Getting to Know: Bryce Stowell

The great thing about spring training is learning the stories of the players in camp.  One of the more interesting backgrounds is that of RHP Bryce Stowell. (more…)

Spring Training News and Notes: Day Five

Friday was probably the coolest day this week in Port Charlotte, with temperatures hovering around 60 on a windy day with overcast skies.   The workout was short, in advance of a lengthy session on Saturday, the first full squad practice of spring training. (more…)

Getting to Know: Ernesto Frieri

The most successful seasons for the Rays often included a bullpen reclamation project.   The most prominent one that comes to mind is Fernando Rodney, who followed up his toughest year in Anaheim, with perhaps the best year ever by a reliever. Ernesto Frieri may be the latest reliever to rebound with the Rays. (more…)

Spring Training Day Four: News and Notes

It certainly wasn’t a picture perfect day, but the weather held off long enough on Thursday for the Rays pitchers and catchers to get their work in on the field.   Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly were among the pitchers to throw bullpen sessions.

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Getting to Know: Grayson Garvin

When the Rays had 10 of the first 60 picks in the 2011 draft, it was hoped that the group chosen would have an impact on Tampa Bay’s roster.  Two of those players were added to the 40-man roster this off-season, OF Mikie Mahtook and LHP Grayson Garvin. (more…)

Spring Training Day Three: News and Notes

The Rays now have had 60 of 63 report to Spring Training camp, but Grant Balfour departed for the time being to spend time with his ailing father in Australia.  Balfour’s father has been battling cancer.  A ceremony to induct Balfour into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame had been moved up to Feb. 28 so David Balfour could attend. (more…)

Getting to Know: Jeff Beliveau

When you come into spring training each season you recall what a difference a year can make in a player’s life.   In 2014 Jeff Beliveau was looking for his first extended opportunity with the Rays.  This season he enters camp as a virtual lock to be in the Rays bullpen after a terrific 2014 and after spending time playing in Japan with an MLB All-Star team. (more…)

Spring Training Day Two: News and Notes

Evan Longoria, James Loney and Desmond Jennings were among the position players to report on Tuesday in Port Charlotte.  Longoria addressed the media for nearly 25 minutes this afternoon, and said he’s excited about the coming season, and is looking forward to a new year and a fresh start. (more…)

Spring Training Day One: The First Workout

It was a busy first day in Port Charlotte for the first day of formal workouts for pitchers and catchers.  Of the 38 pitchers and catchers expected, only two have not reported, and both are not here because of visa issues.   Alex Colome, who is competing for the fifth starter’s spot and Ronald Belisario, a bullpen candidate, are the two pitchers who are not yet in camp. (more…)

Silverman, Cash Excited to Get Started

Rays Manager Kevin Cash and President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman are excited and eager to get to work on the field.  Cash and Silverman answered questions from the media in Port Charlotte on Friday, the eve of when pitchers and catchers are to report. (more…)

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