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  • [PAPA JOE MADDON] Joe Maddon No Longer Thinks The Titanic Put Up A Good Fight

    [PAPA JOE MADDON] Joe Maddon No Longer Thinks The Titanic Put Up A Good Fight

    May 7, 2008 at 11:45 am 2 comments

    In an ESPN.com story about the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen, there was a telling quote from Joe Maddon about his own managerial style. “My role has shifted,” Maddon said, “from being the eternal optimist to being the more pragmatic one. And I recognized both goals in advance. When I first […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] We Are Confused By All This Winning

    [THE HANGOVER] We Are Confused By All This Winning

    May 7, 2008 at 10:00 am 14 comments

    THE GOOD: Good game for Akinori Iwamura offensively. In the 3rd, Aki had an RBI single, but more impotantly, with 2 outs, he advanced to second base on Carl Crawford’s sac fly. That allowed Aki to score on BJ Upton’s single…Jason Bartlett made two amazing plays in the field. The […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Niemann And Townsend Back To Rotations

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Niemann And Townsend Back To Rotations

    May 7, 2008 at 7:15 am 0 comments

    Durham 3, Pawtucket 0. Ben Hendrickson started but was pulled after the 1st inning with shoulder tightness. Nick DeBarr relieved and pitched 4 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts. Bulls pitchers did not allow a base runner until the 7th inning…Grant Balfour picked up his 4th save with 2 strikeouts in […]

     
  • [ANDY SONNANSTINE]Sonnanstine No Longer Changing Arm Angles; No Longer Tipping Pitches?

    [ANDY SONNANSTINE]Sonnanstine No Longer Changing Arm Angles; No Longer Tipping Pitches?

    May 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm 7 comments

    Ever since Andy Sonnanstine was in the minor leagues posting astronomical strikeout-to-walk ratios, there were always certain tenets that we have held to be true about the right hander that could dominate without a dominating fastball. He throws about 46 different pitches He has impeccable control He can keep batters […]

     
  • [NEW UNIFORMS] Jonny Gomes: DH/Outfielder For The…RAAYS?

    [NEW UNIFORMS] Jonny Gomes: DH/Outfielder For The…RAAYS?

    May 6, 2008 at 11:45 am 2 comments

    The image below is of Jonny Gomes sporting one of the Tampa Bay Rays new jerseys. Please note that Gomes’ jersey appears to have two ‘A’s. We can’t explain why, but this absolutely drives us nuts. It appears as though the ‘A’ on the left (Gomes’ right) is a complete […]

     
  • [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 […]