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  • Tommy Pham playing through pain for Tampa Bay Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Outfielder Tommy Pham said if the Rays weren’t competing for a playoff spot he would not be playing the final weeks of the season due to his right hand and elbow injuries. “One thousand percent,’’ Pham said. “It’s frustrating. I’ve never..." September 19

  • Yankees had celebration prep ruined by Rays’ comeback win

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees will have to wait at least another day to celebrate their impending division title. The AL East-best Yankees came entered play on Wednesday needing either a victory over the Los Angeles Angels or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays to the NL-best Los Angeles Dodgers to..." September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list?

    MLB.com "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Yonny Chirinos nears return to Rays; Brandon Lowe still hopeful

    MLB.com "The Rays have Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell back on the mound, and Yonny Chirinos could be the next pitcher to return from the injured list for Tampa Bay. Chirinos threw a simulated game on Monday, and Rays manager Kevin Cash said the session “went really well.”..." September 18

  • Playing in Mexico just weeks ago, 29-year-old Rays rookie Johnny Davis endures rags-to-riches path to MLB

    USA Today "There were nights Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Davis didn’t want to go home. Too many nights he didn’t even know he had a home. This was life growing up in Compton, California. He and his mom and two brothers lived in and out of homeless shelters...." September 18

  • Rays activate Blake Snell off IL, will start vs. Dodgers

    Tampa Bay Times "Blake Snell talked a lot in advance of Tuesday’s late game about how excited he is. To be back pitching in the big leagues for the Rays as they battle for a playoff spot. To be facing a top team like the Dodgers in their historic stadium. To be able to get a truer read on his..." September 17

  • Blake Snell Slated To Return Next Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays lefty and reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell is scheduled to return to action next week, he tells reporters including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Snell will take the ball on Tuesday with the expectation of throwing about three..." September 14

  • Blake Snell Slated To Return Next Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays lefty and reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell is scheduled to return to action next week, he tells reporters including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Snell will take the ball on Tuesday with the expectation of throwing about three..." September 14

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by MLB.com's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • Rays Select Johnny Davis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced Wednesday that they’ve selected the contract of outfielder Johnny Davis from Double-A Montgomery. Left-hander Hoby Milner was placed on the 60-day injured list to create a roster spot. Milner is dealing with a “cervical neck injury” and will be shut down for..." September 11

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • B.J. Upton’s 20-20 Rays vision now shared by Tommy Pham

    Tampa Bay Times "Tommy Pham on Thursday accomplished something rare by Rays standards, a season of 20 home runs and 20 steals. The only other 20-20 player in franchise history is B.J. Upton, who did it three times, the last in 2012 before leaving as a free agent. That’s not as rare as..." September 08

  • Rays' Tyler Glasnow returns from injured list

    CBS Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays entered Sunday sitting in the top American League wild-card spot, one game up on the Athletics and 2 1/2 games up on the Indians, and they welcomed back an important piece of the pitching staff. Righty Tyler Glasnow was activated off the injured list and started..." September 08

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • Kean Wong on callup: 'Oh my God, I’m a big leaguer'

    MLB.com "After being one of the most productive players in the Rays’ Minor League system over the past three seasons, infielder Kean Wong will finally get his chance to make an impact at the big league level. Before Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, the Rays selected..." September 05

  • Rays Cy Young winner Blake Snell making first rehab start

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays could soon get back an important piece as they compete with the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics for a wild card spot. Out since July 21 after undergoing surgery on his left elbow, reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell is slated to make his first rehab..." September 05

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • Rays To Promote Kean Wong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays will call up utilityman Kean Wong, The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino reports (Twitter link).  Wong — the younger brother of Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong — isn’t on the 40-man roster, so the Rays will have to make another move prior before..." September 05

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • Report: At least 5 teams interested in recently released Jeremy Jeffress

    The Score "Multiple teams are reportedly interested in free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who was recently released by the Milwaukee Brewers. The New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, and even the Brewers are considering signing..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • 4 Biggest X-Factors in AL Wild Card Race

    12 Up "Let's face it: there are only four teams left in the AL Wild Card Race, including the ones in the playoff picture right now: the Rays, Indians, A's, and the Red Sox. Every other AL team not leading its division is at least 12 1/2 games out of the second wild card...." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Rays Select Cole Sulser, Recall Anthony Banda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are set to select the contract of right-hander Cole Sulser from Triple-A Durham, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). They’ll also call up southpaw Anthony Banda as a September addition to their expanded roster — marking the former top prospect’s..." September 02

  • Rays Designate Aaron Slegers For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced that they’ve designated right-hander Aaron Slegers for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to right-hander Cole Sulser, whose previously reported selection to the MLB roster is official. Sleger, who stands at a towering 6’10”, pitched..." September 02

  • Jays get 2 pitchers from Rays, complete EricSogard trade

    Bluebird Banter "The Blue Jays and Rays have completed the Eric Sogard trade from a little over a month ago, getting in return a pair of young righties in Edisson Gonzalez and Candian Curtis Taylor. Neither of them showed up on any prospect list of the Rays. Edisson Gonzalez is a 19 year old..." September 01

  • Rays reschedule home game vs. Orioles due to Hurricane Dorian

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays announced that Wednesday's home game against the Baltimore Orioles has been rescheduled to Tuesday afternoon as part of a single-admission doubleheader due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian. Game 1 of the doubleheader will start at 3:10 p.m. ET...." August 31

  • Rays offering free tickets to those displaced by Hurricane Dorian

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays are offering free tickets to Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians for any Florida resident who has been forced to evacuate their home due to Hurricane Dorian, the team announced Saturday. Ticket distribution will begin 90 minutes prior to game time, with..." August 31

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • Blake Bivens Posts First Social Media Message Since Horrific Family Tragedy in Virginia

    12 Up "Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher Blake Bivens endured unspeakable tragedy earlier this week, as his wife, 14-month son, and mother-in-law were killed in rural Virginia. While anyone in the world would have the profoundest difficulty finding the words to comment on this type of..." August 30

  • Rays Sign Jhon Diaz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfield prospect Jhon Diaz, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). Diaz had been widely projected to go to the Yankees, and Sanchez even tweeted on July 2 that Diaz and New York had agreed to a $1.2MM signing bonus. It seems, however,..." August 29

  • Suspect in slaying of Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Bivens' family is on suicide watch

    USA Today "The brother-in-law of a Tampa Bay Rays minor league baseball pitcher is under suicide watch as officials struggle to find a motive after he allegedly killed the athlete's wife, toddler son and mother-in-law before he was captured naked during a manhunt in a tiny southern Virginia community,..." August 29

  • 15 former MLB players who are still playing professional baseball, including Brandon Phillips and Carlos Zambrano

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention..." August 28

  • Suspect in killing of Rays prospect's wife, child captured after bizarre standoff

    Sporting News "The man accused Tuesday of killing three people, including the wife and child of Rays prospect Blake Bivens, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Keeling, Virginia, near the border with North Carolina. Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, of Keeling was taken into..." August 28

  • Wife, Child, & Mother-In-Law of Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Blake Bivens Tragically Murdered In Virginia

    Total Pro Sports "This is just absolutely horrific. On Tuesday, the Montgomery Biscuits baseball game was cancelled after news came down that the wife, child, and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens were tragically murdered. The person that was arrested for it was Biven’s wife’s..." August 28

  • Each MLB Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball offseason will be here before anyone knows it. And because this winter's crop of free agents looks relatively weak, trades could be all the rage. We've speculated on the most likely player on each team to be traded during the 2019-2020 offseason. We..." August 28

  • 10 injured players who could impact playoff races with September returns, including Luis Severino and Tyler Glasnow

    CBS Sports "This coming Sunday is Sept. 1, which is the day teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players up to 40 players. The September call-up rules will change next year -- teams will only be able to carry up to 28 players -- but, for now, they are the same as always. Up to 40 active players..." August 27

  • Original Rays franchise owner Vince Naimoli dies at age 81

    Tampa Bay Times "Vince Naimoli, the Tampa-based businessman who led the effort that finally brought a Major League Baseball franchise to the bay area, died Sunday night after a long illness. He was 81. Naimoli emerged unexpectedly from the private sector in 1992 as the new leader of Tampa Bay’s..." August 26

  • Holy hell, the MLB players weekend uniforms are terrible

    SB Nation "It’s players’ weekend across Major League Baseball, with every player on every team getting to express themselves in several ways, from the nicknames on their backs to the custom shoes on their feet. It’s just too bad they are all wearing pajamas while on the..." August 26

  • Joey Wendle will be activated off injured list and rejoin Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Joey Wendle is headed back to the Rays, still-sore wrist and all. With Jose Alvarado being placed on the injury list after feeling pain in his elbow during Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Orioles, the Rays passed on adding another pitcher and will instead activate Wendle, who has..." August 25

  • Rays' Jose Alvarado heading back to injured list

    Yardbarker "Rays manager Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that reliever Jose Alvarado is heading for the injured list once again after the righty complained of elbow pain following Tampa’s 7-1 loss to Baltimore today (Twitter link). Alvarado was previously activated from..." August 25

  • Kevin Kiermaier exits with rib cage contusion

    MLB.com "Kevin Kiermaier exited Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles at Camden Yards with a left rib cage contusion after colliding with the center-field wall as the “Outlaw” tried to make another one of his marquee catches. In the fifth inning, DJ Stewart roped a pitch..." August 25