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Tampa Bay Rays: Why Are They Exceeding Expectations?

For the Tampa Bay Rays, 2017 was expected to be a rebuilding year. Playoffs were nothing more than a pipe dream during Spring Training. Winning the American League East was something nobody outside the Rays clubhouse thought or even talked about. Yet here the Rays are, beginning the post All-Star break schedule with another victory Friday night, improving to 48-43. That gave them a slight lead over the New York
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Tampa Bay Rays: Jacob Faria Dazzles In MLB Debut

[caption id="attachment_96162" align="alignnone" width="518"] Jun 7, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] Riding a season-high four game losing skid, the Tampa Bay Rays needed something big to snap out of this funk. Enter Jacob Faria. The 23-year old righty was brought up
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Tampa Bay Rays: What’s Wrong With Kevin Kiermaier?

The Tampa Bay Rays took a leap of faith this past offseason, rewarding centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier with a long-term contract. One that until then was only reserved for third basemen, Evan Longoria. It was intended to be a smart investment by both parties. Two gold gloves and a platinum glove in his first few big league seasons. A respectable .253 average in under 1500 at-bats. Still could be, as a
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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 Players To Watch In Spring Training

The Tampa Bay Rays enter the 2017 season with a mix of veterans and new faces. For them, the focus is on improving upon a dreadful 2016 season. Competing with big spenders like the Boston Red Sox means a division win might not be in the cards. That shouldn't be their main focus though. Spring training has begun, with players getting a chance to prove themselves once again. With games
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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 Players In Need Of A Bounceback Year

For the Tampa Bay Rays, 2016 was a season to forget. Plagued by injuries and inconsistent play throughout the lineup, their 68-94 finish was reminiscent of the old 'Devil Rays' days. The last place finish in the already difficult American League East was so far back (16 games to be exact) of the fourth-place New York Yankees that one would need a magnifying glass to see that far down in
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Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Projected Lineup

After struggling through years of hurt as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays between 1998 and 2007, Tampa Bay became simply the ‘Rays’ prior to the 2008 season, adopting the Tampa Bay Rays montra and their fortunes looked up ever since. 2016, however, brought the organization back to earth, finishing with their worst record since that stretch of nine straight losing seasons. The team made a few small changes during the
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Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Projected Rotation

Despite trading away Matt Moore at last year’s deadline and Drew Smyly during the offseason, pitching continues to be the strength of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s what the team has built themselves around since the days of David Price and James Shields, and it’s what they will continue to build themselves around in the near future. That said, number one starter Chris Archer was far from an ‘ace’ in
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Tampa Bay Rays: How to address their bullpen needs?

The Tampa Bay Rays had a complete failure of a season. The club finished dead last in the American League East, with the second worst record in all of the AL. One of the worst aspects of their play in 2016, was the bullpen. While injuries to the bullpen did set the club back, the organization should be looking to make a significant enhancement to this crucial aspect of a