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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%: 61/41 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays SP Nathan Karns allows nine hits in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Although Rays pitcher Nathan Karns did earn a quality start during Monday's game against the Indians, Karns was on the losing end of the 7-1 contest.

"I thought Karnsy, for not having really good stuff, or his best stuff, he really battled," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com.

Karns allowed two runs on nine hits over six innings of work. He also struck out seven and walked two. Karns is now 4-4 with a 3.26 ERA.

"Even though the stuff wasn't as good, and he wasn't as sharp, he still limited them to 2-0," Cash said. "I don't know how many guys he left on base, but there were multiple innings where it could have gotten out of hand. And he kept it right there and gave us a chance to win."

Over his last four starts, Karns has allowed a total of four runs over 23 1/3 innings of work. However, he is just 1-1 over those starts.


Rays SP Nathan Karns receives no-decision in Wednesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Despite not allowing a run over six innings of work, Rays pitcher Nathan Karns received a no-decision for his effort during Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Rays.

Karns only allowed three hits while striking out five and walking three during the outing. He was able to lower his ERA to 3.28.

Over his last three starts, Karns has pitched 17 1/3 innings and surrendered a total of two runs, but he is just 1-0 over that time. He has earned a quality start in two of his last three starts.


Nathan Karns earns first win in five weeks for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Rays starter Nathan Karns earned his first win since May 13, snapping a two-game losing streak in Friday's win over Cleveland. 

Karns moved to 4-3, by allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked a batter and struck out four. 

"I thought that first inning he looked a little out of whack, falling behind some guys,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "He spiked a fastball there that got away (for a wild pitch). He threw a couple pitches that you could tell he was a little out of synch. But that goes to his credit in that he is kind of developing and maturing into a pitcher here that he's able to slow the game down a little bit and start making pitches, which I thought he did.''

Karns' next start is Wednesday, against Toronto. 


Rays SP Nathan Karns receives no-decision in Sunday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Despite producing a solid outing Sunday, Rays pitcher Nathan Karns received a no-decision during Sunday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.

Karns (3-3) scattered seven hits and allowed one run over six innings of work. He also struck out eight and walked one during the outing.

"I've got to give it to my defense who played really well behind me," Karns said, per MLB.com. "We had a tough opponent -- Sale is one of the best. We knew we had our work cut out for us.

Sunday's no-decision was the fifth-straight start that Karns failed to receive a win for his work. He has tossed two quality starts over his last four outings. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday at Cleveland.


Rays SP Nathan Karns allows five runs in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns surrendered five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings of work during Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Angels.

Karns received his third loss of the season for his effort and his ERA now stands at 3.86. He also struck out four and walked two during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a home run to Albert Pujols in the fifth inning.

Karns has not been able to pitch at least six innings in four of his last five starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday against the White Sox


Rays' Nathan Karns allows four runs in no-decision vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns wasn't a factor in Wednesday's decision, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings while striking out three in his team's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Angels.

Karns looked like he was headed for his third loss early on Wednesday, serving up a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the third on an RBI single. The Angels stretched the lead to 4-0 with a fourth-inning home run, but the Rays were able to take Karns off the hook by scoring five runs on a pair of homers in the top of the sixth.

Karns gave up two runs or fewer in six straight starts before struggling on Wednesday. He owns a 3.63 ERA and 56:27 K:BB ratio in 62 innings going into Tuesday's scheduled rematch with the Angels.


Rays' Nathan Karns allows one hit in no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rays starter Nathan Karns was pulled after six shutout innings in Friday's game. Karns allowed just one hit, but he settled for a no-decision after the Tampa bullpen gave up the lead.

Karns walked two and struck out seven.

"As long as he’s throwing strikes he’s going to give us opportunities to win, which he’s done just about every start he’s been out there," manager Kevin Cash said. "We really like what he’s done for us and want him to maintain that."

Karns has given up two or fewer runs in his last six starts and eight out of his last nine. His next start will be Wednesday at the Angels. 


Rays SP Nathan Karns focused on not giving away at-bats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns might have taken a loss in his last start Saturday against the A's, but he hasn't allowed more than two runs in his last five starts and he's really happy he has gotten his walk rate under control.

The right-hander had walked 14 batters in his first four starts, which included three outings of four walks. However, he hasn't walked more than two batters in his last five starts. He has a 2.30 ERA in his last five outings after posting a 5.32 ERA in his first four starts.

"I’m not making the mistakes that I made at the beginning of the year," he said, per The Tampa Tribune. "I’m kind of growing and understanding how the game works at this level. I’m just trying to stay on top of throwing strikes and limiting my walks.

"There’s still a lot to work on, but those are the things I’ve focused on: to challenge hitters and not give away free at-bats."


Rays' Nathan Karns loses for first time since opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rays starter Nathan Karns suffered his second loss of the season, and first since Opening Day, on Saturday against Oakland. 

Karns dropped to 3-2 after winning his last two starts. He allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Karns walked one, struck out two and threw 65 strikes in 99 pitches. 

His next start is scheduled for Friday, at Baltimore. 


Rays starter Nathan Karns to take usual turn in rotation Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns, who was scratched from Tuesday's start in Atlanta, will remain on the rotation's schedule and start Saturday against the Athletics, per the Tampa Tribune.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Karns is being skipped Tuesday for rest purposes, after the right hander followed a 66-pitch outing with a 117-pitch outing in his last time out.

Karns is 3-1 in eight starts for the Rays this season, posting 3.77 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings.

Rays make rotation change for Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Rays made a change to the starting rotation for a two-game series against Atlanta, per MLB.com

Nathan Karns was originally scheduled to start the series opener, on Tuesday. Instead Erasmo Ramirez will take the mound. The move was done to get Karns additional rest. 

Jake Odorizzi will start Wednesday's game. 


Rays pitcher Nathan Karns strikes out six in win on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings of work in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday. 

Karns had issues getting out of the first inning. After surrendering back-to-back walks to the leadoff hitters, Karns gave up two singles to Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann to plate two runs. Karns settled in after that, however, striking out six and not allowing another walk.

Karns, now 3-1, lowered his ERA to 3.77 in 45 1/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Braves.


Rays starter Nathan Karns fans career-high nine in victory Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Rays starter Nathan Karns (2-1) gave up two runs on four hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in seven innings to defeat the Rangers on Friday. 

Karns took a shutout into the eighth inning before first baseman Adam Rosales drilled a two-run homer. 

"As long as I was effective, they let me keep going," Karns said. "Then in the eighth when the first two guys got hits, it was time to pull me and go to the bullpen."

Karns' next start is set for Wednesday against the Yankees.


Rays' Nathan Karns tosses five scoreless innings vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allowed just two hits and one walk in five scoreless innings while striking out four but was pulled after just 66 pitches in his team's 4-2 loss to the Orioles Sunday.

Karns, who didn't factor into the decision Sunday, appeared to have no issues in the team's final away game at home, but he threw fewer than 85 pitches for the first time this season before giving way to the bullpen for the sixth inning. It's also the first time this season Karns has not issued multiple walks in a start.

"Karnsie threw the ball really well today, gave us a chance to win the game. At that point, I felt that he'd given us exactly what we needed. If there was a chance I jumped the gun an inning early, that's on me," manager Kevin Cash said. "Hopefully, he looks at it as a confidence boost because he did everything that was asked of him. We can probably sit and second-guess a lot of situations and again, that's on me. Could he have gone back out? Without a doubt he could have."

Karns owns a 4.05 ERA and 29:17 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers at home Saturday.


Rays SP Nathan Karns fails to go five innings Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns failed to get out of the fifth inning during Monday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

Karns gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Karns was pulled in the fifth inning after allowing two walks and a hit in the inning. He received a no-decision for his effort. His ERA now stands at 4.76.

His next projected start is Saturday at Baltimore.


Rays P Nathan Karns gives up 5 runs in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns had a tough third inning during Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Red Sox. 

Three of the five earned runs Karns gave up came in that third period. First, Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer that scored Mookie Betts. Later that inning, Mike Napoli hit an RBI single that scored Hanley Ramirez. 

Karns allowed seven hits and four walks. He struck out three batters and now holds a 5.32 record. Wednesday's game was a no-decision for him. 

Karns' next start is projected for April 27 against the Yankees. 


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.''