Rays Pound White Sox

mymaria2012:

Rays are lookin good. My home team. Looking forward to David Price pitching Sunday!

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

Outfielder Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds third base on his way home in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Credit: J. Meric/Getty Images)

Outfielder Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds third base on his way home in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Credit: J. Meric/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago White Sox took some solace that they had a couple of players make successful major league debuts Friday night.

Catcher Josh Phegley drove in two runs and Simon Castro pitched three shutout innings in their first big-league games, but all of it came after the Rays had jumped on White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod in a five-run second inning in an 8-3 win for Tampa Bay.

It was the seventh loss in nine games for the White Sox.

“It was kind of a strange feeling,” said Phegley, who drove in Chicago’s first run with a fifth-inning single off Jeremy Hellickson.

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Its all about Wil for the Rays

Top prospect Wil Myers called up by Rays

 

The Rays called up top prospect Wil Myers on Sunday. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Rays called up top prospect Wil Myers on Sunday. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Sunday that they have called up top outfield prospect Wil Myers, ending days of speculation. He will join the team in time for a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.

Myers’ arrival in Tampa Bay has been highly anticipated ever since he served as the main asset acquired by the Rays in a trade involving starter James Shields last offseason. The 22-year-old Myers was ranked the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America before the start of the season.

In 63 games with Triple-A Durham this season, Myers hit .283 with a .354 on-base percentage, .514 slugging percentage, 14 homers and 57 RBI. He has been on fire over the past three weeks, batting .347 with 10 homers and a 1.126 OPS since May 23.

“He’s going to play a lot,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Myers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Of course you don’t bring somebody like that up to sit around.”

For Wil Myers, first week in MLB offers plenty of highs

mymaria2012:

Luvin our new guy!!

Originally posted on The Strike Zone - SI.com:

Wil Myers picked up two hits in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Wil Myers picked up two hits in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Baseball relishes its traditions, and pranking promising young players will presumably persist in perpetuity, which is something Wil Myers learned this week.

The Rays’ rightfielder, Baseball America’s reigning Minor League Player of the Year who was acquired in a trade with the Royals this winter, was playing with the Triple-A Durham Bulls on Sunday when he was removed from the game after one at-bat (a double).

“I was told I may or may not be going to the majors,” he recalled Thursday.

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David Price set to make first rehab start Friday in Bradenton

mymaria2012:

Luv my Rays….feeling bad for David Price.

Originally posted on Extra Bases:

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays doing first ...

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays doing first base drills during spring training workouts at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jeff Odom / MLBlogs.com

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price won’t have to travel very far for his first rehab stint as he begins to work his way back from a left triceps injury sustained in May.

The 2012 American League Cy Young award winner will make his first start with the Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday night at McKechnie Field in Brandenton as part of a doubleheader after heavy rains washed out their game with Pittsburgh Pirates’ affiliate, the Brandenton Marauders, on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the team has no set a pitch or innings limit for the 27-year-old Price, but he expects him to return to the starting rotation before the all-star…

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Rays beat Jays in Walk Off Fashion 5-4

STANDINGS

W L PCT GB
NY Yankees 20 13 .606 -
Baltimore 21 14 .600 -
Boston 21 14 .600 -
Tampa Bay 16 18 .471 4.5
Toronto 13 23 .361 8.5
David Price puts in a solid eight innings and Kyle Farnsworth allowed no hits in one inning of relief work as Tampa Bay stops Toronto!!!  Bottom of the 10th and Luke Scott walks with the bases loaded, forcing LONGO with the winning run.  GOOD JOB RAYS!!
Cobb and Rays Begin Series against Padres tonite!!    GO RAYS!!

mymaria2012:

Are you kidding me?! What stadium can you go to and a cool 72 degrees and your dry when it storming and raining out! ??!

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The central fact of the Rays miserable stadium situation is that they are contractually bound to St. Pete and the mayor there has threatened suit if the Rays even talk to anyone about a possible stadium in Tampa.  But there is now a glimmer of hope:

City Council member Charlie Gerdes placed a proposal on Thursday’s council agenda that would give the team three years to investigate new stadium sites in either Hillsborough or Pinellas counties in exchange for a payment equal to the city’s annual operating subsidy on Tropicana Field, currently about $1.42 million.

But it’s not much of a glimmer, as no one gives the amendment a great chance of passing.

But it’s something. It’s evidence that least someone on the St. Pete city council is amenable to letting the Rays out of their lease. Maybe, eventually, more people will come around to a negotiated solution.

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mymaria2012:

Im still stuck on the phrase “….with James Shields gone…..” Bummer But I still think our pitching will be outstanding this year. How can it not….we have Cy Young Award winning David Price!!

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.

Outfield: Desmond Jennings is the only sure starter in the Tampa Bay outfield, and it’s still unclear if he’ll be playing left or center. Matt Joyce will start somewhere against righties, probably in right field but perhaps at designated hitter. A career .201/.288/.325 hitter in 234 at-bats against lefties,  he’s more useful being platooned.

Beyond those two, the Rays have the option of playing Zobrist in right, but they seem more likely to use him at second initially. Brandon Guyer was looking like a nice sleeper entering last season, but he opened up in…

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Pitchers/Catchers report in 27 days!

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Ahhhh.  Spring Training!  My favorite time of year.  Strange that it almost goes hand in hand with hockey this year.  haha.  Ok, technically hockey practice began here in Tampa Bay this week.  I said almost.  Usually, we go to hockey games up until the time Spring Training hits.  I know this because my sister and I are baseball/hockey nuts.  Her birthday is March 27th.  So usually we go from hockey directly to Spring Training.  This year will be different.  I say, BRING IT ON!!!

After a dreary off-season, baseball comes back to life in mid February when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.  Countdown is at:  27 days!!!  I grew up going to Spring Training at Al Lang Stadium in St Petersburg, FL with Grampa and family watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  In the old days, players really used spring training to get in shape for regular season.  Now, everyone seems to arrive in great physical condition.  This is a time for players to compete to make the team to avoid going to the minors.

Grampa taught me there’s not only no crying in baseball, but also that there’s no National or American League in preseason baseball.  Instead there are major league teams playing in the Florida in the Grapefruit League.  Out west, its known as the Cactus League.

We’re  lucky enough we can go to Charlotte for Rays games.

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Not a bad drive.  We’ll go to a couple of New York games in Tampa (when the Rays play of course), and maybe pick up a couple Royals games in Clearwater, or even to Dunedin.  However, Dunedins field seems to not have as much shade!!!  Made for a hot day last year.

My favorite time of the year!!!  Im sooooo excited.  : )  Lets Go Rays!!

mymaria2012:

Always luv Carl Crawford. He’s an ex- Ray don’t ya know! He sure has struggled since he left us. Hope he has a better year this year.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Hey, look, it’s positive news about Carl Crawford:

Appearing on 710 ESPNLA Tuesday, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said he had just gotten a positive medical report, including video, and that the four-time All-Star has lost 10 pounds since last season and has started to throw.

“At no time has he felt he wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day,” Kasten said. “That’s exactly how we feel.”

This comes from ESPN Los Angeles’ Mark Saxon.

Crawford underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in late August, but he has experienced no setbacks up to this point and is on track to be fully healthy for the beginning of the 2013 regular season.

The 31-year-old has been a major disappointment since signing a seven-year, $142 million free agent contract with the Red Sox in December 2010. He batted just .255/.289/.405 in 2011 and .282/.306/.479 last season.

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The new trailer for “42″ is out and it’s spectacular

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

“42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic coming out in April, has a new trailer. Me likey.

Still, the same note of uncertainty regarding Harrison Ford’s Branch Rickey. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s either going to be a spectacular stretch of a performance for Ford, or his most hammy bit of acting since he tried to trick the Nazis into thinking that he was at the castle to look at ze tapestries:

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