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3/25/15: It has been a tough spring training already for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have become famous for identifying both under the radar prospects and washed up veterans to make surprisingly competitive teams. That is getting put to the test this year already. Starters Drew Smyley and Alex Cobb are out right now with shoulder and forearm issues, respectively. Meanwhile, Alex Colome is battling pneumonia. The Rays do not project to be a contender this season, but the experts have said that for years and Tampa has simply responded with wins and a World Series appearance.
3/18/15: The regular season has not even started yet, but once again many are overlooking the Tampa Bay Rays. Sure, the Baltimore Orioles are the defending AL East champs. Sure, the Boston Red Sox have made a lot of moves to bolster their squad. Sure, the New York Yankees are still the New York Yankees. However, the Rays have shown over the past eight years that they should not be ignored. Third baseman Evan Longoria is looking at a bounce-back season. Additionally, it may take a couple of months, but starting pitcher Matt Moore will be healthy soon enough, and that could mean the Rays will surprise a few people. Again.
3/11/15: Here is a good trivia question for fans of the Tampa Bay Rays: Who was the last pitcher not named James Shields or David Price to be the Rays Opening Day starter? Bonus points for the year. The answer: Scott Kazmir in 2007. None of those players are with Tampa any more, with Price being the last to leave when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers last summer. It is an entirely new Rays team and Alex Cobb gets the Opening Day nod. Cobb finished last year very strong with 14 starts in the second half, posting a 1.79 ERA to complement an 81/23 strike out to walk ratio over 90 innings.
3/4/15: There have been a lot of rumblings in and around Tampa and St. Petersburg for the past few years about getting the Rays out of Tropicana Field and into a new stadium (preferably in Tampa). Tropicana Field is not a luxurious place to play or watch a game, and it is pretty far from the majority of the Tampa population. But the Rays lease goes until 2028, and there has been little real movement on relocating. Owner Stuart Sternberg now seems resigned to suffer through the next 13 years at the Trop, but admits that they will have to start preparing for a new home when the lease expires.
2/25/15: Real spring training has not even started yet, but many 'experts' are already writing off the Tampa Bay Rays as a possible contender. Do you at your own risk. There has been plenty written and discussed about the departures of Andrew Friedman, John Maddon, David Price, Wil Meyers and Ben Zobrist. However, this team is probably better than most think. Pitcher Matt Moore will be back and there are hopes for a bounce-back season from Evan Longoria. They have also, very quietly, added a few nice pieces to the team. What may end up happening is that this becomes a darkhorse candidate to make the playoffs.
2/11/15: Some interesting news out of the Commissioner's Office last week - it seems that that the Joe Maddon tampering investigation has not gotten swept under the rug and is ongoing. Recall that when Andrew Friedman left the Rays and joined the Dodgers, Maddon used an opt-out clause in his contract to leave the team. That seemed very suspicious to many, especially after the Chicago Cubs hired him just days afterwards. Of course, what will be discovered and decided is not known. The Cubs may get fined or lose a draft pick, but something should be done to repay the Rays for their loss.
2/5/15: Tampa's season was lost just about as soon as it started last season. They dipped more than 10 games under .500 before getting back up to par, then promptly fell back down the ladder for the last half of the season. Pitching injuries plagued the Rays in 2014, with the loss of Matt Moore in April to Tommy John surgery. Fortunately, Moore is rehabbing well. He threw off of a mound for the first time last week. He will not be available for the start of the season, but should be back sometime in May if there are no setbacks.
1/14/15: The Tampa Bay Rays have been pretty active this offseason, but their moves did not end when the Winter Meetings came to a close. Tampa traded away longtime utility man extraordinaire Ben Zobrist, as well as Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A's for catcher John Jaso, shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfield prospect Boog Powell. Zobrist will be 34 in May, but still can play. He hit .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs last season. He was owed $7.5 million for the upcoming season before being a free agent at the end of the 2015 season.
12/3/14: The mass exodus from Tampa continues. After losing GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers, manager Joe Maddon to the Cubs and designating Jose Molina for assignment, among other moves, the Rays are now officially rebuilding the entire organization. There is no word on the new manager, but assistant coach Dave Martinez left the organization after he was passed over for being the new manager of the team. One cannot really blame him for that, he probably deserved the job. He is expected to speak with the Cubs about a position, and be reunited with Joe Maddon.
11/19/14: Anyone who has ever watched a baseball game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg knows that it is just not a good venue. It was one of the last multi-purpose stadiums built - meaning it can host all sports but does none well. Aside from that, it is about an hour from where most people live in Tampa and one has to cross Tampa Bay to get there. The team has an albatross of a lease and the City of St. Petersburg has never been willing to let them out of the lease, which ends in 2027. But now there seems to be some progress on that front and the City may be willing to yield. The obvious spot would be a new stadium in downtown Tampa, though the new St. Pete mayor wants the team to stay in the city limits.
11/12/14: The Rays are technically the only team looking for a manager right now. Of course, in the cutthroat world of professional sports, almost any manager or coach can be replaced at any time if the 'right' guy becomes available (see: Chicago Cubs, October 2014). Tampa has started the interview process with Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Other candidates include Dave Martinez, Manny Acta, Kevin Cash, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus. The Rays are taking their time on this decision, but this is one of the more attractive jobs considering the talent that the Rays have in their organization.
11/5/14: To the last one to leave Tropicana Field, please turn out the lights. Baseball fans in the Tampa-St. Pete area have to be getting a bit nervous now. Andrew Friedman left for the bright lights of L.A. and manager John Maddon opted out to go to the Cubs (presumably). On top of this, there are reports that owner Stu Steinberg has met with some high money Wall Street types to explore moving the team to Montreal. The Rays have a prohibitive lease in a terrible stadium in the middle of nowhere. But this is still a team that has a lot of talent, and that will be on display for whomever is fortunate enough to be the next Rays manager.
10/29/14: Two weeks ago, John Maddon said that he was "Happy in Tampa" and it looked like he would be staying on as manager of the Rays for the 2015 season. That was after the Dodgers announced they got former Rays boss Andrew Friedman on board. But Maddon dropped a bombshell last Friday when he opted out of his contract (a clause that apparently no one knew he had) and would be leaving the organization immediately. Of course the speculation is running rampant about if Maddon will join the Dodgers in some capacity in the near future. That will play out in time, but for now, the Rays have to find a new manager.
10/22/14: The big news out of Tampa is that personnel czar Andrew Friedman left the Rays for the L.A. Dodgers. Friedman was with the Rays for nine years and changed them from a low-budget laughingstock to a perennial low-budget contender. He and his staff consistently found great value and even got the Rays to the World Series a few years ago. If he can do that with a $50 million budget, one wonders how he will do with a budget five times that size. The next question is if the Rays will be able to keep manager Joe Maddon. Maddon is under contract for another year, and the Rays may want to ink him to an extension.
10/15/14: This is all speculation at this point, but recent reports indicate that the Los Angeles Dodgers may rid themselves of General Manager Ned Colletti. If they do, they may target Tampa Bay Rays vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Friedman has been tremendously successful with the Rays over the past nine years. He does not have the budget of most other teams to work with, but has consistently found top prospects and developed them, turning the Rays from a laughingstock into a contender for most years. Friedman has turned down opportunities from the L.A. Angels and Houston Astros in recent years.
10/8/14: The 2014 season turned out to be a washout for the Tampa Bay Rays. They got off to a slow start. They battled back to respectability. Then they traded their ace, which pretty much signaled that they gave up on the season. Then they turned around and got to .500 after being 18 games below at one point. Reality set in, and the Rays finished fourth in the American League East. At least they finished ahead of the Red Sox, right? But 2015 should be different. Matt Moore should be back and there should be more offensive talent available. The AL East is not the murderer's row it once was, so Tampa has a great shot at winning the division.
10/1/14: The Tampa Bay Rays have developed a nice little rivalry with the Boston Red Sox over the past few years. Even though both teams had down seasons, the lingering bad blood between the two teams remains - and that is good for baseball in Florida. The Rays are routinely criticized for low attendance, which is due in large part to the inaccessibility of the stadium. Like the Red Sox, the Rays abandoned any hope for the playoffs this season with their trade deadline moves. Also like the Red Sox, the team looks primed to get back to the postseason in 2015 when everyone gets healthy.
9/24/14: The Rays are a notoriously cost conscious team, but have remained competitive (for the most part) over the last six years with excellent scouting and management. Tampa, it turns out, is one of the few teams that is employing neurological training to help out their hitters. At its core, it is like a video game to help batters recognize pitches and react appropriately. It is an interesting 21st century twist on teaching batting. The Rays are not the only team to do so - the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are doing something similar. If it works out, then expect many other teams to adopt this method as well.
9/17/14: Sometimes, it is nice to wish for more teams like the Tampa Bay Rays. They are a small budget team that has been very competitive over the past few years, and they seem to have fun doing it. They also do some unorthodox things - like signing Neil Wagner to an unusual two year minor league deal. Wagner had Tommy John surgery a month ago and will need all of 2015 to recover. The Rays showed their faith in the over-30 reliever by giving him a paid year to rehab and another to show what he can do. That rarely ever happens for a minor league contract, but the Rays are not your typical team.
8/28/14: Initially, Rays fans were disappointed with the trade that sent ace and former Cy Young Award winner David Price to the Tigers. The trade was inevitable as the Rays probably could not afford to keep Price past the 2015 season. But may were upset about the return they got - though the Rays have a great track record on these type of things. The team got to face their former ace last week and only managed one hit. Yet they won the game 1-0 because that one hit drove in the only run of the game. Maybe it is of little consolation, but they are proving that they can win without Price.
8/21/14: There seems to be something wrong with this picture. The Rays supposedly gave up on the season and set their sights on 2015 when they traded away their ace, former Cy Young Award winner David Price. Price landed with the Tigers and the Rays pulled in a nice haul of young veterans who can play right away. But then the Rays went on to win five in a row. In doing so, they to the .500 mark. They became just the ninth team in MLB history to be 18 games under .500 and get back to even. Even stranger is that the organization also did it 2004. Tampa is still 6 games out of a wild card spot, but some big names above them have been falling fast lately.
8/14/14: Many Rays fans were unhappy when the team apparently gave up on the season and shipped ace David Price to Detroit at the trade deadline. The team had played very well for the two weeks leading up to the deadline and were within striking distance of getting to .500. They have struggled since the trade, which is understandable considering they are without yet another man who was expected to be a big part of the team early in the year. There is some good news though. Wil Meyers is starting a rehab assignment in AAA and may be back next week.
8/7/14: The Rays have been the subject of scores of speculative reports about trading ace David Price for months now. Last week, it finally happened. Tampa traded Price to the Detroit Tigers (in the biggest trade of the year) for future full-time starter Drew Smyly and infield prospect Willy Adames, as well as infielder Nick Franklin (from Seattle). Additionally, the Tigers sent center fielder Austin Jackson to the Mariners. This trade seems to say that the Rays may not be able to climb back into contention this season, but got back quality MLB players (who are under team control) for the next few seasons.
7/31/14: The Rays are on a roll and that may make things interesting leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. Tampa won nine in a row before dropping one to Boston last Sunday. They have made up a lot of ground in the American League wildcard standings - all the way to less than five back for the second spot. Some MLB analysts predicted this surge and the interesting issue that comes with it. Since the Rays are hot, they may not be inclined to trade ace pitcher David Price, who figures to be the major acquisition target this season.
7/24/14: The David Price rumors are swirling these days with several teams interested in him. Among those are the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and even the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals and Dodgers can afford the trade but want a long-term commitment from Price. The Mariners may only want him to the extent of his contract which ends after the 2015 season. The Cubs would not be a competitive option now, but have the hitting prospects that the Rays want, and should be pretty good in a couple of years. All are interesting scenarios, but none may happen if the Rays keep winning.
7/17/14: The Rays are going to be an interesting team to watch for the next couple of weeks (until the trade deadline) and for the rest of the season. While they are around 10 games out of first place and well under .500, the team is playing rather well of late. Well enough that a few bold 'experts' have gone on record to pick them to win the weak AL East. Every team in the division has its flaws and it is entirely possible, may even probable, that the division winner will have less than 90 wins by season's end.
7/10/14: Tampa is having a miserable season after losing most of their pitching staff to injuries early in the year. David Price has been exceptional, as always, and there are a lot of teams who would love to trade for him. But the team is taking a wait and see approach. There is optimism that the Rays could turn it around quickly and get back into the weak AL East race. So while there are rumors swirling everywhere, it is very likely that Price will not be traded to until the deadline later this month, or maybe not at all.
7/3/14: The Rays are attracting all sorts of attention these days, but it is not because they are in the middle of an amazing comeback or putting together a fine season. The attention is due to the fact that they are unlikely to re-sign ace lefty David Price (he will be too expensive) and a lot of teams have interest in him in a trade. While the Rays are struggling, Price has been outstanding and says he has never been a better pitcher than he is right now. It seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be traded this month, with the only questions being the price and the destination.
6/26/14: It is no secret that the Rays have been disappointing this season. They sit in last place in the weakened AL East by a good margin and look to be sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline. The big asset that other teams are interested in is ace David Price. The 3.93 ERA is not great, but the 121/10 strikeout to walk ratio is through the roof. There are a lot teams with their eye on Price, and the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants, Indians and Yankees all sent scouts to watch him pitch last Friday against Houston. No doubt the Rays can get a pretty good return for him.
6/19/14: The Rays finally broke out of the funk, finally scored some runs, and finally won a game. They had lost 15 of 16 games and held scoreless for a franchise record 31 innings before getting to Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha last week. They ended up winning the game 8-3 and finally looked like they were having fun. The losing streak was bad enough that manager John Madden brought in a Seminole Tribe Medicine Man to break the slump. They lost that night, but look like they are getting back on track now and starting to build a winning streak.
6/12/14: These Rays are a tremendously hard team to predict. They have a lot of young talent on the roster and were expected to contend for the AL East at the beginning of season. At the same time, they have been beset by injuries, particularly to their starting rotation, and are hovering at the bottom of the division. They have a renewed rivalry against the Red Sox, particularly after David Price hit David Ortiz with a pitch. Ortiz tried to say it was a 'war', and Price, with class and grace, responded that the US Army is in a war, not baseball players. Nice move, Mr. Price. Nice move.
6/6/14: Congratulations goes out to the Tampa Bay Rays for how they handled themselves last week against the struggling Red Sox. Boston tried to pick a fight with Tampa after a Rays' base runner stole third base in the seventh inning of a five run game. Boston started yapping and the benches cleared. The Rays did nothing wrong here, and did not break the 'unwritten rules of baseball'. Five run innings are common place. Additionally, the Red Sox did much worse to the Rays last year in the eighth inning. Good job, Rays - and keep climbing the standings.
5/29/14: Tampa has time to come back in the AL East, although it will be a tough road to move past the Yankees and Blue Jays (they still have to get by Baltimore and Boston too). The season has been a struggle with so many major injuries to their usually solid starting rotation. But we saw signs of life last week from the offense. The Rays won back to back to back games on walkoff hits. First was a three run homer in the 11th inning against Oakland and the following night the Rays got the clutch hit in a 0-0 game in the bottom of the ninth against the Red Sox. They got the third win in 13 innings, after battling back from being down 5-0, handing Boston their ninth straight loss.
5/22/14: The AL East is really wide open for any team to step in and simply take the division. To date, no one has done so. The Baltimore Orioles lead the division and Tampa is in last place, but there are only 4.5 games separating them, with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays all in between. Tampa has actually been able to score fairly well this season and first baseman James Loney is having a great year. They need a bit of help in the bullpen going forward though. They have let up a lot of walks this year, and that is a sure way to keep themselves out of the playoffs.
5/15/14: Many think that this is a clutch year for the Rays. The team has been pretty competitive for the last several years despite having a small payroll and smaller attendance. It does not help that major pieces of the rotation have been shut down due to injury, and that was the team's strength. Starter Erik Bedard is showing up though. He continues to give the Rays six or seven quality innings and pulls out wins. The rest of the rotation must pick it up, and soon, before this season gets away early and the Rays are forced to be sellers at the trade deadline.
5/8/14: The American League Eastern Division is not what it used to be. To date, only two teams are over .500 on the season, and that is not by much. The Rays are tied for third with Boston, both two games under .500. In years past, the AL East could have three teams in the playoffs, all with great records. The Rays are being burned by their starting pitching. They are really down to their #1 and #4 pitchers in the rotation, and it is showing. They did win a 14 inning game against the Yankees last Friday, where they kept Derek Jeter 0-7 at the plate.
5/1/14: It is no secret that the Rays lack the financial resources of their AL East rivals such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Unlike those teams, they cannot simply buy themselves out of poor draft picks, mediocre player development, and bad free agent signings. Despite these odds, the Rays have stayed competitive in the division for the better part of a decade. They will have to make a decision soon on ace David Price. He will command big money when his contract is up, money that the Rays probably not have. So they may need to trade him in order to protect their own future.
4/24/14: Tampa, of course, does not have a long history, having only been in the league since 1998. So getting a franchise record is not as impressive as with, say, the Cardinals or the Yankees. Still, someone has to hold the record, so it might as well be one of the best players in franchise history. Evan Longoria claimed the franchise lead in home runs with his 164th last week. He took the title from Carlos Pena, whose 163 may as well have doubled as his batting average as he was known to hit it out of the park or go down swinging (far more often than not).
4/17/14: It seems that every year the Rays bring in a low paid roster that can compete with the best teams in the league. And they are usually led by dominant starting pitching. This year looked to be more of the same, and indeed the Rays are only a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Unfortunately this may be a tougher test than in previous years as starting pitcher Matt Moore is out for the season with an elbow ligament tear. He will require Tommy John surgery and is not expected to return to service until sometime in the 2015 season.
2/28/13: Tampa finished last year at 90-72. 90 wins is usually good enough to make the playoffs, but not in the ultra-competitive AL East. The Rays finished thirds behind the Yankees and Orioles. This year's version of the club has a little more firepower. The Rays added super prospect Wil Meyer in the hopes that he has a Mike Trout-like rookie campaign. In return, the Rays traded away fan favorite and star pitcher James Shields to the Kansas City Royals. The Rays needed more offense. No one doubts that they can locate top notch pitching, but their offense has been average at best for the past few years.
2/21/13: Rays ace David Price will be a free agent after this season. The team and pitcher avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year, $10 million package. However, the reality will set in soon. Tampa probably cannot afford to keep Price long term. Some are speculating that he will be the first pitcher to sign a $200 million contract. Tampa is not known for shelling out big money, and simply does not have the fan base to support that type of deal. But the Rays are exceptional at identifying and developing talent on a budget. So if Price goesafter the season, or gets traded, then Tampa will likely have someone to fill his spot pretty quickly.
12/13/12: The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals completed the biggest trade of the off season this week. The Rays sent established pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis for some of the top prospects in the American League. The big prize is Wil Myers who was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 2012. Myers was expected to be a major part of the Royals offense next season, and has been compared to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. The loss of Shields will be tough fot Tampa, but the franchise has a lot of arms but not a lot of bats.
12/6/12: The Rays made another move to bolster their infield for 2013. A week after signing franchise thirdbaseman Evan Longoria to a $100 million, six year extension (that will likely keep Longoria in a Rays uniform throughout his career), the Rays traded for short stop Yunel Escobar with the Miami Marlins, for pitching prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar never played for the Marlins, and was only acquired last month in a mega-deal between Miami and Toronto. The Rays also signed firstbaseman James Loney to a one year deal on Monday, which pretty much solidifies all of their infield shopping for now.
11/29/12: Franchise thirdbaseman Evan Longoria signed a long-term extension with the Rays for six years and $100 million. The deal may keep Longoria wearing a Rays uniform for the duration of his career, or at least the next 10 years. Longoria is a rarity in Rays line up - that is, he can actually hit. The franchise is well regarded for identifying and developing pitching - in fact they have a surplus that may result in a trade for a bat. But bringing in offense has always been a struggle, and one they will need to overcome to compete in the AL East.
Matt Moore continued his strong season on Tuesday night, but despite the strong outing, the Tampa Bay Rays found themselves on the wrong end of a winning equation as they lost 3-2 to the Seattle Mariners. Moore pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits and a walk. He also added nine strikeouts over his 95 pitches and lowered his earned run average to 3.60 on the season. Offensively, BJ Upton and Evan Longoria drove in the lone runs for the Rays. Overall, the team managed just nine hits on the day and could not get them when they counted - they were 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
Alex Cobb was phenomenal and helped propel his Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Cobb pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and zero walks. He also added seven strikeouts en route to his sixth victory of the season thus far. Fernando Rodney came in for the ninth, and despite giving up a run, needed only nine pitches to pick up his 34th save of the year. Offensively, BJ Upton and Jeff Keppinger each had runs batted in and helped contribute to the team's health 3-9 with runners in scoring position throughout the game. Upton also added his 21st stolen base in the second inning off Toronto starter Carlo Villanueva.
Alex Cobb pitched excellent and helped lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night at O.co Coliseum. Cobb pitched seven strong innings, allowing one earned runs over four hits and a walk. He also added six strikeouts over the course of 95 pitches to earn his fifth win of the year so far. Offensively, Carlos Pena hit his 15th home run of the season, a two run shot in the eighth inning. Matt Joyce and Ryan Roberts each also drove in runs in the victory as well. Overall, the Rays were 3-12 with runners in scoring position on the game.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched great in Baltimore and on the way helped propel his team to a 3-1 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night. Hellickson lasted 6.1 innings, allowing only one run on three hits and zero walks. He also picked up four strikeouts en route to his fifth victory of the year thus far. Offensively, Brooks Conrad blasted his second home run of the season in the fifth off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, while Jeff Keppinger also drove in a run. Overall, however, the Rays offense managed just six hits on the day and were only 1-4 with runners in scoring position.
Interleague play has not been particularly kind to the Tampa Bay Rays this season, as they have suffered series losses to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and most recently, the Washington Nationals. With an 8-10 record in games against the NL East this season, the Rays have fallen to third place in their own division, 3.5 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 1 game behind the Baltimore Orioles in second. Thankfully, only one interleague series remains for the Rays, which will take place this weekend against the struggling Philadelphia Phillies, in a rematch of the 2008 World Series matchup.
The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off of a brutal three-game sweep at home to the New York Mets in which they were outscored 29-9. The Rays were let down by their usually stellar starting pitching, as both David Price and Jeremy Hellickson were tagged in back-to-back games by the Mets' lineup. In addition to dropping three in a row, the Rays fell out of first place in the AL East thanks to the Yankees sweeping the Braves, and now they are 2.5 games out of the division lead and in third place behind the Baltimore Orioles. At 35-28, the Rays will look to right the ship this weekend against the reeling Miami Marlins.
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided being swept by the Yankees on Thursday night with a 7-3 win over their division rivals at Yankee Stadium. David Price earned the win for Tampa Bay and the victory kept the Rays at the top of the AL East, at least for the time being. At 32-25, the Rays are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first and both teams hold a precarious half-game lead over the New York Yankees. The Rays will open a three-game series with the Miami Marlins a few hundred miles south at Marlins Park on Friday night and will send Jeremy Hellickson (4-2) to the mound for the series opener.
The Tampa Bay Rays are looking ahead to a showdown between themselves and the team that they currently share first place in the AL East with, the Baltimore Orioles. On Friday night, the Rays will begin a three-game series with the Orioles that will leave one team in sole possession of first place in the division once it's over on Sunday night. Tied for first at 29-22, the Rays and Orioles are both 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees, which is fitting because following their series with the Orioles, the Rays will begin a three- game set with the Yankees.
The Tampa Bay Rays received some devastating news earlier in the week when they learned that star third basemen Evan Longoria will miss at least 4-8 weeks with a partially torn hamstring. The team recently signed veteran outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui to a minor league deal, and while Matsui will not be plugged in at third base, he will likely be called up to fill a much needed hole in the Tampa Bay lineup. Longoria was hitting .329 on the season so far, including four home runs and 19 runs batted in. Matsui hit .251 with 12 home runs and 72 RBI's last season with the Oakland Athletics.
As many expected coming into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays have played strong baseball in the month of April, and with an 11-7 record find themselves tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East. B.J. Upton returned to the lineup this week after beginning the season on the disabled list and did not waste any time making an impact - through 14 at- bats, Upton has already hit a home run and driven in six runs. Evan Longoria continues to lead the offense with a .328 batting average, while Carlos Pena's four home runs has him tied for the team lead with Luke Scott and Desmond Jennings.
After some late season heroics landed them the final wild card spot in the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays got off to another strong start by sweeping the New York Yankees in the first series of the season. Returning to the Rays after spending a season with the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Pena began his season by sending a C.C. Sabathia slider into the stands for a grand slam in his first at bat. He added another later in the series and has two home runs and seven RBI's already on the short season. Evan Longoria has also got off to a torrid start, posting a .538 batting average through his first four games.
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11/22/12: Tampa needs offense. No one doubts that this organization can find and develop players - particularly pitchers. And they do so on a shoestring budget, yet still remain competitive in the AL East. But make no mistake, the Rays need to find some offense. One rumor is trading Jeff Niemann to the Angles for Kendrys Morales. It makes sense on paper - the Rays have pitching and need a bat. LA has bats and needs pitching. The big question is Morales' health. If he can return to 2009/2010 form, then this is a no brainer. If not, keep looking, Tampa Bay, keep looking.
Tampa Bay Rays tickets allow fans to see one of baseball's youngest franchises play their way into the history books. The Tampa Bay Rays have enjoyed a great deal of success since a change in ownership in 2005, and look to add another pennant to their trophy case after making it to the World Series in 2008. Watch as the Tampa Bay Rays try to get back to the World Series in 2011!
Tampa Bay Rays Tickets - Season Info
The Tampa Bay Rays won the AL East in 2010, but are now forced to bear the loss of some great talent and will lean heavily on 3X All-Star Evan Longoria. After having a career season in 2010, Longoria won a Fielding Bible Award for his outstanding defensive play and the American League Gold Glove award for third base. Count on another solid season from this top performer.
Tampa Bay Rays Tickets - Ticket Information
Tampa Bay Rays tickets ensure that fans see the Rays playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Rays have their work cut out for them in a tough American League East. With matchups with great teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and non-divisional meetings with the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the season, the Rays are sure to be tested in 2011. Don't miss a second of the action!
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|Apr 2, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies|
|Apr 3, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers|
|Apr 4, 2015||Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays|
|Apr 6, 2015||Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays|
|Apr 7, 2015||Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays|
|Apr 8, 2015||Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays|
Tampa Bay Rays Past Games Schedule and Tampa Bay Rays Scores
|Mar 31, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Baltimore Orioles||4 - 3|
|Mar 31, 2015||Boston Red Sox - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||11 - 8|
|Mar 30, 2015||Baltimore Orioles - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||6 - 6|
|Mar 29, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Boston Red Sox||2 - 3|
|Mar 28, 2015||Boston Red Sox - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||9 - 6|
|Mar 26, 2015||New York Yankees - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||5 - 6|
|Mar 25, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays - Minnesota Twins||2 - 1|
|Mar 23, 2015||Pittsburgh Pirates - Tampa Bay Rays||7 - 6|
|Mar 22, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Toronto Blue Jays||0 - 3|
|Mar 21, 2015||Minnesota Twins - Tampa Bay Rays||2 - 4|
|Mar 19, 2015||Minnesota Twins - Tampa Bay Rays||2 - 4|
|Mar 18, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Toronto Blue Jays||9 - 3|
|Mar 17, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Philadelphia Phillies||5 - 3|
|Mar 15, 2015||New York Mets - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||4 - 8|
|Mar 14, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Baltimore Orioles||3 - 2|
|Mar 13, 2015||Spring Training: Tampa Bay Rays - Philadelphia Phillies||1 - 2|
|Mar 12, 2015||Toronto Blue Jays - Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||3 - 10|