Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Fall 5-0 in Series Finale

Just when you think you’ve got baseball figured out, it humbles you and beats you up.
– Orestes Destrade

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Alex Cobb Excellent in Rays’ 5-1 Win

If you’re keeping track, that’s the 11th win in 12 games and the 29th in 41. Tampa Bay is now one game under .500 at 53-54 — they were 18 under on June 10. The Orioles won in 12 innings, so the Rays remain 7.0 games back in AL East. Tampa Bay has seven games left against Baltimore. The question du jour: Is that the “magic” Price number?

Updates on Ryan Hanigan, Will Myers, and David Price

Per Marc Topkin, David Price is eager for a resolution to the trade situation surrounding both the Rays’ ace and Ben Zobrist, though his focus has not been distracted from the task at hand. Rather, Price is focused on helping the team win, saying, “Hopefully it’s in a Rays uniform in two starts.” Price went on, “I know no one in this clubhouse wants me to leave.”

All the News Fit to Print on a Slow News Day, Part II

Here are a handful of updates ahead of the start of the symbolic second half of the season.

All the News Fit to Print on a Slow News Day

There isn’t much to write about today. Sure, I’m sure I could whip up something on the All-Star Game, though I cannot help but feel that there is a far greater narrative embedded within the Rays’ battle to stay relevant going into the symbolic second half of the season. That is, I’m more concerned with my team making it to the playoffs in the first place, than I am with which league will receive home field advantage in the World Series. Nevertheless, I was able to cull together a few Rays-centric, newsworthy items bulleted below.