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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rays offense igniting in Toronto

Tampa Bay Rays are getting inspiration from the War of 1812, and lighting Toronto on fire for 25 runs in two games!

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All this offense sure is fun. It's not exactly something Rays fans are accustomed to, but I certainly could get used to this. 25 runs, 15 extra base hits, LoMo's first 2 RBIs, and also this:

The game last night also featured the 1st major league HR of Taylor Motter. Motter came into the game as a pinch hitter for Brad Miller, who was a HR shy of the Cycle.


- Marc Topkin is reporting the Rays have pushed back Matt Moore's next start.

- Janson Hanselman at the Process Report dives into the Exit Velocity leaderboards, both for Rays batters as well as for Rays pitchers.

- While on the subject of Exit Velocity, check out this Baseball Prospectus feature about the need for refinement in those numbers in the form of Adjusted Exit Velocity.

Suspensions were handed down for those involved in the brawl between Texas and Toronto, notably Rougned Odor getting 8 games, Jose Bautista 1 game, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons receiving a 3 game suspension.

- So, this hasn't been what one would call a "good" season for the Atlanta BravesManager Fredi Gonzalez was fired yesterday, because (among other things) he somehow couldn't make a lineup with Erick Aybar, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jeff Francoeur into a competitive team.

- Stacey Gotsulias on Beyond the Boxscore profiles the absolute worst of the worst players to start the 2016 season(spoiler alert: no LoMo or DJ).

- Kyle Sammin at Hardball Times breaks down which teams are actually overdue for a World Series win.