Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays may pull Matt Moore from scheduled start against Angels

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays are thinking about tinkering with their rotation. LHP Matt Moore was lined up to start Sunday in Anaheim, with the plan to drop in a fifth starter either Monday or Tuesday in Seattle. But Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Sunday's starter is now "to be determined," which seems to..." May 05

  • Pearce, Guyer spark Rays past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer are igniting the Tampa Bay Rays' offense and also making case for larger roles. Pearce hit a go-ahead three-home run in the sixth inning and Guyer added a solo home run as the Rays split their two-game interleague series against the Los..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Dodgers' Kazmir tops Rays, gets 100th career win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Second baseman Howie Kendrick and left fielder Trayce Thompson made sure Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir earned his 100th career win in his return to Tropicana Field. Kendrick had four hits and Trayce Thompson had a home run and four RBIs to lead the..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Braun's 5 non-veto trade partners revealed

    The Score "Ryan Braun has the ability to veto trades to every team in the big leagues except for five. According to a report by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the hot-hitting Braun is becoming a unique trade chip for Milwaukee given his torrid start to the 2016 season, as well as the combination of his age..." May 01

  • Rays' Casali comes through with winning hit in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Curt Casali knew he was going to have to do something special to stand out during the home run-heavy game on Saturday night. So the Tampa Bay catcher came to the plate with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and lined a single just high enough to escape..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Rickard's homer helps Orioles beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joey Rickard, a former Tampa Bay Rays prospect taken in the Rule 5 draft last December, burned his former franchise with a three-run home run, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Rays on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. Rickard's 412-foot rocket in..." April 27

  • Kiermaier homer lifts Rays past Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier is used to helping win games with his Gold Glove in the field, but he also got it done at the plate Tuesday, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field. The Rays (10-10) are back..." April 26

  • Rays' Archer finally gets a win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer had not won since August, with four losses in his first four starts this year, but he returned to form Monday night, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Tampa Bay Rays and striking out 10 in a 2-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field...." April 25

  • Souza's two homers help Rays beat Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Two years ago Steven Souza Jr.'s birthday gift was getting sent down to the minors, and last year it was a day off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. On Sunday, Souza had some better gifts in the form of fastballs from Michael Pineda. Souza turned those pitches into a..." April 24

  • Yankees, Gardner walk off on Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner's ninth-inning at-bat began with him thinking about getting on first base, stealing second and letting Carlos Beltran drive him in. It evolved to him getting a favorable count and anticipating a fastball. And when Gardner guessed right, the swing turned into a..." April 23

  • Ellsbury sparks Yankees past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Standing on third and the New York Yankees trailing by a run, Jacoby Ellsbury was looking to make something happen. Before Matt Moore began his windup, Ellsbury was off and running. In an instant, Ellsbury was safe and his daring steal of home with two outs and two strikes..." April 22

  • Rays prevail over Red Sox in marathon contest

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The second Boston marathon of the week lasted four hours and 16 minutes at Fenway Park on Thursday. On the first warm day of the season, there were 20 runs on 30 hits, 16 of them for extra bases, off 11 pitchers. There were four errors, the same guy got hit by pitches three times..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • Boston's bats wake up in win over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- It seemed like Tuesday's one-hit blunder served as a wakeup call for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. After mustering just one knock in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in extra innings, the Red Sox pounded a season-high 12 hits en route to a 7-3 win over the Rays at Fenway..." April 20

  • Kiermaier homer in 10th helps Rays defeat Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Kevin Kiermaier said he was "just trying to find a way to get on base" when he led off the 10th inning of a scoreless game on Tuesday night. For Kiermaier, getting on base hasn't been easy this season. He was in a 1-for-25 slump when he walked up to face reliever Matt Barnes, just..." April 19

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

  • Extra netting put in place after Rays fan hit by ball

    Tampa Tribune "Tropicana Field head groundskeeper Dan Moeller and his staff added netting Saturday afternoon over the triangular opening in the protective screen behind home plate. The move came in the wake of Friday’s incident where a foul ball off the bat of the Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. passed through an..." April 18

  • Moore helps Rays beat White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Moore slowly continues to return to the form he showed before Tommy John surgery in 2014, and Sunday was no different. He struck out 10 White Sox batters in six-plus innings as the Tampa Bay Rays got a 3-2 win over Chicago at Tropicana Field. "It's only..." April 17

  • Rays add netting after fan struck by ball

    Tampa Tribune "Tropicana Field head groundskeeper Dan Moeller and his staff added netting Saturday afternoon over the triangular opening in the protective screen behind home plate. The move came in the wake of Friday’s incident where a foul ball off the bat of the Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. passed through an..." April 17

  • Ramirez excels as Rays knock off White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The schedule didn't require the Tampa Bay Rays to use a fifth starter much in the first month of the season, so Erasmo Ramirez went to the bullpen, with three relief outings and a win in his short time there. When the schedule called for him to go back as a..." April 16

  • Rays' Forsythe, Kiermaier OK after collision Friday

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier are both okay after they were involved in a violent collision during their game Friday. Neither player is in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Chicago White Sox, though both will be available if..." April 16

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

  • Fan at Rays game struck by foul ball that went through protective netting

    SB Nation "A woman needed medical attention at Tropicana Field on Friday after she was struck by a foul ball. The ball struck the woman in the left eye according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The fan was conscious and talking in the stadium before being taken to the hospital, according to..." April 16

  • Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermaier leave after colliding in outfield

    ESPN "Tampa Bay second baseman Logan Forsythe and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left with injuries after they collided in shallow right-center field Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Forsythe has a bruised left hip and lower leg. He was limping as he headed toward the dugout. The Rays..." April 16

  • Sale's complete-game shutout lifts White Sox past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale knew he had to pitch well Friday in his club's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Having gone to high school in nearby Lakeland, Fla., Sale had at least 100 friends, family and supporters in the crowd Friday evening...." April 15

  • Rays' Conger allows 44th straight stolen base

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays C Hank Conger had a pretty bad day at the office. Most troubling, he allowed the Indians to steal five bases Thursday, including three in the first inning, and made an errant throw in the 6-0 loss. More frustrating, with a chance to make amends with a one-out double in the fifth inning..." April 15

  • How do these MLB finales rank vs. Kobe's last game?

    The Score "On Wednesday night, after spending the preceding six months negotiating his own mortality on an exhausting farewell tour, Kobe Bryant - the ferocious, indelible five-time NBA champion - gave everyone one more evening of the Black Mamba, dropping 60 points before an incredulous crowd at Staples..." April 14

  • Carrasco, Indians shut down Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, there's some magic hidden in Tropicana Field that he can't get enough of. Maybe it's because he lives just 35 miles up the road, in Tarpon Springs. Perhaps it's the lure of playing in a temperature-controlled dome, and knowing..." April 13

  • Baseball's 100 Miles Per Hour Club

    Men's Journal "It's one of those brilliant Florida mornings that baseball fans jones for during the last days of February's brutal slog. And what better fix for seasonal affective disorder than a dose of pure heat being doled out daily at the New York Yankees training complex in Tampa? Three of the game's most..." April 13

  • Rays outlast Indians, Kluber

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the third time in as many wins this season, the Tampa Bay Rays waited until the eighth inning to get their bats going. As he did a week earlier to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, Logan Forsythe hit a two-run home run in the eighth, sparking the Rays to a 5-1 win over..." April 12

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Cobb threw off mound today for 1st time since 5/15 Tommy John surgery, 20 throws: "Pretty big day."

  • Baseball's slide rule isn't changing anytime soon, and players need to accept it

    Yahoo! Sports "Baseball's new sliding rules are not changing. Deep down, players know this. Already, teams have been told this. And though no one in the commissioner's office or the union's headquarters cares to publicly acknowledge it, sources told Yahoo Sports all parties are in agreement: None of the three..." April 12

  • MLB's New 'Utley Rule' Proving to Be Mistake in Need of Quick Fix

    Bleacher Report "Today, we're going to talk about takeout slides, the so-called Utley Rule and why it needs fixing posthaste. You've got opinions. We've got opinions. Everyone's got opinions. First, though, a fact: Major League Baseball had to do something. After the Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang went..." April 11

  • Unbeaten O's power past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have one of the most powerful lineups in Major League Baseball, capable of doing damage from the lead-off spot to the No. 9 hitter. When their pitching is equally effective, the Orioles are going to be tough to beat, and they have proven that so far this..." April 10

  • The simple fix MLB immediately must make to the new slide rules

    Fox Sports "Proactive and progressive. These are the two best adjectives to describe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. In his second year leading our game, he needs to step in and make an immediate change to the disaster the new slide rules have become. The new slide rules instituted this..." April 09

  • Four homers power Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles gave Tampa Bay a good look at the power in their lineup on Friday night. Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado all homered as the Orioles remained unbeaten with a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. All four..." April 08

  • Padres, Loney agree to minor league deal

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran first baseman James Loney, according to sources. Loney, who will turn 32 next month, was recently released by the Tampa Bay Rays, who opted instead for the first-base platoon of Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce. Loney's deal with the..." April 08

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    RHP Adam Reifer, who was in spring training with #Rays then released, suspended 80 games by MLB after testing positive for PED

  • Replay reversal seals Rays' win over Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays' first win of the season ended in the most unusual manner. Second baseman Logan Forsythe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Rays edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Tuesday night at Tropicana Field thanks to a rare walk-off..." April 05

  • Three homers power Blue Jays past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In a chaotic game -- a fan caught a ball ruled a double, then overturned to a Blue Jays home run, and another complicated challenge caused a five-minute delay, immediately before a two-run Jays home run -- the Blue Jays got enough clutch outs to escape with a 5-3 win over..." April 05

  • MLB Releases 2016 Draft Bonus Slots

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released the final draft bonus slots to teams, and MLB.com’s Jim Callis provides the figures. As he explains, and the attached table reflects (mobile link), the Reds have the highest total draft spending power and are one of five clubs with over $10MM in bonus pool..." April 05

  • Major League Baseball Is Back, and Maybe Worse Than Ever

    Rolling Stone "On Thursday afternoon, in the overpriced and stratified city that I now call home, the San Francisco Giants will play their home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants are among the favorites to win the World Series, which, if it happens, would be their fourth title in seven seasons...." April 05

  • MLB players ecstatic with extended netting

    USA Today "The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians players noticed it the moment they stepped onto Progressive Field before their season opener Monday was postponed. The Kansas City Royals marveled about it Sunday night upon their arrival at Kauffman Stadium. Net. Nothing but beautiful net. It has..." April 05

  • Inside The Room For Tommy John Surgery, Baseball's Most Important Cut

    Deadspin "He didn’t want a piece of the dead guy holding his elbow together. That’s all he asked. Todd Coffey had resigned himself to spending the next year learning how to throw a baseball again. He had accepted the mind-numbing rehabilitation process after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament, the..." April 05