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'Couple bad pitches' snap Rays' win streak

@ladsonbill24
August 14, 2020

The three-batter rule ended up hurting Tampa Bay’s bullpen in a big way as the Rays lost to the Blue Jays, 12-4, on Friday night at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Tampa Bay’s winning streak was snapped at six. The Rays were ahead, 4-3, when Toronto took the lead in

Morton plays catch; Chirinos back Sunday

@ladsonbill24
August 14, 2020

Right-hander Charlie Morton, who was placed on the 10-day injured list because of shoulder inflammation, played catch on Friday afternoon without any problems. He threw 150 feet, according to manager Kevin Cash. Morton will probably have a bullpen session Saturday or Sunday. Cash is not sure when Morton will pitch

Rays rack up 42 runs in Boston sweep

@juanctoribio
August 13, 2020

The Rays came into the four-game set against the Red Sox looking to produce more offense than they had in their first 15 games of the season. Apparently, a trip to Fenway Park was all they needed to turn things around. The Rays wrapped up a four-game sweep against the

Honeywell throws in live batting practice

@juanctoribio
August 13, 2020

After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018, Brent Honeywell Jr.’s road back to the mound has taken a lot longer than anybody anticipated. But the Rays’ No. 6 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, cleared yet another hurdle this week. Honeywell -- who underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar

MLB to celebrate Negro Leagues on Sunday

@ladsonbill24
August 13, 2020

The Negro Leagues are getting the kind of recognition they deserve this Sunday. All Major League clubs will celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Negro National League -- the first structured Negro League that lasted for an extended period -- with all players, managers, coaches and umpires wearing

'The Blake we know': Snell stifles Red Sox

@juanctoribio
August 13, 2020

With Charlie Morton and Yonny Chirinos on the 10-day injured list, the Rays are going to need the rest of the starting staff to provide length in order to take pressure off a bullpen that has been relied on heavily to start the season. In the Rays’ 9-5 win over

Trade Deadline questions for AL East clubs

@feinsand
August 13, 2020

A look at the American League East standings show a race between the Yankees and Rays, the two teams most people expected to jockey for first place throughout the season. The team hot on their heels, however, is quite a surprise. Fresh off a last-place season that saw them win

Here's each team's best unranked prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
August 13, 2020

MLB Pipeline’s midseason updates for every team’s Top 30 Prospects list are now out for your perusal. But unlike previous years, when we did a full reshuffling of the preseason Top 30 order while also adding Draft picks and international signees to our lists, the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020

Kittredge has UCL sprain; Slegers added

@juanctoribio
August 12, 2020

Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge will not pitch again in 2020 after an MRI exam Wednesday revealed a right UCL sprain. The right-hander experienced elbow soreness Tuesday at Boston and left in the first inning after facing just two batters as the Rays' opener. The team placed Kittredge on the 45-day

Lean on me: Rays' deep 'pen leads way

@juanctoribio
August 12, 2020

Coming into the season, the Rays were confident that their relief corps would be one of the deepest and most talented units in the Majors. Through 18 games, Tampa Bay's bullpen has lived up to the hype. On Tuesday, the bullpen led the way again. The Rays used seven pitchers,

McKay shut down with shoulder inflammation

@juanctoribio
August 11, 2020

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that left-hander Brendan McKay has been shut down for seven to 10 days with left shoulder inflammation. The injury is something McKay, who is the No. 2 overall prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline, dealt with last season after his start in

5 slow starts not to panic about

These hard-hitting batters' fortunes are due to improve
@AndrewSimonMLB
August 12, 2020

In a 60-game season that magnifies every plate appearance, a slow start now feels like a bigger deal than ever. But not every season-opening slump is created equal. Some hitters may be working through serious issues, with their approaches, swing mechanics or both. Others may simply be dealing with some

Playing with heavy heart, Margot breaks out

Rays' outfielder recently lost father to COVID-19
@juanctoribio
August 11, 2020

It hasn’t been the start that Manuel Margot envisioned to his season. Margot, who was acquired from the Padres just days before the start of Spring Training, got off to a 3-for-30 start at the plate with his new team. His defense, which has been his calling card during his

Charlie Morton (shoulder) goes on injured list

@juanctoribio
August 10, 2020

Charlie Morton, who left Sunday’s game against the Yankees in the third inning, was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday with right shoulder inflammation. With Morton going on the injured list, the Rays reinstated left-hander José Alvarado from the paternity list. Morton walked Aaron Hicks on a fastball

Here's each team's new Top 30 Prospects list

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
August 11, 2020

We updated all of the MLB Pipeline prospect lists last week, from the Top 100 to the Top 10s by position to Top 30s for every organization. We'll revise our farm system rankings after the Aug. 31 Trade Deadline, allowing us to reflect on prospects who change addresses. For now,

Rays get best of Yanks as rivalry turns bitter

@juanctoribio
August 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Lowe grew up a Yankees fan in Virginia and his first career hit came at Yankee Stadium. But on Sunday he made it known that his Rays team is not going to back down against its division rival. “It’s pretty frustrating to have them think that

Drake (biceps) to IL; Rays shuffle roster

@juanctoribio
August 9, 2020

Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, the Rays made a flurry of moves, including placing right-hander Oliver Drake on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis. Drake has been a key part of the Rays’ bullpen and allowed a run in the seventh inning

We have a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
August 10, 2020

Each week, we’ve opened up our Power Rankings discussion with a rundown of what’s unusual, unexpected or downright strange in this odd season. So this time, let’s instead examine what about the season so far hasn’t been surprising. That list isn’t as long. We knew the Dodgers and Yankees had

Feisty Rays win battle of bullpens vs. Yanks

@juanctoribio
August 8, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- After Tyler Glasnow went just 2 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Rays entered the second game knowing they were going to need strong, efficient innings out of a bullpen that has been relied on heavily

Here is each team's top MVP candidate

@williamfleitch
August 9, 2020

For some teams, we are 25 percent of the way through this season. Amazing, right? That means anyone who is on a hot streak now, and can maintain it, has a legitimate chance to win a Most Valuable Player Award, an honor that lasts forever … no matter how unusual

Command issues plague Glasnow in G1 loss

@juanctoribio
August 8, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Before Saturday’s game, Willy Adames said he hoped the Rays could get some “revenge” against Yankees starter Gerrit Cole, who was the winning pitcher for the Astros in Game 5 of the 2019 American League Division Series. That wasn’t the case, as Tyler Glasnow struggled against Cole’s