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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day seven Amid high expectations following a wildly successful 2018 campaign, the Tampa Bay Rays took the field in Port Charlotte Monday morning for the first full-squad workout. Things started off with a team meeting led by manager Kevin Cash, whose message was straight forward.

Happy President's Day: Nothing is as American as Baseball He was also a Supreme Court Justice, and was likely the dude responsible for two baseball traditions: throwing out the first pitch and the seventh inning stretch. John Taft, on the other hand, pitched seven games for the 1913 Athletics, going 0-1 with a save, and a 6.62 ERA.

Why there are still reasons to applaud Delmon Young in Tampa Bay 1 picks in the history of the draft. And yet, 16 years later, he is still paying dividends in Tampa Bay. He is Delmon Young, the pick that keeps on giving. Think of him as the Yin and Yang of baseball around here. The perfect example of what the Devil Rays once were, and what the Rays have since become.

Who is Yonny? Chirinos looks to contribute, perhaps as "bulk guy" Yonny Chirinos was a surprise when he made the team out of Spring Training last year. Does he have what it takes to improve on an inconsistent rookie campaign?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Lightning gets back-to-back shutouts, Kyler Murray could be key to Bucs' draft Andrei Vasilevskiy has been spectacular in net, but don't overlook the work of the defense in front of him.

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Full squad up In the long list of items we can check off to officially inch closer and closer to the actual season, Monday will be the first day of camp with all 66 Rays present. Now we just need to zoom ahead to Friday, and then quickly to March 28, and then to October 29.

Getting to Know - Ryan Merritt Charlie Morton isn't the only player on the Rays Spring Training roster who has pitched in a key playoff game. There's one non-roster invite who pitched in a deciding game that helped the Indians to the World Series. That's lefty Ryan Merritt, who just signed with the Rays this off-season to a minor league deal.

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day six With the arrivals of outfielders Tommy Pham and Jesus Sanchez, shortstop Jesus Sanchez and Yandy Diaz, the Tampa Bay Rays have all 66 players in camp before the first full-squad workout Monday morning. All of the players participated in administrative activities, including photo day on Sunday.

10 Rays players to watch in Spring Training While most of the attention will fall on the players who are expected to make the Opening Day roster, manager Kevin Cash and the rest of the organization will be keeping a close eye on some of the players that could find their way to the big leagues at some point within the next year.

Tampa Bay Rays aren’t willing to concede AL East to Red Sox and Yankees - The Boston Globe The Rays were a 90-win team a year ago and they added two major character players in Mike Zunino and Charlie Morton.

Tampa Bay Rays need a healthy Kevin Kiermaier to reach the postseason The most important part of their playoff aspirations coming true may involve Kevin Kiermaier staying healthy and on the field for more than 110 games once again. Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day four Daniel Robertson, Brandon Lowe, and Kevin Kiermaier arrived in Tampa Bay Rays camp on Thursday and Friday, as 61 of 66 players are now present. Still to arrive are Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Lucius Fox, Tommy Pham, and Jesus Sanchez.

SPRING TRAINING: Tampa Bay Rays 2019 primer Rays hope to crack 90 wins again… but this time qualify for the postseason. - The Tampa Bay Rays went 92-70, a 10-game improvement over 2017. It was the most victories since the Rays won 92 in 2013 when they finished second in the American League East.

Jake Faria competing for relief role with Rays After a disappointing 2018, Jake Faria is looking to show that last season isn't reflective of the type of pitcher he is. "Last year wasn't who I really am," Faria said.

DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 2, LHP/1B Brendan McKay Brendan McKay was the fourth overall pick for the Tampa Bay Rays out of the University of Louisville. McKay was a three time winner of the John Olerud Award, given to the best two way player in college baseball, and since his selection the Rays have been committed to trying to see if he could make it work in professional baseball.

Day 4 - Rays Spring Training News and Notes It was lighter day bullpen wise in Port Charlotte. Tampa Bay early on has many pitchers throwing every third day. Those that will be on the mound today included Ryne Stanek, Austin Pruitt, Oliver Drake and Ian Gibaut. Meanwhile, Brandon Lowe and Kevin Kiermaier arrived in Rays camp, meaning 61 of 66 players are now present.

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Poche Posse He's the perfect candidate for this kind of treatment: Never tooooo big of a name; he got the FanGraphs treatment in the form of both a Jeff Sullivan article and Effectively Wild discussion; his stuff isn't overpowering, which makes him intriguing; and his numbers were mind-bending at Triple-A last season.

2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25 Jose De Leon had a pretty significant drop from last season's list, but of course the injury played a significant role in that. I think he could help the Rays in 2019 if he's healthy. He was a great prospect with the Dodgers, and it's not hard to forget that since he's pitched so little since the trade.

Tampa Bay Rays: Colin Poche's "invisi-ball" is making waves Colin Poche of the Tampa Bay Rays has a deceptive fastball and will lean on it to make the opening day roster in a matter of weeks.

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day three The rain cleared and the clouds parted in Port Charlotte on Thursday, and more than 12 Tampa Bay Rays pitchers threw off the mound, including number one and two starters Charlie Morton and Blake Snell. Both hurlers got the chance to throw to catcher Mike Zunino, who was acquired from the Mariners this offseason.

Getting to Know - Ian Gardeck The Rays have been very good at helping pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery. Nathan Eovaldi certainly was impressive returning last year and Tampa Bay also helped Jonny Venters with his incredible comeback after three-and-a-half procedures. Perhaps Ian Gardeck will be this year's great rehab story from Rays camp.

Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Cash is excited for the young arms Rays have The Tampa Bay Rays started spring training this week and Kevin Cash is excited for his young pitching staff coming into 2019 and beyond.

Day 3 - Rays Spring Training - News and Notes It was a much better day weather-wise in Port Charlotte on Thursday as more than a dozen Rays pitchers got off the mound including starters Charlie Morton and Blake Snell. Manager Kevin Cash was quite impressed with both Rays starters, but said the pitcher who stood out was Emilio Pagan.

Tampa Bay Rays Outlook Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Mikie Mahtook and Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Brandon Guyer after a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. &nb…

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