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DOTF 4/23: Willy Adames hits for the cycle

Willly Adames follows up grand slam with another big day

Despite the rain shortened schedule on the farm Willy Adames made sure there wouldn’t be some excitement in Durham. Adames hit for the cycle and Jake Bauers added his first homer of the year. Nathan Lukes hit his first homer of the year for Montgomery.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-9)

The Durham Bulls beat the Buffalo Bisons 8-1. What would Willy Adames do to follow up his first career grand slam? The Bulls faced off against Joe Biagini...

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Ian Malinowski

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Adames hits for the cycle

When will he be in the bigs?

Former Rays Danny Farquhar had a successful surgery, and is “progressing well” after suffering a brain anneurism. Marc Topkin gave the update, and rounded up the reactions from Farquhar’s former teammates on the Rays.

If you think fondly of Farquhar, and want to send him a note, the White Sox gave an address:

Fans interested is sending “Get Well” wishes and letters of support to Farquhar should address mail to him at Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th...

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

The Tampa Bay Rays leave the confines of the Trop, where they went 5-4 over their last nine-game home stand. (Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex) The Tampa Bay Rays left the Tampa Bay area in favor of a nine-game road trip following their series finale with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. First stop Baltimore, where the Rays will face the Orioles in a three-game series, starting Tuesday. Tampa Bay is coming off a three-game sweep of the Twins, and has won four consecutive games...

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Mister Lizzie

Help us rename the Rays Tank!

The final round of voting to name our morning news roundup starts now

Last month we explained that we had renounced our weekday morning news and link roundup, the Rays Tank, would need a new name.

We offered four suggestions from our masthead staff, and asked our readers both to register their preferences among them, and to suggest alternative names.

Many of you participated, and many of you also came up with some great suggestions.

We’ve decided to put some of the most popular into a...

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jtmorgan

Alex Colome’s Perfect Ninth

The Rays closer may be returning to form

Alex Colome has had a tough beginning to the 2018 season. Coming into Sunday he had a 7.88 ERA and 5.53 FIP over 8.0 innings while blowing two saves and feeling like every other outing was on the brink of disaster.

Colome had faced 42 batters and struck out six (14.3%) and walked six (14.3%). He threw 53 fastballs (10.0% whiff rate) and 108 cutters (19.44% whiff rate). The fastball was getting more whiffs than usual, as he’d posted an average 4.89%...

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MatGermain

Joey Wendle is quietly proving he belongs with the Rays

Wendle’s 141 wRC+ and so-far plus defense could see him lock up second base

Acquired from the A’s in December of 2017 for PTBNL, C Jonah Heim, Joey Wendle plays second base for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he’s been one of the most solid parts of the team thus far in 2018 to very little fanfare. At the time he was acquired, Rays General Manager Erik Neander had this to say about Wendle,

“Grinder-type player,” said Neander of Wendle, who was acquired for a player to be named or cash...

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Inbox: Can Rays keep Kiermaier healthy?

Will Kevin Kiermaier keep playing all-out when he returns from his latest stint on the disabled list? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers this and more in the Inbox.

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John Ford

Twitter Reactions to the Carlos Gomez walk-off home run

Scuffling Carlos Gomez hit a walkoff yesterday. Twitter had some words about it.

It would be an understatement to say that Carlos Gomez was struggling coming into Sunday’s game. The right handed outfielder and former MVP candidate, acquired to provide some punch to an otherwise less-than-punchy Rays offense, was hitting just .158/.229./.276 headed into the matinee game on Sunday against the Twins.

Things did not immediately look better.

80 grade bat snap from Carlos Gomez here....

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MatGermain

Rays stadium search: Tampa business support begins to fall in line for Ybor City

Business leaders line up behind stadium plan, but financing questions linger

In February, Rays announced their intention to build a new stadium at the edge of Tampa’s Ybor City. For these plans to succeed, a lot needs to happen, most notably funding to underwrite some $600-800 million in construction costs must be identified. Here we offer an overview of some of the latest developments.

Business Support

Securing support from the Tampa, and Tampa Bay business community will be key to a...

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Daniel Russell

Breaking down the dramatic Carlos Gomez walk-off home run

Carlos Gomez celebrates his first career walk-off in style

Yesterday was the height of the Carlos Gomez experience. His day began on a frustrating note. The veteran of 12-years had struggled at the plate through a slow start to the season (as is the trend with many veterans) swinging early and often.

After striking out earlier in the game, Gomez even took his bat to his knee Bo Jackson style:

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— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 22, 2018

Gomez was one...

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Adam Sanford

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: 0 days since last walkoff homerun

Carlos Gomez walks it off, Danny Faquhar hospitalized, and Willy Adames heating up

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed their first sweep of the season as they capped off a dramatic series with the Minnesota Twins in walkoff fashion, their second walkoff victory during the three game series.

C.J. Cron continued his hot hitting as he belted another home run, his third of the past two games, to kick off the scoring for Tampa Bay. Yonny Chirinos would allow Minnesota to tie the game over the next...

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Jared Ward

Rays 8, Twins 6: Carlos Gomez walkoff completes the sweep

Oh, how sweet it is.

Rays came into this game looking for their 4th win in a row and second consecutive series win.

They would send Official starter #4 Yonny Chirinos to the mound to face off against Phil Hughes and the Lefy heavy Twins.

Yonny's Start

Yonnys first ”official” start was good but not great. He seemed as if he was missing his spots, but only walked Joe Mauer (twice) and struck out 6. He did give up a home run to Eduardo Escobar and an RBI single to the previous game’s...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames grand slam lifts Bulls

Willy Adames went deep for the first time this season.

After tripling on Opening Day and doubling in the second game of the season, Willy Adames went 10 games without an extra-base hit. In his last three games, he has a double and his first home run of the season. He has been very good this season, as expected for a talented player who played an entire season at the level he’s at.

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Behind Willy Adames’ grand slam, Durham crushed Lehigh Valley by a score of...

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Tampa Bay Rays: CJ Cron finds his stride

It is no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays did not have the best start to the season with their eight game losing streak following opening day. However, they are currently on a four-game winning streak and appeared to have regained some of their offensive capabilities after a strong showing in their three-game series with the Minnesota Twins. While the entire effort of the team can be credited with the wins, several players seem to have found their footing. First baseman C.J. Cron has emerged...

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WATCH: Carlos Gomez snaps bat after strikeout, only to later hit walkoff HR

Sunday was quite an interesting day at the old ballpark for Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Carlos Gomez, who experienced some epic ups and downs.Gomez first caught our eye when he got so frustrated by a fifth-inning strikeout that he snapped his bat like a freaking twig over his knee, Bo Jackson style. Dude’s got plenty of strength, that’s for sure. The poor bat never had a chance.A couple hours later, though, Gomez made up for both the strikeout and little tantrum with an epic two-run...

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Faria, Rays open road trip in Baltimore vs. O's

The Rays will be off on Monday before embarking on a nine-game, three-stop road trip to Baltimore, Boston and Detroit. Jake Faria will start the opening game of the Baltimore series. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four appearances in his career against the Orioles. Tuesday's game begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Gomez creates splash on 1st career walk-off HR

Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a 8-6 win over the Twins Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

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Jim_Turvey

Rays Op-Ed: What are we to make of Daniel Robertson?

An article kind of about Daniel Robertson, and how players can be hard to evaluate.

I had a rather interesting realization today.

I began writing for DRaysBay a little over a year ago. Before my move to DRB, I was a baseball lover, but I didn’t have a team per se. This was not the first time I had hitched my wagon to a team that I had previously followed peripherally but had not had under my microscope. In past iterations, I had written about the Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins, despite...

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The New What Next: Rays look for sweep Sunday afternoon

Cough…perhaps if the ownership showed more than contempt for the Rays fan-base, more than 10,000 fans would turn out. (Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex) After winning three consecutive games for the first time this season, the Tampa Bay Rays seek their first series sweep this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. For context, the Rays collected just two series sweeps in 2017. Tampa Bay is coming off a 10–1 shellacking, marking the best offensive output by the team this (young)...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay dominates on mound

Brendan McKay continues to do it all for Bowling Green.

Dating back to last season, Brendan McKay has dominated in nearly all of his outings. In his first start this season, he threw two innings. That increased to three his next time out, and he threw four innings on Saturday. Whether it’s with Bowling Green or Charlotte, I can’t wait to see him pitch deeper into games and figure out the adjustments he has to make facing hitters multiple times.

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