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  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Seattle Mariners

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Seattle Mariners

    August 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm 0 comments

    FIRST INNING A look back…Yesterday the Rays won a dramatic come-from-behind game after trailing by 3 runs entering the 9th inning, scoring 6 runs without an out. The final 3 came on a walk-off home run off the bat of Carlos Pena. The day started ominously with the benching of […]

     
  • [NEW BULLPEN PIECE] The Rays Have Acquired Chad Bradford From The Orioles

    [NEW BULLPEN PIECE] The Rays Have Acquired Chad Bradford From The Orioles

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm 3 comments

    The Rays added a relief pitcher this afternoon, sending a player-to-be-named-later to the Orioles for Chad Bradford. Bradford, 34 next month, has a 2.45 ERA in 40.1 innings this year. His strikeout rate is dangerously low, but he’s not walking anyone or allowing home runs. He also has a very […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] 6 Runs In 9th; When Will Doubters Start Doubting Selves?

    [THE HANGOVER] 6 Runs In 9th; When Will Doubters Start Doubting Selves?

    August 7, 2008 at 11:31 am 9 comments

    THE GOOD: Scott Kazmir pitched 9 innings! Wait. What? Oh. That was the last 2 games combined. Nevermind…Playing like a champion. Yesterday was just one of those days that we expected the team to just roll over and die. A noon affair against a team the Rays have struggled against, […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Reid Brignac Pulled From Game After Being Hit By Pitch

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Reid Brignac Pulled From Game After Being Hit By Pitch

    August 7, 2008 at 10:28 am 0 comments

    Richmond 5, Durham 4. Ben Hendrickson started and gave up 4 runs in 6 innings…Calvin Medlock took the loss after allowing a go-ahead solo home run in the 8th inning…Justin Ruggiano finished 0-5 with 3 Ks…Dan Johnson was 3-5…Jonny Gomes was 2-5 with a double and 2Ks. He also threw […]

     
  • [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Rays Index Confidence Graph: Week 19

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Rays Index Confidence Graph: Week 19

    August 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm 0 comments

    The Rays Confidence Graph will appear every Wednesday and is a look at how much confidence Rays fans have in the Tampa Bay Rays. The graph is designed to give us a look at how our emotional bias as Rays fans fluctuates through time. The “confidence” in the team is […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rocco Is Ready; May Be Forced To Wait A Few More Days

    [THE HANGOVER] Rocco Is Ready; May Be Forced To Wait A Few More Days

    August 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

    DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA… BJ Upton was benched for this afternoon’s game for not running out a ground ball back to the pitcher in the 9th inning of last night’s game. Joe Maddon did not rule out using him late in the game. [The Heater] As we expected, Rocco Baldelli is […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Zobrist Named IL Player Of The Week

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Zobrist Named IL Player Of The Week

    August 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

    Durham 9, Richmond 6. Heath Phillips made his 2nd start for the Bulls and gave up 2 runs in 5 innings…Juan Salas pitched 2 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts and Scott Dohmann got his 17th save with a perfect 9th…6 different Bulls had at least 2 hits including Justin Ruggiano […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Jonny Gomes Demoted, Rocco Will Have To Wait

    [THE HANGOVER] Jonny Gomes Demoted, Rocco Will Have To Wait

    August 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm 6 comments

    THE BAD: We were orignally planning to bring back the Live Blog-A-Baloo of the week on Wednesday. We are long overdue for an installment and Wednesday could be the ’08 debut of Rocco Baldelli. But, when the casting director for a very popular NBC drama calls and asks if you […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac In Major Slump Since Being Demoted

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac In Major Slump Since Being Demoted

    August 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm 0 comments

    Durham 5, Richmond 0. Wade Davis improved to 3-0 in triple-A with 6 shutout innings. He allowed 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5…Fernando Perez, Ben Zobrist and Chris Richard had 3 hits apiece while Reid Brignac finished 0-4. Brignac is 10-60 (.167) since being demoted to Durham […]

     
  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Cleveland Indians

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Cleveland Indians

    August 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm 13 comments

    FIRST INNING A look back…On Sunday, Troy Percival blew a save for the third time this season…Can Percival be trusted right now with a 1-run lead? The Rays are 3-0 in games in which Percival has blown a save. Still, it was the 3rd time since coming off the DL, […]