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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The new face of Rays sliders?

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For the Rays Radio profile of the day, Neil Solondz sat down with journeyman pitcher Chaz Roe. I think it’s especially interesting to hear a guy like Roe, who’s seen multiple teams across the league, talk about the way the Rays and new pitching coach Kyle Snyder do things differently. For instance on Snyder:

He doesn’t push things on you, he doesn’t try to change you,” said Roe of his relationship with Snyder, now the pitching coach with Tampa Bay. “He let’s you be yourself.

He also talked about the “weighted ball” that the Rays use in warmups, and talked about Sergio Romo, who seems to have taken on a bit of the Joel Peralta “second pitching coach in the bullpen” role. Overall a real good interview, worth a listen.

Also, people are talking about Roe’s Slider:

Roe is one player competing for spots in the bullpen, and so is Yonny Chirinos, who was interviewed after yesterday’s game. Here’s the postgame audio from Rays Radio, along with audio from Wilson Ramos and Kevin Cash.

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