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Rays Series Preview: Tigers? As in, plural?

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Just one tiger seems like it’d be a lot.

The Tampa Bay Rays return home after a disappointing road trip. The good news is that none of the teams in the division really have made a move with 16 games remaining the Rays hold a significant lead and their magic number has fallen to 9.

The Rays hold a 8.0 game lead in the division ahead of the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox that are all...


Jared Ward

Rays: 3, Blue Jays: 6 - Robbie Ray and Bo Bichette sting the Rays

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Turns out, a Cy Young candidate is really good

Rays were looking to take the rubber match against Toronto, get the magic number down, and take one step closer to an AL East title.

Spoiler, that didn’t happen.

Almost time for the rubber match at Rogers Centre pic.twitter.com/Nrrn8ciSLr

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 15, 2021

Our ace looks for the series win #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/o2ObKgwyvp

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays)...


Brett Phillips

GDT: See ya later, Blue Jays

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In like...5 days.

Go Rays!


John Ford

View from the Catwalks: Yarbs and Nelly are Roberto Clemente Award nominees

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Ryan Yarbrough and Nelson Cruz are nominees for the Roberto Clemente award

The Rays gutted their way to a 2-0 win last night over the Toronto Blue Jays, featuring great performances from Drew Rasmussen and the A-bullpen, stellar defense, and a pair of solo homers from Choi and BLowe. The win lowered Tampa Bay’s magic number to 9. Marc Topkin with the early story on your 90-win Rays.

The Rays reach the 90-win mark for the third consecutive time...

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Rays Outright Shawn Armstrong, David Hess

The Rays announced that right-handers Shawn Armstrong and David Hess have each cleared outright waivers (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times). Both pitchers had the right to elect free agency, but they’ve each chosen to accept an assignment to Triple-A Durham.


Jamal Wilburg

Rays 2, Blue Jays 0: Back in the Win Column for the 90th Time

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Drew Rasmussen’s efficient and effective start along with quality defense fueled the Rays to become the first team in the American League to win 90 games.

In a season full of offense, run prevention still matters.

The Tampa Bay Rays finally became the first American League team to 90 wins after flirting with the mark and falling short in the previous two games. They didn’t just get a win, they shutdown and shutout the red hot Toronto Blue Jays in a...


Brett Phillips

GDT: Five more months to Valentine’s Day

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And also the playoffs are coming soon.

Go Rays!


Daniel Russell

Nick Anderson returns to the Rays bullpen throwing 92 mph

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What can the Rays expect from Nick Anderson in 2021? Not much.

The Rays pitching is in shambles, both in the rotation (where Dietrich Enns is now starting after IL trips for Shane McClanahan and Chris Archer), and in the bullpen (5.04 ERA, 5.34 FIP, 4.41 xFIP in September), although that has been overshadowed in the baseball world by the collapse of both the Yankees and Red Sox this September.

Thankfully, Tampa Bay’s 100-win pace and comfortable lead...


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Promotions continue as season winds down

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Durham has received a few contributors from High-A.

Even late in the season, players are being promoted to new levels. In the infield, Curtis Mead and Alika Williams have contributed to Durham, and Ian Seymour made a great start for the Bulls. Now in High-A, Osleivis Basabe is continuing his strong finish to the season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (72-42, 1st out of 7)

Myers solid despite loss
Bulls roll behind Kelly’s big game
Seymour sharp in surprise AAA start


Dominik Vega

Rays 1, Blue Jays 8: It definitely was not a win!

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The cushion on the AL East lead pays off tonight!

The Rays are in Toronto to open a three-game series against the red-hot Blue Jays. Collin McHugh took the mound as an opener against Alek Manoah.

A lot of energy leading off tonight pic.twitter.com/rzqSxiPCqf

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 13, 2021

Before anything, it’s best to get this fact out of the way now: the offense did nothing all game long until the top of the 9th inning. The Rays...


Brett Phillips

GDT: These Blue Jays are “Red” hot!

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Color jokes remain funny and cool.

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Series Preview: Rays vs Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays head north of the border for the first time since 2019 to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be the third location that have hosted a Rays vs Blue Jays game in 2021 including Dunedin, Florida and Buffalo, New York.

Despite the Rays going a bit flat of late (5-5 over their last ten games) only one team was able to make up any ground over the Rays in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays have gone 9-1 over...


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View from the Catwalk:

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The Rays lost two out of three games to the Tigers, and managed to burn through their bullpen in the process of dropping Sunday’s game, which involved two blown leads. Not ideal! I try to remember that we are fortunate that such games have been rare this season.

Marc Topkin writes on player “buy-in” — why the Rays can have relievers who pitch different innings and batters who platoon. Of course, as Chris Archer notes in the article,...


Jamal Wilburg

Rays 8, Tigers 7: Bullpen Pitching Provided More Distress Than Relief

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Tampa Bay Rays blow lead to lose to Detroit Tigers 8-7 in 11 innings

The Rays had a five-run lead for a moment in the eighth inning and the bullpen blew it to lose 8-7 to the Tigers in the rubber match of the series.

If today went according to plan for the Rays, they would be the first team in the aMerican League to reach 90 wins. To accomplish that task they sent Luis Patiño (4-3, 4.65) to the mound opposite Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.30) for the Tigers....

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Rays place right-hander Chris Archer on IL with hip discomfort

Although Archer is headed to the IL, the Rays are getting two players back from injury, including right-hander Nick Anderson and outfielder Brett Phillips. 


Brett Phillips

GDT: Would you believe the September Tigers games aren’t even half over after today?

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It’s like we’re in the same dang division!

Go Rays!

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Rays place righty Chris Archer on 10-day IL, activate reliever Nick Anderson

The moves highlight a flurry of roster activity from the Rays on Sunday. 

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Rays Place Chris Archer On Injured List, Designate Shawn Armstrong, Activate Nick Anderson And Brett Phillips

The Rays have made a flurry of roster moves, as first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links).  Right-hander Chris Archer has been


John Ford

Rays 7, Tigers 2: Back Enns Starter?

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Joey and KK have a day, and Enns is a revelation.

After last night’s depressing tilt, the Rays got things back on track today as they jumped out early and coasted to a 7-2 win. But before we get to the specifics, can anybody tell me what was going on with the slash through Joey’s name?

Here’s the #Rays lineup for today pic.twitter.com/15rrCX2NiO

— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) September 11, 2021

No respect to Joey Forearms, Neil. No respect at all.



Brett Phillips

GDT: What’s the magic number now?

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Must be getting pretty low...

Go Rays!

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