01. Players

  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Heath Rollins Picking Up Where He Left Off In ’07

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Heath Rollins Picking Up Where He Left Off In ’07

    April 9, 2008 at 11:02 am 0 comments

    Durham 5, Columbus 4. Jeff Niemann retired the first 11 batters he faced before walking a batter in the 4th. in the 5th things started to fall apart for Niemann. 4 hits, a walk and an error led to 4 runs and Niemann was only saved by an inning-ending double […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Matt Garza The Latest Member Of Rays To Land On DL

    [THE HANGOVER] Matt Garza The Latest Member Of Rays To Land On DL

    April 9, 2008 at 8:31 am 9 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena hit his 3rd HR of the young season, this one off of a tough lefty in Erik Bedard. One thing El Gato did well in ’07 was hitting lefties. 11 of his 46 HR came off of lefties last year or about 1 every 11 at […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Reid Brignac Hits First Home Run Of 2008

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Reid Brignac Hits First Home Run Of 2008

    April 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm 0 comments

    Durham 11, Columbus 5. Mike Prochaska pitched a strong 5 innings in his 2008 debut. The lone run came on a solo shot in the 5th as he struck out 2 and walked none…Fernando Perez hit two 2-run triples and Reid Brignac was 2-6 with his first home run of […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The Rays Continue Quest For .500

    [THE HANGOVER] The Rays Continue Quest For .500

    April 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Jonny Gomes didn’t get his first start until Saturday and now has started two of the past three and has home runs in both contests…Jason Hammel did give up 4 runs on 8 hits, but his only walk was the intentional variety. He also managed to work 6 […]

     
  • [CONSPIRACY THEORY] Did Joe Girardi Serve A Secret 1-Game Suspension?

    [CONSPIRACY THEORY] Did Joe Girardi Serve A Secret 1-Game Suspension?

    April 5, 2008 at 9:59 am 5 comments

    How many times in your entire life can you remember a major league manager missing a game because he was sick? I am sure it has happened a few times in history, but it is so rare, that I honestly can’t think of a single case. Last night Yankees manager […]

     
  • [THE SATURDAY MORNING REVOLUTION] Rays Punch Yankees In The Mouth

    [THE SATURDAY MORNING REVOLUTION] Rays Punch Yankees In The Mouth

    April 5, 2008 at 8:47 am 0 comments

    DRG here again to get you through the weekend… Yesterday: Tampa Bay Rays. The Good: Scoring 13 runs in Yankee stadium in the first regular season game since the incidents in spring training. Like Prof keeps saying. If you want respect, you gotta punch the bully right in the mouth…The […]

     
  • [THE DUKE] Andy Sonnanstine Is El Duque’s Brother From Another Mother

    [THE DUKE] Andy Sonnanstine Is El Duque’s Brother From Another Mother

    April 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm 2 comments

    One of the best indicator’s for future success in both young hitters and young pitchers is the ratio of strikeouts to walks. If a young hitter can maintain a ratio of 1:1 or better it is usually a good indicator that they make regular contact and understand the strike zone […]

     
  • DOWN ON THE FARM Opening Day 2: Minor Leaguers On Patrol

    DOWN ON THE FARM Opening Day 2: Minor Leaguers On Patrol

    April 4, 2008 at 10:46 am 2 comments

    Toledo 3, Durham 2. Jeff Niemann had a strong 2008 debut, throwing 71 pitches (40 strikes) in 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5…Evan Longoria went 0-3. He struck out to end the first, grounded out, flied out and […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The Duke To Make ’08 Debut Tonight

    [THE HANGOVER] The Duke To Make ’08 Debut Tonight

    April 4, 2008 at 7:53 am 3 comments

    THE GOOD: The Rays did not lose their first series of the year. THE BAD: Successful teams win series, and the Rays blew their chance to win their first series of the year. THE TELLING: Fitting that the Rays are .500 after their first series. DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA… After last […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Matt Garza Offers Glimpses Of His Talent

    [THE HANGOVER] Matt Garza Offers Glimpses Of His Talent

    April 3, 2008 at 9:23 am 6 comments

    The Good: At times we saw exactly how dominating Matt Garza can be. After allowing a leadoff home run to Brian Roberts, Garza retired six straight and after back-to-back run scoring singles in the 3rd, he retired 8 of the next 9 batters with only a two-out walk mixed in…Yesterday […]