Rays Rumors & News

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Rays’ Chris Archer will again contribute to ESPN’s World Series coverage

    Awful Announcing "Chris Archer will again be going from the mound to the media this October. The Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher contributed to ESPN’s postseason coverage last fall and won praise for his fresh perspective, and he’ll be back for Games 1, 2, and 5-7 (if necessary) of this year’s World Series, contributing to..." October 14

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays exec Chaim Bloom turns down Diamondbacks general manager interview

    Arizona Republic "Chaim Bloom, the vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, turned down an opportunity to interview with the Diamondbacks, according to league sources, making him the second known executive to do so as the club searches for a new general manager. The Diamondbacks also were..." October 10

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Rays’ Chaim Bloom, Royals’ J.J. Picollo Believed To Be Candidates For D’Backs GM Job

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom and Royals’ assistant GM J.J. Picollo are believed to be candidates for the Diamondbacks’ general manager position, league sources tell Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The two executives join a lengthy list of names previously linked to the D’Backs..." October 09

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Odorizzi pitches Rays past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Both Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi and Texas starter Colby Lewis got what they wanted out of Saturday's 4-1 Rays win over the Rangers. Odorizzi (10-6) finished off a strong second half of the season for himself with six innings of one-run ball. Odorizzi finished his..." October 02

  • Rays respond to Rangers' ninth-inning rally, win in 10

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tampa Bay Rays aren't playing any more October baseball, but they continue to have success in the month. The Rays scored twice in the 10th inning to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Sunday. The win ended the season for the Rays, who are now 20-13 in October..." October 02

  • Rangers win, clinch home field throughout postseason

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish picked the right night to have his best start of the season. In his final playoff tuneup, Darvish struck out 12 Tampa Bay batters in six innings as Texas wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 3-1 victory..." October 01

  • Archer avoids 20th loss, leads Rays past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chris Archer will look for better days ahead after avoiding the unwanted distinction of a 20-loss season. The Tampa Bay right-hander worked effectively into the seventh inning before running into trouble, but the Rays bailed him out to secure a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White..." September 30

  • Kiermaier: 'I'm the best center fielder in the game'

    MLB.com "Kevin Kiermaier is the American League's reigning Gold Glove winner in center field and hopes to make it two years in a row despite missing significant time due to a broken left hand. "I would like think so," Kiermaier said when asked if he thought he still had a chance to win the award. "It's..." September 30

  • Gonzalez, White Sox shut out Rays

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- An hour-plus rain delay didn't faze Chicago White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, who tossed a season-high 8 1/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gonzalez (5-8) had to contend with a 76-minute delay that began in the bottom of the third. He..." September 29

  • White Sox's Sale records career-high 17th victory

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chris Sale wasn't in peak form, but he didn't have to be to earn his 17th win Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale (17-9, 3.21 ERA) got a lot of run support in the White Sox's 13-6 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays, helping him tie his career high for wins in a season...." September 28

  • Shields ends drought; Morneau's 3 RBIs lead White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- James Shields realizes he has allowed some wins to slip from his grasp of late. Undeterred by a six-game losing streak that dates back to July 26, though, Shields has continually vowed to finish strong as the regular season winds down. Shields allowed only one run over six..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Ortiz powers Red Sox to sweep, 11th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite going 3-for-5 with a double in his final game at Tropicana Field, all veteran David Ortiz could think about was his friend Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, an All-Star pitcher for Miami Marlins, was found dead Sunday morning following a boating accident. He was..." September 25

  • Mourning Ortiz asks Rays to cancel ceremony in his honor

    CBS Boston "A pre-game ceremony recognizing retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been cancelled–per Ortiz’s wishes–after the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, 24, was killed along with two others in a boating accident Sunday morning in Miami." September 25

  • Ortiz powers Red Sox past Rays for ninth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning, and that was enough to lead the Boston Red Sox to their ninth straight win, edging the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Boston manager John Farrell said he hasn't seen many Ortiz home runs..." September 23

  • Rays shut out Yankees to prevent sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The last-place Tampa Bay Rays avoided a sweep Thursday with a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees, who are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive in a wild-card logjam. Rays rookie Blake Snell (6-8) threw five shutout innings, and former Yankees pitcher Chase..." September 22

  • Sanchez belts two homers to lead Yanks past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi played with and worked with many current and future Hall of Famers, but the stretch rookie catcher Gary Sanchez is producing is something else. "It's hard to believe what this young man has done in a short period up here," Girardi..." September 21

  • Sanchez continues power surge as Yankees top Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The success story of Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez added another chapter Tuesday night as the catcher hit a three-run homer in the seventh, helping rally New York to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. "He's meant a lot since he's been up here,..." September 20

  • Rays Steven Souza Jr. to have season-ending hip surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Wednesday. Souza told the Tampa Bay Times the "minor arthroscopic" procedure will alleviate an impingement that has bothered him much of the year, and that it won't impact his preparations for next season. " September 19

  • Rays Steven Souza Jr. headed to see hip specialist, surgery possible

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. is headed to have his left hip examined by a specialist on Monday in Nashville with the potential for season-ending surgery. Souza has been bothered since June by hip issues, missing 17 games then. He was examined then by Dr. Thomas Byrd and will see him again to decide..." September 18

  • Trumbo powers O's over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles control their own destiny for a spot in the playoffs. After earning a series split with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, the Orioles can also set their sights on an American League East crown. Mark Trumbo hit a go-ahead home run the eighth..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta decides to retire

    Tampa Bay Times "Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta was in the clubhouse today and said he has thrown his last big-league pitch, retiring after pitching for parts of 12 seasons in the majors. "I'm not going to play anymore,'' he said. Peralta, 40, first made it to the majors with the Angels at age 29, then..." September 17

  • Rays continue to play spoiler role, beat Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays started this road trip with three losses to the Yankees in New York, but played much better since. Richie Shaffer hit a tie-breaking double in the sixth inning, Mikie Mahtook added a two-run single and Evan Longoria homered for the third time in three nights..." September 17

  • Rays' Nick Franklin: Suffers hamstring strain

    CBS Sports "Franklin left Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports." September 16

  • Logan Morrison To Undergo Surgery For Wrist Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that Morrison will indeed undergo surgery to repair the tear in his wrist, though it seems that even with that disheartening news, Morrison has caught somewhat of a break (links to Twitter). The extent of Morrison’s tear is relatively minimal, according to Passan,..." September 16

  • Orioles overcome four-run deficit to beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Michael Bourn helped out on offense and defense for the Baltimore Orioles late in Friday's game. Manny Machado also pitched in at the right time. Bourn hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning that capped a late rally from an early four-run deficit. Machado and..." September 16

  • Logan Morrison Likely To Undergo Surgery For Wrist Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays first baseman Logan Morrison has been diagnosed with a torn left wrist sheath, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter. Though he’ll receive a second opinion, it seems that surgery will likely be required. The injury was already believed to be season-ending, but Morrison..." September 15

  • Longoria powers Rays past Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Evan Longoria said the Tampa Bay Rays aren't focused on hurting the opposition's chances to make the playoffs. Nonetheless, the Rays have made life tough for several contenders over the past few weeks. Longoria tied his career-high with his 33rd home run and had five RBIs..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Dickerson, Kiermaier ignite Rays in rout of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The win was a long time coming for Alex Cobb. In his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander held the Toronto Blue Jays to one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon in an 8-1 victory. Cobb (1-0), who struck out..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule

    MLB.com "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Rays take season series from Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays continue to slide in September and they continue to struggle against the Tampa Bay Rays.. The Rays got a three-run homer from Alexei Ramirez, a solo shot from Steven Souza Jr. and the fifth consecutive winning decision from Drew Smyly to defeat the Blue Jays..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Martin: Tulo 'was like a ball of fire' in skirmish with Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "There were four homers hit to various degrees of drama in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, but it was the ball blasted on the final pitch by Steven Souza Jr. that led to the most interesting moment of the Rays' night. Saddled with their 83rd loss, formally eliminated from an American League..." September 13

  • Jays eliminate Rays on Carrera's pinch-hit homer

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Ezequiel Carrera has not been called upon much lately. Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, however, remembered that when Jose Bautista was injured, Carrera filled in well in right field and also helped ignite the offense. As a result, Gibbons sent Carrera up as a pinch..." September 12

  • Rays’ Logan Morrison exits with apparent injury

    Today's Knuckleball "Tampa Bay Rays’ first baseman Logan Morrison left Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning with an apparent injury. Morrison struck out in his first plate appearance on Sunday. When his turn game again, Mikie Mathook pinch-hit on his behalf and Morrison was forced from..." September 11

  • Rays end Yankees' win streak

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- There have been few moments for the Tampa Bay Rays to feel good about during a disappointing season. Seeing Chase Whitley complete a 16-month comeback from "Tommy John" surgery by getting to the mound and face live hitters can be considered a significant highlight. Whitley..." September 11

  • Red-hot Yankees, Teixeira slam Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, Dellin Betances wobbled significantly in the ninth inning, loading the bases and turning a three-run lead into a one-run lead. When manager Joe Girardi made the slow walk to the mound to get a replacement, Betances waved off his boss. It didn't work...." September 10

  • Tanaka pitches hot Yankees to win over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have been feeling good for most of the last month. Their confidence seems to increase each time Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound and when rookie Gary Sanchez swings. Tanaka delivered another outstanding start by striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings while..." September 10