Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays

Rays journal: Triple-A Durham wins another league title

Rays journal: Triple-A Durham wins another league title

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays officials talk a lot about how winning at the minor-league level can benefit players when they get to the majors.Well, they have reason to be even better now.On Saturday, Triple-A Durham won a second straight International...
Published: 09/15/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-A’s game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-A’s game

INF Brandon Lowe can be forgiven if he can't keep track of the details from a season that saw him rise from Double A to Triple A to the majors. But the numbers are pretty good mile-markers, his second-inning homer his fifth in the majors, 27th overal...
Published: 09/15/18
For starters: Rays vs. A’s, on double opener day

For starters: Rays vs. A’s, on double opener day

UPDATE, 5:02: Neither  Rays manager Kevin Cash nor A's countpart Bob Melvin making much of the opener vs. opener matchup, saying it was going to happen at some point with more teams doing it. Melvin did say he may again pinch-hit in the leadoff ...
Published: 09/15/18
Rays Tales: Why every day is Sunday fun day

Rays Tales: Why every day is Sunday fun day

ST. PETERSBURG — The stories typically start coming out around this time, how (most of) the teams headed to the playoffs all have such good chemistry, though the reality is that 90-something W's can mask a lot of issues and create plenty of pos...
Published: 09/15/18
Rays fall 2-1 in 10 innings to A’s, playoff hopes pretty much end

Rays fall 2-1 in 10 innings to A’s, playoff hopes pretty much end

ST. PETERSBURG  — With the weekend series against Oakland presenting his Rays with basically a final opportunity to at least make it a race for the last American League playoff spot, manager Kevin Cash wanted them, more than anything,...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-A’s game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-A’s game

The Rays have been running more but made three outs on the bases in the first five innings. Joey Wendle getting picked off first was bad. Kevin Kiermaier caught stealing second on a 3-0 count may have been worse. Mallex Smith was caught, too.Kevin Ca...
Published: 09/14/18
Rays journal: A’s adopting opener strategy

Rays journal: A’s adopting opener strategy

By Joe HendersonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG  — The Rays might have seemed a bit wacky when they committed to designating relief pitchers to be the "opener" in what has come to be known as bullpen days, but you can't argue with s...
Published: 09/14/18
For starters: Rays vs. A’s, in a series that matters

For starters: Rays vs. A’s, in a series that matters

UPDATE, 5:27: It looks to be opener vs. opener on Saturday, as the A's, with Trevor Cahill sidelined, are likely to turn to Liam Hendriks to work the first inning and then turn it over to their deep bullpen. … Good to see Tampa product Matt Joy...
Published: 09/14/18
Indians’ Josh Donaldson pulls young fan out of stands to play catch at the Trop

Indians’ Josh Donaldson pulls young fan out of stands to play catch at the Trop

It's not every day a young fan gets to play catch with a major leaguer on a big-league field.But 8-year-old Ethan Ortega got that opportunity Wednesday at Tropicana Field, when the Indians' Josh Donaldson pulled him out of the stands and ex...
Published: 09/14/18
How big is Rays-A’s this weekend? Well …

How big is Rays-A’s this weekend? Well …

That the Rays are playing a series with even the slightest amount of playoff implications in mid-September is somewhat of an accomplishment.How big the matchup with the A's that starts tonight at the Trop is depends on your perspective.For the A's, i...
Published: 09/14/18
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