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Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Rays.250523983.47
AL East3rd4th5th1st
American League 8th14th12th3rd

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Tue Aug 19
L 8 - 6DET
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Wed Aug 20
L 6 - 0DET
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Thu Aug 21
W 1 - 0DET
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Fri Aug 22
W 8 - 0at TOR
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Sat Aug 23
L 5 - 4at TOR
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Sun Aug 24
W 2 - 1at TOR
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Mon Aug 25
L 9 - 1at BAL
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Tue Aug 26
L 4 - 2at BAL
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Wed Aug 27
W 3 - 1at BAL
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Thu Aug 28
L 5 - 4at BAL
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Fri Sep 5
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Standings

AL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Baltimore67-4876-56
New York56-5669-63
Toronto57-5967-66
Tampa Bay55-5965-69
Boston49-6758-75
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Desmond Jennings dealing with left knee soreness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch Friday night against the Red Sox due to left knee soreness, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings is hitting .244 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 479 at-bats.

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Evan Longoria homers, drives in two in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was back at third base for the second game in a row Thursday against the Orioles, and he showed the forearm soreness from earlier in the week was behind him as he went deep in a 5-4 loss.

Longoria went 1 for 3 in the game while driving in to runs, one with his fourth-inning solo home run and then another with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He now has 17 home runs and 76 RBI in 134 games, while hitting .255/.325/.399 in 521 at-bats. 

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Jeremy Hellickson fails to go five innings
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson failed to go five innings Thursday against the Orioles.

Hellickson allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two during the outing. Hellickson found himself in trouble in the first inning. A solo home run to Steve Pearce started the scoring for Baltimore. Hellickson then gave up two straight singles. With men on first and third, the Orioles decided to double-steal. Adam Jones made it home on the steal attempt, while Nelson Cruz was safe at second. Hellickson managed to pitch out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.

He fell into trouble again in the fifth. Hellickson loaded the bases after facing the first three batters. After picking up a line out, Hellickson was removed from the game. Two runs would come around to score after Hellickson left, though one was due to an error. He was charged with both runs, though only one was earned.

Hellickson left with the game tied, earning the no-decision. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 

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Drew Smyly on innings limit
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will be held to about 150 innings this season, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Joe Maddon said Smyly would likely be held between 150 innings and 160 innings. Smyly has already reached his career-high in innings, and currently sits at 141 1/3 on the year. Smyly has put up strong numbers, posting a 3.31 ERA, but he's never thrown more than 117 innings over a full season. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409265602
Drew Smyly must-own, but not must-start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Drew Smyly probably isn't as good as he's shown since joining the Rays. Granted, you shouldn't put anything past their coaching staff -- Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi all appear well on their way to maximizing their talents -- but in his last four starts, Smyly has been as good as the man he was traded for, perennial Cy Young contender David Price. No transformation is that sudden.

The most telling number for me is that one that falls well short of Price's standards: During that four-start stretch, Smyly has averaged 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. And yet he's allowed 11 hits in 30 2/3 innings. The result is an impossibly low .111 BABIP.

Of course, one look at his 0.88 ERA during that four-start stretch would tell you it's something he can't sustain, so maybe I'm going overboard digging into the advanced numbers there. My point is this: He's good, but with middle-of-the-road strikeout ability and an occasional vulnerability to home runs, I don't see him becoming start-him-every-week good.

In a relief pitcher spot in a points league, maybe, but otherwise, keep an eye on the matchups and weigh your alternatives.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJames Loney , 1B.286
HREvan Longoria , 3B17
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B76
OBPMatt Joyce , LF.368
SLGBen Zobrist , 2B.417
RBen Zobrist , 2B72
SBDesmond Jennings , CF15
WAlex Cobb , SP9
ERAChris Archer , SP3.09
WHIPDrew Smyly , SP1.18
KJake Odorizzi , SP156
SVJake McGee , RP15
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