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Alex Cobb, SP9/28/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.
Alex Colome, SP9/27/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Colome earns second victory in final start of season.
Insight: He did so in fine fashion, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, and struck out six. Colome finishes 2014 at 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Jake McGee saved his 19th game to seal the win.
Chris Archer, SP9/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer pitched seven 2/3 innings and allowed a lone run on three hits and struck out six but lost to Corey Kluber as the Indians defeated the Rays, 1-0.
Insight: Archer threw 75 of his 111 pitches for strikes and walked two batters. He finishes the year 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP9/25/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson chased in third inning against Boston.
Insight: Not a good final outing, as he went 2 1/3 innings, alling six runs (five earned), and struck out two. Hellickson finishes 2014 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
Alex Cobb, SPHot9/23/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Rays righty Alex Cobb had another masterful start on Tuesday.
Insight: He allowed one run on five hits, but up until the eighth inning, it appeared the Rays were going to waste a fifth straight quality start from Cobb. Tampa Bay then scored five runs in the eighth. Cobb is 10-8 with a 2.75 ERA but his ERA is just 1.82 since July 1.
Ben Zobrist, 2B9/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Zobrist hit a two-RBI double in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay took its first lead of the night, 2-1. Zobrist came around to score on David DeJesus' single as the Rays added three more runs in the frame. The second baseman is hitting .273 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI this season.
Yunel Escobar, SS9/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a left knee sprain according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Escobar slid awkwardly into home plate. He is being called day-to-day.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF9/23/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to miss a couple of days due to illness.
Insight: Kiermaier has shown solid power with 10 homers and a .759 OPS in 317 at-bats.
Ben Zobrist, 2BCold9/23/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is just 4-for-36 (.111) against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz
Insight: Zobrist is not a recommended daily fantasy play. He's batting .269 this season with 10 homers, 48 RBI, 80 runs and nine steals. Remember when he was close to being a 20-20 guy every season?
Evan Longoria, 3B9/23/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .189 hitter against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz with 13 strikeouts in 37 at-bats.
Insight: It is always tough to sit a guy like Longoria, but if you have a decent option at third base, you may want to consider it. Longoria has 22 HR and 90 RBI this season.
Evan Longoria, 3B9/21/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .167 hitter against opposing starter John Danks.
Insight: He is 3-for18 lifetime against Danks, with only RBI. It is always tough to sit a guy like Longoria, but if you have a decent option at third base, you may want to consider it.
Ben Zobrist, 2B9/21/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist could be in for a rough day today (if he is in the lineup) against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: He is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) against Danks, with seven strikeouts. Zobrist is not a recommended daily fantasy play.
Chris Archer, SP9/20/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer defeated Hector Noesi and the White Sox 3-1 on Saturday.
Insight: He is now 10-8 after going 6 1/3 innings, including three strikeouts. Archer did not allow a run, and now owns a 3.42 ERA. Jake McGee shut the door for his 18th save, allowing the one earned run in the process.
Wil Myers, RF9/19/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers continued to struggle on Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Insight: The reigning American League Rookie of the Year had a terrible year full of injuries and hit only .219 with six home runs and 32 RBI. He has hit just .212 with one home run since his return from a fractured wrist.
Alex Cobb, SPHot9/17/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Rays righty Alex Cobb is simply turning into an ace for Tampa Bay.
Insight: Not only does he have a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his past three starts, Cobb is also 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA during the second half of 2014. Lock him into your lineup, and make sure you target this guy for 2015.
Jake Odorizzi, SP9/16/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Jake Odorizzi pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Insight: Odorizzi improved his record to 11-12. He also struck out three and walked none in the game. Odorizzi has a 3.98 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 165 innings this year.
James Loney, 1B9/16/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney was 3-for-4 and scored a run as the Rays beat the Yankees, 6-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Loney scored his run in the seventh on Wil Myers sacrifice fly. All of the first baseman's hits were singles. Loney is hitting .292 with nine homers and 66 RBI this year.
Yunel Escobar, SSHot9/16/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has an enticing matchup tonight against Yankees' right-hander Michael Pineda.
Insight: Not only does Escobar have good numbers against Pineda (6-for12 with 2 HR and 5 RBI) during his career, he also has been on a tear lately. Over the past seven days, Escobar is 9-for-22 with three homeruns and six RBI's. If he is not in your lineup, get him in there for tonight's game.
Chris Archer, SP9/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer tossed seven innings and allowed one run as the Rays beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, on Sunday.
Insight: Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay bullpen blew the lead, so Archer did not get the victory. Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the 10th proved to be the game winner. Archer is 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 and 2/3 innings this season.
Ben Zobrist, 2B9/14/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .370 (10-for-27) hitter against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Though he has 10 hits against Buehrle, only one is an extra-base hit. He also has four RBI. Zobrist is having a solid season, hitting .270 with 44 extra-base hits, 45 RBI and 78 runs.
Evan Longoria, 3B9/13/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a home run on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: The homer was Longoria's 21st of the year. The third baseman is also hitting .252/.320/.406 with 87 RBI.
Nate Karns, RP9/12/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: In his first start of the season, Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Karns threw seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto, 1-0.
Insight: The seven shutout innings came out of no where as Karns has made two other starts in his career and allowed 10 earned runs over five innings. We would hold off on jumping all over the 26-year-old, but we will also keep an eye on him.
Ben Zobrist, 2BCold9/12/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 6-for-10 with three extra-base hits against J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays
Insight: Zobrist is back into a slump, batting just .208 over the past two weeks and may not be ready to take advantage of this matchup.
Evan Longoria, 3B9/9/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Longoria continues to muddle through with mediocre number for a hitter of his talent. He's hitting .254 with 19 home runs, 83 RBI and a .723 OPS. The good news is he's hit .300 this week entering this favorable matchup.
Matt Joyce, RF9/9/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .391 batting average (9-for-23) with three solo home runs against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Joyce hasn't been swinging well of late, going 1-for-16 over the past five days, so may not be able to take advantage of the favorable matchup.
James Loney, 1B9/7/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney went 4-for-6 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Orioles on Sunday.
Insight: Loney had a great August, hitting .304 with 13 RBI and nine runs, but Loney came into Sunday's contest hitting .167 in the first week of September. Sunday's 4-for-6 will certainly raise the old batting average. Loney is hitting .286 with eight home runs and 64 RBI this season.
David DeJesus, LF9/7/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay outfielder David DeJesus hasn't done much this season for fantasy owners, but Sunday might be the day.
Insight: DeJesus is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) with three home runs and a 1.722 OPS versus Orioles right-hander Bud Norris
Drew Smyly, SPHot9/6/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly threw six innings, allowed one run on four hits, struck out eight and walked two but received the no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Smyly continues his dominant pitching since being traded to Tampa Bay. Since the July 31 deal, Smyly is 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA, and in his last six starts, Smyly is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B9/6/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 6-for-10 with three extra-base hits against Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman.
Insight: Since the All-Star break Zobrist is batting a more respectable .284, but he's still not playing up to fantasy owner expectations. Perhaps this favorable matchup will help.
Desmond Jennings, CF9/6/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is out indefinitely due to a bruised knee.
Insight: Jennings has been out with a left knee injury since Aug. 29. Jennings told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that his left knee still doesn't feel any better and there is no timetable for his return.
Alex Cobb, SPHot9/5/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb continued his dominating second half, pitching seven scoreless innings against the first-place Orioles on Friday.
Insight: Cobb received the no-decision and his record is only 9-7 but in 10 of his last 11 starts, Cobb has pitched at least into the sixth inning and allowed two runs or fewer in each start. Over those 11 starts, Cobb's ERA has dropped from 4.28 to 2.83. The 26-year-old is starting to prove that this isn't just a hot streak, but the beginning of something special to come from him in the future.
Evan Longoria, 3B9/5/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-3, scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore, 3-0.
Insight: One of Longoria's hits was a double. The third baseman has five hits in his last 11 at-bats, including a home run and three RBI. For the season, Longoria has been a little disappointing though, hitting .256 with 18 home runs and 81 RBI.
Desmond Jennings, CF9/4/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is a lifetime .409 (9-for-22) hitter against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Jennings has been out with a left knee injury since Aug. 29, so owners might be reluctant to insert him so quickly back in the lineup on Thursday. That's if he is even in the Tampa Bay lineup. Jennings told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that his left knee still doesn't feel any better. Make sure Jennings is in the lineup if you want to play the percentages against Buehrle.
Desmond Jennings, CF9/2/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts when facing R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: Jennings hasn't played since Aug. 28 while dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear when he will return. Fantasy owners, and Rays fans, are still waiting for Jennings to blossom into the "next" Carl Crawford as was advertised when he first came to the big leagues.
Wil Myers, RF9/1/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers has gone 9-for-46 (.196) with one homer and three RBI since he returned from a fractured wrist.
Insight: That includes a three-hit game Monday against Boston. Myers has had a terrible sophomore slump this season, hitting .221 with six homers, 28 RBI and a .646 OPS in 244 at-bats one year after winning AL Rookie of the Year.
Alex Cobb, SPHot8/31/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed one earned run on seven hits, struck out six and walked one in a loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Insight: The loss was Cobb's first since June 23. Cobb is still pitching at an extremely high level despite the loss and his average 9-7 record. He hasn't given up three runs in a start since Independence Day. In July, he went 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and even though Cobb posted a 2-1 record in August, his ERA in the month was an amazing 1.49. continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Evan Longoria, 3B8/31/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 0-for-3 against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Longoria went into Sunday's game on a five-game hitting streak. Even with the 0-for-3, he is batting .364 with a home run in his last six games. Longoria, however, has been overall disappointing this year. He is hitting just .254 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer is in left field and batting lead off for the Rays on Friday.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer started in left field and batted lead off for the Rays on Friday.
James Loney, 1B8/28/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI on Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Loney is 4-for-11 (.364) in his last three games and is hitting .299 with 11 RBI in August. Just don't expect much power from this first baseman as he has seven diggers on the year.
James Loney, 1BHot8/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has batted .500 for his career against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Loney doesn't peovide much power, but he's always hit for a decent average and can pick it around the first base bag. He's batting .299 in 24 August games.
Drew Smyly, SPHot8/27/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly held the Orioles to one run on two hits over seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Smyly has gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and 29 Ks in 36 innings since the Tigers traded him to the Rays for David Price on July 31.
Evan Longoria, 3B8/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has started as the DH the past two games due to a sore forearm, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Longoria says he played through the injury for five days and hopes to be back at third base Wednesday. He said it doesn't bother him when he hits.
Jake Odorizzi, SP 8/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi served up four dingers Monday at Baltimore.
Insight: He allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. The right-hander had given up one homer in his previous 22 2/3 innings and 13 homers in 136 1/3 innings this season prior to Monday. Odorizzi has given up 13 home runs and posted a 5.61 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 3.18 ERA and four home runs at home.
Yunel Escobar, SS8/25/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar won't be traded to the Athletics, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: The A's claimed Escobar off revocable waivers, but the Rays have pulled him back. Escobar's offense has been in decline for years and he also has a negative UZR at shortstop for the first time in his career. As a result, he's been worse than replacement level this season (-0.1 WAR).
Desmond Jennings, CFCold8/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Jennings was supposed to be the next "Carl Crawford" but he's not even at that level. He's a 12 HR, 20 SB guy ... at best, while Crawford was a 13 HR, 50 SB guy for multiple seasons.
Evan Longoria, 3B8/25/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .433 hitter with five home runs against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: That's the most home runs by any hitter off Tillman. Longoria continues to produce below expectations and its time to admit he's not going to reach last year's totals and will probably never reach the levels we expected when he exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2008.
Chris Archer, SPHot8/24/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer has recorded a 1.99 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings this month.
Insight: Archer walks a lot of batters (3.43 BB/9), but he has given up just six homers all year and struck out 147 batters in 157 1/3 innings. The right-hander held the Blue Jays to one run on six hits and struck out six over seven innings Sunday.
Jeremy Hellickson, SPHot8/23/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has recorded a 2.61, a 1.08 WHIP and a 33/9 K/BB over 38 innings since he returned from elbow surgery.
Insight: Hellickson missed the first three months of the season and he didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his first three starts, but he's looked sharp in his last four. In that span, he's gone 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Saturday at Toronto.
Logan Forsythe, 2B 8/23/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay 2B Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He's hitting .245 with a .658 OPS, five homers and 20 RBI in 241 at-bats this season, but he has a .773 OPS against lefties and is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles and a walk against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Ben Zobrist, the usual starting second baseman, is in right field, Brandon Guyer is in left and Sean Rodriguez is at first base while Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney are out of the lineup.
Ben Zobrist, 2B8/23/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has hit a bit of a rough patch -- 8-for-42 (.190) in his last 10 games -- but he's hitting .359 with a .920 OPS against lefties this season and .381 in his career against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Despite the poor average in the last two weeks, Zobrist is still batting .343 in his last 26 games.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/23/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitting .421 with a double in 19 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Jennings is hitting .264 with five homers and an .861 OPS against lefties this season while batting .234 with five homers and a .646 OPS against righties. His excellent numbers against Buehrle and Buehrle's struggles over the past two months make Jennings a solid option in the outfield on Saturday.
Evan Longoria, 3B8/22/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Longoria has just 38 extra-base hits (16 HR) in 560 plate appearances this season, an extra-base hit rate of 6.8 percent. In his first six seasons, Longoria had an extra-base hit in 10.9 percent of his plate appearances. He's hitting .254 with a .725 OPS.
Wil Myers, RF8/22/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks, two runs and a steal Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured wrist before returning on Aug. 20 and he went 0-for-6 with four Ks in his first two games back in the lineup. It's been a rough second year for the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year -- he's hit .222 with six homers, 26 RBI and a .668 OPS in 207 at-bats.
Drew Smyly, SPHot8/22/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly threw a two-hit shutout Friday at Toronto, striking out four and walking none.
Insight: David Price who? Smyly, acquired from Detroit for Price on July 31, has gone 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and a 23/6 K/BB in 29 innings with Tampa Bay.
Alex Cobb, SPHot8/21/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb pitched seven shutout innings to earn the victory against Detroit on Thursday. Cobb allowed two hits, two walks and struck out six.
Insight: Cobb continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Wil Myers, RF8/20/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (wrist) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Myers fractured his right wrist on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. Prior to the injury, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year hit .227 with five homers, 25 RBI and 52 Ks in 198 at-bats.
Wil Myers, RF8/19/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) will not be activated Tuesday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Myers suffered his wrist injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. He'll play another game or two in the minors before returning.
Ben Zobrist, 2B8/19/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .111 hitter against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Not many players hit Scherzer very well, but Zobrist is just 2-for-18 against the 2013 AL CY Young Award winner. One of those hits is a home run though. Zobrist had three straight 1-for-4 games against the Yankees over the weekend.
Wil Myers, RF8/18/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday but possibly not until Friday, according to a Tampa Tribune report.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has already taken 21 at-bats in his rehab assignment includinh a pair of home runs.
Evan Longoria, 3B8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Longoria's season as not been up to expectations. He's batting .253 with 15 HR and 64 RBI, but after 74 extra-base hits last season he's managed just 36 in 2014 and we've seen his OPS drop from .842 to a mediocre .716. He is on a six-game winning streak and this is a favorable matchup so could be worth a shot.
Drew Smyly, SPHot8/16/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Drew Smyly has allowed five runs on 14 hits with a 19/6 K/BB over 20 innings since he joined the Rays.
Insight: That equates to a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Smyly took a no decision Saturday against the Yankees but allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings.
James Loney, 1BHot8/15/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has batted .340 with a homer and 12 RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: That includes seven hits and five RBI in his last 13 at-bats. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Yankees.
Alex Cobb, SPHot8/15/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb won his sixth straight decision after going 7 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out eight Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: In his last five starts, Cobb has allowed just four runs on 28 hits and recorded a 40/7 K/BB over 34 innings (1.06 ERA, 1.03 WHIP). He's lowered his ERA from 4.08 to 3.19 in that span.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/15/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has been upgraded to active for Friday's game against the NY Yankees, batting leadoff, while dealing with a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Even if he is ready physically, he's a career 1-for-11 (.091) against Friday's starter Brandon McCarthy, so fantasy owners should probably stay away for one more day. Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/15/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is questionable for Friday's game against the NY Yankees due to a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Even if he is ready physically, he's a career 1-for-11 (.091) against Friday's starter Brandon McCarthy, so fantasy owners should probably stay away for one more day. Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/14/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings missed Wednesday's game against Texas and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game while dealing with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/14/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings missed Wednesday's game against Texas and is questionable for Thursday's game while dealing with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/13/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is dealing with a sore shoulder, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday. He's expected to play Thursday.
Kevin Kiermaier, CFCold8/12/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (back) left Monday's game with back tightness, but he's in the lineup. Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Kiermaier has hit .211 with one homer and a .641 OPS in the second half after batting .310 with eight homers and a .925 OPS before the break.
Wil Myers, RF8/11/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) is scheduled for a two-week rehab assignment before returning to the Rays in late August.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year hds been done little this season before getting hurt, batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Alex Cobb, SPHot8/10/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed one run on six hits, struck out six and walked none over six innings in Sunday's no decision against the Cubs.
Insight: Cobb walked four his last time out, so it was good to see him find his control Sunday. He's allowed four earned runs on 22 hits and recorded a 32/6 K/BB in his last 26 2/3 innings (1.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP).
Jake Odorizzi, SPHot8/9/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi was dominant on the mound, going six shutout inning and striking out nine Cubs hitters.
Insight: The right-hander rebounded from a bad outing against the Angels. He's given up three runs or less in 10 of his last 11 starts.
James Loney, 1B8/9/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is 7-for-14 against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Loney has hit safely in 15 of the past 18 games to raise his average to .291. Still, he's a just a singles-hitting first baseman.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot8/8/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 13-for-32 (.406) with five doubles in August.
Insight: This comes after he hit .337 with five doubles and three homers in July. After going 3-for-5 Friday, Zobrist is hitting .282 with 25 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 33 RBI, 56 runs, nine steals and a .797 OPS on the year.
Desmond Jennings, CF8/8/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Jennings is on pace for 14 homers, 46 RBI, 83 runs and 20 steals to go with a .243 average. His numbers from last season: 14 homers, 54 RBI, 82 runs, 20 steals and a .252 average.
Chris Archer, SP8/8/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer struck out six and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings Friday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Insight: Archer was a Cubs farmhand in 2009-10 before being included in the Matt Garza deal. He's followed up a strong rookie year with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 123 Ks in 137 2/3 innings.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF8/8/2014 12:58:00 AM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: After a fast start, Kiermaier is batting just .118 this week and can probably use the day off. Overall, he's been much better than expected, batting .288 with nine homers, 28 RBI and an .858 OPS over 65 games.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP8/6/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson earned his first win of the season with seven strong innings Wednesday at Oakland.
Insight: Hellickson held the A's to two hits and one run and has a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings this season.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF 8/6/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday at Oakland.
Insight: Kiermaier has nine home runs in 205 at-bats this season, but he's hit just two since the start of July.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot8/5/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 6-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Oakland starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Zobrist's nine-game hitting streak came to an end Monday night, but he's still batting .435 over the past 10 games and has a favorable matchup Tuesday night.
Yunel Escobar, SS8/3/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is 6-for-10 (.600) against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Escobar has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to is hitting just .256 with four homers and a .665 OPS. He might be worth a flier Sunday.
Wil Myers, RF8/3/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) will begin batting practice Monday and could start a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. He's on schedule for a mid-August return. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Drew Smyly, SP7/31/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have sent Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays in the David Price trade.
Insight: Smyly is promising, but he's been inconsistent this season. In 105 1/3 innings, he's gone 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He could be better down the road, but his fantasy fortunes this season won't change much after the trade.
Alex Cobb, SPHot7/29/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb has recorded a 22/2 K/BB and allowed one run on eight hits over 15 innings in his last two starts.
Insight: Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) allowed one run on three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday in a win over Milwaukee. He's won five straight decisions.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot7/29/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 36-for-106 (.340) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 16 RBI and 20 walks in his last 28 games.
Wil Myers, RF7/29/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) hit off a tee Friday and is progressing toward a mid-August return, barring any setbacks.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Jake Odorizzi, SPHot7/28/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi won his third straight start Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Odorizzi was dominant, walking none, striking out five and allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. The right-hander has been terrific in his last 15 starts, going 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 102/28 K/BB in 86 innings.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP7/26/2014 11:32:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, just off the disabaled list, pitched well for his first start since July 8.
Insight: Hellickson has missed most of the season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year, but his career ERA is 3.69 and it's 1.00 through his first two starts this season.
Matt Joyce, RF7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .333 batting average (8-for-24) with two home runs against Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Insight: Joyce is one of four Rays starters (Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist are the others) batting over .333 for their career versus Lackey.
David Price, SPHot7/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: In what may have been his final start with the Rays, David Price struck out 10, walked none and allowed three runs over eight innings against the Red Sox.
Insight: Price has won six straight starts and pitched to a 1.88 ERA and a 99/13 K/BB in his last 11. In that span, he's thrown at least seven innings in all 11 starts and averaged nearly eight innings per outing. The Rays have won eight straight and are now 50-53, so they may just decide to keep Price.
Ben Zobrist, 2B7/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist bounced back from a 0-for-12 stretch with four hits in four at-bats Friday night against the Red Sox.
Insight: Since June 25, Zobrist has gone 31-for-94 (.330) with six doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs in 24 games. His numbers on the season still aren't impressive, but his versatility (2B/SS/OF) gives him extra fantasy value.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/25/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has had a nice month of July, going 20-for-64 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 runs.
Insight: He's still hitting just .249 because he came into the month batting .235. Jennings is on pace to finish with nearly identical numbers to the past two seasons. At age 27, he's likely not going to improve much from the player he is right now.
Alex Cobb, SP7/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb struck out 10 batters and walked none over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Cobb has won his last four decisions, but this was his best start since June 18.
James Loney, 1B7/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is one of the rare hitters with a history of success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Loney is a career .462 hitter (12-for-26) with a 1.154 OPS against Wainwright. He's a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but isn't an everyday fantasy option.
Yunel Escobar, SS7/20/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar owns a .583 average against Minnesota's Kevin Correia.
Insight: Escobar is hitting just .249 with four homers and a .657 OPS in 281 at-bats this season so he won't cost you much Sunday, but he could be a good option against Correia. He's gone 7-for-12 with two doubles against the right-hander.
Ben Zobrist, 2B7/19/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is hitless in 16 at-bats against Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .267 and his OPS from .726 to .766 since July 1 , but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided.
Matt Joyce, RF7/19/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .467 batting average (7-for-15) against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: The total includes a double, triple and two home runs for a 1.686 OPS. Joyce is batting .270 with seven homers and 40 RBI.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/18/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (knee) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Jennings exited last Friday's game after fouling a ball off his knee and sat out the last two games prior to the All-Star break.
David Price, SPHot7/13/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price tossed eight scoreless innings Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: Price had a 4.42 ERA on May 24, but he's gone 5-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over his last nine starts.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP7/13/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been optioned to Double-A to make one start during the All-Star break.
Insight: Hellickson allowed oe run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his season debut on July 8 after missing the entire season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year but his career ERA is 3.69.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/13/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Jennings left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his knee. He should be ready to play after the All-Star break.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/12/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee and as expected is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jennings' X-rays were negative so he should be considered day-to-day. At most he should miss the final two games before the All-Star break. He's batting .246 with eight homers, 24 RBI, 48 runs and 12 steals.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/11/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings' X-rays were negative so he should be considered day-to-day with a bruise.
Wil Myers, RF7/11/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) has been cleared to begin baseball activities.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot7/8/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 11-for-26 (.423) with four doubles and a home run against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .268 and his OPS from .726 to .760 since July 1 with five multi-hit games.
Jake Odorizzi, SP7/7/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi struck out eight batters and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings Monday against the Royals, but the Rays couldn't get on the board.
Insight: Odorizzi is 4-8, but he's pitched better than that. The right-hander has struck out 109 batters in 94 1/3 innings this season and recorded a 2.97 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot7/7/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles over his last six games.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .268 and his OPS from .726 to .761 in that span.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP7/7/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is scheduled to start Tuesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Hellickson has recovered from offseason elbow surgery and this will be his season debut. The team has already made room for him by moving Erik Bedard to the bullpen and optioning Vince Belnome to Triple-A Durham.
Evan Longoria, 3B7/4/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-2 with a double and a solo homer Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Longoria's hits just aren't going for extra bases that often in 2014. He had just one in his previous 14 games and has 25 on the year even after Friday's game.
Desmond Jennings, CF7/3/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is 1-for-12 with five Ks in his career against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Jennings' numbers -- .241, seven homers, 21 RBI, 41 runs, 12 steals -- put him on a similar pace as the last two seasons. He should be avoided Thursday against Scherzer.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot7/2/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 3-for-5 with two doubles Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 11-for-32 with four doubles, two triples and a homer over his last eight games. However, the versatile switch-hitter is on pace for just 34 RBI in 521 at-bats this season.
David Price, SPHot7/1/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price narrowly missed striking out at least 10 batters for the sixth straight start Tuesday, but he still beat the Yankees to earn his seventh win.
Insight: Price uncharacteristically walked three batters, but he struck out nine and allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings. The left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a 63/8 K/BB in 46 2/3 innings over his last six starts.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot7/1/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 5-for-15 (.333) with five extra-base hits against Yanees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with two doubles, two triples and a homer over his last six games and has a favorable matchup.
Yunel Escobar, SS6/30/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (shoulder) hasn't played since June 24.
Insight: Escobar was not in the lineup for the sixth straight game Monday against the Yankees. He's hitting just .244 with four homers, so it's not a big loss for fantasy owners.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/30/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is 0-for-7 against Yankees starter David Phelps.
Insight: We're still waiting for the "real" Longoria to show up. Longoria is batting .264 with 10 homers and 37 RBI. If he's going to reach the 30-home run mark he's got to get going and Monday isn't likely to help.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot6/30/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 5-for-12 (.417) against Yanees right-hander David Phelps.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 8-for-26 (.308) with two doubles, two triples and a homer over his last six games and has a favorable matchup.
Kevin Kiermaier, CFHot6/29/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Kiermaier has homered in back-to-back games and hit .306 with six homers, 12 RBI, 11 runs and a .934 OPS in his first 108 at-bats this season. He's worth a look if you're in need of power, but his average won't stay above .300.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot6/29/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles, two triples and a homer over his last five games.
Insight: Zobrist went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a homer Sunday at Baltimore. The utilityman has had an underwhelming season, hitting .253 with a .732 OPS, six home runs and just 18 RBI in 269 at-bats.
Matt Joyce, RF6/29/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce had as many hits Sunday as he had in his previous nine games combined.
Insight: Joyce (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI, .784 OPS) went 5-for-6 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three runs Sunday at Baltimore. He had just one home run in his previous 65 games.
Desmond Jennings, CF6/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has just 44 homers on his resume in three and a half seasons, but four have been off of Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Jennings hasn't become the fantasy star it appeared he would be when he hit 10 homers and stole 20 bases in 247 at-bats as a rookie. With a .235 average, seven homers, 21 RBI, 38 runs and 12 steals, Jennings is on pace to put up similar numbers to the past two years, but he could be a viable option on Sunday against one of his favorite pitchers.
Alex Cobb, SP6/29/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: The combined batting average from Jones (3-for-16), Chris Davis (2-for-11), Nick Markakis (2-for-10), Nelson Cruz (1-for-9) and Manny Machado (0-for-13) against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is .136 with zero home runs and two RBI.
Insight: Cobb bombed against Pittsburgh in his last outing, but had shown progress in his previous two starts including yielding just four hits and one run against the Orioles in seven strong innings on June 18.
Logan Forsythe, 2BHot6/28/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay DH Logan Forsythe went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: The Rays are starved for offense and may get Forsythe's bat in the lineup more often going forward because he has gone 12 for his last 26. However, he's not a fantasy option.
Kevin Kiermaier, CFHot6/28/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Kiermaier has batted .301 with five homers and a .911 OPS in his first 103 career at-bats, but his average won't stay that high. He's struck out in 21.2 percent of his plate appearances and batted .347 on balls in play despite hitting line drives at a 12 percent rate.
Desmond Jennings, CF6/28/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: Jennings hasn't become the fantasy star it appeared he would be when he hit 10 homers and stole 20 bases in 247 at-bats as a rookie. With a .235 average, seven homers, 21 RBI, 38 runs and 12 steals, Jennings is on pace to put up similar numbers to the past two years.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/27/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 in the second game of a day/night doubleheader Friday against Baltimore.
Insight: All three of his hits were singles. Longoria's current pace calls for 20 HR and 73 RBI. Those projected totals are both significantly lower than what Longoria posted during the 2013 season (32 HR, 88 RBI in 160 games).
Brandon Guyer, LF6/27/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder Brandon Buyer went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader with Baltimore.
Insight: That brings his average to .300 for the season. Guyer has seen regular at bats during Wil Myers' absence (out with a broken wrist).
Evan Longoria, 3B6/27/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria loves seeing right-hander Chris Tillman on the mound and fantasy owners like it too.
Insight: Longoria is a career .407 hitter (11-for-27) with five home runs and a 1.504 OPS versus Tillman. The five bombs are second most against any pitcher in his career (CC Sabathia - 6).
Ryan Hanigan, C6/26/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan is questionable for Friday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: The 33-year-old Hanigan splits time with Jose Molina, but neither backstop is fantasy worthy.
Yunel Escobar, SS6/26/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is questionable for Friday's game against Baltimore due to a sore right shoulder.
Insight: Escobar sat out Wednesday's game, but could return for Friday's contest. He's not putting up fantasy-worthy numbers (.244, 4 HR, 22 RBI) and hasn't been there since a solid 2011 season.
David Price, SPHot6/25/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price threw 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball and struck out 11 batters in Wednesday's win against the Pirates.
Insight: Price (6-7, 3.63 ERA) has thrown at least eight innings in four straight starts and struck out at least 10 batters in five straight. He has an absurd 144/14 K/BB in 124 innings and his ERA is down to its lowest point since April 11. His 10.29 K/BB is second best ever among pitchers who qualified for the ERA title.
Logan Forsythe, 2BHot6/24/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay DH Logan Forsythe cracked three hits Tuesday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Forsythe (.224, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has gone 9-for-16 over his last five games. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, only one of those hits has gone for extra bases.
James Loney, 1B6/23/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is jusy 1-for-12 (.083) against Pittsburgh right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Loney is a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but he hasn't put up an OPS over .778 since being a part-timer in 2007. Today's matchup should be avoided.
Jake Odorizzi, SP6/21/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi was dominant Saturday in a win over Houston.
Insight: He allowed just one hit over 7 1/3 shutout innings. Saturday marked the right-hander's second double-digit strikeout game of the season.
David Price, SPHot6/20/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price lasted eight innings for the third straight start and struck out at least 10 batters for the fourth straight Friday against Houston. However, he dropped to 5-7 on the year after the Rays lost 3-1.
Insight: Price once again was bitten by the longball. He allowed a two-run homer to George Springer in the third inning and has given up 16 in 115 2/3 innings this season. In fact, he has three more homers allowed than walks. The left-hander leads the majors with 133 Ks, but his ERA is 3.81.
Matt Joyce, RF6/20/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will not start Friday night, despite a right-hander on the mound for Houston
Insight: Joyce (.266, 3 HR, 26RBI) can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them, but usually gets the nod with righties on the hill. Jerry Sands (.200, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 15 at-bats) will be the DH.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/20/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is not in Friday's starting lineup versus Jarred Cosart and the Houston Astros.
Insight: Zobrist (.248, 5 HR, 15 RBI) is producing at his lowest level in years, so this is not the end of the world. He's a career 1-for-6 versus Cosart and just 4-for-23 over the past seven days. Looks like he can use a day off.
Kevin Kiermaier, CFHot6/19/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Astros.
Insight: Kiermaier has gone 24-for-76 (.316) with seven doubles, two triples and four homers this season. He was pushed into a starting role following Wil Myers' injury and hit third in the order Thursday.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/19/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria homered Thursday against the Astros.
Insight: Longoria has four home runs and five doubles in June after picking up just 13 extra-base hits (5 HR) in the first two months of the season.
Chris Archer, SPHot6/19/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer held Houston to three hits and struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday night.
Insight: Archer is now 4-4 and has recorded a 0.86 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his last 40 2/3 innings.
David DeJesus, LF6/19/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus fractured a bone in his left hand on a check swing Wednesday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: DeJesus will be in a splint for three weeks and could be out until August. The outfielder has never been a good fantasy option because he doesn't hit for power or average and doesn't steal bases.
Chris Archer, SPHot6/19/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer has posted a 1.06 ERA in his last six starts.
Insight: Since mid-May Archer has been excellent, yielding just four earned runs in his last 34 innings pitched. Don't be fooled by his 3-4 record, he should post good numbers against Houston on Thursday.
Alex Cobb, SP 6/18/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb has given up seven hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out 17 batters in his last 13 1/3 innings.
Insight: Cobb has bounced back after allowing 16 runs on 24 hits in 15 1/3 innings from May 27 to June 7. His ERA dropped to 3.48 after he threw seven innings and allowed zero earned runs against the Orioles Wednesday afternoon.
Desmond Jennings, CF6/17/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings only has 42 homers in his career, but three are against Tuesday night starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Jennings' offensive numbers (.242, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 32 runs, 12 steals) have been underwhelming to say the least, but he is batting .318 over the past five games. He might be worth a flier Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot6/16/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .400 hitter (10-for-25) against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Zobrist (.260, 5 HR, 15 RBI) had a solid six-hit weekend series, so heads into this favorable matchup on a high after raising his batting average 14 points in three games.
Jake McGee, RP6/15/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Jake McGee earned his first save on Sunday.
Insight: He's been Tampa Bay's best reliever all season and with Grant Balfour out as closer, it's finally McGee's time to shine. Unfortunately, the Rays have been brutal lately, winning just four of their last 19 contests. The save chances will be few and far between but when they do come, McGee (2-0, 1.47 ERA) should be first in line.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot6/15/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist enjoyed a three-hit game Sunday against Houston.
Insight: It was his second three-hit game of the series. Zobrist (.260, 5 HR, 15 RBI) has watched his average rise 19 points in the last four games. We'll see if Zobrist can stay hot Monday against Baltimore.
David Price, SP6/15/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) earned ten punchouts Sunday in a win over Houston.
Insight: He's recorded double-digit K's in each of his last three starts. Price's 121 strikeouts are the most in MLB and it's not that close. Stephen Strasburg is second (113 K's) with Felix Hernandez one behind Strasburg. All three have made 15 starts this season.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/14/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Longoria has five extra-base hits (3 HR) in 49 at-bats this month after producing the same amount in 114 at-bats last month. He has just 18 extra-base hits in 268 at-bats this season.
Jake Odorizzi, SP 6/10/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Jake Odorizzi fell to 2-7 despite holding the Cardinals to one run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings Tuesday night.
Insight: The Rays were shut out for the third straight game and have the worst record in baseball. Odorizzi's fielding-independent numbers are solid -- 10.52 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.83 HR/9 -- but he has a 4.85 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
David DeJesus, LF6/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is 9-for-24 (.360) with six extra-base hits against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: DeJesus (.265. 5 HR, 17 RBI) has done most of his damage this season at home against right-handers. That's the situation on Tuesday in this favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
Grant Balfour, RPCold6/9/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Grant Balfour "absolutely" is still the closer, but after another horrible outing he announced on Monday morning that the position was now a "closer-by-committee."
Insight: Balfour allowed five runs on Sunday to raise his ERA to an ugly 6.46 and a WHIP of 1.65. Jake McGee, Juan Carlos Oviedo and Joel Peralta are possible options.
David Price, SP6/9/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Rays starter David Price has pitched better of late with a 1.88 ERA over his last two starts depite failing to win either game.
Insight: His best outing of the season was against Seattle on May 13 (9.0 IP, six hits, 1 ER, 12 Ks) and he could to do it again on Monday night.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/9/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is 4-for-7 with a pair of home runs versus Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez.
Insight: Zobrist has done little since returning from the disabled list, but should be excited about this matchup. He's always been a box score filler despite a mediocre batting average.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/8/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is someone to avoid Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: Felix Hernandez has held Zobrist (.245, 5 HR, 13 RBI) to three hits in 28 at-bats (.107).
Evan Longoria, 3B6/7/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games, including two homers.
Insight: That's a good sign. Longoria has just 17 extra-base hits (7 HR) in 246 at-bats this season.
Alex Cobb, SPCold6/7/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: The Mariners hammered Rays starter Alex Cobb for 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday.
Insight: Cobb's ERA has gone from 1.40 to 4.39 in his last three starts due to a 9.39 ERA in that span. With a 3.63 FIP and a 52.5 GB%, Cobb should be fine.
Erik Bedard, SP6/6/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander Erik Bedard tossed six shutout frames Friday in a win over Seattle.
Insight: Bedard, a player the Rays picked up off the scrap heap at the start of the year, has been surprisingly effective this season. In 11 games (ten starts), the 35-year-old is 3-4 with a 3.61 ERA. His next start is Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/5/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist homered for the second straight game Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday, Zobrist hadn't homered since April 13. He's hitting .251 with a .712 OPS in 183 at-bats.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/4/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: Fantasy owners are still waiting for Longoria to meet expectations. He has just 14 extra-base hits in 258 plate appearances.
David Price, SP6/4/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Rays starter David Price has a 4.03 ERA even though his K/BB is 101/9 in 91 2/3 innings.
Insight: Price struck out 11 batters and didn't walk anyone in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against Miami. He allowed five runs, but just one was earned. The 28-year-old has had a problem with the longball this season; he's allowed 1.28 HR/9. However, his impressive K/BB suggests he'll improve his ERA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/4/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist found his power stroke Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Zobrist homered for the first time since April 13. He's hitting .251 with a .696 OPS this season, though June and July have been his best two months from an OPS standpoint in his career.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP6/4/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Hellickson is still recovering from offseason elbow surgery. He's coming off a year in which he had a 5.17 ERA in 174 innings, and although he had a 3.02 ERA in 2011-12 his FIP was 4.52 in that span.
Chris Archer, SPHot6/3/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer pitched well Tuesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: He only allowed one run in seven innings. Archer got off to a rocky start this year but he's really picked it up over his last four starts (1.09 ERA, 31 K's in 24 2/3 IP). Make sure he's in your lineup next time out against the Mariners.
Desmond Jennings, CF6/3/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings isn't starting Tuesday against Miami. SOURCE: Roger Mooney, Tampa Bay Tribune
Insight: Jennings' offensive numbers (.237, 5 HR, 14 RBI) have been underwhelming to say the least. At least he has 11 stolen bases. Kevin Kiermaier (.316, 2 HR, 3 RBI) is getting the start in center field.
David Price, SP6/3/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Rays starter David Price avoided a suspension for hitting David Ortiz in the hip on Friday night.
Insight: Boston starter Brandon Workman was later ejected for throwing behind Evan Longoria's head in the sixth inning and suspended for six games Tuesday. Ortiz wasn't happy about Price avoiding punishment. "I don't think what they're doing is fair," Ortiz said. "I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn't start this up. I didn't hit nobody. Workman didn't hit anybody in the first inning. (Price) did."
Wil Myers, RF6/3/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers will miss at least two months due to a small stress fracture in his right wrist, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been awful this season and this just adds injury to insult.
Evan Longoria, 3B6/3/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .600 hitter (6-for-10) with three home runs and six RBI against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Longoria is producing nowhere near expectations for the talent third baseman, batting just .264 with five homers, 23 RBI and a .694 OPS. In his firs six seasons his lowest OPS was .842.
Yunel Escobar, SS6/1/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a tight quad, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Escobar exited Friday's game in the tenth inning because of the injury and sat out Saturday. He tested the quad in pre-game warmups Sunday and determined he isn't ready to play.
Wil Myers, RF6/1/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: The Rays have placed Wil Myers on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist.
Insight: Myers collided with Desmond Jennings in Friday night's game. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has had a sophomore slump this season and is hitting .227 with five homers, 25 RBI, 26 runs and a .667 OPS in 53 games. In his absence, the Rays will probably give more at-bats to utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who has hit .232 with six homers and 20 RBI in 82 at-bats this year.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/1/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 1-for-8 in two games since he returned from the disabled list and doesn't have a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester has held Zobrist to a .188 average (9-for-48) while striking him out 18 times.
Desmond Jennings, CFCold6/1/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has to be happy to see May go. He hit .198 during the month.
Insight: Jennings is look for a fresh start Sunday against Boston's Jon Lester, a pitching he has hit .360 with two doubles, a triple and a homer against in 25 at-bats.
Ali Solis, C5/31/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay catcher Ali Solis had to leave Saturday's game after getting hit in the face by a foul ball. SOURCE: MLB on Fox
Insight: The ball bounced off home plate before coming back and hitting Solis right below the helmet. Jose Molina (.133, 0 HR, 0 RBI) entered the game with a 1-2 count and struck out on the very next pitch.
Yunel Escobar, SS5/31/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will sit out Saturday against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Joe Smith, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Escobar exited last night's game in the tenth inning because of a tight quad. Ben Zobrist (.253, 3 HR, 10 RBI) will slide over to shortstop with Sean Rodriguez (.241, 6 HR, 20 RBI) filling in at second base.
Wil Myers, RF5/31/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Myers collided with Desmond Jennings in Friday night's game and came out of it with a sore right wrist. Matt Joyce will get the start. Myers is struggling to live up to expectations, batting just .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/30/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He was out with a dislocated left thumb. Zobrist owners are looking for more than the .260 with three homers and nine RBI that the 2B has produced to date. His .716 OPS is the worst since 2010.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/27/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings will bat cleanup for the second time this season and third time of his career.
Insight: Jennings has gone 7-for-24 with five runs, a home run and two steals in his last six games, but he doesn't seem like a typical No. 4 hitter. For the year he's batting .243 with five homers, 13 RBI, 26 runs, 11 SB and a .730 OPS.
Erik Bedard, SP5/26/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Erik Bedard gave up more hits Monday at Toronto than he did in his previous four starts combined.
Insight: Bedard gave up 12 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. The left-hander had allowed just three earned runs on 16 hits over 28 innings in his previous five starts. The Blue Jays have hit 22 homers off left-handers this season, most in baseball.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/26/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings hit his first home run since May 3 Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Jennings has gone 6-for-20 with five runs and two steals in his last five games, but he's still batting .209 in May and .243 on the year.
Wil Myers, RFCold5/25/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers is mired in a 2-for-29 (.069) slump.
Insight: He went 0-for-3 with an RBI and a run Sunday against Boston and his average is down to .229 this season.
Evan Longoria, 3B5/25/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit his first home run since May 6 Sunday against Boston.
Insight: Longoria has gone 8-for-16 in his last three games, but he only has 13 extra-base hits and a .724 OPS this season, likely because his fly-ball rate is a career-low 29.9 percent.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/25/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is getting the day off Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Rays on Twitter
Insight: Jennings went 2-for-7 with a couple of strikeouts in yesterday's 15-inning marathon. Brandon Guyer (.241, 1 HR, 6 RBI) is starting in center field.
Logan Forsythe, 2B5/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Rays infielder Logan Forsythe delivered three hits in Saturday's win against the Red Sox.
Insight: He drove in two runs, doubling his season RBI total in the process. Forsythe (.202, 0 HR, 4 RBI) should see regular at bats while Ben Zobrist is recovering from a thumb injury.
Brandon Guyer, LF5/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer smashed four hits in Saturday's 15-inning win over Boston.
Insight: He had been just one for his last nine coming into tonight's game. Guyer isn't someone fantasy owners need to worry about just yet. In 27 games he's only hitting .241 with six RBI.
Chris Archer, SP5/23/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Chris Archer tied a career-high with 11 punchouts Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
Insight: He did it at a snail's pace, often taking 30 seconds in between pitches. Archer (3-2, 4.11 ERA) hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts but he's walked nine batters over that span. Overall, he's allowed 19 free passes in his last 26 1/3 innings.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-15 (.133) against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: When he was coming up he was supposed to be the "next Carl Crawford" ... we're still waiting. He's batting .241 with four homers, 11 RBI, 23 runs and nine stolen bases. He's not there yet. Avoid this matchup.
Alex Cobb, SP5/22/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb hasn't alllowed a run in his last three starts.
Insight: Thursday was Cobb's first start in over a month after missing time with a strained oblique. He was excellent, limiting the first-place A's to just three hits over 6 2/3 shutout frames. Cobb's next outing is scheduled for Tuesday against Toronto.
Evan Longoria, 3B5/22/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is back in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Longoria was not in the original lineup and can probably use the day off. He's batted just .111 in five games this week. His OPS is 150 points below last season and 168 lower than his career OPS of (.860).
Evan Longoria, 3B5/22/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Longoria can probably use the day off. He's batted just .111 in five games this week. His OPS is 150 points below last season and 168 lower than his career OPS of (.860).
Evan Longoria, 3BCold5/20/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has gone 3-for-26 (.115) with 10 Ks in his last eight games.
Insight: Longoria has hit just .257 with a .700 OPS and four home runs in 175 at-bats this season.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/20/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has been activated from the bereavement list and is in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .242 with four homers, 10 RBI, 21 runs and nine stolen bases. When he was coming up he was supposed to be the "next Carl Crawford" ... we're still waiting.
Alex Cobb, SP5/19/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (oblique) had a successful bullpen session on Monday, which puts him in line to return to the rotation on Thursday against the Athletics. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: The Rays have had Cobb (1-18, 1.89 ERA) tentatively scheduled for May 22, and he has cleared all his hurdles.
Alex Cobb, SP5/17/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (oblique) struck out nine batters over five innings in a rehab start with High-A Charlotte on Saturday and appears to be on track to start on May 22.
Insight: The Rays don't have a starter listed for Thursday and have planned to have Cobb (1-18, 1.89 ERA) return on that date if he got through his rehab start without issue, which he did.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/17/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has been placed on the bereavement list and is expected to miss both weekend games.
Insight: He should be back for Tuesday's contest. He's batting .242 with four homers, 10 RBI, 21 runs and nine stolen bases.
Ryan Hanigan, C5/17/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan left Friday night's game due to cramping in right leg and is questionable for Saturday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: The 33-year-old Hanigan shouldn be considered day-to-day. He's batting .238 with three homers and 22 RBI this season. Jose Molina would go if Hanigan gets the day off, but he has no fantasy value with his .128 batting average.
Grant Balfour, RPCold5/16/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Grant Balfour "absolutely" is still the closer, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Another day, another vote of confidence from a manager for a closer. Balfour allowed three runs without getting an out in the ninth inning Thursday and has a 6.46 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP and a terrible 11/14 K/BB in 15 1/3 innings this season.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/15/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: The Rays have placed second baseman Ben Zobrist on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's out with a dislocated left thumb. Logan Forsythe (.191, 0 HR, 2 RBI) and Sean Rodriguez (.259, 4 HR, 11 RBI) will platoon at second base during his absence.
Grant Balfour, RP5/14/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Rays closer Grant Balfour threw a perfect ninth inning Wednesday at Seattle for his seventh save in eight chances this season.
Insight: Balfour has an alarming 11/12 K/BB in 15 1/3 innings to go with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP, though five of his eight earned runs came in one appearance.
Jake Odorizzi, SPHot5/14/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven over six scoreless innings Wednesday at Seattle.
Insight: Odorizzi has fanned 18 batters and allowed no runs in his last 11 innings. He still has a 4.89 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP because he allowed 36 hits, 14 walks and 21 runs in his first 27 2/3 innings this season.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/14/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist suffered a dislocated left thumb during Wednesday's game, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Zobrist sustained the injury while sliding head-first into a base. Fantasy owners are lucky the infielder avoided ligament damage. He'll remain with the team and be reevaluated after the road trip, which ends on May 18, so we may not see him for at least another four games.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/14/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with an apparent left thumb injury after sliding head-first into second base, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Fantasy owners have to hope Zobrist didn't suffer ligament damage in his thumb like Bryce Harper and Josh Hamilton did while sliding head-first earlier this season.
Alex Cobb, SP5/14/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: The plan is for Rays right-hander Alex Cobb to rejoin the starting rotation May 22nd against the Athletics. SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Cobb (1-18, 1.89 ERA) is headed for a rehab start this Saturday with High-A Charlotte. So far, he's needed a little over a month to recover from a strained oblique.
David Price, SP5/14/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Rays left-hander David Price pitched all nine innings Tuesday in a win against Seattle.
Insight: Price (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 12 K's, 0 BB) went up against Hisashi Iwakuma in a pitching battle for the ages. The only run Price allowed came across on a Robinson Cano groundout in the first inning. The victory was his first since April 22nd.
Alex Cobb, SP5/12/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb is hoping to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. SOURCE: Josh Vitale, Charlotte Sun
Insight: He's missed the last month with a strained oblique. Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.96 ERA) will lose his spot in the rotation when Cobb (1-1, 1.89 ERA) returns later this month.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/11/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is hitless in 10 at-bats against Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin.
Insight: Zobrist has bounced back from a slump (3-for-27) to bat .294 over his last five games, but this matchup should be avoided.
James Loney, 1B5/10/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is hitting .326 with an .833 OPS in 129 at-bats.
Insight: Loney went 3-for-4 with two RBI Saturday against Cleveland and now has 21 RBI on the year, but just one home run. He's owned in just 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Erik Bedard, SPHot5/10/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Erik Bedard allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings Saturday against the Indians.
Insight: Bedard (2-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) has given up 11 hits and two earned runs in his last 17 innings after recording a 7.45 ERA in his first three appearances. AL-only owners can give him a try his next time out on the road against the Angels, but his 17/14 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings spells doom.
Yunel Escobar, SS5/9/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar left Friday's game with a right thumb contusion.
Insight: Escobar is considered day-to-day. He's hitting .244 with two homers and five RBI this season.
Desmond Jennings, CF5/9/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: He's getting the night off after going 1-for-15 with three strikeouts his last three games.
Yunel Escobar, SS5/8/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar has batted .368 with a homer and four walks against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Escobar is 7-for-19 against Jimenez. He's hitting just .244 with a .649 OPS this season but could be a solid one-day option on Thursday.
James Loney, 1B5/7/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has picked up a hit in more than half of his at-bats against Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Loney is 9-for-17 (.529) with two doubles against Norris and is batting .322 this season even after going 0-for-7 the last two games. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday.
David DeJesus, LF 5/7/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is batting just .219 this season, but he could have a nice day Wednesday against Orioles starter Bud Norris.
Insight: DeJesus is 7-for-13 (.538) lifetime against Norris with two homers and four RBI. This is the one day you might want to get him in your fantasy lineup.
Alex Cobb, SP5/6/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and says it's "extremely realistic" for him to return near the end of May. SOURCE: Joe Smith, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Cobb suffered a strained oblique on April 12 and he's on track with his initial timetable of 4-6 weeks.
Ben Zobrist, 2BCold5/6/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone just 1-for-22 (.045) in his last five games and doesn't have a good matchup ahead of him Tuesday.
Insight: Zobrist will face Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, who has limited the Tampa Bay infielder to five hits in 29 at-bats (.172).
Evan Longoria, 3B5/6/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has crushed Orioles starter Chris Tillman in their previous meetings.
Insight: Longoria has a .417 average (10-for-24) with two doubles, four homers and three walks against Tillman, who will start Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Perhaps that will help Longoria end his nine-game homer drought.
Desmond Jennings, CFHot5/4/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has hit safely in seven straight games (11-for-31).
Insight: Jennings has blasted three homers during his hitting streak and went 3-for-4 with a double Sunday against the Yankees to raise his average to .294 and his OPS to .890. He has four homers, six steals and 18 runs this season.
Wil Myers, RFHot5/4/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers went 2-for-5 with a double, an inside-the-park homer and four RBI Sunday at New York.
Insight: Myers' inside-the-park HR came in the top of the third inning when his fly ball hit the top of the fence in right-center field, ricocheted off a leaping Jacoby Ellsbury's gut and rolled on the warning track toward right field. Myers didn't even run hard to first base but still had time to make it home because the cut-off man dropped the ball. Myers went 6-for-16 with two homers, seven RBI and four runs in Tampa Bay's three-game series with the Yankees.
Heath Bell, RPCold5/4/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Bell had no chance to close this season and even in middle relief he hasn't been impressive (7.27 ERA across 17 1/3 innings). Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
Ben Zobrist, 2BCold5/4/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist will sit out Sunday against New York. SOURCE: Rays on Twitter
Insight: He's in the midst of a 5-for-31 dry spell (.161 AVG) and could probably use a day to get his head straight. Sean Rodriguez (.250, 4 HR, 10 RBI) is filling in at second base.
Evan Longoria, 3B5/4/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria usually does pretty well against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Insight: He's hitting .411 against the left-hander in 56 lifetime at bats. Longoria (.276, 3 HR, 16 RBI) went 0-for-4 yesterday and is now 3-for-10 in the series with one RBI and three strikeouts.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP5/2/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson won't be back in the rotation until the end of June. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Hellickson is still recovering from offseason elbow surgery. The plan was originally for him to be back by June 1st but that timetable was obviously a bit unrealistic. It's hard for fantasy owners to trust him after the mediocre year he had in 2013 (12-10, 5.17 ERA).
David DeJesus, LFCold5/1/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is just 3-for-22 (.136) with eight strikeouts versus Jake Peavy.
Insight: Given DeJesus' poor start (.190, 1 HR, 6 RBI) he should not be in anyone's fantasy lineup.
James Loney, 1BHot5/1/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Rays 1B James Loney is a career .323 hitter (10-for-31) with seven extra base hits and a 1.021 OPS against Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Loney has gotten off to a better than average start, batting .301 with an .812 OPS. Add in a favorable matchup and the wind blowing out and Loney makes a decent play on Thursday afternoon.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/29/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has not done much against Boston veteran hurler John Lackey.
Insight: Jennings is 1-for-11 (.091) against Lackey in their matchups. He's begun to hit the ball batting .333 over the past eight games, but htis matchup should be avoided.
Yunel Escobar, SS4/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Light-hitting Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: Escobar's season numbers have been dropping for the past three years to a point where his fantasy value is minimal at best. This could be a rare exception.
David Price, SP4/27/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: The White Sox roughed up Rays starter David Price Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Price allowed eight runs (six earned) on nine hits in six innings and now has a 4.75 ERA. The left-hander has an impeccable 47/5 K/BB in 41 2/3 innings but has given up seven homers.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/26/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .125 hitter (2-for-160 with seven strikeouts versus White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Zobrist's career average in April is just .246, but he's off to a great start this season batting .315. The 32-year-old has just 10 strikeouts to go with 14 walks, three homers, 16 runs and eight RBI. Saturday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/24/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist raised his average to .310 with three singles on Thursday.
Insight: Zobrist's career average in April is just .246, but he's off to a great start this season. The 32-year-old has just nine strikeouts to go with 14 walks, three homers, 16 runs and seven RBI.
James Loney, 1BHot4/24/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Rays 1B James Loney has produced multiple hits in five of the last six games.
Insight: Loney has gone 12-for-26 (.462) with four doubles, nine RBI and six runs during his six-game hitting streak.
James Loney, 1BHot4/23/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stayed hot with three hits Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: He's been ridiculous over his last four games, providing nine hits over that span (.563 AVG). Loney, who has never been a big power guy, is on pace for 97 RBI this season. Fantasy owners in the market for a corner infielder could do a lot worse than Loney (.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI).
David DeJesus, LF4/22/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus broke out of a slump by delivering three hits in Tuesday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: His first inning single ended an 0-for-24 drought. It's a start but DeJesus (.174, 0 HR, 3 RBI) still has a long way to go before we consider him a legitimate fantasy option.
David Price, SP4/22/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Rays starter David Price pitched a complete game Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Joe Mauer hit a hard line drive off Price's leg in the fourth inning but it didn't seem to affect him as the left-hander still finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts over 113 pitches. Price's next start is Sunday against the White Sox.
Matt Moore, SP4/22/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Rays lefty Matt Moore had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune
Insight: That officially ends his season. Fantasy owners playing in non-keeper leagues can feel free to discard the talented 24-year-old.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/22/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (groin) did not start Saturday or Sunday, but is back in the lineup for Tuesday.
Insight: Jennings is batting .264 this season with one homer, five RBI and seven runs scored. The groin injury is likely to restrict his stolen base ability for a while. He's stolen at least 20 bases in each of the last three seasons, but has just one so far this year.
David DeJesus, LFCold4/20/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: After striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against New York, Rays outfielder David DeJesus is now hitless in his last 24 at bats.
Insight: Of all players with at least 40 at bats, DeJesus' .119 batting average is the lowest in the major leagues. DeJesus may not have a roster spot much longer if this keeps up.
Alex Cobb, SP4/20/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) is targeting late May or early June for his return, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Cobb suffered a strained oblique last week and was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks. He's not going to make it back by the short end of that timeline.
Matt Joyce, RFHot4/20/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: With lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will take a seat.
Insight: Joyce can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them. The 29-year-old is hitting .349 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 43 at-bats this year.
David DeJesus, LFCold4/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: The Rays scored 16 runs Saturday against the Yankees, but left fielder David DeJesus went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
Insight: DeJesus had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .122 this season. The 34-year-old outfielder has little power and little speed so there's no need to own him.
Ryan Hanigan, C4/19/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan hit two balls out of the park and drove in six runs Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: The 33-year-old Hanigan had no more than two homers in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati but he now has three in his first 37 at-bats with Tampa Bay.
Wil Myers, RF4/19/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers exploded out of a slump with a double, two homers, four RBI, four runs and a walk Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Myers has gone 6-for-9 with seven RBI in his last two games. He went 10 games without an RBI prior to that and didn't have a homer before Saturday.
Chris Archer, SP4/19/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer was roughed up by the Orioles in his last start but he gave up just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Archer has tossed three quality starts in four chances this year, but he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits over five innings in his one non-quality outing. The 25-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/19/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (groin) will not start Saturday or Sunday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings has been dealing with a groin injury and will be limited to pinch hitting for the next two days.
Evan Longoria, 3BHot4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria belted his second homer of the season and drove in four runs Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Longoria has gone 7-for-10 over his last three games and scored four runs in his last two after not scoring a run for 10 straight games before that. He's hitting .348 with 10 RBI.
Matt Joyce, RFHot4/18/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce is a career .357 hitter with three solo homers against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Joyce is off to a fine start, batting .324 with a 1.002 OPS. Assuming the platoon player is in the Rays starting lineup, he should be in yours as well.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/18/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .417 hitter (5-for-12) versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Zobrist's five hits have all been of the extra base variety, including two homers and a 1.783 OPS. He's batting .268 this season with a .388 OBP due to walking 11 times already. He's a solid play on Friday.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/17/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings won't start Friday against New York.
Insight: It's the first time he's sat out this season. David DeJesus (.156, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will fill in at center field with Matt Joyce (.324, 2 HR, 7 RBI) taking over in left.
Jose Molina, CCold4/17/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rays catcher Jose Molina is hitless in 19 at-bats versus Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Molina (.111, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has no fantasy value.
Evan Longoria, 3B4/17/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .395 hitter with six homers, 12 walks and a 1.364 OPS versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Longoria is batting .286, but without much power (.748 OPS) through 15 games. This historically favorable matchup could help.
Desmond Jennings, CFCold4/16/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has only four hits in 18 at-bats (.222) against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, but three left the park.
Insight: Jennings will try to snap out of a 3-for-20 slump Wednesday against Baltimore.
Matt Moore, SP4/15/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: According to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays left-hander Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week.
Insight: Moore was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow which almost always means going under the knife, so this isn't a surprise. Moore was a fantasy stud last season going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 143 Ks in 150 1/3 innings pitched. He was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA before the injury.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .105 hitter (2-for-19) versus Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Zobrist is a career .277 hitter left-handed (.256 right-handed), but hasn't had any success versus Gonzalez. Add in a strong wind blowing in from left field on Tuesday and you have all the ingredients for a low output evening.
Jake Odorizzi, SP4/14/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (illness) was sent back to the team hotel Monday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Orioles. The team still expects him to make that start.
David DeJesus, LF4/14/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.
Desmond Jennings, CFCold4/14/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Jennings was off to a nice start beginning the season with a pair of multi-hit games, but is batting just .167 over the past 11 contests and should be avoided on Monday.
Ben Zobrist, 2BHot4/14/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .435 hiiter (10-for-23) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Zobrist is coming off a two-homer afternoon and has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to .277 with an .871 OPS. Add in a strong wind blowing out to left field on Monday and you have all the ingredients for another solid day with the bat.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/13/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist went yard from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Zobrist is batting .277 with three homers, six RBI and an .871 OPS so far. As usual, he's walking a ton (8 BBs, 7 Ks). The utilityman is a career .238 hitter in April, but he's off to a nice start for a change.
Alex Cobb, SP4/13/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: The Rays expect to be without RHP Alex Cobb for four-to-six weeks due to his strained left oblique. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Cobb has a 1.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in 19 innings this season. We won't see him back until mid-May at the earliest. Erik Bedard will take the open spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.
Alex Cobb, SP4/13/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Cobb strained his left oblique Saturday in a win against Cincinnati. He's already been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: That opens up a spot in the rotation for Erik Bedard, who was recently called up from Triple-A Durham. Cobb (1-1, 1.89 ERA) will be eligible to return on April 28th, though it's doubtful he'll be able to recover that quickly.
Alex Cobb, SP4/12/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb was dominant in Saturday's 1-0 win over Cincinnati (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 K's).
Insight: Cobb (1-1, 1.89 ERA) threw all zeros for the second straight outing. If Cobb keeps this up, he'll be a no-brainer for the All-Star team in a few months. His next start is against the Yankees (6-6).
Erik Bedard, SP4/12/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: The Rays have promoted left-hander Erik Bedard to the major leagues.
Insight: Bedard allowed one run in four innings Monday in his only start for Triple-A Durham. He could wind up in Tampa Bay's starting rotation now that Matt Moore is slated for Tommy John surgery.
Wil Myers, RF4/12/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers played in Friday's game against Texas, but will sit Saturday.
Insight: Myers is off to a slow start (.231, 0 HR, 4 RBI). Matt Joyce will start in right field.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/12/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon. Update: Jennings will sit in favor of just-brought-up Kevin Kiermaier.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/12/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
Evan Longoria, 3BHot4/12/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .308 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.280 OPS against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Longoria has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .359 through the first nine games and this favorable matchup should allow him to stay hot.
Matt Joyce, RFHot4/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Joyce is 11-for-26 (.423) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six BBs and five Ks so far.
David Price, SP4/11/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price came up just short of a shutout Friday at Cincinnati but he still picked up the win.
Insight: Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA) gave up an opposite-field homer to Joey Votto in the bottom of the ninth and finished with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 8 1/3 innings. Grant Balfour picked up the final two outs for his third save but not before walking three batters.
Matt Moore, SP4/11/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, Rays left-hander Matt Moore says he'll wait 3-5 days to throw. That will determined if he'll need Tommy John surgery.
Insight: Moore was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. Even if he tries to go the rest-and-rehab route, odds are he'll need the surgery eventually.
Cesar Ramos, RP4/11/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Cesar Ramos will take Matt Moore's spot in the Rays' rotation, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Moore is likely headed for Tommy John surgery. Ramos had a 3.45 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB this spring but lost the final spot in the rotation to Jake Odorizzi. He's worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Desmond Jennings, CF4/9/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Jennings had two hits in each of the first two games but went 4-for-26 over his last seven prior to Wednesday.
Matt Moore, SP4/8/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Matt Moore's injury involves his UCL. The Rays left-hander left Monday's start with elbow discomfort and was placed on the DL Tuesday
Insight: Moore will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion after an MRI on his left elbow was inconclusive. Moore saw his average fastball velocity decline from 94.1 mph as a rookie to 92.3 mph last year and dealt with elbow soreness near the end of the season. He could require Tommy John surgery.
Matt Moore, SP4/8/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: The Rays have placed Matt Moore (elbow) will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Moore's MRI was inconclusive. The left-hander left Monday's start with elbow discomfort and was placed on the DL Tuesday. Moore saw his average fastball velocity decline from 94.1 mph as a rookie to 92.3 mph last year and dealt with elbow soreness near the end of the season.
Matt Moore, SP4/8/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: The Rays have placed Matt Moore of the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.
Insight: Moore saw his average fastball velocity decline from 94.1 mph as a rookie to 92.3 mph last year and dealt with elbow soreness near the end of the season. He's still awaiting the result of an MRI.
Matt Moore, SP4/7/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore exited Monday's game with an injury though it wasn't clear what was bothering him. SOURCE: Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune
Insight: Moore's night came to an end after just 4 1/3 innings. The Rays should provide an update on Moore's status later tonight.
David DeJesus, LF4/7/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.
Alex Cobb, SP4/6/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Cobb delivered seven shutout innings Sunday in a loss to Texas.
Insight: Cobb surrendered three hits and one walk over 97 pitches. Tampa Bay didn't score in this game, which meant Cobb (0-1, 3.00 ERA) had to settle for a no-decision.
James Loney, 1B4/4/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney won't start Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Though left-hander Joe Saunders is throwing for Texas, Loney actually hit the same against lefties as he did against right-handers last season (.299). Sean Rodriguez will get the start at first tonight with Loney likely to return on Saturday.
Wil Myers, RF4/4/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers wasn't available Thursday and is questionable for Friday's game against Texas due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Matt Joyce (.556, 0 HR, 3 RBI), usually would take over in right field, but he's not very good against left-handers (career .193 batting average vs lefties) so Brandon Guyer might get the spot start.
Chris Archer, SP4/3/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer has agreed to a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension.
Insight: Archer was excellent last year in his first full year in the major leagues (9-7, 3.22 ERA in 23 starts). He went for only a dollar or two in most auction drafts and could wind up being one of the year's biggest fantasy bargains.
Sean Rodriguez, SS4/3/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Rays utility man Sean Rodriguez has been placed on paternity leave.
Insight: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy got some heat on talk radio for beginning the season on paternity leave though we doubt Rodriguez will receive as much criticism. The Rays don't really have a spot for Rodriguez right now and neither should fantasy owners.
David DeJesus, LF4/3/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is back after missing two games with a bruised foot. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: He'll serve as the Rays' DH on Thursday night. Logan Forsythe will draw another start in left field.
Wil Myers, RF4/3/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers won't be available Thursday against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: He's out with the flu. Matt Joyce (.667, 0 HR, 3 RBI), usually the Rays' DH, will take over in right field.
Desmond Jennings, CFHot4/3/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .538 hitter versus Toronto's starter Brandon Morrow with four homers and a 2.186 OPS.
Insight: Jennings is off to a quick start with four hits (three doubles) in his first 10 at-bats. This is a highly favorable matchup.
David DeJesus, LF4/2/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Rays left fielder David DeJesus (bruised foot) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: DeJesus left Monday's season opener with a bruised foot. Logan Forsythe will DH and Sean Rodriguez will start in left field Wednesday. Matt Joyce will take a seat with left-hander Mark Buehrle on the hill.
Desmond Jennings, CFHot4/2/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .500 hitter versus Toronto's starter Mark Buehrle (6-for-12).
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, but is off to a quick start this season (.571) and has a favorable matchup on Wednesday.
Desmond Jennings, CFHot4/1/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has logged two straight two-hit games to start the season.
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, hitting .249 with an average of 14 homers, 50 RBI, 84 runs and 26 steals per season.
David DeJesus, LF4/1/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Rays left fielder David DeJesus (bruised foot) is not in the lineup Tuesday against Toronto, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: DeJesus could be available as a pinch hitter, however. Matt Joyce will start in left field and lead off, while Logan Forsythe will DH.
Wil Myers, RF3/31/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Opening Day against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Myers hit .293 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI and an .832 OPS to win AL Rookie of the Year last season. Manager Joe Maddon has him in the No. 2 hole to start the season.
David DeJesus, LF3/31/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Rays left fielder David DeJesus actually hurt his foot during Monday's game but X-rays came back negative, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: He appeared to injure his arm diving back to first on a pick-off attempt, but it turns out he suffered a foot contusion. He's day-to-day.
David DeJesus, LF3/31/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Rays left fielder David DeJesus left Monday's game against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He appeared to hurt his arm diving back to first on a pick-off attempt, accordingto Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. If he has to miss time, it will lead to more playing time for Logan Forsythe and Sean Rodriguez.
Desmond Jennings, CF3/31/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Hitting the knuckleball has never come easy for Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings.
Insight: In 16 at bats versus R.A. Dickey, Jennings has just one hit to show for himself. Jennings (.252, 14 HR, 54 RBI) definitely has sleeper potential, just not against Dickey. Make sure he's on your bench today.
Matt Joyce, RF3/31/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce has always done lousy against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: In 26 at bats, Joyce has only managed four hits against the the right-hander. Joyce (.235, 18 HR, 47 RBI in 2013) will bat seventh in today's season opener.
Erik Bedard, SP3/28/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: The Rays have brought back Erik Bedard on a minor league deal.
Insight: Bedard opted out of his deal with the Rays earlier this week after failing to win the fifth spot in the rotation. He'll serve as depth for Tampa Bay should an injury strike.
Wil Myers, RF3/27/2014 7:04:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers took a pitch off his knee during Tuesday's game but he is expected to start Friday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Myers hit .293 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI and an .832 OPS to win AL Rookie of the Year last season. The 23-year-old flashed 30-HR power in the minors.
Erik Bedard, SP3/25/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: The Rays have released left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Bedard was hoping to grab the fifth spot in Tampa's starting rotation but lost out to Jake Odorizzi. The 35-year-old hasn't finished a season with an ERA lower than four since 2011.
Alex Colome, SP3/24/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Rays promising right-hander Alex Colome has been suspended for 50 days for a PED violation, according to Yahoo writer Jeff Passan.
Insight: Colome threw 16 innings at the major league level last season with a 2.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts, but he'll have to sit for the first two months of 2014. The one thing the Rays have is pitching, so this won't hurt the big club.
Matt Moore, SP3/23/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Matt Moore will have X-rays on his jaw and teeth roots on Monday. The Tampa Bay ace was struck in the face by a comebacker Sunday in a spring training game versus the Red Sox. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: It's been a scary spring for pitchers with Aroldis Chapman going down with a facial fracture and now this injury to Moore. The left-hander tied for third in the AL with 17 wins last season. It wouldn't be surprising if Moore topped that number in 2014 but first, he'll have to get healthy.
Matt Moore, SP3/23/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Matt Moore was hit in the side of the face by a comebacker on Sunday, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury.
Insight: Moore received stitches for a laceration on his lip but has no concussion symptoms, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. He threw four no-hit innings before leaving the game, though he did walk four batters and now has 15 walks in 14 1/3 innings this spring.
Matt Moore, SPCold3/23/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Matt Moore has walked 11 batters in 10 1/3 innings this spring.
Insight: He has allowed 13 hits and five earned runs too. Moore saw a decline in velocity of nearly two mph last season and walked 4.55 batters per nine innings. He also missed time with elbow soreness in the second half. Don't pay for the 17-4 record and 3.29 ERA he had in 2013.
Jake Odorizzi, SP3/22/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Rays manager Joe Maddon has named Jake Odorizzi the team's fifth starter, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Odorizzi beat out Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos.
Insight: The Rays acquired Odorizzi from the Royals along with Wil Myers in the package for James Shields, and the 23-year-old had a 3.94 ERA in 29 2/3 innings last season. He also had a 3.33 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings with Triple-A Durham. He'll try to hold down the fort until Jeremy Hellickson returns from elbow surgery in June. Ramos will pitch in high-leverage situations out of the bullpen, and Bedard will opt out of his contract if he's demoted to the minors.
Wil Myers, RF3/18/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (quad) will return to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Myers fouled a ball of his right leg on Saturday, but he avoided a serious injury. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year hit 13 homers in 335 at-bats last season and flashed 35-homer power in the minors.
Wil Myers, RF3/16/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers is aiming to return Tuesday against Minnesota. He fouled a ball off his quad Saturday in a spring training exhibition with Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune
Insight: His X-rays came back negative so it looks like it's just a bruise. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year should be a threat for 20+ homers if he can stay healthy.
Wil Myers, RF3/15/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers fouled a ball off his right leg in Saturday's game. X-rays were negative, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: A lot is expected of the 23-year-old Myers this season. He batted .293 with 13 HR and 53 RBI after being called up last June.
David Price, SP3/13/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price was named the Opening Day starter for the Rays.
Insight: The 2012 AL Cy Young winner is an elite fantasy arm coming off a mediocre season (10-8, 3.33 ERA, 1.098 WHIP), but this certainly isn't a surprise to anyone.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP3/12/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson is targeting June 1st for his return from elbow surgery. SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times
Insight: The Rays originally expected him back in mid-May but that's not going to happen. Hellickson (12-10, 5.17 ERA) is coming off a rocky season that even included a demotion to Double-A. So far, he's gone undrafted in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Ben Zobrist, 2B3/3/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist (back) said everything felt "great" after making his Grapefruit League debut Monday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Zobrist will play again Wednesday and should be ready for Opening Day. He carries second base and shortstop eligibility, making him a fantasy favorite.
Ben Zobrist, 2B2/22/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist has been dealing with a sore back after tweaking in during a workout Wednesday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Zobrist turned in a decent year in 2013 with 12 HR, 71 RBI and a .275 average in 157 regular season contests. He also successfully stole 11 out of 14 bases. His position flexibility makes him a fantasy favorite.
Desmond Jennings, CF2/17/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings arrived to camp having put on 10-15 pounds of muscle, according to tampabay.com. "I get here every spring and I probably lose at least 10 pounds, so I feel I'll be around what I want to play with once the season starts," he said.
Insight: Jennings burst onto the scene with 10 homers and 20 steals in just 63 games in 2011, but he's followed that up with .246-13 HR-31 SB in 2012 and.252-14 HR-20 SB last season while playing less than 140 games in both years. However, the center fielder improved both his K and BB rates last season and increased his slugging percentage. Manager Joe Maddon hasn't decided if he'll stick with Jennings in the leadoff spot or drop him in the order this season.
Erik Bedard, SP2/14/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Left-handed starter Erik Bedard has signed a minor-league deal with Tampa Bay.
Insight: Another team takes a shot at the talented, but never has reached his potential lefty. He hasn't recorded double-digit wins since 2007 and his ERA has been north of 4.50 over the past two seasons.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP2/3/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will miss the start of the season after elbow surgery last week, according to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Hellickson had a miserable 2013 going 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA. That includes a 7.15 ERA in his final 45 1/3 innings. Expectations are for a mid-to-late May return.
Fernando Rodney, RP2/2/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes there's a growing sense that New York will swoop in at the last minute and sign free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Insight: A Rodney signing is definitely within the realm of possibilies for a Yankees team that has gotten increasingly sneakier in recent years. Rodney was initially being pursued by the Mets and Orioles but now it looks like he could wind up as New York's setup man on Opening Day. Obviously, moving to the eighth inning would ruin any potential fantasy value that Rodney might have had.
Wilson Betemit, DH2/2/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Former Orioles DH Wilson Betemit has signed on with the Rays. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: His minor league contract includes an invite to spring training. Betemit missed most of the 2013 campaign while battling knee injuries. The year before, he hit .261 with 12 HR and 40 RBI in 102 games. He's not going to be an everyday player in Tampa.
Fernando Rodney, RP1/24/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Less than 24 hours ago it looked like Fernando Rodney was about to sign with the Orioles. Now he's talking to the Mets, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.
Insight: No deal is imminent. Rodney had one of the greatest seasons by a closer in major league history in 2012 but came back to Earth with an up and down 2013 campaign (3.38 ERA, 37-for-45 in save opportunities). He has an elite changeup and his fastball can still touch the high 90s, though it doesn't always land in the strike zone.
Fernando Rodney, RP1/23/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Earlier today we heard from Grantland's Jonah Keri that Fernando Rodney was close to signing with the Orioles. The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly has since refuted that claim and says the two sides haven't spoken in weeks.
Insight: We're not sure what the holdup is. The Orioles need a closer and Rodney is the best one available now that Grant Balfour (who failed his physical when he went to Baltimore last month) is off the market. Despite Connolly's insistence that the two sides aren't talking, Rodney to the O's makes too much sense not to happen.
Grant Balfour, RP1/23/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games for Oakland last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. The Rays have a solid back end with Balfour, Joel Peralta and Heath Bell.
David Price, SP1/16/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: David Price and the Rays avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million contract.
Insight: It doesn't mean that he'll still be pitching for the Rays at the end of the season if another team offers the right combination of youngsters. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner is an elite fantasy arm coming off a mediocre season (10-8, 3.33 ERA, 1.098 WHIP).
James Loney, 1B12/13/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: James Loney is staying with the Rays. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: His new deal will pay him $21 million over the next three seasons. The 29-year-old hit .299 last year with 13 HR and 75 RBI. He's expected to hit third behind Wil Myers and ahead of Evan Longoria.
Ryan Hanigan, C12/3/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: The Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan in a trade Tuesday and then signed him to a three-year, $10.75 million contract. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Hanigan came over as part of the Heath Bell trade. The best the light-hitting Hanigan can hope for is a timeshare behind the plate with Jose Molina.
Heath Bell, RP12/3/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: The D'Backs traded righthander Heath Bell to the Rays on Monday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: With Fernando Rodney likely to leave in free agency, Bell should take over the closer's role for Tampa Bay. It's always an adventure with Bell but the good news is, he should have plenty of opportunities for saves. He's worth thinking about in the later rounds of this year's fantasy draft.
Kirby Yates, RP11/22/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay purchased the contract of RP Kirby Yates to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Insight: Fantasy owners should keep an eye on this 26-year-old right-hander. Yates totaled 93 strikeouts in 61 2/3 IP at Triple-A with a 1.897 ERA, .989 WHIP and 20 saves.
James Loney, 1B11/16/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: The Rockies are looking for a new first baseman and James Loney appears to be high on their list. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Loney experienced a career resurgence last year with the Rays (.299, 13 HR, 75 RBI in 158 games). In Colorado, he'd be replacing Todd Helton, who recently announced his retirement after 17 seasons.
Fernando Rodney, RP11/12/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Cleveland could be in the running for free agent closer Fernando Rodney. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: They've also shown an interest in former Dodgers and Giants reliever Brian Wilson. The Indians parted ways with Chris Perez earlier this month. Rodney still offers a plus-fastball and one of the most deceiving changeups in the game but he's shown a tendency to get rattled and his control can be hit or miss.
David DeJesus, LF11/5/2013 8:41:00 PM
Description: The Rays have brought back outfielder David DeJesus on a two-year contract. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: The deal is worth $10.5 million. Tampa Bay acquired DeJesus from the Nationals in late August. He ended up hitting .260 with two homers and 11 RBI over his final 35 games.
Yunel Escobar, SS11/2/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar had his option picked up for next season. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Escobar's regular season numbers were average (.256, 9 HR, 56 RBI) but he was dominant against Cleveland and Boston in the playoffs (.421 AVG in 19 at bats). He'll make $5 million in 2014.
Ben Zobrist, 2B11/2/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: The Rays have exercised Ben Zobrist's option for next season. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: His base salary will be $7 million. Zobrist turned in another strong year in 2013 with 12 HR, 71 RBI and a .275 average in 157 regular season contests. He also stole 11 bases.


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