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Brett Phillips

Astros 5, Rays 4: Mistakes will kill ya

Any of you ever watch The Chase? It’s a British game show that was adapted (somewhat poorly) to American television on GSN. It’s probably my second-favorite game show on TV right now, next to Jeopardy! In it, contestants answer trivia questions head-to-head against very, very smart trivia masters who seem to know everything about every little topic you’d possible imagine. Seriously, the amount of stuff they know is incredible.

Contestants do an initial head-to-head game where they try...

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Rays Injury Update: Kiermaier slated to return Tuesday; on Robertson and Archer

Kevin Kiermaier injured his right thumb, requiring surgery, on a headfirst slide into second base back on April 15. (Photo Credit: WANE.com) The Tampa Bay Rays are slated to make a handful of roster moves this week, starting with the activation of Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. Kiermaier injured his right thumb, requiring surgery to repair a torn ligament, on a headfirst slide into second base back on April 15. His activation will come a couple days ahead of his...

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Snell, Rays look to cool down red-hot Astros

Blake Snell will make his 16th start of the season Tuesday in Houston after allowing four runs -- his most since May 13 -- in his last start against the Yankees. He has yielded two runs or fewer in 12 starts this season. Steady veteran righty Justin Verlander will start for the Astros. Game time is 8:10 p.m. ET.

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Kiermaier set to return to Rays on Tuesday

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is ready to return to the Rays. The two-time Gold Glover, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on April 20, is set to be activated on Tuesday and be available for Tampa Bay's game against the Astros in Houston.


Adam Sanford

Preview: Ryne ‘The Opener’ Stanek vs Gerrit Cole

The Rays hope to end the Astros 11 game win streak

Tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays continue their grueling month of June schedule as they travel to Houston to take on the AL West leading Astros.

Heading into play tonight, the Rays have a record of 33-38, having just lost three of four to the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros are 48-25 and have won 11 games in a row.

Starting Pitchers

Ryne Stanek goes back to the hill for Tampa Bay as the Opener, a role in which he has excelled for...



Rays vs Astros Series Preview: A visit to the home of the World Series champs

And the Astros are doing pretty darned well in 2018, too

The Tampa Bay Rays avoided the four game sweep at the hand of the New York Yankees with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. The Rays are 5-5 during their last ten games, but face the scorching hot Houston Astros, winners of 11 in a row. Well, they have to regress a bit at some point, why not now?


Monday 8:10 PM: Ryne Stanek vs Gerrit Cole
Tuesday 8:10 PM: Blake Snell vs Justin Verlander
Wednesday 8:10 PM: Nathan Eovaldi vs Charlie...

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Ballpark plan for Rays? Sternberg talks timeline

Rays owner Stu Sternberg believes the team should "have a good sense of where things are headed by year's end" regarding the pursuit of a new ballpark, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

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The New What Next: Rays vs Astros — a series preview

The Rays salvaged the finale of a four game series against the Yankees on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The American League East will square off with the American League West, when the Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday. The Rays followed a three-game sweep against the Blue Jays by dropping three-of-four to the Yankees, while the Astros have won 11 in a row. With the win on Sunday, the Rays snapped a nine-game road...


Adam Sanford

View from the Catwalk: Christian Arroyo to the disabled list

Another injured Ray, a ridiculous trade, and the Rays head to Houston

Rays Links The Tampa Bay Rays activated Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list and in the corresponding move, place Christian Arroyo on the DL with an oblique strain

Cash said Arroyo, the Hernando High product who played in 20 games, had been dealing with an oblique issue for a while and aggravated it in his first at-bat Friday. “He didn’t really say anything, and he’s a tough kid, but at the same time I hope he...


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bowling Green closes 1st half on 11-game winning streak

Bowling Green clinched a playoff spot and ended its first half as one of the hottest teams in minor league baseball.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-30)

Durham lost, 4-2

CF Kevin Kiermaier: 1-for-4, 1 R
RF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS
LF Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 4 K
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Andrew Moore: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1...

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Bullpen of the Week: Rays

As the Rays continue to employ an unorthodox bullpen strategy by utilizing relievers as starters in many games, Tampa Bay's relief corps posted a 1.48 ERA over 30 1/3 innings last week to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the period of June 11-17.

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Duffy: No better role model than Dad

Now we know where Rays third baseman Matt Duffy gets his work ethic from. It comes from his father, Tom, who taught him to work hard, be smart in his decisions and take responsibility for his actions.

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Rays cap road trip with set vs. red-hot Astros

Right-hander Ryne Stanek will get the start on Monday against the Astros at 8:10 p.m. ET in the Rays' third consecutive bullpen day. Stanek last pitched on Saturday, going 1 1/3 innings without allowing a run against the Yankees. The Rays will face right-hander Gerrit Cole, who is off to one of the best starts of his career. He is 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA.


Mister Lizzie

Rays 3 Yankees 1: One out of four is...

Well it’s pretty bad but better than a sweep

Happy Fathers Day, friends! Our recap crew was stretched a bit thin today so here you’ll find a brief summary, largely courtesy or Mr. Twitter, and a few observations. If you saw something in the game worthy of further discussion, tell us about it in the comments.

The Rays did all their scoring in a three run second inning, stringing together several hits:

Now Gomez shoots one by Andújar down the 3rd bass line for an RBI double. Rays...

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Font and Co. quiet Yanks as Rays take finale

For the second day in a row, the Rays had a bullpen day. This time, it worked out in their favor as they defeated the Yankees, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take the finale of the four-game series.

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Rays Roster Moves: Christian Arroyo placed on the DL, Adeiny Hechavarria activated

Christian Arroyo was placed on the 10-day DL with an oblique strain following Saturday’s ball-game. The Tampa Bay Rays announced, after Saturday’s losing contest against the Yankees, that INF Christian Arroyo has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has been recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham and activated. Arroyo had been productive in his 16 starts with the Rays, hitting .264. It isn’t entirely clear how the...


John Ford

Losing my Dad at Father’s Day: An Essay

When Father’s Day means more than a cheesy coffee mug.

The Rays are losing a lot right now, which makes it tough. We’re not professional writers here at DRays Bay, but this is baseball blog. We try to be honest about how we feel about the way things are going, the direction the team is taking, the talent level of players they’re sending out there.

But writing here has also always come with the understanding that the family of these players read what we write and care what we have to...

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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hernandez breakout continues for Bowling Green

Ronaldo Hernandez went deep twice Saturday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-28) Durham lost, 8-5 DH Kevin Kiermaier: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BBRF Justin Williams: 3-for-5, 1 RBILF Brandon Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBPC Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-5, 3 K RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (36-32) Montgomery won, 8-4 SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 R2B Peter Maris: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 KDH Nate Lowe: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BBC Brett...

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Hechavarria returns as Arroyo lands on DL

Following Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees, the Rays placed infielder Christian Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and activated shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the DL.

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Rays held to Duffy's HR in 9th against Yanks

The Rays could get nothing going against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in a 4-1 loss.

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