Rays Rumors & News

  • Beckham caps rally in 9th as Rays top Blue Jays 4-3

    Tampa Tribune "Manager Kevin Cash said earlier in the week that INF Tim Beckham has a flare for a dramatic, and Beckham proved that with a two-run single in the ninth inning Saturday to give the Rays a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays. It was the Rays third walk-off win of the season and the first walk-off..." October 04

  • Buehrle two innings shy of 200 as Blue Jays beat Rays

    Toronto Star "The spotlight was on Mark Buehrle at Tropicana Field on Friday night as he attempted to reach 200 innings for the 15th consecutive season. Entering his final scheduled start, he needed 8 2/3 innings to become the first pitcher to reach 200 innings for 15 straight seasons since Gaylord Perry and..." October 03

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Marlins have spoken to #Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold about a position in their front office.

  • Boxberger saves 40th game as Rays beat Marlins

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Brad Boxberger didn't know what to expect coming into this season. Logging 40 saves, and having a chance to lead the American League, was definitely not on the list. "It's just an honor I never could have thought of coming into this year," Boxberger said. "To be able to get the..." October 01

  • Baseball's culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities

    USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01

  • Asdrubal Cabrera likely to cash in, but not with Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera would like to remain with the Rays. "I would love to stay here," he said. "I feel very comfy." More than a few Rays would like to see him come back. "I've already voiced my opinion," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "He's been awesome." But the reality is..." October 01

  • Moore turns in another fine outing as Rays top Miami

    Tampa Tribune "The back-to-back doubles to open the game that produced a run were nearly forgotten as Matt Moore sailed into the middle innings having retired 10 straight Marlins. If Tuesday was indeed his final start of the season, then Moore finished his season with this thought: “Very grateful to be back..." September 30

  • Donaldson's walk-off home run lifts Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "If this was, indeed, Mark Buehrle’s last career start at the Rogers Centre, he went out the way he has pitched his entire career. He threw strikes, he worked quickly, he pitched to contact, took some lumps, made some key pitches and, most importantly, gave his team a chance to win. Which they..." September 28

  • MLB will allow iPads in dugouts with limitations

    Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28

  • David Price wins again as Blue Jays bats batter Rays' Chris Archer

    Toronto Sun "Jose Bautista knew. But he really didn’t want to know. He arrived at the Blue Jays clubhouse Saturday morning thinking his team’s magic number for ending the longest active playoff drought in pro history sat at one. One Jays win or one Los Angeles Angels loss and the Jays would have reached..." September 27

  • Blue Jays looking at division crown with playoffs a near certainty after beating Rays

    Toronto Sun "With a playoff appearance a near certainty, the prize most coveted by the Jays is the AL East crown and not the lesser reward of a wild-card appearance, even if said game would be a home affair. However, to get to the top of the proverbial mountain, the Jays have the most onerous task in store..." September 26

  • Longoria's 20th homer sparks Rays' comeback victory over Red Sox

    Tampa Tribune "Evan Longoria’s milestone home run in the sixth inning Thursday kick-started the Tampa Bay Rays' offense, which rallied for a 4-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox. It was Longoria’s 20th home run of the season, making him only the fourth third baseman in major-league history to hit 20 homers..." September 25

  • Rays' Smyly strong in win over Red Sox

    Tampa Bay Times "Drew Smyly is looking like nothing was ever wrong with his shoulder. Continuing a pattern of alternating good and not-so-good starts, Smyly was sharp in taking a shutout into the seventh in the Rays' 6-2 win over Boston on Wednesday, striking out seven. In eight starts after a three-plus months..." September 24

  • Rays fall to Red Sox 2-0 in 13 for 11th straight extra-inning loss

    Tampa Tribune "It was a line drive to left field by Rusney Castillo with the bases loaded in the 13th inning Sunday that sent the Rays to their 11th straight extra-inning loss. Eleven straight. “It’s nuts,” Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said. Who can argue? Castillo’s hit gave the Red Sox a 2-0..." September 23

  • Rays shut down Karns for rest of season

    MLB.com "After Nathan Karns threw his bullpen on Tuesday, the Rays decided to shut down the right-hander for the remainder of the season rather than have him make one additional start. "He came out in the bullpen role in Detroit and tweaked his arm a little bit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We're..." September 23

  • Xander Bogaerts’ Heroics Lift Boston To 8-7 Win Over Rays

    NESN "On a night when the Red Sox celebrated a veteran’s milestone, the team’s young star emerged as the hero. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts rescued Boston in the eighth inning with an ultra-clutch, two-out grand slam that erased a two-run deficit and helped lift the Red Sox to an 8-7 win over the Tampa..." September 22

  • Nathan Karns shut down for season due to forearm tightness

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Nathan Karns won't pitch again this season due to tightness in his right forearm. Both Karns and Rays manager Kevin Cash said they are confident the issue is nothing serious and said that at a different point in the season he may have pitched through it. But after Karns went through a..." September 22

  • Dude with a .493 OPS complains about playing time

    Hardball Talk "This is fun: catcher Rene Rivera said yesterday that he is disappointed with his playing time. The Tampa Bay Times has a report on it today, and Rivera says that his benching, even from his personal catching role for Chris Archer, “sucks.” Which they change to “stinks,” but you know he said..." September 22

  • Rays rally past Orioles for second walkoff win of season

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays were on the verge of giving another game away Sunday, one that would have not only formally eliminated them from the American League East race but, more painfully, dropped them into the last place. But they weren't ready to let that happen. Not yet, anyway. This time the Rays came..." September 21

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Sizemore has right leg contusion, is day to day

  • Wei-Yin Chen tames Tampa Bay, leads Orioles to 2-1 win

    Baltimore Sun "Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen’s time with the Orioles might be coming to a close, but he’s doing his part in trying to keep the season alive. After his seven-inning gem Saturday gave the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and their eighth win in 11 contests, Chen brushed off the idea that..." September 20

  • Rays fall to Red Sox 2-0 in 13 for 11th straight extra-inning loss

    Tampa Tribune "It was a line drive to left field by Rusney Castillo with the bases loaded in the 13th inning Sunday that sent the Rays to their 11th straight extra-inning loss. Eleven straight. “It’s nuts,” Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said. Who can argue? Castillo’s hit gave the Red Sox a 2-0..." September 19

  • Former First Round MLB Draft Pick Arrested On Double Murder Charges

    Deadspin "Brandon Martin, who played three years in the Tampa Bay organization after being taken by the Rays in the first round of the 2011 draft, is in custody tonight on charges of double murder. Martin is accused of murdering his father and a security system subcontractor, as well as critically..." September 19

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Jennings says he is likely done for season. In addition to knee, has been sidelined with tooth infection that required oral surgery.

  • Orioles' four-run eighth sparks 4-3 comeback win over Rays

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles had to overcome a flailing offense, outlast a strong pitching performance and survive a home run that defied the laws of gravity, but some way, somehow they won again to keep their faint playoff hopes flickering. The Orioles needed a four-run, two-out rally in the top of the eighth..." September 18

  • Rookies Severino, Bird help Yankees keep pace with Jays

    New York Post "Their backs are strong, the legs are young, their minds aren’t cluttered and the nerves don’t fray. While Luis Severino and Greg Bird may not carry the Yankees past the Blue Jays to the AL East title, they are the main reasons the Yankees still have a chance to avoid the Best of the Losers..." September 17

  • Rays' Archer breaks franchise strikeout record

    The Score "There's a new strikeout king in Tampa Bay. Rays right-hander Chris Archer broke Scott Kazmir's franchise single-season strikeout record after whiffing New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner in the third inning Wednesday to notch his 240th strikeout of the season." September 17

  • Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera a no-go Wednesday

    CBS Sports "Rays slumping shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports. Cabrera exited the game Tuesday with a left knee strain, but he's considered just day-to-day with the issue. The club will give him a day off Wednesday,..." September 16

  • 2015 Minor League Player Of The Year: Blake Snell

    Baseball America "Design a breakout season for a pitcher, and it would look like Blake Snell’s 2015. A supplemental first-round pick of the Rays out of a Washington high school in 2011, Snell still had not progressed past A-ball entering the year. Then he opened the year with 21 scoreless innings to show he was..." September 16

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays are going to sign Carlos Pena .... and then he is going to retire as a Ray

  • Rays rally to beat Yankees, 6-3

    Tampa Bay Times "INF Nick Franklin can't do anything about what went wrong this season, from the late spring oblique injury to the extended exile in Triple A. But he can do something with whatever opportunity he gets these next few weeks to improve his status for 2016. Tuesday, that meant coming off the bench..." September 16

  • The minor leaguers’ minimum wage lawsuit was dismissed

    Hardball Talk "In early 2014 several minor leaguers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited and that the Uniform Player Contract unfairly takes advantage of them. The upshot: excluding bonuses which only a few minor leaguers..." September 16

  • Slade Heathcott, Alex Rodriguez lead Yankees rally in ninth for 4-1 win over Rays

    New York Daily News "The Yankees were one out away from establishing a new low point to their suddenly tumultuous season. Then they went out and delivered one of their most dramatic victories. Alex Rodriguez tied the game in the ninth with a two-out RBI double against closer Brad Boxberger, then rookie Slade..." September 15

  • Rich Hill Dazzles In Return As Boston Tops Rays In Extras

    NESN "Rich Hill’s return to Major League Baseball could not have gone much better. The veteran left-hander twirled a gem for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, neutralizing the Tampa Bay Rays for seven masterful innings. Hill did everything but earn the victory, as the Red Sox needed 13 innings to knock..." September 14

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays LHP Xavier Cedeno, sidelined a week with left-side tightness, throwing a bullpen session now at Trop

  • Rick Porcello and Red Sox stays sharp vs. Rays

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have a six-man rotation, designed primarily to help them control the innings of a predominantly young starting rotation. But 26-year-old Rick Porcello won’t be on a leash. He’s just starting to hit his stride. Porcello was sharp yet again last night, offering a heavy dose of his..." September 13

  • Rays dig deep to rally for 8-4 win over Boston

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays have not been very good at coming from behind in the late innings this season, so when Kevin Kiermaier was thrown out at the plate in the seventh while trying to score the tying run from third base on a grounder to third — well, it looked kind of bleak. How many chances can the Rays..." September 12

  • Rays back up Odorizzi with offense in 8-0 rout of Tigers

    Tampa Tribune "Jake Odorizzi sort of called himself out Tuesday when he said the members of the Tampa Bay Rays rotation needed to start pitching better if the team was going to have any chance of making these last few weeks respectable. He said the starters weren’t pitching as well as they had at the..." September 10

  • Tigers rely on full cast to get job done in 13th

    Detroit News "In a game that seemed it would never end Tuesday, the Tigers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 in 13 long innings. A Rajai Davis sacrifice fly brought home James McCann, who opened the 13th with a single, and ended the 5-hour marathon. "You don't want to lose those games," said Davis of extra..." September 09

  • MLB announces tentative 2016 schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball on Tuesday released its tentative 2016 regular-season schedule, starting with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game on April 3 with a matchup to be announced, and then featuring 13 games on the first convergence of Opening Day and Square Root Day: April 4, 2016. The 13 games..." September 09

  • Boom, boom! Davis homers twice, Tigers top Rays

    Detroit News "Whatever it was, maybe Rajai Davis can get it back before the next game. “Good point,” Davis said with a laugh after he knocked two home runs over the fence in left field, leading the Tigers to a 5-4 win against the Rays Monday. On his first swing of the game, Davis winced and grabbed at his..." September 08

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    Roger Mooney @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Cash said Souza likely to join Class A Charlotte tomorrow. When he returns team wants him fully up to speed

  • Rays' Smyly excited to face former team in Detroit

    Tampa Bay Times "Count LHP Drew Smyly as one Ray eager to be in Detroit today for a holiday matinee. For Smyly, it will be his first time back to Comerica Park and first time facing his ex-Tigers mates since being traded to the Rays on July 31, 2014. "Looking forward to it, for sure," Smyly said. "It's going..." September 07

  • A dreadful day turns on 2 swings as Yankees beat Rays

    New York Post "There is no need for the Yankees to check out the Blue Jays’ scores these days. “We don’t even have to look, we know what’s going on up there,’’ Alex Rodriguez said of the sizzling Blue Jays. A scoreboard high above the right-center field bleachers at Yankee Stadium might not have been..." September 07

  • Yankees top Rays, 5-2, as Odorizzi nemesis McCann strikes again

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays found a way to lose Friday to the New York Yankees on a night when Rays starter Jake Odorizzi pitched well and allowed only five base runners. But all five scored, because the only three hits against Odorizzi were home runs. “That was the storyline,” Odorizzi said. It..." September 06

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays lineup: Jaso DH, Nava rf, Longoria 3b, Sizemore LF, Forsythe 2b, Cabrera SS, Loney 1b, Kiermaier cf, Maile c, Moore p

  • Yanks make hits count to support stellar Severino, down Rays

    New York Post "The Yankees didn’t get to Jake Odorizzi often, but they made it count when they did in a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay to open a 10-game homestand Friday night. First it was Alex Rodriguez, who took the right-hander deep in the second for a two-run shot. Brian McCann followed two innings later, with..." September 05

  • Davis' 11th inning homer snaps Orioles' losing streak

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The game already lost, Chris Davis asked Buck Showalter to remain in Tuesday night’s game. The Orioles trailed by 11, Davis was slumping, and the team was playing horribly. Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters were out of the game, but Davis wanted to stay in. Davis hit a long two-run..." September 03

  • Souza, recovering from fractured hand, nears return to Rays

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Souza Jr. took batting practice in the cage for the first time since he fractured his left hand Aug. 1. It went so well, his timetable to begin his rehab assignment at Durham could be pushed up a day. Souza will take batting practice on the field Friday in New York, and if that goes..." September 03

  • Arencibia’s six RBIs lead Rays to 11-2 rout of Orioles

    Tampa Tribune "JJ.P. Arencibia had a choice last offseason of teams to sign with: Baltimore or Tampa Bay. He chose Baltimore, and he now admits he chose wrong. The Orioles assigned him to Triple-A at the end of spring training, and Arencibia refused the assignment. A few weeks later, the catcher signed a..." September 02