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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 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

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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

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Nate Karns
4Alex Colome
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Moore
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Brandon Gomes
9Xavier Cedeno
10Kirby Yates