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5 MLB Teams on the Rise in 2017

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 years 2 months ago
Spring training is winding down, and rosters are being finalized. As each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs prepares to leave sunny Arizona or Florida, we take a look at five clubs capable of putting poor past results behind them. Expect these clubs to be on the rise in 2017.   Tampa Bay Rays Following a competitive 2015 and led by a strong starting rotation, underrated position...

Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Preview, Predictions & Schedule

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 3 months ago
Back in the day, the Devil made them do it. But what possessed the 2016 version of the Rays to lose more games than in any year since the name truncation was an unholy amalgam of shoddy fundamentals, slapdash base running, leaky defense and patchy pitching. On paper, little has changed. That means either the Rays believe enough in their players to regard last year as an aberration, or their...

Tampa Bay's Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

By Charlie Miller, 3 years 10 months ago
Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let...

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland

By The Sports Network, 3 years 10 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Salazar had a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians gave him support with three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Salazar (7-3) had his perfect game broken up on a leadoff walk by Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth, then Curt Casali doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the inning to end the no-hit bid....

Cleveland Indians (33-41) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-35), 7:10 p.m. (ET)

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays are still in a virtual tie for first place in the AL East, but haven't been playing like contenders lately. The Rays are percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles in the division and will start a four-game series Monday versus the Cleveland Indians. Tampa Bay has lost five of its last seven games and suffered a 5-3 setback on Sunday to the...

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning and yielded just two hits through eight in his second major league start, a superb effort that carried the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson (1-0) set down 19 consecutive Rays before giving up a solo home run to onetime Indians star Grady Sizemore. The rookie...

Rays call up Grady Sizemore

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays have called up veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore from the minors. Sizemore will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and bat second in the lineup Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. He recently signed a minor league contract with the Rays after being released by Philadelphia on June 1. The three-time All-Star hit .245 with...

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Boston

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brock Holt's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning was the difference as Boston beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday in the opener of a weekend set. Alejandro De Aza and Jackie Bradley Jr. each knocked in a run for the Red Sox, with Mike Napoli adding a single, three walks and a pair of runs scored. Alexi Ogando (2-0) recorded the final out of the...

Rays acquire Marc Krauss from Angels

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder/first baseman Marc Krauss from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Kyle Winkler. Krauss, 27, has batted .143 with a .211 on-base percentage and one home run in 38 plate appearances this season for the Angels. In 130 career major league games with the Astros and Angels, Krauss has hit 11 home runs....

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Toronto

By The Sports Network, 3 years 11 months ago
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Marco Estrada's bid for the first perfect game in Toronto Blue Jays history ended on a bang-bang play in the eighth inning, but his team still came away with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. Chris Colabello's solo homer in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Jays to a 1-0 win over the Rays in the finale of their three-game...