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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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Nate Karns yielded five runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.
Karns walked four batters for the third time in four starts and gave up his fourth and fifth homers of the year. The ability is there, but until he cuts back on the walks, he'll be a liability. At this rate, he's going to lose his rotation spot to one of the Rays' rehabbing starters. Apr 22 - 10:50 PM

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Nate Karns was handed a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday after giving up two runs over five innings.

Karns only gave up two hits, but they were costly, as they both left the yard via home runs from Stephen Drew and Alex Rodriguez. He struck out seven and walked four in the no-decision and owns a 4.58 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings across his first three starts this season. The control has been shaky, but he's worth using in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
Apr 17 - 11:32 PM

Nate Karns earned his first win of the season after allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings in Sunday's 8-5 win against the Marlins.

Karns was hammered by the Orioles in his first start of the season on Tuesday and rebounded nicely on Sunday. He limited the Marlins to two hits and two walks while striking out six. Karns' tour through the AL East will continue in his next start when he takes on the Yankees at home on Friday.
Apr 12 - 4:57 PM

Nathan Karns was knocked around by the Orioles Tuesday, allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings to lose his Rays debut.

Karns struggled early, allowing four runs in the first inning and two in the second before settling down. By then, the damage was done. The right-hander gave up five hits and four walks while striking out four on the evening. He'll have another tough AL East matchup when the Rays travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays on Monday.
Apr 7 - 11:10 PM

Nate Karns fanned eight while allowing one run over six innings Thursday in the Rays' 10-1 drubbing of the Phillies.

Karns gave up a homer to the third batter he faced, but he was otherwise excellent. An underdog in the battle for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation at the beginning of camp, he's now scheduled to start the second game of the regular season against the Orioles. He's worth trying in AL-only leagues.
Apr 2 - 4:57 PM

Nate Karns is scheduled to start the Rays' second regular-season game next Tuesday against the Orioles.

Chris Archer will handle the opener on Monday and Jake Odorizzi will pitch the third game on Wednesday. Karns, 27, posted a 4.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 11/6 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings this spring. He may carry a bit of early-season value in AL-only fantasy leagues.
Apr 2 - 9:29 AM

Nate Karns was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Saturday.

Karns picked a pretty good day for his first bad outing of the spring, as he was told yesterday that he made the team. He's expected to be Tampa Bay's No. 3 starter as a result of the injuries to Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, and he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues early on.
Mar 28 - 4:43 PM

Nate Karns pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Twins.

Karns gave up six hits, five of them singles. He struck out four and walked one. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all sidelined, Karns has gone from competing for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation to likely opening the year as the team's third starter. He makes for an intriguing late-round option in AL-only leagues.
Mar 19 - 5:10 PM

Nate Karns was perfect for four innings Saturday in the Rays' 3-2 defeat of the Orioles.

Karns struck out two. With Drew Smyly iffy for Opening Day and Alex Colome down with pneumonia, Karns has a great chance of claiming a spot in Tampa Bay's rotation. He's an AL-only sleeper.
Mar 14 - 5:17 PM

Nate Karns started and pitched two scoreless innings versus the Orioles on Thursday.

Karns is a candidate to make the Rays rotation, but it really hurts his chances that he has options and Alex Colome doesn't. Still, if Karns pitches well this spring and Colome doesn't, it's possible the Rays will stick Colome in the pen or trade him.
Mar 5 - 5:15 PM

Nate Karns wasn't sharp Sunday, allowing six runs over five innings in a loss to the White Sox.

Karns was terrific in his Rays debut on September 12, but things went much differently Sunday. The right-hander gave up just five hits, but three left the yard. The home runs accounted for five of his six runs allowed. Karns, who was acquired for Jose Lobaton before the season, will likely get one more start before the season ends, with that start coming next weekend at the Indians.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Nate Karns was brilliant in his first start with the Rays on Friday, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.

You know, because the Rays need more pitching. Added to the rotation this week after Drew Smyly reached his innings limit, Karns was nothing short of brilliant after a shaky first inning. He fanned eight and walked two while throwing 72 out of 114 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old has a promising matchup next week against the Yankees and could be worth a try as a streaming option.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:10:00 PM

Nate Karns will be recalled to start on Friday in Toronto.

He'll be taking the rotation spot of Drew Smyly, who has been shut down due to his innings workload. Karns has had a rough year, posting a 7.50 ERA in three starts with the Rays and a 5.08 mark in 27 starts at Triple-A Durham. However, he also struck out over a batter per inning at Durham and possesses an intriguing arm. AL-only leaguers could take a gamble on him.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Rays right-handed pitching prospect Karns tossed seven solid innings for Triple-A Durham on Friday, striking out seven batters while scattering five hits and two walks, allowing one run.

Karns was knocked around in his major league debut with Washington in 2013, and serves as little more than organizational pitching depth for Tampa Bay this season. He has had a rough season, putting up a 5.63 ERA and a 1.424 WHIP, while seeing his K/9 dip to 9.6 and his BB/9 increase to 4.3. Karns could be up later this season, particularly if the Rays trade some starting pitching.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Rays prospect RHP Nate Karns had another solid outing, allowing one earned run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham.

He struck out six batters and issued one walk in the game. Karns, 25, got off to a terrible start this season, registering an 8.20 ERA and 33/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 1/3 innings (six starts), but he's pitched much better in his last two turns, with a 1.32 ERA and .178 BAA in 13 2/3 frames. If he can continue to exhibit consistency at Durham, Karns should get a chance to pitch at the back end of the Rays' rotation later in the season.
Mon, May 12, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Ernesto Frieri
4Kevin Jepsen
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Jose Dominguez
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Brandon Gomes