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  • [POWER RANKINGS] The Tampa Bay Rays Power Rankings: Week 6

    [POWER RANKINGS] The Tampa Bay Rays Power Rankings: Week 6

    May 6, 2008 at 11:06 am 4 comments

    It’s Tuesday so it is time to update the Tampa Bay Rays Power Rankings. These rankings are a combination of overall importance to the team and a general “who’s hot and who’s not”, mixed with how we currently feel about and perceive each member of the team. It is by […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Headline Writers At Times And Tribune Up To Their Old Tricks

    [THE HANGOVER] Headline Writers At Times And Tribune Up To Their Old Tricks

    May 6, 2008 at 8:50 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Getting a last place team after having been swept by the Sox. THE BAD: Getting the last place Toronto Blue Jays who are clearly better than their record and have actually won 5 in a row. THE TELLING: Three games with the Jays, none of which will be […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Second Straight Strong Outing From Mitch Talbot

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Second Straight Strong Outing From Mitch Talbot

    May 6, 2008 at 7:28 am 0 comments

    Durham 1, Pawtucket 0. Who woke up Mitch Talbot? Talkbot had his second straight start without allowing a run. He went 7, giving up 4 hits, striking out 8 and walking none…Grant Balfour struck out 5 of the final 6 batters of the game, for his 3rd save…The Bulls got […]

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

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    May 5, 2008 at 10:38 am 0 comments

    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] Rays Swept In Kazmir’s Return

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Swept In Kazmir’s Return

    May 5, 2008 at 9:28 am 14 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena hitting his first home run in almost a month (Apr 12). THE BAD: With 2 on in the first, Evan Longoria hit a ball in left-center that would have been a sure double, IF Manny Being Manny was in left field. Instead he was DHing with […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Evan Meek Could Be On His Way Back To Rays

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Evan Meek Could Be On His Way Back To Rays

    May 5, 2008 at 7:00 am 0 comments

    Scranton 9, Durham 5. Chris Mason has yet to adjust to life in AAA, dropping to 1-4 with his latest outing. In 6.1 innings, he struck out 7 but gave up 6 runs (5 earned)…Reid Brignac was 2-4 and hit his 3rd home run, a 2-run shot…Joel Guzman is sudenly […]

     
  • [JEFF NIEMANN] Jeff Niemann Has Not Pitched In 16 Days And The Rays Won’t Say Why

    [JEFF NIEMANN] Jeff Niemann Has Not Pitched In 16 Days And The Rays Won’t Say Why

    May 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm 3 comments

    [Update 2:14 PM] (See Comments) Either the Tampa Tribune or the Rays can’t decide what is wrong with Niemann. On April 28, Marc Lancaster reported that Niemann had “Minor soreness in his upper back”. In the link below, Lancaster says Niemann has “arm soreness”. [Update 12:56 PM] (See Comments: Thanks […]

     
  • [TWO STEPS OR DIE] Looking More And More Like Joe Maddon Will Be Back In 2009

    [TWO STEPS OR DIE] Looking More And More Like Joe Maddon Will Be Back In 2009

    May 4, 2008 at 11:34 am 0 comments

    I do not want to place a number on how many wins Papa Joe needed in order to earn an extension. Obviously Stuart Sternberg and Andrew Friedman will judge a number of factors before making a decision. Each week I will take a look at how Maddon is performing in […]

     
  • THE SUNDAY MORNING REVOLUTION: Scot Kazmir To Make 2008 Debut Today

    THE SUNDAY MORNING REVOLUTION: Scot Kazmir To Make 2008 Debut Today

    May 4, 2008 at 10:07 am 0 comments

    DRG here again. I can be reached here. The Good: Lot’s o’ alcohol during a game like that. The Bad: James Shields outing was only 1 out longer than his shortest ever, a 3.1 inning performance last July against the Yankees in which he gave up 10 runs…JP Howell’s first […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeremy Hellickson Picks Up Third Win

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeremy Hellickson Picks Up Third Win

    May 4, 2008 at 7:47 am 2 comments

    Scranton 15, Durham 8. Mike Prochaska was knocked out after 3 innings, after giving up 6 runs including 4 in the first. Fernando Perez was 0-5. Reid Brignac was 2-4 and had a double. Dan Johnson, Jon Weber, John Rodriguez and Mike DiFelice added homers. Montgomery 6, Huntsville 1. Richard […]