Rays Rumors & News

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Rays Acquire Michael Martinez, Place Brad Miller On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from the Indians in exchange for cash or a player to be named later and placed fellow infielder Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list due to a left abdominal strain. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Martinez, Tampa Bay..." May 18

  • Indians secure 8-7 win over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Three of the Cleveland Indians' best pitchers had uncharacteristically poor outings, but two home runs provided by their hitters led the way to an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Progressive Field. Lonnie Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor hit home runs on a..." May 16

  • Rays hit 5 homers in win vs. Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians' pitchers have allowed the fewest home runs in the American League, but Tuesday night at Progressive Field, they allowed the most long balls in a homer-filled game. The Tampa Bay Rays belted five home runs, two by Corey Dickerson, in a 6-4 victory over the..." May 16

  • Terry Francona trolls Rays manager Kevin Cash by posting stats on jumbotron

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays will play the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday. The Indians are in second place in the AL Central at 19-17. The Rays, meanwhile, are in fourth place in the AL East at 19-21. Indians manager Terry Francona and Rays manager..." May 15

  • The Rays demote one of their most promising young starters to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Over the last decade or so, the Tampa Bay Rays have established themselves as one of the best pitching development organizations in baseball. First came Scott Kazmir, then James Shields, then David Price, then Alex Cobb, then Chris Archer. There have been others along the way too, like Matt Garza..." May 14

  • Sale, Red Sox survive Rays' HRs

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Chris Sale took the Fenway Park mound Saturday with his new team in danger of falling back to the .500 mark for the first time since being 5-5. A loss would have meant the Boston Red Sox would be 18-18 -- and .500 after 36 games looks like a lot worse than after only 10. Sale..." May 13

  • Rays hold off late Red Sox comeback

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Alex Cobb set the tone with six one-hit innings for the Tampa Bay Rays, and the bullpen took it from there. Jose Alvarado, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Farquhar and Alex Colome combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings after Cobb gave up four in the seventh to lift the Rays to a 5-4 win over..." May 12

  • Vargas remains hot, pitches Royals past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Vargas kept Tampa Bay hitters off-balance and Alex Gordon enjoyed the view from his new spot in center field. Vargas pitched seven innings and allowed three hits to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon...." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Rays Wilson Ramos "excited" by progress, eyeing late May rehab assignment

    Tampa Bay Times "Wilson Ramos is "very excited" about his progress in recovering from right knee surgery and tentatively targeting starting a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of this month and returning to the majors in late June. In addition to running and hitting, Ramos has begun doing some work..." May 11

  • Moustakas completes Royals' comeback vs. Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After more than four hours and a combined 15 pitchers, Mike Moustakas homered with one out in the top of the 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit and recorded a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Moustakas gave the..." May 10

  • Rays, Archer cruise to 12-1 victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After two of their most frustrating losses of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back with one of their best wins. Chris Archer threw eight shutout innings, and the Rays cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Tropicana..." May 10

  • Royals get rare road win, defeat mistake-prone Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, -- The Kansas City Royals have the worst road record in baseball, but the Tampa Bay Rays were much worse Monday night, committing a season-high four errors as Kansas City cruised to a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. The Royals (11-20) got just their third road win of 2017 --..." May 08

  • Barney's blast lifts Blue Jays over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bullpen day turned into a 2-1 win for Toronto on Sunday as five relievers combined to throw a three-hitter, and Darwin Barney hit an eighth-inning home run for the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. "The whole bullpen did a hell of a job," said Jays manager John Gibbons,..." May 07

  • Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier to undergo x-rays

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a sore right hand following being hit by a pitch by Blue Jays starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. Outfielder Colby Rasmus pinch-hit for Kiermaier in the bottom of the sixth inning, who will now..." May 06

  • Kevin Kiermaier upset about pitch that hit him

    Tampa Bay Times "Kevin Kiermaier was not too pleased to be drilled on his right hand by a fastball during the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays and not because it forced him out of the game at a time when he’s starting feel like himself at the plate. Kiermaier, who has four hits in his last 47..." May 06

  • Odorizzi, Rays shut down Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto manager John Gibbons has known Tampa Bay pitcher Jake Odorizzi since they were in the Kansas City Royals system together six years ago, so he's not surprised by how well he pitched Saturday in leading the Rays to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays at Tropicana..." May 06

  • Beckham's two homers lead Rays past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays won Florida's "Citrus Series" against the Miami Marlins for the season, cruising to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Tropicana Field to take three of four games from their in-state rivals. The Rays (15-15) got seven shutout innings from starter Matt..." May 05

  • Morales homers twice, Blue Jays rally past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kendrys Morales does something the rest of his teammates with the Toronto Blue Jays struggle to do -- get hits off Chris Archer. Morales went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs to lift the Blue Jays to an 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at..." May 05

  • Sixth-inning uprising boosts Marlins past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Miami Marlins got seven straight hits to open the sixth inning, rallying against the Tampa Bay Rays' injury-depleted bullpen for a 10-6 win Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. "It was good for us to be able to jump on that reliever today," Marlins manager Don..." May 04

  • Cobb pitches Rays past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It was a blistering night at Marlins Park. Both starting pitchers -- Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays and Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins -- dealt with finger blisters but with wildly different results. Logan Morrison homered against his former team, and Cobb pitched six..." May 03

  • Odorizzi returns, helps Rays beat Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The slide was legal and that -- ultimately -- meant victory for the Tampa Bay Rays. Jake Odorizzi came off the disabled list to pitch five effective innings and the bullpen went four scoreless innings as Tampa Bay beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Monday night at Marlins Park...." May 02

  • Rays Activate Colby Rasmus, Designate Shane Peterson For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have activated outfielder Colby Rasmus from the disabled list and designated fellow outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The 30-year-old Rasmus inked a one-year, $5MM..." May 02

  • Rays' Evan Longoria hobbled by sore foot during hitting slump

    Sporting News "Evan Longoria may be dealing with a similar foot injury that hampered him during the 2013 season. The Rays' star third baseman revealed Monday he's been playing through discomfort in his left foot, similar to the plantar fasciitis issue he suffered through in his right foot four seasons ago...." May 02

  • MLB officials reviewing Archer-Bautista incident

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball officials are reportedly reviewing the controversial incident in which Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista on Sunday. Archer, who got the start for the Tampa Bay Rays in the final game of a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays, sent a pitch flying behind..." May 01

  • Jays rally late to top Rays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- What began as the return of Aaron Sanchez turned out to be a day of redemption for the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. By winning the rubber match of the three-game series, the Blue Jays won a series for the first time this season and it was the..." April 30

  • Blue Jays manager Gibbons calls for suspension of Rays’ Archer

    Sportsnet "John Gibbons doesn’t like when his star players are targeted by the other teams’ pitchers. During the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays, starting pitcher Chris Archer threw a first-pitch fastball behind the back of slugger Jose..." April 30

  • Smoak homers as Blue Jays end 3-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The big hits and right times have been elusive for the Toronto Blue Jays during their April drought. The Blue Jays got a couple Saturday afternoon in their 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Russell Martin delivered an RBI double in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak's two-run..." April 29

  • Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook. Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016,..." April 29

  • Rays bury Blue Jays with late HRs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays had been held under control by Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman all night. Suddenly, the power switch went on for the Rays in the eighth inning. They clubbed three home runs against three pitchers in that inning, capped by Logan Morrison's two-run blast,..." April 28

  • Must-read: A profile on former Rays prospect Brandon Martin, currently in jail for alleged murders of three men

    Los Angeles Times "Paul Gamache saw the first body when the Corona police sergeant stepped into the two-story house with pink and yellow flowers decorating the front porch and views of the Santa Ana Mountains. So much blood coated the man sprawled on the carpet and tile in the living room that the officer..." April 28

  • Bases-loaded walk in 11th pushes Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles took an early three-run lead, could not hold it, fell behind in the 11th inning and then rallied to pull out a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in the bottom of the..." April 27

  • Jones' perfect night carries Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have hit Chris Archer pretty well during his young career. They did it again Monday night, but it just took a little longer to get to the right-hander. Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh..." April 25

  • Rays shut down Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- A couple of rainy days in Baltimore forced Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to make some tough decisions. Luckily, he has a strong corps of relievers fully prepared to improvise. After starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, the Rays used five pitchers and limited the..." April 25

  • Rays place Hunter on 10-day DL with calf strain

    MLB.com "The Rays' bullpen took yet another injury blow on Sunday when veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain. But Hunter's misfortune in becoming the 11th Tampa Bay player -- and fifth reliever -- on the DL after being forced out of Saturday's..." April 23

  • Four-run sixth pushes Rays past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Houston Astros got two solo home runs early, but the Tampa Bay Rays answered with seven straight batters reaching base in a four-run sixth, pulling out a 6-3 win on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. It's the seventh come-from-behind win for the Rays (10-9), who..." April 22

  • Astros overcome three homers to beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After no home runs in his first 14 games with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran now has hit them on back-to-back days, helping his new team to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. "It was nice, especially after his off day," said..." April 21

  • Rays lose four-run lead but pull out 8-7 win over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On a night where defensive miscues hurt both teams, the Detroit Tigers made the last mistake with a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a wild 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. With the bases loaded and one out,..." April 20

  • Ramirez helps Rays complete sweep of Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers are happy to get away from Tropicana Field, as more defensive breakdowns helped the Tampa Bay Rays to an easy 8-1 win behind spot starter Erasmo Ramirez on Thursday afternoon. Tampa Bay (9-8) moved Ramirez (2-0) out of the bullpen to fill in for the..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Tigers manager Brad Ausmus: Fans messing with players is 'fair game'

    Sporting News "Brad Ausmus isn't mad at the Rays fan who kept throwing off his Tigers outfielders. During Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field, confusion erupted in when pop-ups turned into hits during the first three innings. Center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian..." April 20

  • Rays defeat Tigers, snap three-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rays' Tim Beckham had only one RBI all season entering Tuesday night's game against Detroit, but he hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and singled and scored later to help Tampa Bay to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field. The Rays (7-8) ended a three-game..." April 18

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Wright, Benintendi lift Red Sox past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Steven Wright took a step in the right direction Monday after putting up a stinker last week. The knuckleballer bounced back with six innings of three-run ball and the Boston Red Sox scored three runs in the second to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Patriots Day at Fenway Park...." April 17

  • Rays place Odorizzi on 10-day DL with hamstring injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays have recalled righty Chase Whitley from Triple-A to take the roster spot of Odorizzi, who’s unlikely to miss much time. “He’s fine. We..." April 16

  • Moreland sparks Red Sox to win versus Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- It has not taken Mitch Moreland very long to get comfortable in a Red Sox uniform. Moreland's two-run single in the seventh inning gave Boston the lead for good in a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Easter Sunday at Fenway Park. On the season, the newly-signed first baseman..." April 16

  • Rays hammer Porcello, Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- If you looked at the pitching matchup heading into Friday night's game at Fenway Park, there was every reason to believe the Red Sox would open a four-game series with a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. After all, Boston had Rick Porcello, the reigning Cy Young Award winner who..." April 15

  • Sale prevails against Rays for first win with Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- With any support at all, Chris Sale could be 3-0 with his new team. But the skinny left-hander got just enough help Saturday to get his first victory in a Red Sox uniform. "It was good. It was fun," Sale said after his seven powerful innings were rewarded -- barely -- in a..." April 15