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Rays Your Voice: Rays sweep Yankees, guest Darby Robinson

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Has Glasnow taken his game to the next level? On this week’s episode of Rays Your Voice, Darby Robinson joins the show to relish in the Rays three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York, and talk about the biggest contributers thus far. With the road trip concluding in Kansas City, is this a trap series for the Rays? Darby and I discuss some pitchers that may give the Rays bats trouble over the next few days. Finally, with 16 games already played, we can start to look at and form ideas from stats. We’re not drawing any conclusions yet, but...


GDT: OK so the Rays are out of the cellar

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports No need to stop climbing though! Go Rays!

Royals Review

Tampa Bay Rays Series Preview: The champs arrive

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports This won’t be the first series against the Rays with snow in the forecast. The Royals long homestand concludes with a visit from the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays went 40-20 last season in a pretty magical season for them. After coming close to winning it all, they kept their position player core together, but they dealt Blake Snell to the Padres and lost Charlie Morton to the Braves in free agency. The calculus there was that they have enough pitching to endure the loss of both of them to keep payroll down. And they...

AZ Snake Pit

SnakePit Round Table: Could be worse...

Photo by Rob Carr/ Injuries? We got ‘em... Which injury is more of a problem: Christian Walker or Tim Locastro? Jack: That’s a good question. The team is thinner in the outfield, although newcomer Nick Heath had an excellent Diamondbacks debut. But they are still short a legitimate right handed outfielder at the moment. They can cover first base more than adequately with Pavin Smith and Asdrubal Cabrera. So I’d say the Locastro injury is the bigger problem, Heath’s debut notwithstanding. Makakilo: Tim Locastro’s injury is more of a problem. Surprisingly,...

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals vs. Tampa Bay: Rays aren’t dominating

What can the KC Royals expect when they open a series with Tampa Bay tonight? The KC Royals are 9-5 and lead the American League Central after just beating Toronto three out of four games. The Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City’s opponents in a three-game series beginning tonight at Kauffman Stadium, had to win three […] KC Royals vs. Tampa Bay: Rays aren’t dominating - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Series Preview: Rays take on KC Royals

Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via We saw three wins for the good guys in New York City this weekend, as the Rays extended their regular season domination of the New York Yankees to 13-3 since the beginning of 2020. Now they take their shot at the red hot Kansas City Royals. The Royals lead the American League Central with a 9-5 record and are one of only two teams (the other is the LA Dodgers) that hasn’t lost a series this year. Matchups Monday 8:10 PM: Josh Fleming vs Danny DuffyTuesday 8:10 PM: Rich Hill vs Brad KellerWednesday 8:10 PM: Michael Wacha vs...

South Side Sox

North Side Sox Podcast 13: Rodónuts and Coffee

We talk about Carlos Rodón’s sweet success with his high school coach, Holly Springs High School manager Rod Whitesell! Carlos Rodón’s story is one of resilience. For Rodón, 2020 was supposed to be a hopeful bounce-back from Tommy John surgery, but instead, that year saw some disastrous relief appearances, a shoulder injury, and finally, being non-tendered. And then he threw the 20th no-hitter in White Sox history. Though we at North Side Sox were admittedly unclear on Rodón’s future on the South Side, there was one person who never had a doubt, and we brought him on...

Lone Star Ball

Week 3 Recap: Rise on the Road and Fall at Home

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Could’ve been better, could’ve been worse Season record: 7-9 Week 2 record: 4-3 Series record: 2-3 Rangers won a four game series against the reigning AL champs, winning game four in 10 innings to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays for their first road series win of 2021. After scoring just four runs over four games over the weekend and Monday, the Rangers bats came alive in the last three games against the Rays for 19 runs. Ronald Guzman was injured early in Monday’s game and will be out for a few weeks with a meniscus cartilage tear in his...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves news: injuries highlight hidden COVID-19 impact on the road

The Atlanta Braves taxi squad contains players no one expected on the roster, a direct result of travel restrictions due to COVID-19 protocols. The Atlanta Braves M.A.S.H unit grew quickly during the series with the Cubs. Drew Smyly forearm before the series), Ender Inciarte (hamstring), Ozzie Albies (calf), Sean Newcomb (COVID contact protocols), and Sunday […] Atlanta Braves news: injuries highlight hidden COVID-19 impact on the road - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

Over the Monster

Red Sox vs. White Sox lineups: It’s never too early to win

Let’s do this. | Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports It’s Patriots’ Day, and you know what that means: 11 a.m. baseball! The Red Sox look to avenge yesterday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of the White Sox when they face off again bright and early this morning (11:10 a.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market) behind Nathan Eovaldi. It’s Patriots’ Day, which I have traditionally used to measure the “real” start of the season. This year, the Red Sox are 10-6, in first place by two games over the Rays, and that is good. A big part of the success has come from the...

Fish Stripes

The Offishial Show Episode 103: Ripple Effects of Starling Marte’s Injury

Photo by Mark Brown/ Ely expects Starling Marte to land on the injured list. Which depth options will step up in his absence? Center field has suddenly gone from a strength of this Marlins team to their biggest question mark after Starling Marte suffered an apparent injury in Sunday’s game. Ely Sussman analyzes the biggest takeaways from the Giants series (3:20) before unpacking all the repercussions of trying to compete without Marte’s steady production (14:20). Enjoy Episode 103! Fish Stripes is thrilled to introduce SimBull as our new podcast sponsor. SimBull...

Royals Review

Game 15 Thread: Rays vs. Royals

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (30) lets out a shout after striking out a batter during game two of the MLB series between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. | Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via The Duffman Returneth You know, I’m old enough to remember when baseball teams didn’t post their lineups on Twitter. Instead, we got tweets from the beat writers or, if we were lucky, a pic of the lineup card itself. Nowadays, the teams know how much people want to...

Blog Red Machine

Merry Clinchmas: Jay Bruce’s greatest moment with the Reds

Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce announced on Sunday that after 14 seasons in the major leagues, the Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays would be last for the New York Yankees offseason acquisition. Bruce, after being traded from the Reds, bounced around the league but suffered a steep decline in production after reaching […] Merry Clinchmas: Jay Bruce’s greatest moment with the Reds - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - Cincinnati Reds News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals: 3 key takeaways from the Toronto series

The KC Royals just beat Toronto three times. Here are some things to ponder. Toronto, a team riddled with injuries and struggling to be relevant, arrived in Kansas City late last week hoping to find its way in a four-game series with the KC Royals. Instead, the battered Blue Jays headed to Boston early Sunday […] KC Royals: 3 key takeaways from the Toronto series - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

South Side Sox

South Side Sox 2021 Player of the Week (ending April 16): Carlos Rodón

Carlos Rodón has been Chicago’s most unstoppable pitcher so far this year. | Mitch Ransdell/South Side Sox In his dominant no-hitter, Los showed Chicago his fire Hell hath no fury like a pitcher scorned. As mentioned in his last Player of the Week profile, Carlos Rodón has taken a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Confronted with devastating injuries and then dropped from the White Sox roster, fate carved out a wickedly difficult path for the pitcher. But his red-hot spring gave us a glimpse of what could be. After claiming his spot in the starting rotation, Los...

Reviewing the Brew

Brewers: David Stearns right about need for outfield depth

With the injuries hitting the Brewers outfield, Jackie Bradley Jr. looks like a better and better pickup for Milwaukee. In early March many Brewers and other baseball fans were looking skeptically at the Milwaukee Brewers front office wondering why they would sign a player like Jackie Bradley Jr. when they already had an outfield trio […] Brewers: David Stearns right about need for outfield depth - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves Win Series versus Cubs at a Great Cost

While it’s always great to win a series in baseball, it was a very painful series for the Atlanta Braves this weekend with several key injuries.  The Atlanta Braves desperately needed a series win over the Chicago Cubs this past weekend after losing three-of-four to the Miami Marlins at home. And with the way the […] Atlanta Braves Win Series versus Cubs at a Great Cost - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Freeman, Braves pound Cubs 13-4, lose Acuña to injury

Freddie Freeman crushed one of Atlantas four homers in the first inning against Kyle Hendricks, leading the Braves to a potentially costly 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.


Tipping our Kap: Phillies vs. Giants series preview

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies’ former manager returns to face his former adoring fans There are - and as far as I can tell, will forever be - Gabe Kapler apologists. They believe that the team actually overachieved during his tenure as the Phillies’ manager, and found his uber-sabermetric approach to running a team to be innovative and effective. Gabe Kapler overachieved in two seasons as Phillies manager. In 2018, he had a poor team 15 games over .500 in August. In 2019, he kept a top-heavy, injury-riddled group in the race with zero (“if we dont,...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/19/21: Shed Long, Guillermo Heredia, and Shane Bieber

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Ladies and gentlemen, your 10-6 Seattle Mariners. In Mariners News... Shed Long is still working on rehabbing his right shin as he continues getting ABs in with the Arizona squad. Injury update on Shed Long- he's in Arizona and getting regular ABs with the group there. Servais says he doesn't have any issue running and sprinting but stopping and change of direction is still a challenge as he continues to recover from the stress fracture in his right shin.— Jen Mueller (@JenTalksSports) April 18, 2021 Just beautiful. That ball is French...

Fish Stripes

Is a Concussion Possible Without a Direct Hit?

Photo by Eric Espada/ A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury. One of the most common reasons both children and adults sustain concussions is because of contact sports, although they frequently occur after a car accident as well. For the majority of people, a headache is the most frequently experienced symptom, and most of the symptoms start to get better on their own within 14 to 21 days. A lot of people wonder if it’s possible to get a concussion without hitting your head or even realizing you’ve specifically hurt your head at all. The answer is...


Rays 4, Yankees 2: How Sweep It Is!

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Yoshi is clutch while Yarbs and the boys three hit the Yankees Behind a stellar, three-hit pitching effort from Johnny Wholestaff, along with just enough offense, the Rays completed a sweep of the Yankees in New York, winning 4-2. The lineup felt a little light today, especially at the bottom, as they squared off against Yankee ace Gerrit Cole. #Rays lineup vs. #Yankees and Cole, going for the sweep in the Bronx pic.twitter.com/nVmZSLaaA5— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 18, 2021 (Note - the bottom of the order would do just fine,...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2, Rays 4: Gerrit Cole dazzles in vain

Photo by Mike Stobe/ I hope it is nice outside where you are If you came into Sunday’s game looking forward to a Gerrit Cole start, you probably got what you wanted. Cole looked every bit as good as he’s been to start the season, with a nasty 60-percent whiff rate on his changeup and not surrendering a single walk. If you want to know how the Mets must feel every time Jacob deGrom starts, it’s probably close to how you felt watching the Yankees squander such a sterling start from their ace. New York was swept at home by the Rays, dropping Sunday’s contest,...


Gerrit Cole pitches well, but Yankees drop fifth in row and are swept by Rays

The ace had a strong outing, but it was not enough to overcome more sloppy defense and tepid run support as the Yankees dropped their fifth straight.


Dodgers move Gavin Lux to Injured List, activate Brusdar Graterol

Lux has been unable to swing a bat due to a wrist injury. He will get a week to rest and rehab the injury. Graterol was available to make his season debut on Sunday.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rays finish Bronx sweep, last-place Yanks lose 5th straight

Gerrit Cole shook his head, disgusted. Aaron Hicks put hands on hips and bowed his head. By the end of the afternoon, pretty much all of the New York Yankees were appalled, along with their loudly booing fans.

Detroit Jock City

Detroit Tigers: Nomar Mazara’s injury opens door for Victor Reyes

The Detroit Tigers are going to be without outfielder Nomar Mazara who will be missing a couple of weeks with an abdominal strain. Writer for The Athletic, Cody Stavenhagen, tweeted that the Tigers shuffled their roster around, putting Mazara on the 10-day Injured List (IL), recalling Joe Jiménez. The move comes after Mazara was removed […] Detroit Tigers: Nomar Mazara’s injury opens door for Victor Reyes - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: