01. Players

  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] King David Has Taken Lead In Player Of Year Voting

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] King David Has Taken Lead In Player Of Year Voting

    August 26, 2008 at 10:03 am 0 comments

    Durham 9, Indianapolis 8 (10). Jonny Gomes beat a 5-man infield shift with a line drive single to left for the walk-off win. Gomes finished 2-4 with 2 RBI…Jeff Niemann started and gave up 4 runs in 6 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 6…Fernando Perez […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Doug Eddings Made-Up Call In 10th Costs Rays Series Finale

    [THE HANGOVER] Doug Eddings Made-Up Call In 10th Costs Rays Series Finale

    August 25, 2008 at 9:25 am 8 comments

    PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AHEAD. We have our editors bound and gagged in their office, so some explicatives might not get deleted… THE BAD: Shawn Riggans. This is just one reason why if (and that is a big IF), the Rays make the playoffs, we feel Mike DiFelice should be […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Rays Limit David Price’s Workload

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Rays Limit David Price’s Workload

    August 24, 2008 at 11:44 am 0 comments

    Indianapolis 6, Durham 3. David Price held Indy to 2 runs in 4 innings in his third triple-A start. He struck out 3 and walked 2, giving up 6 hits. He was limited to 88 pitches. In his previous starts he threw 80 and 85 pitches. The low pitch-counts does […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Sometimes Good Teams Get Lucky

    [THE HANGOVER] Sometimes Good Teams Get Lucky

    August 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm 0 comments

    THE GOOD: Rocco Baldelli hit his first major league home run since May ’07. THE BAD: Edwin Jackson. How in the world Jackson got through 6 innings with only 2 runs is either an indictment on the White Sox offense or the Rays just got lucky last night. THE TELLING: […]

     
  • [KING DAVID] David Price Nominated For Minor League Player Of The Year

    [KING DAVID] David Price Nominated For Minor League Player Of The Year

    August 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

    David Price is one of 5 finalists for “USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year“. Fan voting will constitute a portion of the final balot. For the third consecutive year, reader voting will count as one ballot, and will be tabulated along with those submitted by our USA TODAY […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is Now 32

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is Now 32

    August 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm 2 comments

    DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA… Troy Percival will throw from a mound on Monday and said he could pitch now but will throw a couple of bullpen sessions until the team deems him ready. [St. Pete Times] Joe Maddon’s managerial style is certainly unique. John Romano says Maddon has “ignored the safer, […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeff Niemann Throws First Professional Shutout

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeff Niemann Throws First Professional Shutout

    August 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm 4 comments

    Durham 5, Louisville 0. Jeff Niemann tossed his first career shutout, a 4-hitter. He struck out 6 and walked none, needing only 106 pitches. He retired the final 12 batters he faced. It was a great performance for a pitcher that had failed to work past 6 innings in his […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    August 20, 2008 at 10:35 am 5 comments

    THE GOOD: James Shields. Shields is the gamer in the Rays rotation. More than any of the other 4, Shields is able to overcome nights when he has less than his best stuff. Of course, he was aided by some stellar defense in the first couple of innings or else […]

     
  • [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    August 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm 18 comments

    With the Rays in thick of their first playoff chase, we haven’t spent a lot of time contemplating whether Joe Maddon deserves the AL Manager of the Year award. But is going from worst to first and beating the two teams in the AL East that have won 6 of […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    August 19, 2008 at 11:06 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Andy Sonnanstine. All The Duke does is win, improving to 13-6 on the season. Show of hands: Who thought Sonny would be leading the Rays in wins in the middle of August? Put your damn hands down. Of course, Duke did his best Scott Kazmir impersonation last night, […]