Rays Rumors & News

  • Kris Medlen collects another victory, Royals beat the Rays 6-3

    Kansas City Star "The second leg of Kris Medlen’s audition for the Royals’ playoff rotation lacked the tidiness of his first act. He departed the mound at Tropicana Field with one out in the sixth inning, unable to author another quality start, but still able to exit in line for the win, which his teammates secured..." August 30

  • In Tampa Bay homecoming, Ben Zobrist contributes to 3-2 Royals victory

    Kansas City Star "As a video package showed highlights from the first nine seasons of his big-league career, Ben Zobrist stood a few feet behind home plate at Tropicana Field and felt the tug of dueling poles, his past and his present jousting for his attention hours before a 3-2 Royals victory. In the dugout to..." August 29

  • Jennings back to DL, Butler called up

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays put OF Desmond Jennings back on the DL today with a bruised left knee and called up OF Joey Butler. Jennings played 10 games (hitting .353 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs) after coming off the DL following a 3 1/2 month absence due to a left knee injury that led to arthroscopic surgery. The..." August 28

  • Rays hold on, edge Twins

    Tampa Bay Times "The most important part of the Rays' 5-4 win Thursday over the Twins was the way it ended. Because after they came back when Drew Smyly couldn't hold an early lead, and after they got a break from their home-dome advantage, after they took advantage of a couple of scoring opportunities and a..." August 28

  • Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings re-injured his knee

    Hardball Talk "Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings spent three months on the disabled list following knee surgery and now, after playing just 10 games since returning in mid-August, he may be headed back to the DL. Jennings bruised the same knee Tuesday and sat out Wednesday’s game, with Marc Topkin of the Tampa..." August 27

  • Twins rejoin playoff picture after sixth consecutive win

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "All it takes is one good week, and a team’s playoff hopes can drastically change. The Twins are a shining example of that. A week ago appeared to be the beginning of the end for them when they were swept in New York and faced series against wild-card hopefuls Baltimore and Tampa Bay. One week —..." August 27

  • Twins use home runs to bump win streak to five games

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ervin Santana took a break from talking about his pitching struggles to address just how the Twins were able to hold off Tampa Bay 11-7 on Tuesday. “I just want to say that our bullpen and our hitting did a good job,” Santana said. “They got my back today.” Santana had the latest in a run of..." August 26

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    BREAKING: #Rays Loney to get 1 game suspension, will appeal

  • A's rally late, top Rays with huge seventh

    CSN Bay Area "The A’s began the bottom of the seventh with a comedy of base running errors, but then got serious swinging the bat. They batted around in a seven-run rally that turned a one-run deficit into a runaway 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, helping them avoid a weekend sweep. Mark Canha..." August 24

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Sounds initially like #Rays will look into Rodney availability after his DFA by #Mariners but is not a high priority

  • Matt Moore sets record with Triple-A Durham, strikes out 16 batters

    Hardball Talk "Rays left-hander Matt Moore, pitching for Triple-A Durham, struck out 16 batters in Saturday’s start against the Columbus Clippers, setting a team record. Moore left trailing, however, as he allowed a two-run home run to Zach Walters. Moore, 26, was demoted to Triple-A on August 3, following..." August 23

  • Rays stage long-overdue 9th-inning rally to take down A’s 5-4

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays drew a line in the sand Saturday night in Oakland. They may have lost 49 straight times this season when trailing after eight innings. But a 50th straight loss? No way. And so there they were in the ninth inning, putting together a rally that enabled them to beat the Oakland..." August 23

  • Boxberger gets it right, gets save as Rays squeeze by A’s 2-1

    Tampa Tribune "Brad Boxberger allowed another ninth-inning run Friday, but thanks to Desmond Jennings, it wasn’t nearly as costly as the one’s Boxberger allowed earlier this week. Boxberger was able to stop Oakland’s rally as the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 2-1 victory, their second straight and third in..." August 22

  • Near-perfect Archer fires 1-hitter, Rays blank Astros

    Tampa Bay Times "Chris Archer's Thursday night on the Minute Maid Park mound didn't begin well, a four-pitch walk to leadoff man Jose Altuve that flashed back to the struggles in his previous outing. But Archer's night couldn't have ended better, celebrating his complete-game one-hitter in the Rays' 1-0..." August 21

  • Carlos Correa delivers walkoff RBI single as Astros top Rays in 13 innings

    Houston Chronicle "The greatest young talent at Minute Maid Park and maybe anywhere homered in the first inning. Four-plus hours later, he ended a budding marathon with a single through the right side, the second straight walk-off for the Astros against the Rays and the first of Carlos Correa’s career, 62 games..." August 20

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    Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball

    Tomorrow LHP Jake McGee will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays McGee "tweaked" left knee last night, flew home to see doc

  • Marwin Gonzalez delivers walk-off homer as Astros even series with Rays

    Houston Chronicle "Marwin Gonzalez doesn’t have a position. He has several. Need somebody to give Carlos Correa a breather at short, call on Marwin. Need somebody at second to give Jose Altuve a break, Marwin’s your man. When Astros manager A.J. Hinch found a hole at first, he plugged it with Gonzalez, who also..." August 19

  • Rays’ offense ignites against Astros, Kazmir in 9-2 victory

    Tampa Tribune "Tim Beckham put on a show during batting practice Monday afternoon, driving towering blasts off the short left field wall at Minute Maid Park and clearing the train tracks that sit atop the structure on at least one swing. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash asked him to try hitting a few line..." August 18

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    Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball

    The #Rays have optioned 3B/OF Richie Shaffer to @DurhamBulls and recalled LHP @EnnyRomeroTB.

  • Rangers keep up winning ways at home, roll over Rays

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The team that couldn’t win at Globe Life Park only a month ago now can’t lose there, and the sudden surge at home has the potential to serve the Texas Rangers well down the stretch. Twenty-seven of their final 47 games are at home, including 11 against bona fide wild-card contenders and four..." August 17

  • Colby Lewis shines again, Shin-Soo Choo keeps bat hot in 12-4 win over Rays

    Dallas Morning News "The arms: In the sixth, RHP Colby Lewis stayed with Asdrubal Cabrera through a 15-pitch at-bat that ended with a liner to RF Shin-Soo Choo. Cabrera fouled 10 pitches. … In the seventh, RHP Spencer Patton retired only one of the four hitters faced, forcing manager Jeff Banister to dip deeper into..." August 16

  • When do you trade a former top prospect?

    SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16

  • Rays pitcher Drew Smyly returns from torn labrum, to start Sunday

    SI "Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly is set to make his first start since May 5 after rehabbing a torn labrum. Smyly, 26, opted to rehabilitate the injury through rest rather than undergo season-ending surgery and was placed on the 60-day DL. He threw a bullpen session Friday and will start Sunday..." August 16

  • Rays of hope as Rangers best TB 5-3 in series opener

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Josh Hamilton returned to the Texas Rangers’ lineup on Friday night. He wasn’t exactly healthy, either. For Hamilton, being 100 percent for a game probably won’t come until next season when he has a full off-season of managed workouts with the Rangers. But the sore left knee that had kept..." August 15

  • Red Sox head list of Top 10 Minor League systems

    MLB.com "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Smyly just threw bullpen session in Texas, said, "It went good." So just up to #Rays now to say when he returns. Sunday seems likely.

  • Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings returns from knee surgery

    Hardball Talk "Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is off the disabled list and back on the active roster two months after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery." August 14

  • Rays score six runs in a wild seventh, rally to beat Braves

    Tampa Tribune "Moxie. Determination. Spunk. However it’s described, the Tampa Bay Rays’ way of playing baseball these past few games is nothing short of an adventurous joy ride. For the third time in their past four games, the Rays rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, this time against the visiting Atlanta..." August 13

  • Drew Smyly could return to Rays’ rotation Sunday

    Hardball Talk "Drew Smyly made it through a fourth rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Durham without feeling any abnormal discomfort in his throwing shoulder and could return to Tampa Bay’s starting rotation for Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Smyly will..." August 13

  • Streaking Rays keep getting it done, top Braves 2-0

    Tampa Tribune "Maybe it was the padding around his sprained right thumb, or perhaps it was the slimmer bat he used to offset the padding. Whatever it was, the minuscule measurements affecting Kevin Kiermaier’s at bats Tuesday night played a big role. His two-run homer to right in the bottom of the seventh..." August 12

  • Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history

    MLB.com "The Mariners' walk-off victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night capped an unprecedented slate in Major League Baseball. For the first time in the league's history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Prior to Tuesday, the closest the home teams have ever come was 12 wins more than a century..." August 12

  • Shaffer homers in 7th, Rays rally again to beat Mets

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays were down three runs after two innings Sunday, a bind that usually meant game over for much of the summer. But the Rays, armed with an aggressive approach at the plate adopted during the previous homestand, shrugged it off and won again, just as they did Saturday when they trailed by..." August 10

  • Mets’ win streak halted at seven as Syndergaard gets hammered by Rays

    New York Post "Even in the dead humidity of Florida summer, the road seems like a cold and lonely place for Noah Syndergaard. To be fair, the rookie right-hander has enjoyed a few quality performances away from Citi Field this season, but he hardly has resembled the NL Rookie of the Year candidate he has..." August 09

  • Wilmer Flores’ legend grows in Mets’ thrilling comeback win over Rays

    New York Post "Wilmer Flores received a standing ovation the first time he came to bat Friday, and this pro-Mets crowd was chanting his name hours later. The legend of Flores is alive and kicking, after he delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning that sent the Mets to their seventh straight..." August 08

  • Avisail Garcia drives in four as White Sox top Rays in 10

    CSN Chicago "Avisail Garcia has produced more good signs in the past three days than he did in the previous two months. Only in the lineup Wednesday because of recent progress at the plate, the White Sox outfielder forced in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning of a 6-5 victory over..." August 06

  • Rays back Archer with four homers, pound White Sox, 11-3

    Tampa Tribune "Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays were well on their way to a lopsided victory over the Chicago White Sox by the time Richie Shaffer homered. Even so, that drive sparked the biggest celebration. After all, it was his first major league homer – and the first hit of his career. “It was what..." August 05

  • Report: Rays Claim Daniel Nava After Outfielder Was DFA’d By Red Sox

    NESN "Daniel Nava is staying in the American League East. The Tampa Rays claimed the outfielder off waivers Wednesday, CBSSports.com reported. Nava was on waivers after the Boston Red Sox designated him for assignment July 30. The 32-year-old struggled mightily while battling injuries this..." August 05

  • Mahtook single in ninth lifts Rays over White Sox

    Tampa Tribune "If the Tampa Bay bench hadn’t been so depleted, Mikie Mahtook might never have batted with two outs in the ninth inning. Instead, the rookie outfielder took advantage of his chance, hitting an RBI single that sent the Rays over the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Monday night. “I had some..." August 04

  • Rays call up former first-round pick Richie Shaffer

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays said they expect to call up Shaffer, their 2012 top draft pick who has hit 23 homers this season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham, to make his debut tonight against the White Sox. Shaffer was removed from the Bulls game in the seventh inning Sunday, getting word of his..." August 03

  • Cabrera’s double in 8th helps Rays to 4-3 win over Red Sox

    Tampa Tribune "James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time. Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney’s bloop single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on..." August 03

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Souza will go on DL with fractured left hand

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    BREAKING: Rays will option LHP Matt Moore to Triple-A, has 1-3, 8.78 ERA in 6 games since coming off DL after TJ surgery

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays will recall Mahtook to take place of injured Souza

  • Travis Shaw leads Red Sox to big win vs Rays

    Boston Herald "After the 10th and by far best game of his big league career yesterday, Travis Shaw had little clue for why he was so hot at the plate. But he, the Red Sox and fans still watching enjoyed his 4-for-4 outing to the hilt in the 11-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. “No reason — just trying to..." August 02

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have changed rotation, Odorizzi now goes Sunday vs. #RedSox, Karns on Monday vs. #WhiteSox

  • Mike Napoli leads Red Sox to win against Rays

    Boston Herald "The non-waiver trade deadline came and went yesterday afternoon as Mike Napoli was sitting in a chair in front of his locker eating out of a paper bowl and checking his cell phone. A free agent at the end of the season, the 33-year-old has struggled mightily, hitting as poorly as a first..." August 01

  • Twins Acquire Kevin Jepsen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins and Rays are in agreement on a trade that will send right-hander Kevin Jepsen to Minnesota, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Bullpen help has been the Twins’ primary need for quite some time, as the team lacks quality setup options for Glen Perkins, with the possible..." August 01

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Rays listening on Nate Karns, who's drawing interest from a number of teams. Five years of control with really good offspeed stuff.

  • Tigers, Verlander put clamps on Rays

    Detroit News "In step with becoming a more polished pitcher, Justin Verlander has gotten even better at the diplomat’s role. He showed Wednesday his pitching skills were still intact in an eight-inning, 10-strikeout trophy of a performance that helped the Tigers beat the Rays, 2-1, and put the brakes on a..." July 30