Rays’ bullpen leads the team as it shuts down Astros

July 12, 2015 general

Sunday, 5:17 p.m. The hitting continues to struggle. The starting pitching comes and goes. There are still too many players on the disabled list. But the bullpen. The bullpen can play. When it is rested, when it is ready, the relief corps of the Tampa Bay Rays can be a sight to see. And if […]

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Ramirez gives Rays a reason to smile

July 10, 2015 general

These days, no one asks Erasmo Ramirez why he is smiling. These days, it’s pretty obvious why the pleasant right hander is grinning. And why he’s making everyone else grin, too. Ramirez ran his record to 8-3 Friday night as the Rays finally found a spot of sunshine in a season that had turned gloomy. […]

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Is Rays’ bullpen gassed after the heavy load?

July 8, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. What do you do when your greatest strength becomes a weakness? What do you do when the thing you trust the most turns on you? What happens when your exclamation point becomes a question mark? Well, you lose. That’s what. Look, there is much to worry about these days when it comes […]

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Andriese, backed by bullpen, lifts Rays

June 27, 2015 general

Saturday, 9:54 p.m. Matt Andriese is sticking around longer. The Tampa Bay Rays are enjoying it more. Andriese had his finest start of the season Saturday night, retiring 18 of 19 hitters over his six innings. Andriese sat down the first 11 batters he faced, and he threw only 70 pitches in his six innings […]

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Jepsen, Frieri hope to help rearm the Rays’ bullpen

February 26, 2015 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. PORT CHARLOTTE He never had Rafael Soriano’s death stare. He never had Fernando Rodney’s archery skills. He never had Jake McGee’s fastball. All that Joel Peralta had was the instructions on how to get hitters out. Now, in the effort to find pitching to come after the pitching, it is up the […]

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