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51 Nathan Karns SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 11/25/1987 | Birthplace: Franklin, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 14/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays' bullpen gives up starter Nathan Karns' lead, stuck with no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Rays starter Nathan Karns struck out seven batters in five innings and allowed just two hits - both home runs - in a no decision against the Yankees on Friday.

Karns exited the game with the lead but the Rays' bullpen could not hold it.


Alex Rodriguez and Stephen Drew connected for solo shots off Karns.

Karns walked two in the contest.

Karns' next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Red Sox.


Rays' Nathan Karns earns win vs. Marlins Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allowed two runs (one earned) on just two hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six to earn the win in his team's 8-5 victory over the Marlins Sunday.

Karns (1-1) fared much better than in his season debut (5 2/3 innings, six earned runs and the loss) Sunday, giving up his first run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and his second on a Dee Gordon triple in the fifth. He retired the final seven batters he faced before the Rays went to the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth.

"They asked me if I was good enough to go out there. I felt fine, so I went out there and tried to keep plugging away and getting hitters out," Karns said to the Tampa Tribune. "So until they took the ball out of my hands, that was my approach."

Karns is slated to face the Yankees Friday in his next start.


Rays will start Chris Archer on Saturday, Nathan Karns on Sunday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) The Rays will start pitcher Chris Archer on Saturday and Nathan Karns on Sunday, reports the Tampa Tribune. This moves up each player's scheduled start one day.

Archer had a rough outing on Opening Day, giving up two home runs in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles. On the day, he allowed four runs, three of which were earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Karns allowed six runs on five hits with four walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched in his season debut on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to the Orioles. Four of the runs given up were in the first inning of that game on four consecutive hits.


Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allows six runs in season debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns allowed six runs on five hits, including a home run, with four walks in 5 2/3 innings of work in Tampa Bay's 6-5 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Karns, who also added four strikeouts, was knocked around early, surrendering four runs in the first inning on four consecutive hits.

He then gave up a two-run homer in the second before settling in a bit. He begins the year with a 9.53 ERA. He will look to bounce back Monday against the Blue Jays.


Rays' Nathan Karns strikes out eight in final spring outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out eight in Thursday's 10-1 win over the Phillies Thursday.

It was the final spring tuneup for Karns, who finishes the spring with a 3.86 ERA and 19:8 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. His next start will come Tuesday against the Orioles in the second regular-season game of the year.


Rays name Karns Game 2 starter, Odorizzi set for Game 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that Nathan Karns will pitch in Game 2, followed by Jake Odorizzi in Game 3 against the Orioles to start the season, according to the team's official website.

Karns is 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA in five starts this spring. Odorizzi posted a 3.12 ERA in eight innings of work in Grapefruit League play.


Rays P Nate Karns has rough outing on Saturday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After being told on Friday that he would be the No. 3 starter in the pitching rotation for the Rays, pitcher Nathan Karns was roughed up on Saturday, per MLB.com.

"My command was a little bit off," Karns said. "I fell behind a lot and these guys took advantage of that when I was really trying to make pitches. They were able to have the count in their favor."

Karns gave up six runnings in only four innings pitched against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has only pitched in 12 innings the last two seasons with the Rays and Nationals, posting a career ERA of 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.


Rays' Cash still mulling rotation order for Odorizzi, Karns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday he still hasn't decided on which order Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will pitch in the season-opening series against the Orioles (April 6-8).

Chris Archer has been tabbed to start Opening Day in place of Alex Cobb (forearm), but Cash is mulling the starters for the next two games because he is still looking at matchups in the next few series after Baltimore.


Rays keep Nathan Karns busy on off day vs. Class A hitters


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Rays were off on Tuesday, but pitcher Nathan Karns was kept busy in a Class A minor-league game, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He logged two innings of work and tossed 29 pitches.

"I knew they were going to be swinging early and often so it kind of allowed me to play with some of the pitches that I need to work on, knowing they're aggressive and making sure (the pitches) are effective,'' Karns said.

Manager Kevin Cash was impressed with his curveball.

"He threw some good curveballs,'' Cash said. "He looked like he had really good velo going today.''


Rays' Jake McGee, Nathan Karns to get work in Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays pitcher Jake McGee will throw a bullpen session and pitcher Nathan Karns will go two innings in a minor-league game on Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune

McGee had elbow surgery last December and threw off a mound for the first time since the procedure last Tuesday. A year ago, McGee posted a 5-2 record, 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. 

Karns is set to throw 15 pitches per inning in the minor-league game. 


Rays lining up rotation with Archer, Odorizzi and Karns to pitch Saturday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that starters Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns all will pitch in the team's game Saturday, a sign that they are lining up their starting rotation for Opening Day, per MLB.com.

The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters - Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly - will start the season on the disabled list, leaving Archer as the potential Opening Day starter. 

"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."


Rays send rotation hopeful Burch Smith down to the minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Rays optioned Burch Smith down to the minors after his Grapefruit League outing on Friday against the Blue Jays, according to Tampa Tribune.

Smith, who was viewed as an outside candidate for a rotation spot, was hit hard for six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings of work. The competition will be down to Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


Rays down to five candidates for three open rotation spots


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) With pitcher Enny Romero getting optioned to the minors, there remains five candidates for three spots in the Rays' rotation, per MLB.com. They are Matt AndrieseNathan Karns, Everett TeafordBurch Smith and Mike Montgomery.

Montgomery is the only left-handed pitcher in the group, but manager Kevin Cash said that doesn't mean he has an advantage over the other pitchers.

"I don't think that's a priority," Cash said. "I think we're going to try and find what will be the best matchup for us. You factor in a lot of things, and if you look at our first couple of games, it's not like there's a pressing need for a left-handed pitcher in there.

"We're still working on the rotation and how everything will unfold."


Rays P Nathan Karns goes over four innings in win over Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns gave up two earned runs and struck out four batters in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Twins. 

In 4 1/3 innings of work, Karns allowed six hits and walked one. Karns got into some trouble in the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Oswaldo Arcia and Jose Martinez. Chris Herrmann then hit a double to score both baserunners. 

Karns now holds a 2.03 spring training ERA. 


Rays shut down Alex Cobb (forearm) for approximately seven days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays general manager Matthew Silverman confirmed that Alex Cobb will be shut down for approximately a week because of tendinitis in his right forearm, and is no longer the starter for Tampa Bay on Opening Day, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Cobb left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with the injury after tossing three perfect innings. He will be evaluated again after at least seven days of rest, and is not expected back in games until April at the earliest per the Tampa Tribune.

Silverman would not reveal his Opening Day plans, citing that he's more focused on putting a staff together, internally and externally. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters that there's a lot of moving pieces in the rotation, but he likes what he's seen out of Nathan Karns, Burch Smith and Matt Andriese this spring, per the Tribune.


Rays pitcher Nathan Karns throws four perfect innings Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns threw four shutout innings in Saturday's game against the Orioles. Karns, who is battling for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, struck out two and didn't surrender a hit in the outing.

He has only allowed two runs in his first three starts of spring training.

"It was great to be out there, finally working with [Rene] Rivera," said Karns, who has now allowed three hits and one earned run in nine Grapefruit League innings. "I felt like he did a great job managing the game … [giving me] easy reminders behind the dish to keep me locked in."


Rays SP Nathan Karns has 1.80 ERA through two spring outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns made his second spring appearance Monday against the Yankees.

Karns, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk in three innings. He had two strikeouts. 

He has a 1.80 ERA through two outings.


Rays formulate contingency plan in case Smyly not ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) While the Rays are not overly concerned about Drew Smyly's left shoulder tendinitis, the team is formulating a contingency plan in the event he is not ready by the start of the season, per The Tampa Tribune.

Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Burch Smith and Alex Colome -- who are all competing for the final spot in the team's rotation -- could be stopgap options in case Smyly begins the year on the disabled list. 

Manager Kevin Cash added Everett Teaford  and Enny Romero, who appear to be two pitchers headed for Triple-A, could also be options, if they pitch well this spring.


Rays' Karns focused on throwing changeup in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns still has a long ways to go in potentially securing the final spot in the team's rotation. However, he made a strong first impression during his spring debut Thursday against the Orioles.

Karns tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one run. He led off the game with a strikeout of Alejandro De Aza.

"I mixed it up -- fastball, curveball, changeup," Karns said, per MLB.com. "There were a lot of lefties out there, so I really tried to work that changeup in there."


Rays have high hopes for starting pitcher Nathan Karns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns is in camp again this year competing for the last spot in the team's rotation. His top competition is Alex Colome, who is out of options unlike Karns. 

Even if Karns has to begin the season in the minors, the Rays still have high hopes for the 27-year-old right-hander.

"Karns has big stuff," Rays minor-league director Mitch Lukevics said, per MLB.com. "I watched him a lot last season in Durham. Big stuff, big tools. He's improving his command. And when he gets that command and learns how to pitch a little more, the sky's the limit for him."


Nathan Karns dominates Blue Jays in season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns dominated the Blue Jays in his first start of the season on Friday, limiting hitters to two hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven scoreless innings of a 1-0 victory.

Karns will make his next start Wednesday at home against the Yankees.

Nathan Karns tabbed to start Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns has been named the starter for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

The team decided to shut Drew Smyly down for the season Tuesday, opening up a spot in the rotation. Karns, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season, owns a 5.08 ERA and 153:62 K:BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings with Triple-A Durham.


Rays considering SP options for Friday's doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is not a candidate to start in Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Jake Odorizzi will start one game in the doubleheader, and Maddon added Nathan Karns and Alex Colome are the candidates to start the other game.

Rays option Nathan Karns


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/4/2014) The Rays optioned pitcher Nathan Karns to Triple-A Durham, reports the Tampa Tribune. He had been called up before Sunday's game.

Nathan Karns gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) The Rays have called up pitcher Nathan Karns Sunday.

The team's bullpen have been overworked lately, and Karns will get a chance to provide some stability. The club designated Heath Bell for assignment to make room for Karns. In six starts at Triple-A, Karns has an 8.20 ERA.