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  • Ray deal Matt Seelinger to Giants

    CBS Sports "The Rays traded Seelinger to the Giants on Monday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. The right-handed reliever will move on to a new organization as the player to be named in last week's deal that sent catcher Erik Kratz to Tampa Bay. " May 20

  • Rays’ Yandy Diaz says Yankees hit him intentionally; Daniel Robertson relieved he wasn’t hurt

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays infielder Daniel Robertson was thankful he wasn’t hurt worse after being hit by a pitch that knocked off his helmet Sunday. Teammate Yandy Diaz was not as forgiving, saying he felt he was hit intentionally on the side of his left hand in the seventh by Yankees reliever..." May 20

  • Yandy Diaz day to day after HBP on left hand

    MLB.com "Rays third baseman Yandy Díaz left Sunday’s 13-5 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium after being hit on the left hand by a pitch thrown by Yankees reliever Chance Adams. The injury was deemed a left hand contusion after X-rays came back negative, and Diaz is day to day. " May 19

  • Rays converting Jake Cronenworth to 2-way player

    MLB.com "The Rays are making infielder Jake Cronenworth into a two-way player. On Saturday, he opened a game for Triple-A Durham and pitched one scoreless inning. It was the first game he has pitched this season. This didn’t come as a surprise to Rays manager Kevin Cash, who said..." May 19

  • Giants trade struggling catcher Erik Kratz to Rays days after DFA

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Erik Kratz is no longer in the Giants organization.  Three days after San Francisco designated the veteran catcher for assignment, the Giants traded the 38-year-old to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin first reported the..." May 16

  • Rays-Marlins attendance was one of the saddest sights in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are the two lowest-ranked teams in baseball in home attendance, so you can probably imagine the type of crowd that turned out when they faced each other on Tuesday night. Somehow, it still seemed worse than expected. The Marlins have averaged..." May 15

  • Tyler Glasnow will be out 4-6 weeks. What is Plan B for Rays pitching?

    D-Rays Bay "The Rays received just about the best news possible after Tyler Glasnow removed himself from the game on Friday night against the Yankees. The prognosis: a forearm strain that should only sideline the early Cy Young front runner for 4-6 weeks. Tampa Bay has been leading the..." May 14

  • Rays, Mets Complete Wilmer Font Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired right-hander Neraldo Catalina from the Mets as the player to be named later in last week’s trade that sent righty Wilmer Font from Tampa Bay to New York. Catalina, 18, has yet to pitch in a professional game and hasn’t..." May 13

  • Power outage at Trop delays game 43 minutes

    ESPN "The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays were interrupted by a power outage at Tropicana Field that caused a 43-minute delay on Sunday. The lights at the domed stadium went out after Austin Pruitt's first pitch to Thairo Estrada leading off the ninth inning. Both teams'..." May 12

  • Yonny Chirinos: HBPs 'definitely not intentional'

    MLB.com "After the Rays' 7-2 victory on Saturday, CC Sabathia and Luke Voit were upset because they felt there could've been some intent after Rays right-hander Yonny Chirinos hit Voit with a pitch on the left shoulder in the sixth inning. "I'm not saying he was or he..." May 12

  • Rays “Keeping In Touch” With Craig Kimbrel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays were reportedly in contact with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel as of late March. A month and a half later, Kimbrel remains without a job, and the Rays are still among clubs “keeping in touch” with the seven-time All-Star, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times..." May 12

  • As injuries mount, these teams could eye Keuchel

    MLB.com "Keuchel would be an upgrade over the No. 5 starter for virtually every team in the Majors, but some need him more than others due to their rotation injuries. The Rays are the latest contender to lose a key starter, as Tyler Glasnow is expected to miss four to six weeks with a mild..." May 12

  • CC Sabathia calls HBP of Luke Voit by Rays' Yonny Chirinos 'stupid'

    The Score "The New York Yankees wound up squandering their chance to slide into first place in the American League East on Saturday, but that wasn't the only thing that ruffled their feathers. After allowing a game-tying home run to DJ LeMahieu, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos threw up..." May 12

  • Rays' Tyler Glasnow out 4-to-6 weeks with forearm strain

    CBS Sports "Glasnow has been diagnosed with a mild forearm strain and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Glasnow appears to have avoided the worst after leaving his start Friday with forearm tightness, but fantasy players will still be without his..." May 11

  • Rays breakout star Tyler Glasnow exits Friday's start with forearm tightness

    CBS Sports "Friday night the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees opened an important three-game series at Tropicana Field. Important by mid-May standards, that is. The Rays went into the game 1 1/2 games up on the Yankees in the AL East. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, a..." May 11

  • Rays Place Mike Zunino On IL, Select Anthony Bemboom

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced that they’ve placed catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day injured list due to a left quad strain and selected the contract of fellow backstop Anthony Bemboom. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported that the move was coming and suggests that Zunino will be..." May 10

  • Dodgers’ C Travis d’Arnaud traded to Rays

    Sportsnaut "Following another injury at catcher, the Tampa Bay Rays struck quickly on Friday to add necessary depth to the backstop by landing a former top prospect. According to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times, the Rays agreed to a deal sending cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers..." May 10

  • James Loney retires

    Hardball Talk "James Loney has announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 35. Loney had been playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Loney’s best full season probably came in 2011 when he hit .288/.339/.416 with 12 homers for the Dodgers. In his first..." May 10

  • Rays Expected To Activate Austin Meadows On Friday; Nate Lowe Demoted

    MLB Trade Rumors "Outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to be activated from the 10-day IL prior to the Rays’ game with the Yankees on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Timesreports.  Meadows will take the 25-man roster spot left open by Nate Lowe, as the Rays sent the..." May 10

  • Rays Place Michael Perez On IL; Mike Zunino Dealing With Quad Issue

    MLB Trade Rumors "It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Rays’ catching tandem, as Michael Perez was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique tightness while Mike Zuninoexited Wednesday’s game due to a tight left quadriceps. Tampa Bay had recalled Nick..." May 09

  • Mets acquire Wilmer Font from Tampa Bay Rays

    Newsday "In a minor move that underscores their need for majors-worthy arms, the Mets agreed to acquire righthander Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash, the team announced on Monday afternoon. Font, a journeyman swingman who turns 29 this month, joins the..." May 06

  • Rays Option Ryan Yarbrough, Recall Andrew Velazquez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have sent down lefty Ryan Yarbrough in favor of infielder Andrew Velazquez, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Yarbrough, 27, was recalled yesterday following an April 24th demotion, but was not needed given the postponement of the Rays’..." May 06

  • Rays plan to limit Glasnow with extra rest, shortened starts

    Tampa Bay Times "Tyler Glasnow has obviously pitched incredibly well thus far for the Rays, posting an MLB-best 6-0 record and AL-leading 1.47 ERA. Which makes it even tougher for the Rays to make sure he doesn’t pitch too much. Noting Glasnow threw only 111 1/3 innings last season..." May 05

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Rays Promote Top First Base Prospect Nate Lowe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are set to promote top first base prospect Nate Lowe to the big leagues, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). Lowe, who ranks as the game’s No. 90 overall prospect at Baseball America and the No. 3 first base prospect in the game per..." April 29

  • Rays-Red Sox postponed, will be played June 8

    MLB.com "Friday night’s opener of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Rays at Fenway Park has been postponed due to a forecast that includes thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and strong winds during the evening and into the overnight hours. The game will be made up on..." April 26

  • Wendle to be out for 'extended period of time'

    MLB.com "The Rays are eager to avenge being swept by the Red Sox in Tampa last weekend, but they will have to wait another day to open the series. Friday night’s game at Fenway Park was postponed until Saturday, June 8 because of rain. The makeup will be played at 6:10 p.m. ET as part of..." April 26

  • Rays' Wendle fractures wrist days after being activated from IL

    The Score "April has not been Joey Wendle's month. The versatile Wendle, who started Wednesday's game at second base for the Tampa Bay Rays, suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a sixth-inning pitch from Kansas City Royals lefty Jake Diekman, according to Juan Toribio of..." April 24

  • Rays have their reasons for starting Blake Snell on Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Times "Let’s start with the obvious. The Rays wouldn’t let Blake Snell pitch Wednesday with a broken toe if they and he didn’t feel as close to absolutely positively sure as they could that it’s the right move. Not with a 26-year-old ace lefty who just won..." April 24

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Rays Place Austin Meadows On IL Due To Sprained Thumb

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right thumb.  This was one of a series of roster moves made by the club this morning, as Tampa Bay also activated utilityman Joey Wendle from the IL, optioned..." April 21

  • Tommy Pham has harsh comment about game-ending blunder

    Larry Brown Sports "Tommy Pham submitted an early candidate for boneheaded play of the year in the Tampa Bay Rays’ loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, and he made no excuses for the mistake after the game. Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rays had two outs and runners..." April 21

  • Rays Select Contract Of Casey Sadler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced today that they have selected the contract of righty Casey Sadler. To create a roster opening, the team shifted rehabbing hurler Jose De Leon to the 60-day injured list. The AL East-leading Tampa Bay organization created active roster space by optioning out..." April 19

  • MLB's best team getting no love from the home fans

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays have baseball’s best record. But judging by their home attendance, the local fans may not be aware of what’s going on. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reported that the Rays drew just over 9,000 fans for Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore..." April 18

  • Rays Place Blake Snell On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell is headed onto the 10-day injured list with a fractured toe, the club announced. (Via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times; links toTwitter.) Righty Emilio Pagan will take the open roster spot. Fortunately, that news..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • The unstoppable Rays are redefining the super-bullpen

    The Score "Of all the impossibly nasty pitches uncorked early on in 2019, none captivated the internet quite like Jose Alvarado's freakish fastball. The pitch, a 1-2 offering clocked at 99.4 miles per hour, LOL-ed at the laws of physics, hugging the inside edge of the plate on approach..." April 16

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • What would the Rays look like now without the Evan Longoria trade?

    D-Rays Bay "It’s impossible to rewrite history, but wondering what life would be like without the Evan Longoria trade does add some intrigue as the Rays walk into San Francisco’s Oracle Park this afternoon. As this article is published, a franchise legend will be staring the Rays..." April 08

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Matt Duffy unlikely to play until mid-May

    Hardball Talk "Rays third baseman Matt Duffy is no longer scheduled to return to the lineup when the club goes on the road next month. Duffy told reporters Sunday that his hamstring strain and back injury will keep him off the field until mid-May at the earliest. It’s an unfortunate setback..." March 31

  • Rays Acquire Aaron Slegers From Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have acquired righty Aaron Slegers from the Pirates for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man, Tampa has transferred lefty Anthony Banda to the 60-day IL. " March 30

  • Blake Snell has high praise for Astros after rough outing

    Larry Brown Sports "The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had high praise for the Houston Astros after being roughed up by them on Opening Day. Blake Snell was shelled for three home runs — over three consecutive innings — and gave up five runs in six innings in Tampa Bay’s 5-1 loss to..." March 29