The Rays Tank: Bats silent, Buehrle dominant

Brian Blanco

It's game three of 162. No need to panic.

So, the Rays lost the third game of the season last night, making the team 1-2 on the season...

But at least this isn't a Rays fan?

Mark Buehrle worked 8 2/3, striking out 11 and limiting the Rays to four hits, while Matt Moore was good but not good enough, allowing two runs on six hits and walking three (only three?) in his 5 2/3. Control was a problem n his first outing of the season.

In highlights, Longo again reminded all of us that he's still good at baseball, while Logan Forsythe notched two of the four hits on the night. Hey, that platoon thing works! For the full recap, head here.

If the Blue Jays win today, it will be their first road series win against the Rays since April 6-8th, 2007. Come on, offense.

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The major news of yesterday was Chris Archer's six-year contract with two club options, which guarantees Archer to earn at least $25.5 million in the first six years of the contract. The Rays, Archer, his teammates and all fans were understandably thrilled at the announcement. He seems like a really, really great guy - definitely the kind that Maddon would want on his team for as long as possible.

When the Rays scheduled the announcement, a contract extension was expected, but many wondered if it were Cobb or Myers signing a long term deal. Marc Topkin caught up with both:

Asked Wednesday if he had been approached by the Rays, Cobb said, "I plead the fifth."

About the benefits of Archer's deal, Cobb said, "I can't say how it would feel to be financially secure, but I'm sure it's a pretty good feeling. ... I think everybody would like to feel that way. Maybe it's in the cards in the future."

Among leading position player possibilities, OF Wil Myers said he would be open to discussing a deal - "Anybody would love to talk extensions" - but there are no indications anything is in play.

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Another year, and Dickie V is still monitoring attendance for all of us:

Miss you, Super Sam.

Links:

- Nate Karns was named the opening day starter for Durham, over Enny Romero and Erik Bedard. They are joined by Matt Andriese and (surprisingly) Mike Montgomery, who the Rays have not given up on just yet. Montgomery had been pitching out of relief last fall.

- Per Topkin, there is mutual interest between the Rays and Chris Gimenez on a minor league deal, should he clear waivers. Gimenez was claimed and then designated by the Rangers earlier this week.

- Injury news: David DeJesus's bruised foot is well enough that he could have entered last night's game, and Ryan Hanigan fought off the flu to enter Game 3. Both are probable to start this evening. Elsewhere, Yu Darvish will come off the DL Sunday, just in time to face the Rays. Joy.

- Sean Rodriguez might be late to tonight's game...

Congrats, Sean and Giselle!

- Harry Pavlidis looked at Matt Moore's cutter. Wait, what?

- Fangraphs projected the Top 50 propsects by WAR using their ZiPS/Steamer regression, with Hak-Ju Lee cracking the top twenty, and two names you might not have expected rounding out the final tier: Curt Casali and Vince Belnome.

- I don't have a subscription to Florida Trend so I can only read the first paragraph, but apparently the Editor's Page commented on the ill-fated destiny of baseball in Florida. I'm not sure that's how tv contracts work...

- The Mariners don't seem to appreciate Fernando Rodney's victorious arrow shooting ways. :(

- Chris Moran, at Beyond the Box Score, took a look at the 3-0 swing, noting that Tampa Bay atypically cut back in 2013.

- A lovely little tale over at Hardball Times about the marriage of beer and baseball. Which reminds me, another enjoyable edition of Hatfield's Corner is live, on the adventures of attending Game 2. Check it out.

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