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DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series: ALWC Game 2 Instant Reaction

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Brett Rutherford, Danny Russell, and Ashley MacLennan analyze and celebrate a comfortable series-clinching win.

How SWEEP it is! Can we really call that a sweep though? Doesn’t matter, onto the ALDS. With the national media doubting the Rays lack of offensive prowess, the bats came out in a big way against one of the best pitchers in the game on Wednesday afternoon, putting up a total of eight runs, including huge homers from Mike Zunino and Hunter...

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Ashley MacLennan

Rays 8, Jays 2: The Rays are ALDS-bound

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How sweep it is!

What. A. Game.

The Rays went into today’s game with a singleminded determination, and their goal was to sweep the best-of-three Wild Card series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Early on in the second game of the series, it was clear they weren’t messing around with that mission.

The pitching matchup was one for the ages, but Tyler Glasnow, who struggled early in the season, was locked in immediately; meanwhile Hyun-Jin Ryu was off his...

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Game 2 Diary: This time with gifs!

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Reaction gifs for every half inning

The Rays enter Game 2 of this wild and wacky MLB Postseason First Round matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays having won Game 1, leaving them one lone victory away from their first postseason series victory (we won’t count the play-in game as a series; but three games is enough) since 2010.

For today’s game, they say a picture is worth a thousand words... and a gif is worth a million. So here are 17 million...

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Ashley MacLennan

Watch: Hunter Renfroe hits first grand slam in Rays postseason history

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Now that’s a good kind of history to make.

The Rays are working hard to hit as many milestones as possible this postseason, and in the second game of their AL Wild Card series against the Toronto Blue Jays, they collected one more, and it was a big one.

During the bottom of the second inning Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer to add to the Rays lead, and the team was playing some excellent small ball, something they’ve excelled at all season....

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Not even close to done

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This is so stressful!

Go Rays!

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Adam Sanford

Rays Game 2 Lineup

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Yandy Diaz makes his return, hitting cleanup and playing third base

The Tampa Bay Rays have set their lineup for the second game of the Wild Card round against the Toronto Blue Jays as they look to punch their ticket to the Division Series.

Leading off is Mike Brosseau, something he did seven times during the 2020 season; the Rays were 7-0 in all of those contest. Randy Arozarena is up to the 2-spot, with Brandon Lowe moving behind him in the order.

The...

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Ian Malinowski

Charlie Montoyo’s crucial mistake in Game One

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And it had nothing to do with who was on the mound for the Blue Jays.

There’s been a lot of attention focused on Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo’s decision not to start his ace, Hyun Jin Ryu, in game one of the three game wildcard series. Ryu would pitch game two, which is probably worth about as much as game one, so it’s hard to say just how much that decision matters.

But Montoyo also made an in-game decision in game one that...

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Mister Lizzie

View from the Catwalk: Baseball 24/7

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Yesterday’s wrap up

I wouldn’t necessarily say there were upsets yesterday, but I believe the Rays were the only home (e.g. higher seeded) team to win

Astros 4 Twins 1

White Sox 4 Athletics 1

Rays 3 Blue Jays 1

Yankees 12 Indians 3

Today’s games

Braves vs. Reds 12 p.m. ESPN

Twins vs. Astros 1 p.m. ESPN2

Cubs vs. Marlins 2 p.m. ABC

A’s vs. White Sox 3 p.m. ESPN

Rays vs. Blue Jays 4 p.m. TBS

Padres vs. Cardinals 5 p.m. ESPN2

Cleveland vs. Yankees 7...

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DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series: ALWC Game 1 Instant Reaction

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Rutherford, Danny Russell, and Jim Turvey with their takes on Game 1 just moments after the final out.

Game 1 is in the books and the Rays are already just one more victory away from clinching their spot in the ALDS. But man was it a close one.

Snell looked great, maybe better than he has all year, the defense played a huge role, and this could very well be the coming out party for Randy Arozarena, who looked incredible in the field, at the plate,...

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Wild Card Game 1 Diary: One win down, one to go

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We react to every moment in the game, no moment too big or small!

The Lightning won the Stanley Cup last night, now it’s time for the Rays to start their Postseason journey to the second trophy in 2020 to the Tampa Bay area.

5:08 pm: First pitch! It’s a strike! We’re going to the World Series!!!

Off we go pic.twitter.com/IqPOv4Z2Uj

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 29, 2020

Top 1st: Blake Snell struck out leadoff hitter Cavan Biggio...

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Mister Lizzie

Rays 3 Blue Jays 1: Can I exhale yet?

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Rays take first game in best of three series

Phew.

The Rays won the first game of their Wild Card series tonight.

They were leading the whole way; they won by two runs; and yet I found this game to be very stressful. Toronto had some good scoring chances, probably more than the Rays did, so once the game got into the later innings it felt that it could easily tip the other way.

But it didn’t, and we have less than a day to enjoy the win.

First, some...

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Blake Snell Dominates as Rays Beat Blue Jays 3-1 in Game 1 of Wild Card Series

The good news for the Toronto Blue Jays is that they won't have to face Blake Snell again this season. The bad news is that they are one loss away from elimination largely because of him...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Oh God it’s finally happening

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The playoffs are here! Everyone is 0-0! Win two games and you’re in! Have a bad week and you’re done-zo!

Go Rays! Welcome to the playoffs! Are you freaking out because I’m freaking out?

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Rays Playoff Preview: How to beat the Blue Jays bullpen

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Beards and babies — the Blue Jays bounce between newbies and vets

Yesterday afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo announced they were going to lean heavily on their bullpen in games one and three against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With their available options it seems like a natural choice when the Blue Jays have no clear option after Hyun-jin Ryu. Matt Shoemaker who is scheduled to start game one is working his way back from...

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Rays set Wild Card series roster

The Rays have announced their 28-man roster for their wild card series with the Blue Jays, beginning today at Tropicana Field. 

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Ian Malinowski

Rays Playoff Preview: How to beat Matt Shoemaker

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In game one of their playoff series, the Rays will face veteran righty, Matt Shoemaker.

My two year old loves baseball, and he especially loves Matt Shoemaker, whose name has caused him to invent the concept of heckling.

It’s not certain how far into the game Shoemaker will pitch. He hasn’t reached the fifth inning in three of his six starts this season, hooks are generally faster in the postseason, and the Blue Jays do have fellow starter Robbie...

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Ashley MacLennan

No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Rays still don’t get the respect they deserve

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The Yankees shadow is always going to loom large. F that noise.

On Monday an email was sent out to a baseball PR list breaking down the postseason odds. At the top, of course, were the Los Angeles Dodgers, heavily favored to win it all. Right below them in second place: the New York Yankees.

The Rays were in third with 7-1 odds.

The Yankees finished seven games behind the Rays this year. Of all the AL teams to make the postseason, they had the third...

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Rays add top pitching prospect Shane McClanahan to playoff roster

McClanahan, 23, was selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of the University of South Florida. He split the 2019 season across three levels — Class-A, Class-A Advanced and Double-A — while pitching to a combined 3.36 ERA.

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Rays top-ten prospect Shane McClanahan added to postseason roster

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The hard throwing lefty could

The Tampa Bay Rays will be including one of their top pitching prospects on their postseason roster as Marc Topkin reports that Shane McClanahan is be called up to join the big league squad and will potentially make his Major League debut during the Wild Card round of the postseason.

McClanahan was a first round selection by the Rays in the 2018 draft, selected at 31st overall out of the University of South Florida; he was...

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How many of the experts are picking the Rays?

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Taking a look at every major outlet’s postseason predictions

With the playoffs kicking off later today, experts all around the baseball world are entering in their predictions for what should be the wackiest, wildest, light-all-those-predictions-on-fire-anyway postseason.

Still, it’s fun to hold the people we read accountable for their takes, and obviously, it’s most fun to see who is taking the Rays. So I found eight of the biggest sports...

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