Rays Rumors & News

  • Suzuki's 4-hit night helps Marlins edge Rays

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It is hard to impress Ichiro Suzuki. The 42-year-old outfielder went 4-for-5 -- including a key eighth-inning hit -- to help the Miami Marlins rally to a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Marlins Park. Suzuki, making his third consecutive start in place of..." May 23

  • Kiermaier to miss 8-10 weeks with broken left hand

    MLB Daily Dish "Kiermaier will require surgery and will miss 8-10 weeks, according to Topkin. The length of his absence is longer than many anticipated, leading Tampa Bay without their offensive catalyst through at least mid-July. It is unclear if the Rays will look to replace Kiermaier by adding someone..." May 23

  • Maybin, Zimmermann lead Tigers over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Beating a struggling Chris Archer was good for Detroit but the Tigers came out of a 9-4 win over Tampa Bay with problems of their own. Probably the biggest was seeing winning pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (7-2) leave with two out in the sixth with what was termed a right groin strain...." May 22

  • Rays sullen as Kiermaier awaits timetable on broken hand

    The Score "The pain was obvious in Kevin Kiermaier's eyes as he spoke with reporters Saturday evening inside the visitor's clubhouse at Comerica Park, where his season was derailed hours earlier when he suffered two metacarpal fractures in his left hand diving for a ball in the fifth inning. "I was in a..." May 22

  • McCann, Fulmer guide Tigers past Rays.

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- James McCann gave Michael Fulmer some sage advice early in the game. Then, McCann came through with the game's biggest hit in the late going to hand the rookie pitcher his first victory at Comerica Park. McCann hit his first homer of the season and Fulmer had a career-high 11..." May 21

  • Kiermaier suffers 2 fractures in left hand

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays were dealt a major blow Saturday after tests reportedly revealed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier suffered a pair of fractures in his left hand while making a diving catch attempt during the fifth inning, according to the team's broadcast. " May 21

  • The Twins and Rays have struggled to win through the draft

    MLB Daily Dish "When a team starts to struggle, it's natural to ask "how exactly did we get here?" Yes, bad trades and free agent signings probably played some role. But more likely is that a team just got older, players left via free agency, and the club was unable to produce youngsters to replace that..." May 21

  • Kiermaier, Andriese lift surging Rays over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Kevin Kiermaier has a knack for hitting triples at Comerica Park. He hit another one Friday but was even more pleased how his first baseman chugged around the bases. Kiermaier ripped a tiebreaking, three-run triple and Matt Andriese won his third consecutive start as the streaking..." May 20

  • Rays to sign J.P. Arencibia to minor-league deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are set to sign C J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Arencibia, 30, is expected to report initially to Triple-A Durham, but could provide an alternative if there was an injury at the big-league level of if Hank Conger were to continue to..." May 20

  • Rays complete three-game sweep of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays were hitting - literally. The Rays had a club-record 44 hits for a three-game series and completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-3 victory Wednesday night. The Rays outscored the Blue Jays 31-7 and have won four of their past five games after..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Rays pile up 17 hits, pummel Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays possessed a potent offense for the second night in a row, but manager Kevin Cash saved some of his praise for starting pitcher Chris Archer. The right-hander, who struggled early in the season, fell behind after a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the first..." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Rays reliever received death threats after giving up a game-winning home run

    Rays Index "Steve Geltz has had a rough couple of weeks and apparently some fans made it even worse. In the first game of the Mariners series, Geltz came into the game in the sixth inning with the score tied 2-2 and two runners on base. The first batter he faced hit a 3-run home run and the Rays went on to..." May 17

  • Rays ride four homers to rout of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Drew Smyly called his outing a battle. J.A. Happ said his was a nightmare. The matchup of left-handers turned out to be a dream for the Tampa Bay Rays hitters, who defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 Monday night. "I was just having a hard time hitting my spots," said..." May 16

  • Valencia's three homers lead A's past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Given the week that Steve Geltz and Danny Valencia have had, it was a predictable outcome. Valencia, who already had four home runs this weekend and two Sunday, got a third home run with two outs in the ninth, giving the A's a comeback 7-6 win over the Rays at..." May 15

  • Rays' Andriese goes distance for shutout win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Andriese had five stints in the majors as a rookie last season, shuttling between the Tampa Bay Rays and Triple-A Durham, between spot starts and the bullpen. So when he got the call for his season debut last weekend, his goal was to stay in the bigs. Two starts..." May 14

  • Forsythe out 4 weeks with fractured shoulder blade

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe is expected to miss around four weeks after tests revealed a hairline fracture in his left shoulder blade, the team announced Saturday. Forsythe said the four-week timetable was a "best-case scenario" from the time he suffered the injury, which..." May 14

  • Valencia powers A's past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Danny Valencia had his first two home runs of the season, but his biggest play in the Oakland Athletics' 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays came in the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run at the plate. Evan Longoria ripped a line drive, but Valencia,..." May 13

  • Brewers acquire Jhan Mariñez from the Rays for cash

    Brew Crew Ball "Ariel Pena begat Sam Freeman. Sam Freeman begat Michael Kirkman. And now, Michael Kirkman has begat Jhan Marinez. The final spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen, and essentially their roster as a whole, has been something of a revolving door through the first 35 games of the season. So..." May 13

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Iannetta's 11th-inning homer caps Mariners' sweep

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- When Steve Cishek finally got his chance, he was right on target. The Seattle Mariners' closer came out of the dugout and delivered a strike -- this time, with a tub of Gatorade that he dumped over teammate Chris Iannetta's head in celebration. It was the only action of the..." May 11

  • Mariners hang on to defeat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Seattle starting pitcher Wade Miley had trouble keeping the ball in the park on Tuesday night, but he still came away with his third consecutive winning decision -- thanks to a pair of big home runs from his Mariners. Home runs from Franklin Gutierrez and Dae-Ho Lee allowed..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Hernandez gets milestone win as Mariners defeat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Despite his lack of postseason experience, 30-year-old Felix Hernandez has already accomplished a lot in his baseball career. On Monday night, Hernandez achieved one of his most meaningful milestones by becoming the Seattle Mariners' all-time leader in career victories with a 5-2..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Rays earn rare road sweep of Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At no time in the past four years did the Tampa Bay Rays achieve what they accomplished Sunday. Brad Miller hit a two-run home run and Curt Casali added a solo drive to give the Rays a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium to complete a three-game series..." May 08

  • Rays get off to fast start in win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels were big losers Friday, and that was even before they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Friday at Angel Stadium. The club announced that Garrett Richards has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and likely will have season-ending Tommy..." May 07

  • 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

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