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Will Rhymes Expected For Call Up

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Sounds like Brooks Conrad will hang out in Triple-A for the mean time and Rhymes will take his spot.

Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton for president, 2012! The Jose duo has combined to increase the called...

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Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton for president, 2012! The Jose duo has combined to increase the called strikeout rate of each of the starting pitchers except Jeff Niemann, who has the least innings at 34.2 IP. Say what you will about Molina's offense (54 wRC+, albeit with a career-low .221 BABIP), but getting more called strikes means quicker ABs and more pitchers counts. This, my friends, has the makings of a successful experiment, say I. Numbers derived from StatCorner.com data.

Sayonara, Brandon Allen

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Rays have sold Allen's contract to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese League as reported by TBO.com's Roger Mooney.

Update on Evan Longoria's Injury

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(jump to the 9:00 mark) ESPN's Stephania Bell discussed Evan Longoria's situation with Nate Ravitz on ESPN's Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast. Bell is a physical therapist and is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Jay Jaffe on James Shields's Trade Value

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Some nice info here as we get closer to the trade deadline.

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Angels are talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about right-hander...

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It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Angels are talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about right-hander James Shields. But the Angels also are interested in some of the Rays’ other available pitchers, including right-hander Wade Davis, major-league sources say."

Ken Rosenthal on the latest rumor. This would be the second such team I've heard about looking at both pitchers. For my money, Rosenthal is the best in the business on this type of reporting.

Finally, the Rays will wait another few days before deciding whether to market James Shields and...

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Finally, the Rays will wait another few days before deciding whether to market James Shields and others. But executives of two clubs that spoke with them both believe "they're turning the corner in that direction." But it isn't just Shields who is likely to get dealt. They've "got a big market for Wade Davis," said one exec.

Jayson Stark on the latest rumblings

Change of pitching plans for #Angels: Santana will not start Friday vs. #Rays so he can get some...

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Change of pitching plans for #Angels: Santana will not start Friday vs. #Rays so he can get some power bullpen sessions in"

smoke?

New Frontiers for Baseball

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A financial and baseball analysis of possible new destinations for the A's and Rays in Latin America.

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