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Scott Grauer

Projecting minor league rosters: Double-A Montgomery

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Charlotte had the best record in the Florida State League in 2019, and many of those players could be assigned to Montgomery in 2021.

Montgomery remains the Rays’ Double-A affiliate, and the Biscuits are next up in our roster projections.

Triple-A Durham projection

Catcher: Ford Proctor

This was a tough one. When Proctor last played in affiliated baseball, he was a Class-A infielder. The Rays are giving him a shot at catcher, and he could stick. In 2020,...

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Rays place Chris Archer on IL with forearm tightness, call up Brent Honeywell

The Rays placed Chris Archer on the injured list after he left Saturday’s ballgame. Brent Honeywell will be called up, and he will make his major league debut opening Sunday’s game.

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Rays Place Chris Archer On Injured List, Call Up Brent Honeywell

The Rays placed Chris Archer on the injured list after he left today’s ballgame. Brent Honeywell will be called up, and he will make his Major League debut opening Sunday’s game, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).

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John Ford

Rays 4, Yankees 0: Bittersweet Shutout

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Meadows and Arozarena homer, and the bullpen picks up the slack for an injured Archer as the Rays shutout the Yanks.

On a bittersweet Saturday, the Rays shutout the Yankees 4-0 to get back to .500. But the game featured another bite from the injury bug, this time taking Chris Archer, who was pulled midway through the third with forearm tightness.

Human garbage Domingo Germán took the hill for New York. The lineup backing Arch looked like this:

Familiar foes go...

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Rays' Chris Archer Likely to Land on IL After Exiting vs. Yankees with Forearm Injury

The Tampa Bay Rays are optimistic that Chris Archer won't miss an extended period of time after leaving Saturday's start against the New York Yankees in the...

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Chris Archer leaves game Saturday due to apparent injury

Archer left his Saturday start early with an apparent injury. 

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Still not used to the “Bally Sports Sun” thing.

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I feel like I’m watching something at a gym.

Go Rays!

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Mister Lizzie

Rays 10 Yankees 5: Hello Offense!

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The Rays found their bats today, posting a decisive win over the Yankees as they opened their 2021 home season.

Fans, Trop staff and journalists all seemed happy to be back in the ballpark. The last time the Rays had fans at the Trop was for the 2019 ALDS.

It just feels right pic.twitter.com/iCPqkDUECz

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 9, 2021

And we saw these babies raised to the rafters. Ooh, wait, let’s check in with Yankees fans...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Raise the banner!

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And try to wash the bitter taste of the season’s open out of your mouth.

Go Rays!

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Ian Malinowski

Evaluating Francisco Mejia’s framing skills

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He doesn’t have to be great, but is he good enough?

It was never really a question as to whether Francisco Mejía could hit, for a catcher. He can hit, and he’s started off the season well with zero strikeouts in his first 13 PAs, and a visibly quick bat.

The question is how good of a defensive catcher he’s able to become, and whether he will hit well enough to cancel out any defensive shortcomings.

Ever since Mike Fast’s 2011 work...

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Rays select contract of veteran reliever Hunter Strickland, place Pete Fairbanks on IL

Strickland had a productive run with the Giants from 2015-18 but has fallen on hard times over the past couple seasons.

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Rays Series Preview: Pennant > Pinstripes

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The Tampa Bay Rays trip to Boston didn’t go as planned. A series sweep where the team played sloppy is never fun to watch. Even more so when it comes against a division rival.

Time for the Rays to put that behind them.

What better way to move forward than facing the team you are expected to have to beat for the division in your home opener.

The festivities should create an electric atmosphere despite a limit of around 9,000...

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Daniel Russell

Rays add Brett Phillips, Hunter Strickland; Pete Fairbanks to IL

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C Joseph Odom is designated for assignment.

The Rays will raise the 2020 pennant today, and with the homestand comes a flurry of roster moves.

First up is the loss of Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks to a rotator cuff strain. This injury was somewhat anticipated by eagle eyed fans after Fairbanks seemed to shake his arm following this pitch in Miami:

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In his place, the Rays have promoted former reliever Hunter Strickland, formerly a star in the...

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Rays Select Hunter Strickland, Place Pete Fairbanks On IL

The Rays are selecting the contract of reliever Hunter Strickland, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link) and Adam Berry of MLB.com (via Twitter).

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View from the Catwalks: Dome Sweet Dome

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The Rays return for their 2021 home opener. Plus: you just have to see how the Mets “beat” the Marlins in a walkoff

Rays News A guide to the Rays’ 2021 home opener - Adam Berry, MLB.com: The Trop is back open for fans (in a slightly more socially distanced way) today! Dome sweet dome:

Home under the dome

Tomorrow pic.twitter.com/8sHLcXs7sC

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 9, 2021 Rays have something to show Yankees - Marc Topkin,...

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Daniel Russell

Jeff Passan hates the Rays bullpen (and every other bullpen)

The anchor of ESPN baseball wants to fix baseball by breaking the Rays pitching approach.

Jeff Passan was recently a guest on Hannah Keyser’s excellent Yahoo! Sports web series, and has a “humble proposal” for fixing what ails the sport we all love: fewer pitchers!

And our first guest was a man who massively overdressed for the occassion: @JeffPassan wooooo!

He had so much to say that you can watch the special extended Passan Cut of the Humble Proposal right here but he's also in the...

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Ashley MacLennan

Introduce yourself to the DRaysBay community

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The Rays are headed home, so let’s get to know our Rays family

As the new 2021 season gets underway (with mixed results) we wanted to take an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what really makes DRaysBay one of the best places on the internet to get your Tampa Bay Rays content: our community.

From the writing crew, to the commenters, we have Rays fans from all around the world coming together at DRB to share in the joys and frustrations of...

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Mister Lizzie

Rays fans have seen cold starts before. Like last year.

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History tells us it’s far too soon to be worried.

After winning two close games to launch the 2021 season in Miami, the Rays have lost a depressing four in a row.

They’ve lost close games. They’ve lost blow-outs. They’ve had games where they have left a frustrating number of men on base, and games where they have hardly gotten anyone on base at all.

They have committed base-running blunders. They have given up key runs on wild pitches, on errors, on...

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Daniel Russell

Current and former Rays starting the season hot

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The team might not be doing great, but some of the players are!

It’s been a long time since we’ve had baseball, and after one week it’s been a couple days since we’ve felt good about baseball. A four-game losing streak will do that to you when you’ve only played six games!

Yes we are all very obsessed right now with a very small sample size of play. But if that’s where we want to be, let’s be there.

In the small sample size theater, there...

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Dominik Vega

Rays 2, Red Sox 9: Swept in the cold

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I guess the kids might finally be able to eat for free

After two frustrating losses to the Boston Red Sox, the Rays will look to try and avoid getting swept at Fenway Park in today’s YouTube Game of the Week. Current-Ray Ryan Yarbrough takes the mound opposing former-Ray Nate Eovadi.

Let's get out of Boston on a high note https://t.co/fycKnucXDw pic.twitter.com/XvejlkqQQ5

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 7, 2021

Yarbrough’s first was nice and...

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