Matt Andriese back on the DL, Jacob Faria returns; the MLB draft; on the Rays attendance

With Matt Andriese likely out into August with a hip issue, Rookie RHP Jake Faria has been recalled from Triple-A Durham and will start Tuesday in Toronto.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Ouch!

Alex Colome had the toughest start of any Tampa Bay starter, as the Rays suffered their most lopsided loss on Tuesday night — a 16-4 shellacking at the hands of the Washington Nationals.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Drop Season Finale, 7-2

Put a fork in it, the Tampa Bay Rays’ most disappointing season since 2007 came to a close in disappointing fashion, with the Rays falling to the Cleveland Indians 7-2. The Rays ended the season with a 77-85 record, and their lowest offensive output since the Devil Rays days (more on that below). Alex Cobb took the mound against Indians starter TJ House and allowed ten hits, including a rare two homer second inning. Meanwhile House, while lasting only 49 pitches, proved to be effective, ultimately limiting the Rays to one run in five innings.

Game Three Against the Giants: Sold Out

“Today’s Rays-Giants game at Tropicana Field is SOLD OUT!” -Tampa Bay Rays (via Twitter) After averaging just north of 17,000 fans per game on the season, the Rays are averaging somewhere in the ballpark of 28,000 fans per game over the course of four games — today’s sellout included. Cough, all this against the D’Backs …

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: All Hail Kings David, Escobar, and Zobrist

It was a hallmark type game that you’ve come to expect out of the Rays, a game that had everything: excellent pitching, outstanding defense, and a scrappy offense that was able to push across five runs — all on base hits. Tampa Bay again moved a game closer to owning sole possession of first place Wednesday night, with a 5-1 win against its AL East rivals Boston. Handcuffing the Red Sox, the Rays made a four run deficit feel like a wide chasm that was impossible to cross. And to be fair, it was an impossible chasm to cross when you consider that nothing was getting by the Gold Glove caliber infield of Longoria/Escobar/Zobrist/Loney. I’ll highlight (below) a few things that I may have neglected to talk about in our live blogged coverage of last night’s game, on our Tumblr page.