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Jonny Venters Refusing to Give Up on Major League Return

It has been five years since Jonny Venters pitched in the majors. If he can stay healthy, his return could end up coming this season for the Tampa Bay Rays. There was a time when Jonny Venters was one of the top setup men in the game. Paired with Craig Kimbrel in the back of […] Jonny Venters Refusing to Give Up on Major League Return - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Adam Sanford

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: That was just an awful weekend

Rays swept, Romo to the Rays, and a possible trade with Philadelphia

The Tampa Bay Rays and reeling and need to right the ship immediately.

After taking control of the Wild Card lead and seemingly in a position to go after the division lead, the Rays have now lost 4 in a row, sinking back now into a tie for the second Wild Card spot, a game back of the Yankees for the top spot, but still are three and half games back of the Red Sox in the division.

The loss yesterday afternoon was more of...

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Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – July 23, 2017

Tampa Bay baseball attendance for Sunday, July 23, 2017: Total Attendance: 18,193 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 49 Attendance: 16,954 Starting Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi Opponent: Texas Rangers Opponent Starting Pitcher: Tyson Ross Avg Attendance to Date: 15,977 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 20,661 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 18,357 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher: 15,215 Promotions (if any): Chris Archer pillow, Christmas in July, FSU Day Other local sports: None Dunedin Blue...

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Bradley Neveu

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeyday does not disappoint

Brent Honeywell wasn’t screwing around on Sunday.

To add onto Scott Grauer’s sentiment from yesterday, here are a few splits for 2016 first round draft pick Josh Lowe this year:

Lowe has posted a 99 wRC+ on the season, meaning his total offensive production has been 1% below the average in the league. If you take his first 5 games of the season out of the sample, that increases to 7% above average. Furthermore, he’s been 11% above average since the beginning of May, 26% well above...

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Hatfield

Rangers 6, Rays 5: Swept.

More late homers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again.

This weekend felt like watching the same unfunny GIF on repeat over, and over, and over. Much like the evenings before, the Rays had a lead erased late from which they would not recover.

The Rays bullpen continues to be an issue, as Brad Boxberger’s disastrous eighth inning managed to turn a 5-3 lead into a 6-5 deficit after a walk and back-to-back homers from Rougned Odor (his second on the day) and Carlos Gomez.

For...

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Longoria, Rays shift focus after tough loss

Talk about a mood killer. After a 4-2 West Coast road trip, the Rays returned home riding a high.

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Bullpen squanders lead as Rays fall in finale

The Rangers erased a three-run deficit to take a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Rays Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

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Rays turn to Snell in series opener vs. Orioles

The Orioles visit Tropicana Field Monday night to begin a three-game series with the Rays.

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Rays excited about acquisition of Romo

Following Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, the Rays announced they had acquired right-handed Sergio Romo from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.

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Mister Lizzie

Rays trade for Sergio Romo

Right-handed reliever had been FA target in the off season

The Rays have completed a trade for 34-year-old right-handed reliever Sergio Romo. Once a mainstay of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, Romo had signed with the Dodgers in the off season. He has struggled this year, however, and they designated him for assignment.

The Dodgers will receive a player to be named later or cash.

Romo will be activated by the Rays tomorrow, at which time a corresponding roster move will be...

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Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – July 22, 2017

Tampa Bay baseball attendance for Saturday, July 22, 2017: Total Attendance: 23,076 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 48 Attendance: 20,568 Starting Pitcher: Chris Archer Opponent: Texas Rangers Opponent Starting Pitcher: Andrew Cashner Avg Attendance to Date: 15,971 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 22,514 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 19,926 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher: 17,850 Promotions (if any): DJ Kittie onsie and UF Night Other local sports: Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang...

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Tampa Bay Rays 7/23/17 starting lineup and pregame notes

Erasmo Ramirez (pictured) and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 24 pitches in the eighth and ninth innings last night. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Rays will wrap up the weekend series against Texas Rangers with Jake Odorizzi (6-4, 4.37 ERA, 5.58 FIP) on the mound. He’ll start opposite Tyson Ross (2-2, 7.22 ERA, 5.86 FIP). Odorizzi pitched his best start of the season on the 17th, allowing one run on one hit over seven innings against the Atletics. Odorizzi pitched out of the...

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Philadelphia Phillies Scouting Tampa Bay Rays Farm System

The Tampa Bay Rays have been linked to Pat Neshek for some time. With the Philadelphia Phillies reportedly scouting the Rays farm system, a deal could be coming. Over the past few days, the Tampa Bay Rays have been busy stockpiling relief depth. With the acquisitions of Chaz Roe and Sergio Romo, Tampa Bay has […] Philadelphia Phillies Scouting Tampa Bay Rays Farm System - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bowling Green outfield stays hot

All three of Bowling Green’s outfield prospects contributed in Saturday’s win

Prior to Saturday’s games, here are the stats for Bowling Green’s outfield trio:

Jesus Sanchez: .297 average, .342 on-base percentage, .807 OPS, 6.7 BB%, 15.6 K%
Josh Lowe: .252 BA, .307 OBP, .695 OPS, 7.6 BB%, 29.4 K%
Garrett Whitley: .262 BA, .366 OBP, .814 OPS, 12.0 BB%, 27.8 K%

Lowe’s numbers don’t look great on the surface, but he put himself in such a huge hole at the start of the season. Since June...

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Archer (11 K's) takes hard-luck loss

Chris Archer deserved better Saturday night. The Rays right-hander allowed one earned run in seven innings, notched his fifth consecutive quality start, and set a Rays record with his 24th career double-digit strikeout performance.

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Ashley MacLennan

Rays have the ultimate troll for visiting managers

Nothing like a reminder of your least golden moments

In most visiting clubhouses, there’s not much personality. Bare walls, basic necessities, nothing to make the place feel like home. A manager’s office might feel like an empty box, devoid of any warmth. And why not, it’s not up to the home team to make the visitors feel too welcome.

The Rays decided to shake things up by providing a little art on the walls of the visiting manager’s office, a way to make managers feel right at...

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Odorizzi looks to build momentum in finale

Tyson Ross (2-2, 7.22) and Jake Odorizzi (6-4, 4.37) are both trying to straighten out their mechanics as their paths cross at Tropicana Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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Rays acquire Romo for cash considerations

Following Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, the Rays announced they had acquired right-handed reliever Sergio Romo from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.

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Mister Lizzie

Rays 3 Rangers 4: Costly error leads to defeat

In other news, Rays sign reliever Sergio Romo

Oh, baseball.

Oh, Rays.

Sometimes it seems so easy. Your big guys are hitting for power, your fast guys are stealing bases; even the guys who never hit somehow run into a game winning single or two. Your outfielders are tracking down flies and pitchers are hitting their targets. Throw in a lucky bounce or two and the wins keep coming.

And other times…

Other times are like the last three games.

Maybe your starter has a meltdown inning. ...

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After return, Cedeno could be key 'pen piece

Xavier Cedeno could prove to be the X-factor for the Rays' bullpen going down the stretch. With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, speculation about whom the Rays might try to acquire to bolster the roster usually lands on bullpen pieces.

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