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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rays are listening to offers for Nate Karns.
Passan says Karns is drawing interest "from a number of teams," and rightly so. The 27-year-old right-hander has posted an impressive 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 106/40 K/BB ratio across 115 innings this season for Tampa Bay and he is under contractual control through 2020. It'll probably take a big return for the Rays to move him. Jul 30 - 11:21 AM

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Nate Karns got the win on Monday against the Tigers after limiting them to a lone run in six innings of work.

Karns tossed six shutout innings, but allowed a leadoff home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Victor Martinez added a single before the right-hander was lifted. They were two of three hits he allowed on the night with no walks and three strikeouts. Karns has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts and now boasts a 3.37 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 106/40 K/BB ratio over 115 innings. He'll face the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Jul 27 - 10:54 PM

Nate Karns threw five shutout innings and hit a solo home run, leading the Rays to a 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Karns provided the game's only offense when he drilled an Aaron Nola offering over the fence in left field. Meanwhile, he limited the Phillies to three hits and two walks while striking out four in his five innings of work. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.47 and has a 1.25 WHIP and a 103/40 K/BB ratio over 109 innings along with it. Karns will host the Tigers in his next start.
Jul 21 - 10:06 PM

Nathan Karns struggled in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Royals, surrendering seven runs on nine hits over six innings.

Four of the seven runs came home via two-run homers by Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez in the first and fifth innings, respectively. Karns' lackluster start comes on the heels of a 10-strikeout performance against the Yankees. He's now the owner of a 3.63 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in what's been a solid season to this point, Thursday's outing notwithstanding.
Jul 9 - 5:09 PM

Nathan Karns allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters in a no-decision against the Yankees on Saturday.

Both runs scored in the first inning. Karns was really solid for the most part, allowing a total of five hits while walking a pair. He just hasn't received any help from his offense of late. He'll carry a 3.21 ERA into a start against the Royals next week.
Jul 4 - 4:06 PM

Nate Karns gave up two runs in six innings en route to a loss against the Indians on Monday.

The Indians got to Karns early for a run in each of the first two innings, which proved to be enough run support for Cody Anderson. Karns danced around nine hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts. It could've been a lot worse. Karns' solid 2015 campaign continues as he now sports a 3.26 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and an 84/36 K/BB ratio in 91 innings. He will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium in his next start.
Jun 29 - 10:05 PM

Nate Karns was dealt a hard-luck no-decision Wednesday, tossing six scoreless frames in an extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.

Karns walked three, but he yielded just three singles and struck out five. He was pulled after allowed the first two batters to reach in the seventh and it turned out to be a good move after Kevin Jepsen escaped the jam. Karns has been quite reliable for the Rays with a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 15 starts. He'll get the Indians next.
Jun 24 - 4:11 PM

Nate Karns yielded one run over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Indians.

Karns was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth and Xavier Cedeno was able to keep Cleveland off the board. The only run scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Karns struck out four and walked one en route to his first win since May 13. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched deep into games this season, but he owns a solid 3.53 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio in 79 innings through 14 starts.
Jun 19 - 10:53 PM

Nate Karns suffered his third loss of the season, giving up five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work on Tuesday versus the Angels.

The Angels were all over Karns, bashing out nine hits, including four doubles and a home run. Karns also walked two while striking out four. The right-hander has only averaged 5 2/3 innings per start, but has otherwise been solid with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 60/29 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings. Karns will try to bounce back at home against the White Sox.
Jun 9 - 10:35 PM

Nate Karns yielded four runs on five hits in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

Karns struck out three and walked three. This was the first time Karns has given up more than two runs in an outing since April 22. Karns has turned in solid AL-only value by posting a 3.63 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Next time out, he gets a rematch against the Angels, this time in Tampa Bay. Fun!
Jun 4 - 1:34 AM

Nate Karns delivered an excellent performance in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, allowing just one hit over six shutout innings.

Karns punched out seven on the evening and walked two. He needed just 87 pitches to get through his six frames, so it's a bit of a surprise that manager Kevin Cash didn't let him begin the seventh inning. He has done a nice job in the Rays rotation, posting a 3.32 ERA and 53/24 K/BB ratio over 57 innings. He'll take on the Angels in Anaheim his next time out on Wednesday.
May 29 - 10:19 PM

Nate Karns improved to 3-1 after holding the Yankees to two runs in five innings on Wednesday.

Karns struck out six and threw 92 pitches before the Rays decided to turn it over to the bullpen. Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Gomes, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger combined to pitch four scoreless innings from there. Karns is looking like a solid AL-only pitcher, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his eight starts.
May 13 - 10:24 PM

Nate Karns pitched brilliantly against the Rangers on Friday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball and striking out nine in the 8-2 win.

Karns was shutting out the Rangers until the eighth inning, but Adam Rosales led things off with a solo home run and after allowing a Shin-Soo Choo single, the 27-year-old right-hander was lifted for Xavier Cedeno. Despite losing a bit of steam near the end of the outing, it was a magnificent overall effort by Karns, who struck out nine, walked two and gave up just four hits. He now holds a 3.35 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with a 38/19 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. It's not fair to expect this kind of outing every time he takes the ball, but so long as he keeps his control issues in check, he has definite value in AL-only leagues and could start to compete for run in mixed-league play. He'll try to replicate Friday's brilliance when he takes on the Yankees in his next start.
May 8 - 11:17 PM

Nate Karns shut out the Orioles over five innings but got a no-decision when the Rays' bullpen leaked, leading to a loss on Sunday.

The Orioles only managed to record two hits and a walk while striking out four times against the right-hander. Once Karns was out of the game, the Orioles' offense came alive, scoring four times in the sixth and seventh innings. Karns has a 4.05 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 29/17 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He'll hope for a similar performance but better results his next time out, which will be at home against the Rangers.
May 3 - 4:52 PM

Nate Karns pitched well on Monday, but couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, earning a no-decision as the Rays fell to the Yankees.

Karns had racked up a lot of pitches and appeared to tire towards the end of his outing. He got two quick outs, but walked Steven Drew, allowed an infield single to Didi Gregorius, and walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before giving way to reliever Brandon Gomes. Gomes allowed one of Karns' runners to score with a walk of his own. Overall, Karns allowed the one run on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Walks continue to be an issue for the right-hander, as he has 16 of them in 28 1/3 innings. Karns will head into a road start against the Orioles with a 4.76 ERA.
Apr 27 - 10:20 PM

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2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
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LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
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Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Cobb
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Jeff Beliveau
4Steve Geltz
5Brandon Gomes
6Xavier Cedeno
7Alex Colome
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