Rays Rumors & News

  • Dodgers unlikely to add David Price or Cole Hamels, GM intimates

    Los Angeles Times "General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Colletti acknowledged he is looking for both starting and relief pitching. While he didn’t specifically..." July 13

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Maddon says Hanigan and Jennings available only on emergency basis today. Hanigan has soreness on left side, not sure if oblique

  • David Price ill, will miss scheduled Saturday start

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays LHP David Price will miss today's start after becoming ill and leaving Tropicana Field on Friday. RHP Jake Odorizzi will start in his place, the team announced after the loss to Toronto. The Rays hope Price could take Odorizzi's place as Sunday's starter. They'll know more today. Price..." July 12

  • Jays triumph over Rays thanks to unlikely source

    Toronto Sun "After going 1-6 on the west coast the Blue Jays decided a change of scenery was in order. They couldn’t have picked a worse spot to land. If the Jays were looking to find refuge and sanctuary they were out of luck as there is none to be found at quirky Tropicana Field, at least not for..." July 12

  • Marlon Byrd reveals 4-team no-trade clause

    CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays DeJesus said he'll need 2-3 weeks more for bone to heal, aiming for early- to mid- August return

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    And #Rays Sands will need season-ending surgery on his wrist

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays activate Escobar, place McGee on paternity leave

  • Salvador Perez’s three-run homer lifts Royals to 5-4 victory over Rays

    Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez wagged his tongue as he bounded up a flight of steps away from the scene of his heroics. The door to the visitors’ clubhouse at Tropicana Field slammed behind him. The concrete walls could not muffle the resulting roars from his teammates. A ninth-inning bolt of lightning, a..." July 10

  • Rays hold on to beat Royals in Hellickson’s return

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays scored a couple of runs in the eighth inning Tuesday night to extend their lead to three, which seemed like plenty of insurance with reliever Jake McGee on the mound. Turns out, they needed both of those runs because the Kansas City Royals made things exciting as McGee tried..." July 09

  • James Shields masters former teammates as Royals down Rays, 6-0

    Kansas City Star "He had twirled shutouts on this surface and spilled champagne on its fringes, but never before had James Shields stood atop the Tropicana Field mound wearing the road grays of the Royals. At 7:14 p.m. on Monday, Shields scooped a baseball off the AstroTurf and paced a semi-circle. He toed the..." July 08

  • Rays clear room for Jeremy Hellickson’s return by shifting Erik Bedard to the bullpen

    Hardball Talk "After posting a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts for the Rays veteran starter Erik Bedard has been shifted to the bullpen to clear a rotation spot for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson‘s return from the disabled list. Hellickson has been recovering from January elbow surgery and made six minor-league rehab..." July 07

  • Ex-Ray James Shields excited for return to Trop

    Tampa Bay Times "Longtime Rays ace RHP James Shields is eagerly looking forward to coming back and pitching at the Trop tonight for the first time since being traded to the Royals after the 2012 season. "I'm very excited," he said. "And ready to go." The Rays are starting RHP Jake Odorizzi, one of the four..." July 07

  • Rays beat Tigers to cap 9-2 road trip

    Tampa Tribune "David Price didn’t have his all-star stuff Sunday night, but he had enough to keep the Rays rolling through the end of the road trip. Throw in some all-star defense by center fielder Desmond Jennings and another big night for the offense against a pretty good pitcher and you have a 7-3 victory..." July 07

  • Rays sign No. 1 rated international prospect Adrian Rondon for $3 million on his 16th birthday

    Baseball America "Dominican shortstop Adrian Rondon, the No. 1 international prospect for July 2, has signed with the Rays for $2,950,000. Rondon became eligible to sign today, his 16th birthday, and has earned widespread praise from scouts for his offensive potential at a premium position. The signing puts the..." July 07

  • Rays romp past Tigers for ninth win in 11 games

    Tampa Bay Times "Chris Archer's standards for himself are so lofty that he was disappointed — "obviously" — over not being able to get the final two outs of Saturday's 7-2 win over the Tigers. But only a little bit. Otherwise, the Rays' emerging star right-hander allowed himself some well-deserved..." July 06

  • After failed bid for David Price, A's strike with win-now deal for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oakland A's were going to make a trade this week. They play in a stadium that turns into a toilet when it rains and generate less revenue than a team in Cleveland and still will head into the All-Star break as the very best team in baseball, and that is not something they take for granted. No..." July 06

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    If the Rays trade David Price, which remains likely, they are open to trading him within the AL East.

  • Dirk Hayhurst implies “pillow-case-sized” bag of weed taken in 2011 Evan Longoria-David Price robbery

    Sports On Earth "During my recent coffee-nursing, noon-wakeup, underwear-only reading of Jeff Passan's work over at Yahoo! Sports -- discussing how teams promote top prospects to their 40-man rosters to shield them from minor league rules on marijuana -- I couldn't help but chuckle. Not at Passan's writing...." July 06

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Escobar flying home today. Will play SS Monday for GCL Rays then DH Tuesday and play SS Wednesday for Class A Charlotte

  • Jeremy Hellickson nears return for Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Jeremy Hellickson looked good enough over 52/3 innings in his Thursday rehab start and felt good enough in a Friday throwing session that Rays manager Joe Maddon pronounced him "about ready" to join the rotation. Hellickson, working his way back from January elbow surgery, was expected to..." July 05

  • Cobb shines, Boxberger delivers in Rays’ win over Tigers

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays were doing everything right Friday night to beat the Tigers. They were scoring runs, and they were preventing runs. Then came the sixth inning and things seemed to unravel. Alex Cobb hit Ian Kinsler with a pitch. Warnings were issued. A walk, an RBI single, another walk. Bases loaded,..." July 05

  • Tigers win fourth straight in romp over Rays

    Detroit News "Visiting managers don’t leave messages for each other — or notes. But if Bob Melvin of the departing Oakland Athletics had left anything behind for Joe Maddon of the arriving Tampa Bay Rays, it would have been this warning: “Beware, hot team.” Hot, sizzling, surging, whatever you want to..." July 04

  • Belnome called up to make Major League debut

    MLB.com "The Rays called up infielder Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham. Belnome was with Tampa Bay for one game in April but did not make his Major League debut. Instead, that came Thursday in Detroit, where he batted sixth in the lineup. Belnome, who was batting .225 with the Bulls, hit between James..." July 03

  • Rays keep on rolling, beat Yankees, 2-1

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the decision to have Grant Balfour protect a one-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night was born earlier in the day, when Maddon watched as Balfour walked his grandmother through the lobby of the team hotel. “I was really impressed with that moment,” Maddon..." July 02

  • David Price: I expect to be here

    ESPN.com "Rays ace David Price, who once again has been the subject of trade rumors, has made it clear that he expects to stay if Tampa Bay can climb back into playoff contention. "We're playing well right now, so I expect to be here," Price told reporters on Monday. "If we continue to play good..." July 02

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays top '11 pick RHP Taylor Guerrieri returns from Tommy John to throw 1 IP in GCL game today, had surgery 7-24-13.

  • Rays maintain momentum, top Yankees in 12th

    Tampa Tribune "All the momentum the Tampa Bay Rays brought with them to Yankee Stadium on Monday after their big weekend in Baltimore could have sailed into the Bronx night along with the game-changing home run by Brian Roberts in the bottom of the ninth inning. But all that home run did, aside from ending..." July 01

  • Rays place SS Escobar on 15-day DL

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon announced after Monday’s victory against the New York Yankees that shortstop Yunel Escobar will go on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder. Escobar, who sustained the injury June 24 while making a throw to first base in the eighth inning..." July 01

  • The Rays set the strikeout record for a single month

    Hardball Talk "Thank goodness for extra innings in last night’s Yankees-Rays game. Because if it wasn’t for extras, the Rays wouldn’t have set a record. Rays reliever Brad Boxberger struck out Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning. In doing so, he notched the Rays’287th strikeout in the month of June. That stands..." July 01

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Maddon said they expect to decide on Escobar status after pregame workout.

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Maddon said Hellickson felt good in bullpen session, set to make rehab start Thursday

  • Rays fend off Orioles rally, win 5-4

    Tampa Tribune "From where he stood near second base, Logan Forsythe saw catcher Ryan Hanigan signal for a curveball. “Huh,” Forsythe thought. “Let’s see how this works.” On the mound was Jake McGee, who was in his second inning of pumping high-octane fastballs toward Orioles hitters. At bat was Manny..." June 29

  • Tillman goes eight innings as Orioles split doubleheader against Rays

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles’ bats were nearly silent in Friday’s first game. They had just three hits in a lackluster performance. The second game was much different. There was Chris Tillman, pitching an extremely strong eight innings, and home runs by Nick Hundley and Nelson Cruz as the Orioles beat the Tampa..." June 28

  • Rays take first game of Orioles doubleheader

    Tampa Tribune "Brandon Guyer led the way Friday afternoon with a trio of doubles to left field, two runs scored and an RBI as the Tampa Bay Rays reached the midpoint of the season with a 5-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Alex Colome, recalled from Triple A Durham to pitch the first..." June 28

  • Rays' David Price dominates Pirates

    Tampa Bay Times "As endings go, if that's what it was, David Price had envisioned it differently. Given the possibility that Wednesday might have been his last start at the Trop before being traded, the Rays ace had hoped to go out celebrating a complete-game victory, not walking off the mound after allowing..." June 26

  • Pirates hang on for 6-5 win against Rays

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates rode a familiar combination to their fourth consecutive win. Their starter provided them with another long, bullpen-saving outing. They assembled a multiple-run inning early. Those ingredients also worked Monday, and Tuesday they gave the Pirates a 6-5 win against the Tampa Bay Rays..." June 25

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Angels interested in #Rays’ Price. Team likely does not have package to get it done. #Cubs’ Hammel also on long list of options.

  • Rays' David Price not commenting on trade speculation

    Tampa Bay Times "On the eve of what could be his final home start in a Rays uniform, David Price refused to say anything about the trade chatter swirling around him. Except that he hears it, and he's human. So pondering the potential significance of today's start is only natural, right? "I don't think I'm..." June 25

  • Pirates bedevil Rays in 8-1 road win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates coaching staff asked starting pitcher Edinson Volquez Monday night if he felt up to going back out for the eighth inning. “I’m ready go to,” Volquez said, before joking, “I’m really fresh. I only threw 64 pitches last time. Volquez recovered from a horrible start in his previous..." June 24

  • Rays prepared to trade David Price 'right now'

    CBSSports.com "The Rays currently own the worst record in baseball at 31-47, and by all indications they will trade away some players at the deadline to restock the organization with young players. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Tampa Bay is prepared to trade David Price "right now," though no deal is..." June 24

  • David Price trade must happen soon

    Tampa Bay Times "How about this for a happy ending to what is becoming the David Price situation: He walks off the mound triumphantly after throwing a complete game to beat the Pirates on Wednesday at the Trop then gets traded to a contender during the ensuing 10-day road trip? It has become increasingly..." June 24

  • Bullpen strong again in Rays 5-2 win over Astros

    Tampa Tribune "Now that’s more like it. That was the prevailing sentiment on Sunday afternoon, after the Rays completed a 5-2 victory against the Houston Astros before a sparse Family Fun Day crowd of 13,841 at Tropicana Field. Left-hander Erik Bedard worked 51⁄3 strong innings — the fifth consecutive..." June 23

  • Odorizzi and Rays dominate Astros in 8-0 win

    Tampa Tribune "Jake Odorizzi was throwing his between starts bullpen session recently, and Matt Joyce stood in the batters box just to give Odorizzi a visual as he worked on his pitches. Joyce left impressed with Odorizzi’s low-90s fastball. “His fastball explodes out of his hands,” Joyce said. “It’s tough..." June 22

  • Cosart stifles Rays as Astros snap four-game skid

    Houston Chronicle "Jarred Cosart has found a nice little home at Tropicana Field. The Astros’ impressive young righthander was so comfortable heading into his outing Friday night, he lounged across a couch in the clubhouse before batting practice and rested his head on Brad Peacock’s thighs as he watched a World Cup..." June 21

  • Rays put it all together, blank Astros, 5-0

    Tampa Tribune "During small-ball batting practice Thursday afternoon, Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce popped a ball up that struck the front bar across the top of the batting cage and sailed about 30 feet where it dropped back into the chute of the machine firing balls toward home plate. Think that was a nifty trick?..." June 20

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays DeJesus says he knew hand was hurt, didn't expect it to be an avulsion fracture. Will be in cast around 3 weeks, not sure timetable

  • Kevin Gausman shuts down Rays, Nelson Cruz homers in Orioles' 2-0 victory

    Baltimore Sun "Just three batters into his outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was already on the brink of disaster. From his first pitches of the day, Gausman knew the strike zone was getting pinched. And a leadoff walk quickly turned into a..." June 18