    The Rays entered this afternoon’s contest against the Twins having completed back-to-back shutouts. Starter Chris Archer shut them out over six innings on Friday while Matt Moore went three innings in a rain-soaked affair last night. The last time a Rays pitcher had allowed a run was in the sixth inning on Thursday against the…

  9. The Rays blow a 6-0 lead, are stunned by the Dodgers in the ninth

    Aug 10, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Things which make me wish I didn’t watch “Wayne’s World” and fall asleep on the couch at 11pm last night: the Dodgers-Rays game. The Dodgers found themselves down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh last night, but then scored one in the seventh, two in the eighth and four in the ninth to…

  10. Blown call from Jerry Meals, bad baseball doom Red Sox in loss

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Jerry Meals

    Make no mistake: the Red Sox played some pretty terrible baseball in losing 2-1 to the Rays on Monday. Still, a blown call at home plate in the bottom of the eighth cost them the tying run and, for that, Jerry Meals was to blame. Here’s the video: Meals admitted after the game that he…

  11. Fernando Rodney blows another save

    May 25, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who saved 48 games last year while posting a 0.60 ERA, has had a lot of issues to start 2013. With the Rays up 3-1 in the ninth inning, Rodney served up an RBI double to Brennan Boesch and an RBI single to Brett Gardner to tie the game at three-all,…

  12. “Elaborate tattoo” keeps Elvis Andrus out of Rangers lineup

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus

    And the weird spring training injuries roll on … Elvis Andrus not playing today for Rangers. New and elaborate tattoo caused “sensitivity” in left biceps. — Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) February 28, 2013 I’m not sure if that beats Joel Peralta‘s sandwich-related injury, but it’s damn close. UPDATE: Andrus posted a picture of the tattoo, which…

  13. Sandwich-related injury to keep Joel Peralta from WBC

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Like the old saying goes: Sandwich-related injuries are all fun and games until it keeps someone from playing in the World Baseball Classic. Last week Joel Peralta hurt his neck while getting out of his car to buy some sandwiches, but the good news was that the injury is minor and the Rays reliever noted…

  14. The Rays have a reliever in camp who is blind in one eye

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

    Rays logo

    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a really interesting profile yesterday on Juan Sandoval, a 32-year-old reliever who has been invited to Rays’ camp. He’s trying to keep his baseball career alive despite the fact that he’s completely blind in his right eye. Sandoval once had some promise as a pitching prospect with…

  15. Joel Peralta suffers sandwich-related injury

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    no sandwiches

    This is obviously the leader in the clubhouse for best injury of the year. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays reliever Joel Peralta “hurt his neck getting out of the car when he stopped for sandwiches.” I realize it’s only February 13, but that’s gonna be awfully tough to beat. There…

  16. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  17. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  18. Rays get creative in re-signing reliever Joel Peralta

    Nov 20, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Tampa Bay and Joel Peralta have made official what was first reported two weeks ago, announcing a two-year, $6 million contract that also includes $2.5 million team options for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Rarely do you see two-year contracts include multiple option years, let alone more option years than the initial length of the contract,…

  19. Rays re-sign reliever Joel Peralta to two-year deal

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta will be staying in Tampa Bay, as the free agent reliever and the Rays have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with a team option for 2015. Peralta signed with the Rays in 2011 after the Nationals cut him loose despite excellent numbers the previous season and has logged 135 innings with…

  20. Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play. B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two…

  21. Behind James Shields, Rays set AL record for strikeouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    James Shields

    Rays right-hander James Shields reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season Friday in a 12-1 win over the Blue Jays. Along the way, he recorded the team’s 1,267 strikeout, breaking the American League record set by the 2001 Yankees. J.P. Arencibia was the victim. It was Shields’ third strikeout of the night on his…

  22. CC Sabathia disappoints as Rays down Yankees

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia is the game’s highest-paid hurler, but David Price has pretty obviously supplanted him as the AL East’s best pitcher. Tampa Bay’s ace picked up his league-leading 18th win Friday as the Rays topped the Yankees 6-4. Price allowed two runs in seven innings to become the AL’s first to 18 victories. Sabathia gave…

  23. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  24. Zack Greinke gets no help in losing Angels debut

    Jul 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Without the injured Mike Trout at the top of the lineup, the Angels got nothing going offensively Sunday  and took a 2-0 loss to the Rays in Zack Greinke‘s debut. Greinke, who was acquired from the Brewers on Friday, was strong in striking out eight over seven innings, but Jeremy Hellickson was better, blanking the…

  25. Rays lose All-Star candidate Matt Joyce to DL

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce

    The Rays have been without their best hitter in Evan Longoria for almost two months now. Now they’re going to be without their second-best for at least two weeks. Matt Joyce, who leads the team in average, homers and RBI this season, was placed on the disabled list due to his back injury. He last…

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