01. Players

  • Chris Archer strikes out David Ortiz in classic at bat

    Chris Archer strikes out David Ortiz in classic at bat

    April 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm 0 comments

    In the boxscore it will go down as just another strikeout, one of dozens for Chris Archer this year. But this one was different and, oh boy, was it pretty awesome. With the Rays trailing 1-0 in the 5th, the Boston Red Sox got runners on first and second with […]

     
  • Chris Archer made a change this season and it is paying off big time

    Chris Archer made a change this season and it is paying off big time

    April 17, 2015 at 11:42 am 4 comments

    Chris Archer had his second straight dominant performance, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night and he can thank a big change in his game plan on the mound. In Archer’s last two starts, he has allowed just three hits in 14 shutout innings with 16 strikeouts and […]

     
  • MLB is still investigating how the Chicago Cubs hired Joe Maddon

    MLB is still investigating how the Chicago Cubs hired Joe Maddon

    April 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm 5 comments

    It has been more than five months since the Chicago Cubs hired Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays asked Major League Baseball to investigate the move. Despite several reports that the case would be resolved before the start of the regular season, we are now into the second week […]

     
  • Allan Dykstra picked up his first big league black eye and Tim Beckham freaked out

    Allan Dykstra picked up his first big league black eye and Tim Beckham freaked out

    April 14, 2015 at 10:22 am 0 comments

    Allan Dykstra was in the lineup on Monday night for just his fifth big league game and still looking for his first big league hit seven years after being a first-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2008. Well, poor Dykstra took some pre-game batting practice and on the […]

     
  • Some of the faces may change, but some things stay the same.

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    April 14, 2015 at 7:38 am 3 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The starting pitching is doing Rays starting pitching things even with all the injuries. Jake Odorizzi was the latest, […]

     
  • Tim Beckham’s first career home run comes with his first career bat flip

    Tim Beckham’s first career home run comes with his first career bat flip

    April 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm 13 comments

    Tim Beckham hit his first career big league home run, a solo shot that gave the Rays a 2-0 lead over the Marlins on Saturday. But what makes this home run even better is the big league bat flip. This is the best. Likes(5)Dislikes(1)

     
  • Ben Zobrist hit a home run in his first at bat with the Oakland A’s

    Ben Zobrist hit a home run in his first at bat with the Oakland A’s

    April 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm 3 comments

    Are you sitting down? You should probably sit down. In the first inning of his first game with the Oakland A’s, Ben Zobrist hit a no-doubt 2-run home run for the Oakland A’s on the second pitch he saw. To make matters worse, Sam Fuld was the runner on base. […]

     
  • Chris Archer had to change his routine in order to start on Opening Day

    Chris Archer had to change his routine in order to start on Opening Day

    April 6, 2015 at 8:25 am 4 comments

    If you have been reading Rays Index for the last couple of weeks then it is no surprise to you that Chris Archer had to alter his routine in order to pitch in game No. 1 instead of game No. 2. Now we have the details via Marc Topkin. By […]

     
  • Tim Beckham ‘looks like a big leaguer’

    Tim Beckham ‘looks like a big leaguer’

    April 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm 2 comments

    It has been a long time coming, but it appears that former No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Beckham is ready to put the minors behind him for good. In their recent “Countdown to Opening Day” show, Andy Freed and Dave Wills were discussing how well a few young players […]

     
  • Anonymous manager says he would rather have Drew Smyly than David Price

    Anonymous manager says he would rather have Drew Smyly than David Price

    April 2, 2015 at 11:36 am 7 comments

    Tim Kurkjian was a guest on Buster Olney’s “Baseball Tonight” podcast when he was asked to name three “sleepers” for the 2015 season. The second player Kurkjian named was Drew Smyly and the praise was so good that Kurkjian even mentioned that one manager told him they would rather have […]