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Brett Phillips

GDT: Hey hey, it’s McKay Day!

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Whadd’ya say?

Go Rays!


Daniel Russell

Tyler Glasnow preparing September return as a reliever or Opener

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Plus, an update on Blake Snell!

Rays would-have-been ace Tyler Glasnow was sidelined by a forearm strain on May 10, but has slowly been rehabilitating his arm to the point he was able to throw a bullpen today.

And the reports from that bullpen are positive!

#Rays Glasnow “optimistic” after 15 pitch all fastball bullpen, says chances are “very high.” Will rehab to come back as a reliever, at least initially.

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August...

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Eight thoughts on the Rays debut of Trevor Richards

Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images The recent acquisition made his Rays debut, catching Pitching Ninja’s eye, but not all his pitches were gif-worthy. 1. First impressions get remembered, and that’s not good for Trevor Richards. He walked his first batter, Victor Reyes. Then he struck out his second batter with Dawel Lugo swinging under a changeup up in the zone that didn’t drop—if it had dropped as Richards intended it to, Lugo might have hit it a mile. Then he fell behind his third...



Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Double your walk-offs; double your fun

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Seattle, you want one, too?

Well, that was quite the weekend. After scoring two runs over the first 29 (!) innings of their series with Detroit, the Rays bats woke up when we needed them most, scoring two in the eighth and two in the ninth to do the weekend double dip on walk-offs.

Ji-Man Choi was the hero this time, appropriate given how quick he was with the gatorade with Mike Brosseau the night before.

The Rays continue their winnable August with a...


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe brothers homer in Durham, Montgomery wins

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Nate and Josh Lowe have combined for 31 home runs in the minors this season.

A couple weeks ago, MLB Pipeline named a prospect who will contribute to each contending team down the stretch, and its selection for the Rays was Nate Lowe. I don’t know where he would get the at-bats, but at Durham, he’s certainly hitting like a player who’s going to be a contributor. Since being sent back down, he’s batting .327/.417/.577 with as many walks as...

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Watch: Tommy Pham's 2-run home run to center

Tommy Pham crushes a two-run home run to center field, reducing the Rays' deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning

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Watch: TB 5, DET 4 - Choi walks it off in the Rays' 5-4 win

8/18/19: Choi walks it off in the Rays' 5-4 win

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Rays 5, Tigers 4: Rays walk it off to win the series

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It was a bit close for comfort there. As someone who also covers the Tigers, I honestly don’t know what to tell everyone. I barely recognized the Tigers this series. Their offense was present, their defense was functional. No one is more surprised than I am. Going in I predicted they would luck their way into a single game win. Thankfully, I was right, but it got uncomfortably close for the past two games. So what happened today? Well for starters, aside from...


Brett Phillips

GDT: Imagine scoring more than one run in a game

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Can you EVEN imagine?

Anyway, ya gotta win today. Like, come on.

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Rays look for a series win against Detroit on Sunday

After a 1-0 extra-inning win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays will go for a series win this afternoon. The Rays snapped a 29-2/3 inning scoreless streak with Mike Brosseau’s walk-off RBI hit in the 13th inning, while Ryan Yarbrough was impressive once again. Tampa Bay enters play one game behind Cleveland for the top Wildcard spot, and 1/2 game ahead of the Athletics for the final playoff spot with 38 games left to play. With the victory, FanGraphs upped the Rays...


Darby Robinson

Devil Rays set a modern era record

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The Rays pitching staff just set a new level of dominance

Utter dominance

That’s the only way to describe the Rays pitcher’s performance on Saturday night against the Tigers, which they did while wearing their Devil Rays throwback uniforms: 24 strikeouts, 0 walks, and too many ugly swings and uncomfortable at-bats to count.

24 Ks
0 BB

Most in @MLB history without allowing a free pass. pic.twitter.com/hVSKhR9RN9

— Tampa Bay Devil Rays...


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Schnell makes Bowling Green debut

Adam Sanford

The No. 32 pick from last year’s draft reached the Midwest League in his first full pro season.

Nick Schnell has had a bit of a stop-and-start beginning to his pro career after being drafted with the No. 32 pick last year. Injuries — including to a wrist — have contributed to his limited plate appearances so far, but once he was on the field this season, he had been pretty good. His .865 OPS was significantly higher than the Appalachian League average of .724. At 30.7%,...

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Watch: Ryan Yarbrough continues dominance

Ryan Yarbrough strikes out ten batters and allows only three hits through 6 1/3 innings against the Tigers


Jared Ward

Tigers: 0, Rays: 1 - Yarbrough, Bullpen Sharp

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss

After a disappointing 0-2 opening homestead loss to Detroit, the Rays were looking to bounce back with Ryan Yarbrough getting his 2nd start in a row. Let's hope he continues where he left off.

Hit the restart button. https://t.co/xcPCpSW4pA pic.twitter.com/enLNjGvLfu

— Tampa Bay Devil Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 17, 2019

The Tigers were sending out Jordan Zimmerman, who was 1-7 and a 5.00+ ERA heading into this...


Brett Phillips

GDT: Searching for Offense

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Like, seriously, I miss runs.

What the heck happened last night, come on.


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones leads Hudson Valley All-Star contingent

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Greg Jones is one of six Renegades named New York-Penn League All-Stars.

Greg Jones, outfielders Hill Alexander and Garrett Hiott, infielders Jacson McGowan and Nick Sogard, and pitcher Joe LaSorsa were named New York-Penn League All-Stars Thursday. The game will be played in Staten Island on Aug. 20.

I’m not an avid NYPL follower, so maybe there are a lot of deserving pitchers I’m not aware of. However, Edisson Gonzalez seems like an odd...

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Things looking up for Glasnow, three other injured Rays

It’s unclear whether injured Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow will be able to pitch again this year, but he isn’t giving up on his season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Glasnow, out since May 10 with forearm troubles, has been throwing from 90 feet of late and is set for a bullpen session Monday. The soon-to-be 26-year-old told Toribio he feels “really good.”  The Rays’ expectation was that Glasnow would sit out only four to six weeks when he suffered his injury in a start...


John Ford

Rays 0, Tigers 2: We wuz robbed!

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A bad call and a sputtering offense wastes a strong outing from Charlie Morton

Coming off a wildly successful road trip, the Rays dropped the first of a three game set to the “historically bad” Tigers by a score of 2-0. Three Tiger pitchers and one umpire combined for the shutout.

More on that bad call in a minute. First, let’s get to the good stuff. Charlie Morton brought his A-game, striking out the side in the first and ten overall in seven innings of...


Brett Phillips

GDT: Well here's a series you've really gotta win

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Although I hate playing a team right after Fangraphs says they might be "historically awful."

Seems like a bad omen but here we are.


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Rays to promote RHP Peter Fairbanks

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Thrower of “lightning bolts” bolsters Rays bullpen

The Rays continue to ensure a fresh supply of bullpen arms; they optioned José De León after his two inning stint on Wednesday, and have now promoted Peter Fairbanks, a right-handed relief pitcher acquired in July from the Texas Rangers. The Rays had parted ways with INF Nick Solak in that trade.

Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors summarizesFairbanks’ repertoire:

The right-hander brings an...

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