4-14-14: The Tampa Bay Rays continued an up and down start to their 2014 season, but after two full weeks of baseball action sit in a first place tie atop the AL East with a 7-6 record. The Rays got the week started with a 2-1 series loss to the Kansas City Royals and missed out on a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds thanks to a rough 12-4 blasting on Sunday. Matt Joyce kept his bat hot this past week, as he still has a very solid .355 batting average and seven RBI’s through the first two weeks.
4-7-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have been hot and cold out of the gates in 2014, as they split their first series of the season (2-2) with the Toronto Blue Jays and then ended the first week with two wins out of three games with the Texas Rangers. Matt Joyce has been the unquestioned star in the early going, hitting a blazing .538, along with one homer and five RBIs. David Price has helped set the tone early from the mound, leading the Rays with 12 strikeouts and one win en route to a 4-3 start.
4-1-14: The Tampa Bay Rays began the 2014 MLB season in style, taking it to the Toronto Blue Jays in all facets of the game, winning 9-2. Starting pitcher David Price rode a shutout into the eighth inning and ended the night with just two earned runs to help the Rays start the season off on a high note. Matt Joyce was a stud on the offensive end, knocking in three runs in a game that was never close.
3-27-14: The Tampa Bay Rays got some discouraging news as pitcher Alex Colome has been suspended for 50 games due to steroids and PED's, Boldenone specifically. Colome, 25 years old, has been a big part of the Rays bullpen in recent seasons and was even part of the fifth starter competition in camp before the suspension was announced by the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball. Colome was ranked as the fifth best prospect in the Rays system and now has to be replaced for basically the first two months of games in 2014. The Rays also lost another pitcher when Tampa released Erik Bedard before he opted out of his deal since he did not make the Opening Day roster. Tampa remains willing to sign him to a minor league deal if Bedard cannot find a Major League deal by the time the 2014 season opens up.
3-20-14: The Tampa Bay Rays had an unusually active offseason after signing Grant Balfour and James Loney while acquiring Heath Bell and Logan Forsyth in trades. Those trades did not involve David Price as previously speculated so Tampa went ahead and announced Price as their Opening Day starter to no one's surprise. The Rays fans are once again excited to see what the team will do this season in the American League East, although more than likely from the comfort of their own couch and not by purchasing a ticket at Tropicana Field. The Rays still have the best record in the Grapefruit League and have won eight of their last ten games, including five wins in a row, this spring behind strong starting pitching and timely hitting.
3-14-14: The Rays debuted a new slogan for the 2014 season. “Rays Up” encourages both the team and the fan to show stronger support in 2014. With numerous giveaways and post-game concerts the team should see an increase in attendance from previous seasons. Despite the lackluster fan support, the team has been one of the most successful in the AL during the decade.
3-13-14: The Tampa Bay Rays had a shaky bullpen in 2013 and helped that in 2014 with the free agent signing of Grant Balfour to close games, replacing Fernando Rodney. Tampa, under Joe Maddon, has one of the best Grapefruit League records this season behind strong play from Evan Longoria and company. David Price was part of trade speculations and rumors all offseason long but it still on the team and slated to start on Opening Day unless a lot changes between then and now. The Rays brought first basemen James Loney on a three year deal in hopes that 2013 was not a fluke or a contract season and that he can repeat his .299 average with power and a solid glove at first base. Wil Myers is an exciting young player to watch as well as Desmond Jennings so it makes you wonder why the Rays have so many problems selling tickets and putting people in Tropicana Field.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Tampa Bay Rays 2014 season are: September 17th vs the Yankees, August 16th vs the Yankees, April 19th vs the Yankees, July 26th vs the Red Sox (with free Tote Bag giveaway), and August 15th vs the Yankees (with free cooler giveaway).
3-11-14: The Rays 5 most expensive remaining Spring Training games are: March 25th vs Boston, March 23rd vs Boston, March 14th vs Atlanta, March 19th vs Baltimore, and March 16th vs the Red Sox. Tickets for Rays Opening Day March 31st vs Toronto currently average $96 on the secondary market, with cheapest ticket at $34.
3-5-14: The Tampa Bay rays had to deal with some forced changes to their pitching rotation this February as they signed veteran Eric Bedard minor-league deal while Jeremy Hellickson is going to be out until at least May due to elbow surgery. Starting player Ben ZObrist made his spring debut this week and said he felt great and didn't complain about his ailing back at all. Zobrist is a versatile player and is slated to start at second base in 2014 for the Tampa Bay rays.
3-4-14: The Yankees' Derek Jeter, who will be entering his final season in the big leagues, recently expressed interest in owning a team. If the situation were to come about, the Rays would be the likely candidate. The Rays rank last on the list of Forbes most valuable franchises, valued at $451 million.
1-24-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have just recently signed free agent closer Grant Balfour to a two year $12 million deal this past week in an attempt to improve their bullpen. For this upcoming season the Rays will heavily rely on All-Star Evan Longoria to be the best player on their team to go along with one of the better starting rotations of any team in the league led by David Price and Matt Moore.
1-7-14: The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed their first baseman James Loney three-year deal with $21 million. However there is risk of losing their closer Fernando Rodney to free agency. Rodney is seeking around $10 million annually on a multiyear contract and is being heavily pursued by the Baltimore orioles.
12-9-13: Despite being a very tough division which is kept them out of the playoffs for several years the Tampa Bay rays have one thing going for them they compete well against both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Continuing their strategy of grooming young pitchers and never spending top dollar the rays have managed to always compete for a playoff spot all throughout the season. Perhaps that Big contract free agent that always seemingly eludes them would be the antidote to get them over the hump. However the Tampa Bay rays are no charity case and third baseman Evan Longoria is no slouch. Last season Longoria led the rays in home runs RBIs and run scored.
10-8-13: The Rays cut Boston's lead in the series to 2 games to 1 with their 5-4 win on Monday night. Jose Lobaton won it for the Rays with a walk-off home run off Sox closer Koji Uehara in the 9th.
10-7-13: After beating the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card play in game the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in a 0-2 whole on the verge of getting swept look to hold off the Boston Red Sox to stay alive in the American League Division Series.
9-30-13: Coming into the final weekend of the regular season the Tampa Bay rays are one of baseballs hottest teams. After sweeping both the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees the rays are still trying to make a push into the playoffs. The Tampa Bay rays are currently in the wildcard lead in the American League and will conclude their regular season with the series against the Blue Jays over the weekend. As usual solid pitching was the meat and potatoes for the Rays success. However this year the offense of production was improved compared to years past as Evan Longoria eclipsed 30 home runs and the team was 12 in the major leagues in overall batting average. The left-hander David Price led the team in strikeouts with the hundred and 47.
8-20-13: The Tampa Bay rays are in second place only one game out of first. This week they will embark on a series against division rival Baltimore. On Monday they opened their series with the Orioles with a 4-3 win. David Price won his 7th game and Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 for with a home run.
Tampa Bay has a strong record at home of 41 – 23. They are +55 in terms of run differential. After starting the season on the disabled list left-hander David Price has a seven – five record with an ERA of 3.29. T
8-6-13: The Tampa Bay rays are in second place and leaders in the American League wild-card. This week they will engage in interleague play against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. The rays are 6-4 in the last 10 games.
7-18-13: The Tampa Bay Rays are in second place in the division and they lead the AL wildcard race, along with Texas who is also tied for the wild-card lead. The rays have been strong behind young left-hander Matt Moore who is 13-3 with an era of 3.44. Matt Moore has struck out 108 batters in 107.1 innings. Offensively the rays are led by Evan Longoria And his 18 home runs along with 52 RBIs. After the All-Star break the Rays will head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays who are currently in last place of the division. As always pitching has been the rays strength with a team ERA of 3.82.
7/7/13 - Ben Zobrist was the only Tampa Bay Ray selected for the 2013 American League all-star team. So far in 2013 the 2nd baseman is hitting .262 with 5 HR and 45 RBI. It will be his 2nd ASG appearance.
6/12/13 - The Tampa Bay rays have lost two in a row and are currently in fourth place in the AL East division. The Rays missed the playoffs last year and if this seasons trend continues It will be the second straight season they miss the playoffs. The newly acquired James Loney leads the team in batting average Hitting 327. The longest tenured Ray Evan Longoria Is hitting 305 and leads the team with 11 homeruns.