Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are buying the Rowdies. What does it mean for Tampa Bay?

The Rays are buying the Rowdies. What does it mean for Tampa Bay?

Part of Al Lang Stadium is seen during a recent Rowdies game. CHRIS URSO | TimesST. PETERSBURG — The Rays struck a surprising and curious deal to buy the Rowdies they say was made only to get into the soccer business and has no connection to th...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/02/18
How Ben Zobrist got back to ‘old times’

How Ben Zobrist got back to ‘old times’

Ben Zobrist was, finally, starting to look old last year.Injuries and inconsistent performance, plus maybe some ill fortune, ganged up to make his age 36 season with the Cubs one of his worst in what somehow was already a dozen in the majors.But as h...
Published: 10/01/18
Rays Blake Snell wins second straight Pitcher of the Month award

Rays Blake Snell wins second straight Pitcher of the Month award

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are confident Blake Snell deserves to be deemed the  best pitcher in the American League when voting for the Cy Young award is announced in November.He has been the best for August and September, anyway, named Mon...
Published: 10/01/18
Rays journal: Franchise returns to 90-win plateau

Rays journal: Franchise returns to 90-win plateau

ST. PETERSBURG — Though they fell short of making the playoffs, the Rays were pleased to reach a number of big numbers in Sunday's 9-4 season-ending win over Toronto.Most significant was reaching 90 wins as a team, a 10-game improvement from la...
Updated one month ago
Rays complete surprisingly successful season, eye playoffs in 2019

Rays complete surprisingly successful season, eye playoffs in 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A Rays season expected to be disappointing ended that way Sunday.Just not how anyone thought.Following a winter/spring purge of veterans, a rash of injuries and a miserable start, these Rays were predicted by many to lose 100-p...
Updated one month ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Blue Jays game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Blue Jays game

OF Tommy Pham certainly has the Rays excited to see what he can do over a full season and with a better knowledge of AL pitchers based on his initial six weeks of play (.355 in past 37 games), showing he's a dangerous hitter, an aggressive baserunner...
Updated one month ago
Rays beat Jays 9-4 to finish with 90 wins

Rays beat Jays 9-4 to finish with 90 wins

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays put a good wrap on their more-successful-than-expected season, beating the Blue Jays 9-4 to finish with 90 wins after being predicted by many to lose 100 games.This was the first time the Rays won 90 since 2013, but th...
Updated one month ago
For starters: Rays vs. Jays, looking to go out with No. 90

For starters: Rays vs. Jays, looking to go out with No. 90

UPDATE, 2:03: No surgeries are planned for OF Tommy Pham, Rays officials said, that will let his groin and finger issues heal. .. Cash said he hopes the players watch the postseason games and are mad they aren't participating and that it carries over...
Updated one month ago
Rays journal: Snell strengthens Cy Young case in 4-3 win over Blue Jays

Rays journal: Snell strengthens Cy Young case in 4-3 win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG — Now it's up to the voters.LHP Blake Snell completed his compelling case for the American League Cy Young Award, overcoming a shaky first to work five solid innings in the Rays' 4-3 win against the Blue Jays on Saturday.From Sat...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Blue Jays game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Blue Jays game

Even in a season of such grand excellence, LHP Blake Snell has flaws. On Saturday, it was stubbornly sticking with a plan to throw mostly breaking balls in the first inning, resulting in three walks and a run on a sac fly over 29 pitches. Eventually,...
Updated one month ago
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