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Jared Ward

Rays: 2, Red Sox: 5 - Cron Crushed; Glasnow Great (After 1st Inning)

It wasn’t a bad game, it just wasn’t a great game

Rays were looking to even up the series against the Red Sox and former Ray David Price.

And boy did it get off to a rough start.

The Rays didn’t do much in the 1st, after getting the first two runners aboard thanks to a Red Sox throwing error, Bauers, Pham and Cron couldn’t get the ball out of the infield to bring anybody home.

Red Sox quickly got on the board thanks to back to back doubles by Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland to...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Jalen Beeks says “Hi” to old friends

I mean, I’m assuming they are friends? Who’s to say?

As long as he likes chicken and beer.

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Baz makes organizational debut

Remaining in the Appalachian League following his trade to the Rays, Shane Baz made his debut with his new organization Friday.

Vincent Byrd has had an interesting season for Princeton. He’s now tied for second on the team with eight home runs, and six of them have come in multi-home run games. The 20-year-old first baseman was the team’s 14th-round pick in 2017.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-54)

Austin Meadows’ home run was not enough in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. Meadows’...

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Rays 3, Red Sox 7: First inning offense not enough

Rays score 3 in the first. Mallex Smith makes a great catch in the 2nd. All downhill from there.

The Tampa Bay Rays prepared to take their entry exam against left handed starting pitching given out by the Boston Red Sox. Brian Johnson is the entry level class. Saturday the Rays get the graduate level class against David Price, and Sunday the Rays get the doctorate level class against Chris Sale.

The Rays got off to a quick start. Mallex Smith led off the game with a single to right field...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: And now...the real fun begins

Remember these Red Sox guys?

The Red Sox have become the best team in baseball since they played the Rays.

Time to bring them back to earth.

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Ian Malinowski

View from the catwalk: Adam Kolarek says he’s been in this situation before

His grin gives him away.

Rob Mains over at Baseball Prospectus gave a very good graphical breakdown of the Rays pitching usage. It’s not behind the paywall, and it’s worth your time. Basically, he goes through comparisons of innings for starts, and innings for relief experiences to show exactly where the Rays are and aren’t unusual as a result of their bullpen days and their opener-headliner strategy.

It’s most interesting to me to see where the Rays are not leading—relief pitchers...

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Ashley MacLennan

FanPost Friday: Little League memories

Remember when it was all about fun?

I can admit it, I’m a sucker for the Little League World Series. I’m a sucker for Little League in general. I was never much of a skilled player myself, but I still have great memories of my time taking the field. Or more accurately hiding as far out in left field as humanly possible and praying the ball would never be hit in my direction.

Currently, my favorite thing about the LLWS is the discovery of one Alfred “Big Al” Delia.

Big Al is...

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The New What Next: Rays vs. Red Sox — a series preview

Mallex Smith went 5-14 with four runs and two RBI over the last three days against the Yankees. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) After beating the Yankees 3-1 on Thursday — and winning the series two games out of three — the Tampa Bay Rays will cap their three-city, nine-game road trip through the AL East in Boston, with a three-game series starting Friday. The Rays have won three consecutive series, going 6-4 in their last 10 games, while the Red Sox are coming off a 7-4 loss against...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Solak powers Montgomery comeback

Nick Solak had a couple extra-base hits in a game for the first time since May.

In the second game of Princeton’s doubleheader Thursday, Wander Franco was a home run shy of the cycle. He did hit for the cycle on July 14. Thursday was the third game this season he finished one hit short of the cycle and the second time this month.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-53)

Durham allowed six first-inning runs in an 8-2 loss to Pawtucket. After striking out the first batter of the game, Zach Lee allowed...

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Series in Review: Yankees 8/14-8/16

Tampa Bay Rays finally take a series in Yankee Stadium. Believe it or not, this current series which concluded today can be seen as a glimpse into the future. With Thursday’s win over the Yankees, the Rays currently sit 13 games back of the Bronx Bombers. That might seem absolutely terrible. However, look up at […] Series in Review: Yankees 8/14-8/16 - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Snell flummoxes Yanks as Rays take series

Blake Snell followed his five-perfect-innings outing against the Blue Jays on Friday with five scoreless innings against the Yankees in Thursday afternoon's 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium.

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Ashley MacLennan

Rays 3, Yankees 1: Snell of a good time

“It’s Pham-tastic” would have also worked here.

The Rays found scoring success early in this rubber match game against the Yankees, first with a Joey Wendle double that scored Mallex Smith, followed later in the inning by a Welcome-Back double from Tommy Pham that scored Wendle and unfortunately Jake Bauers was out at home, limiting the runs. Pham also tried to give me a heart attack sliding into third base, because all I could think of was his poor, freshly healed ankles.

Blake Snell...

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Rays look to next season with bulk of core in place

For the first time in several years, the Rays look to have the bulk of next season’s core already in place before the offseason begins, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. And while it’s obvious that nothing can ever be firmly ruled out with the Rays as pertains to the trade market, owner Stuart Sternberg tells Topkin that he believes much of the current talent will be in place for the foreseeable future. “It looks like a chunk of the infield is there,” says Sternberg. “It...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: The Rubber Match!

Not to be confused with a “rubber match,” which is a match that cannot light.

Win one for the Gipper yourselves!

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Ian Malinowski

What is Ryne Stanek?

Because Ryne Stanek doesn’t match the Ryne Stanek archetype.

The goal of a baseball team, generally, is to be great, and most teams are happy with being good, but if you can’t be great or good then the next best accomplishment is to be average and interesting. That’s the 2018 Rays.

With many of their top starting pitchers (Brent Honeywell, Jake Faria, Nathan Eovaldi, Jose de Leon, Anthony Banda, and others) losing time this season to injury, the Rays have fascinated (and sometimes...

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Tampa Bay Rays – Tommy Pham Gets a Fresh Start

The Tampa Bay Rays will welcome back Tommy Pham this afternoon two weeks after going on the disabled list with a foot fracture.  It’s like a Rays debut do-over. Everything seems to have fallen into place to allow Tommy Pham to start over with the Tampa Bay Rays.  After taking a ball of his foot […] Tampa Bay Rays – Tommy Pham Gets a Fresh Start - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Ashley MacLennan

If baseball was real life, the unwritten rules would look ten times stupider

Acuña matata

After the initial shock and outrage of watching José Ureña hit Ronald Acuña Jr with a pitch had faded, it actually got me thinking. What lesson was meant to be drawn from that action?

Was Ureña telling Acuña: “stop being good, you 20-year-old jerk”?

I’m not sure. I think, perhaps, Ureña was just deeply unsettled by the home-run mashing kid who isn’t old enough to drink legally. After all: How dare he?

Then I stopped thinking about it in terms of baseball...

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This Rays player is an AL East game-changer

From the epic power of Giancarlo Stanton to the impenetrable defense of Jackie Bradley Jr., there are exciting things going on in the American League East on a daily basis.

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Adam Sanford

View from the Catwalk: Rays activate Tommy Pham

Pham activated, Faria optioned, and tempers flare in Atlanta

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays were victorious over the New York Yankees, as they took a 6-1 victory.

Mallex Smith was the star of the show for the team’s offense as he continued his summer scorch with another three hit day, mashing a home run and a double as part of the multi hit performance. Kevin Kiermaier and Ji-Man Choi also had two hit days, as well as rookie Brandon Lowe, who finally tallied his first big league hit after...

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Charlotte Stone Crabs Make Tampa Bay Visits

Next week, Tampa Bay Rays fans will have a chance to see the High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs and top prospect Brendan McKay in Bradenton and Clearwater. If you want a chance to say you saw the stars before they were stars, next week will provide a local chance to see some of the best Tampa […] Charlotte Stone Crabs Make Tampa Bay Visits - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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