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View from the Catwalk: Battle for first

Another series in New York that will determine the top of the AL East for the time being

After earning a split with a rare one-run getaway day victory on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays head off to The Big Apple for yet another series with the Yankees that will determine first place in the AL East. It’s only mid-June, and it feels like we’ve already had a half dozen of these series.

On Monday, the Rays will send out Yonny Chirinos, Starting Pitcher (7-2, 2.88/4.08/4.08 ERA/FIP/xFIP, 1.0 fWAR)...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Padlo stays hot in Biscuits win

After another slow start, Kevin Padlo has been on fire for a while now.

Anyone who reads the comments here every day knows I’m not the first person who’s made this observation, but Kevin Padlo has been swinging a hot bat for a while now. Through 18 games, he had a .521 OPS. Now, he’s batting .250/.386/.520. His .906 OPS is second in the Southern League, and he’s still a little younger than the average player in the league.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (42-27)

A pair of home runs from Rays...

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Watch: TB 6, LAA 5 - Rays score 2 in the 8th to ward off Angels

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Watch: Cash talks about win, road trip

Kevin Cash is always happy to earn a win and the return of Joey Wendle, but knows the bullpen has to improve for upcoming road trip

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Ashley MacLennan

Rays 6, Angels 5: Thanks, dads!

Rays split a series that was anything but heavenly.

At one point during this game, the Fox broadcast crew announced that the Rays are currently 2-10 for day games at home. As the staffer generally responsible for recapping Sunday afternoon day games, this stat feels very, very accurate.

That said, things went in the Rays favor today, with a slew of dads on hands to enjoy Father’s Day festivities at the park. In spite of the Angels scoring in the top of the first with a Pujols sac fly, the...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Last night was not fun!

The Rays have to win today to eke out a series split against the Los Angeles Mike Trouts

This could be a bad homestand, or a terrible one. Let’s see which one it will be.

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay shuts down RailRiders’ ringers

Durham pitching continued to excel against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s tough lineup.

When you’re the top prospect in baseball, fans find out about why you left a game early almost immediately:

Slipped out of the box on a double in rainy conditions. Stayed in the game initially but was removed for what appeared to be precautionary reasons. https://t.co/IF394ZLhrU

— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) June 16, 2019

With the Midwest League All-Star break nearly upon us, I actually think it’s fair...

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John Ford

Rays 3, Angels 5: Dog days of June

A Rays rally comes up short.

On bark at the park day, the Rays refused to roll over and play dead. They battled back from a four run deficit, before coming up on the losing side of a 5-3 dogfight. It was Charlie Morton’s first loss in four dog years.

With the club sporting Devil Ray throwbacks, Morton was bedeviled by Angels not named Trout and Ohtani. The big two were 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts against Morton. The rest of the lineup were like yippy little Yorkshire terriers, pestering the...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Last night was fun!

And weird!

First place! Go Rays!

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Rays call up right-hander Jake Faria from Triple-A Durham

The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled right-hander Jake Faria from Triple-A Durham and demoted infielder Daniel Robertson, the team announced.  Faria makes his second appearance with the Rays this season, the first resulting in a scoreless two-inning outing against the Red Sox on April 20. He has otherwise notched solid strikeout rates in Triple A this season (11.6 K/9) along with a 4-1 record and 5.41 ERA across 15 games (six starts). Faria gave the Rays 86 2/3 strong innings in 2017, with 3.43...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bulls outslug RailRiders’ ringers

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had two stars in its lineup Friday, but Durham’s deep lineup couldn’t be stopped.

There was a stunner on Opening Day in the New York-Penn League. Hudson Valley opens against Aberdeen every season, and Hudson Valley had won seven of those games in a row, outscoring Aberdeen 40-10. That streak finally came to an end Friday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-26)

Durham hit four home runs in a 16-3 blowout of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jake Cronenworth got it started early with a...

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Jared Ward

Angels: 4 Rays: 9 - A Wendle-ful Return

Snell Struggles, but Choi & Co. come through

Is it too early to start worrying? Will the Rays ever win again?! Hard to say, but they would certainly try, with Blake Snell on the mound to help his team break a 3 game losing streak and 2nd series in a row. Rays would also have a familiar face back in the lineup.

Batting seventh, the second baseman, Joey Wendle. https://t.co/2bYCj208yI #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/DzeUmusJVs

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 14, 2019

Tonight, we show off...

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Brett Phillips

GDT: Can one of our two true starters stop the bleeding?

Also maybe Chirinos is a starter, who is to say?

Let’s stop this bleeding right now, jeez.

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Daniel Russell

Brendan McKay is hitting mammoth homeruns in Triple-A

What else did you expect from baseball’s next two-way sensation?

The Tampa Bay Rays newly minted top pitching prospect (at least by using the mid-season update from FanGraphs) is also straight-up demolishing baseballs at the plate.

LHP Brendan McKay has continued to be a two-way player after his promotion to Triple-A, despite hitting a mere .167/.256/.192 at Double-A, and with that trust has come some impressive results.

In 10 games (40 PA), McKay already has three home runs — not to...

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Ashley MacLennan

FanPost Friday: Tell us your baseball stories with dad!

Will you be spending Father’s Day at the park?

As we approach the Father’s Day weekend, when players will don pale blue caps and funds will be collected for prostate cancer research, it feels especially timely to think about our dads.

Not everyone is close to their families, and some of us have lost out parents, making themed events like these bittersweet. But for many, it can be a wonderful time to spend time with dad, or if you’re far away, to think of the best memories you shared...

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Ashley MacLennan

Dog Days of Summer: It’s bark at the park on Saturday!

It’s everyone’s favorite day at the park! (unless you have a dog allergy)

Is there anything better than a dog-themed event at the park? If you answered no and don’t like dogs, that’s fine I guess... weirdo. But for me, the combination of dogs and baseball is basically merging two of my all-time favorite things into one perfect tail-wagging, home-run hitting perfect day.

That day, for the Rays, comes this Saturday, June 15 — and from 11:40am to 1:40pm before the game, the Rays Wives...

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MLortz

Rays Monthly Attendance Analysis: May 2019

Welcome to our second monthly review of the Tampa Rays 2019 attendance. This post will look at attendance in the Rays 13 home games played from May 6, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

Total May 2019 Tampa Bay Rays home attendance: 174,716 Average attendance per game: 13,440 Highest attendance: 25,025 (2x) on Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th Lowest attendance: 5,786 on Tuesday, May 28th Average May game time: 3 hours, 11 minutes (incl 2 extra inning games) Highest attended series: 23,632 per...

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Darby Robinson

View from the Catwalks: Did you know Tampa is the lightning capital of the USA?

Ohtani’s power wasn’t out yesterday though!

Rays News Sure, blame the birds.

What’s wrong with Rays reliever Chaz Roe? - Ryan Kolakowski, Tampa Bay Times: The man with the most gif-able Slider in baseball has faltered in 2019.

Rays place infielder Arroyo (tendinitis) on IL - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Plus, Juan has info on another Rays draft pick signed, and the plan for the returning Wendle.

Stat of the Week: Kevin Kiermaier’s amazing Defensive Runs Saved total - Mark Simon, ACTA...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Biscuits clinch playoff spot

Montgomery won the first-half division title to ensure its fifth straight playoff appearance.

Friday night, Hudson Valley starts its season with its annual series in Aberdeen. Here’s a look at the Renegades’ roster:

The official roster for the 2019 Hudson Valley Renegades pic.twitter.com/DpAMDFxLba

— bigmusephotography (@bigmusephoto17) June 12, 2019

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-26)

Brendan McKay homered again in Durham’s 6-3 win over Toledo. For the second time in three games, the...

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Dominik Vega

Rays 3, Angels 5: Ohtani hits for the cycle as the Angels sap the energy out of Tropicana Field

The Rays’ offense couldn’t climb the mountain that was Ryan Yarbrough’s rough outing

Welcoming the Angels into town, Ryan Yarbrough and the Rays looked to start the series on the right foot against the team with the best player in baseball.

New series on deck. https://t.co/MM4AoOVWm0 #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/ON0LFWD33I

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 13, 2019

Yarbrough’s night got off to a very rough start in the first inning of this game. After a leadoff double from Tommy...

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