Rays Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Rays' Brad Miller: Leaves early Thursday

    CBS Sports "Miller was forced out of Thursday's matchup early due to right elbow soreness." September 09

  • Rays' Matt Duffy: Achilles surgery scheduled for Friday

    CBS Sports "Duffy (Achilles) is scheduled for surgery on Friday afternoon in Charlotte but is expected to resume workouts in December and be ready for spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports." September 09

  • Austin's walk-off blast lifts Yankees over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Homering in his first career at-bat was meaningful enough for Tyler Austin. Nearly a month later, he was getting mobbed at the plate for hitting an even more significant home run. Austin homered with two outs of the bottom ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 5-4..." September 08

  • Rays To Sign Alexei Ramirez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed veteran shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who was recently released by the Padres, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The signing of Ramirez comes less than a week after the news that shortstop Matt Duffy would likely undergo season-ending surgery to..." September 08

  • Machado's grand slam powers Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Manny Machado's best praise is often reserved for his defense, but his bat showed up in a big way Tuesday night with a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. "When you start talking..." September 07

  • Rays win on Dickerson's RBI double

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSURG, Fla. -- With starting pitcher Drew Smyly off his game, the Tampa Bay Rays needed to rely on their bats to get it done Wednesday. And the bottom of the order showed up. Corey Dickerson, the No. 8 hitter, had an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Rays to..." September 07

  • Rays Fire Hitting Coach Derek Shelton

    Rays Index "Derek Shelton has been fired by the Tampa Bay Rays, effective immediately, the team has announced. Chad Mottola has been promoted to take his place. Mottolla has spent the last three seasons as the Rays’ minor league hitting instructor. “We are grateful for all that Derek has given to the..." September 06

  • Davis, Jimenez power Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the team's first complete game in two years while Chris Davis did what he has been doing against the Tampa Bay Rays all season. Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Orioles to a 7-3 win against..." September 05

  • Rays, Duffy discussing season-ending foot surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays and new SS Matt Duffy are talking about him having season-ending surgery to address the ongoing soreness in his left foot stemming from an earlier Achilles strain, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. A decision is expected fairly soon, with the priority being to make sure Duffy is 100..." September 05

  • Blue Jays rally past Rays on Martin's homer

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays had a pinch-runner at first, a pinch-manager in bench coach DeMarlo Hale after John Gibbons' ejection, and a tiny decision came up big in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon. Dalton Pompey stole second, and that, combined with a 3-0 count,..." September 04

  • Rays hang on to beat Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays had managed just two hits in five innings against Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada. In the sixth, the floodgates opened up. Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay had six straight batters reach base, with shortstop Matt Duffy's three-run double the key hit..." September 03

  • Rays outslug Jays in Cobb's return

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb came off the mound after five innings, and even with the score tied 2-2, had the comfort of knowing his first outing in nearly two years had a feel of familiarity to it. "I was happy in the fact that I felt back to competitive nature on the mound," Cobb said..." September 02

  • Rays add Casali, two others as rosters expand to 40

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled catcher Curt Casali and right-handed pitcher Ryan Garton and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa, all from Triple-A Durham. September 1 is the day when active major league rosters expand from 25 to as many as 40 players through the conclusion..." September 01

  • Rays demote Beckham to Triple-A Durham following latest baserunning blunder

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays decided they had seen enough of infielder Tim Beckham after his latest baserunning blunder, optioning him to Triple-A following Wednesday's 8-6 loss. Beckham was on second in the fourth with a chance to stretch the lead to 5-1 when Kevin Kiermaier laced a ball to right-center. But..." September 01

  • Hill, Bradley, Ramirez help Red Sox outslug Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The buses were parked outside, ready to help send the Boston Red Sox on another West Coast trip, this one starting the September stretch run in the battle for the American League East. This was no time to lose a game to a last-place team. "Given where things are shaping up, a..." August 31

  • Skip Bayless Says He's Sure Tim Tebow WILL PLAY Pro Baseball

    TMZ "Skip Bayless is ALL IN on Tim Tebow's baseball career ... saying what he saw at Timmy's private workout on Tuesday has him convinced the ex-QB's chances of playing pro ball are about 100%. You might've heard (how could you not) Tim showed his stuff to 27 major league teams in L.A. Tuesday......" August 31

  • “Mixed reviews” for Tebow’s baseball workout

    Pro Football Talk "The headline at ESPN.com says Tim Tebow “shows off power” at his baseball workout (i.e., one-man fantasy camp). The article paints a more sobering view of his prospects. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Tebow drew “mixed reviews” at the workout, which scouts from 28 teams attended. He..." August 31

  • Longoria drives Rays to win over Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz knew he had to be careful with Evan Longoria, the one truly potent bat in the Tampa Bay Rays lineup. The veteran right-hander wasn't careful enough. "Good hitter -- that's one of the guys that you shouldn't let beat you, and I let him beat me, so it's on me,"..." August 30

  • MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana. The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The..." August 30

  • Rays starter Alex Cobb to make anticipated return from Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Alex Cobb's wait to return to the Rays rotation is nearly over. After spending a year away from baseball to rehab his throwing arm post-Tommy John surgery, Cobb will make his first regular-season start since September 2014 on Friday or Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to the Tampa Bay..." August 30

  • Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games

    Real GM Baseball "The Tampa Bay Rays won't allow Chris Archer to lose 20 games this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Archer leads the Major Leagues with 17 losses through Sunday's action. The right-hander was expected to be among the game's best pitchers this season, but has been a..." August 29

  • Betts, Porcello strengthen resumes as Red Sox topple Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Mookie Betts heard some loud chants of "M-V-P" from the sellout Fenway Park crowd his last two times up Monday night. Earlier, if fans did such things, the crowd could have chanted "Cy Young" for Rick Porcello. The two Red Sox legitimate candidates for their respective..." August 29

  • Rays' Blake Snell: Leaves game with apparent foot injury

    CBS Sports "Snell left Saturday's game against the Astros with an apparent left foot injury, Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lefty tried to convince the training staff that he could stay in the game after taking a hard comebacker off his foot but he was ultimately replaced by Danny..." August 28