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  • [THE ARCHIVES] One Year Ago On Rays Index

    [THE ARCHIVES] One Year Ago On Rays Index

    August 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm 0 comments

    One year ago on Rays Index, we learned that James Houser had been suspended for 50 games by Minor League Baseball. Of course, a loophole in baseball’s rules allowed Houser to only serve 33 games of that suspension when he was added to the Rays’ 40-man roster this past spring. […]

     
  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Near Disneyland

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Near Disneyland

    August 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

    FIRST INNINGA look back…On Friday night, BJ Upton was pulled unceremoniously from the lineup in the 6th inning and then benched on Saturday for not running hard…With the Rays in the middle of a pennant-chase, was the move prudent and was it justified? We have tried to stay mum on […]

     
  • [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    August 18, 2008 at 11:37 am 1 comment

    Last week’s Rays Confidence Graph results. Below you will see two polls that ask about your confidence in the Tampa Bay Rays. Please take a moment to answer each question. We will present these same polls every Monday. The results will be presented in graphical form on Wednesday, and will […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    August 18, 2008 at 10:00 am 12 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena continues his torrid pace, hitting another home run, his 25th and 10th in last 22 games…BJ Upton returned to the lineup and took out his frustrations on the Rangers, hitting a line drive double down the left field line and following later with a home run […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Townsend Starting To Throw Well Once Again

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Townsend Starting To Throw Well Once Again

    August 18, 2008 at 8:59 am 2 comments

    Indianapolis 12, Durham 5. Ben Hendrickson got pounded for 11 runs on 13 hits and 1 walk in 3.2 innings…Dan Johnson was 1-3 with a walk and a 3-run home run, his 21st…Jon Weber drove in a pair with a double. Montgomery (off-day) Vero Beach 2, Palm Beach 1. Wade […]

     
  • [DAN JOHNSON] Defensive Changes In Durham May Be Setting Up Future Move With Rays’ Roster

    [DAN JOHNSON] Defensive Changes In Durham May Be Setting Up Future Move With Rays’ Roster

    August 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm 2 comments

    An interesting situation is developing in Durham, that is worth keeping an eye on… Dan Johnson has started the last two games for the Durham Bulls at third base. Johnson, who leads the International League in OBP (.422) and OPS (.969), has only played first base and DH since being […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Garza Saves Overworked Bullpen With 2-Hit Shutout

    [THE HANGOVER] Garza Saves Overworked Bullpen With 2-Hit Shutout

    August 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

    THE GOOD: The “Good” starts and ends with Matt Garza who pitched a 2-hitter for his second shutout of the season. One night after Joe Maddon was forced to use all 7 of his relief pitchers in an extra-inning contest, it was imperative Garza work deep into the night and […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Dan Johnson Leads The IL In OBP And OPS

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Dan Johnson Leads The IL In OBP And OPS

    August 16, 2008 at 12:09 pm 2 comments

    Durham 6, Indianapolis 5. Nathan Haynes singled home the tying run in the top of the 9th and then scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly by Jon Weber…Jeff Niemann struck out 6 and walked 6 in 4.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and 5 runs. He also hit a […]

     
  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Texas Rangers

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Texas Rangers

    August 15, 2008 at 4:28 pm 0 comments

    FIRST INNING A look back…With the loss of Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria, many are saying the Rays will nosedive and fall out of the playoffs. On “Pardon the Interruption”, Rick Reilly said the clock has struck midnight for the Rays…With 42 games remaining, is it even possible for the […]

     
  • [TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA] Media Approval Ratings: John Romano

    [TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA] Media Approval Ratings: John Romano

    August 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm 0 comments

    C’mon, you guys knew this was coming eventually…There is a general sense amongst some of our readers that all we do is bash the Rays media coverage. The truth is we actually admire most of the working media and respect most of their work. We just get a sense that […]