Rays Rumors & News

  • Grandal homers as Dodgers hold off Rays

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Chris Archer had a solid performance Tuesday, but Bud Norris delivered a better one. Yasmani Grandal's seventh-inning home run was the difference as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Norris..." July 27

  • Rays dump Dodgers, halt four-game losing streak

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Tampa Bay Rays ended their nine-game road trip Wednesday by halting a string of skids. Evan Longoria homered, and the Rays snapped a four-game slide with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Rays (39-61) won for first time in five..." July 27

  • Rays have arms, but likely will wait to deal them

    ESPN "In a bleak landscape for pitching, the Tampa Bay Rays are awash in talented young starters with affordable contracts and several years of club control. Survey the available options and Tampa is an oasis of promise in a desert of back-end, complementary types. But, as the Aug. 1 deadline nears..." July 27

  • A's amaze with second walk-off win in two nights

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Another day, another walk-off win for the Oakland A's against the Tampa Bay Rays, this one even more spectacular than the first. One day after Coco Crisp hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning to beat the Rays 1-0, rookie third baseman Ryon Healy crushed a walk-off solo..." July 24

  • Rays OF Oswaldo Arcia leaves game with elbow strain

    Today's Knuckleball "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was removed from Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics with a mild right elbow strain, and is now day-to-day." July 24

  • Butler's blast helps A's take series from Rays

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- After back-to-back walk-off wins against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Oakland Athletics didn't wait until the final inning for a hero to step up Sunday. Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning and Oakland held on for a 3-2 victory against..." July 24

  • Rays reportedly demanding Jurickson Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers are combing the trade market for starters, and Jurickson Profar appears to be a name coming up frequently in talks. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays are insisting on Profar in trade talks, with Texas refusing to blink." July 24

  • Crisp walk-off pushes A's past Rays in 13th

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea had been in the clubhouse for over an hour after pitching eight shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays when he watched on television as Coco Crisp came to bat in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday night. Rookie third baseman..." July 23

  • Rays dump A's for third win in a row

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Beckman tied another team hitting record, Matt Moore pitched another gem, and the Tampa Bay Rays opened their four-game series against the Oakland A's with their third straight victory Thursday night. Moore pitched seven strong innings in the Rays' 7-3 win at the..." July 22

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Report: Good chance Chris Archer ends up with Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is one of the more intriguing names on the trade market this month, and he may be inching closer to a new destination. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that he has been told by an executive that the chances of Archer going to the Los Angeles Dodgers are..." July 21

  • Rays' Snell snuffs out Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Blake Snell dominated the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night and cruised in his Coors Field debut as if he were pitching at sea level. The Tampa Bay rookie left-hander limited the Rockies to one hit in six scoreless innings, and the Rays waltzed to a 10-1 win. Evan Longoria..." July 20

  • Rays rout Rockies for rare winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- It took more than a month, but the Tampa Bay Rays were finally able to celebrate the modest achievement of back-to-back victories Wednesday. The Rays pounded the Colorado Rockies 11-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series at Coors Field. The win was just the third in 12..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • Story goes deep, Rockies hold off Rays

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Before his team began an important seven-game homestand Monday, Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss sized up the situation. "There's a sense of urgency with our club, and I like the way they're responding so far," Weiss said. Weiss was even more pleased when the Rockies beat..." July 19

  • The Dodgers and Rays are talking trade, but for who?

    SB Nation "The trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year — usually it’s July 31, but that’s a Sunday, so MLB pushed things back a day. As we’re about two-thirds of the way through July, we’re going to start seeing a whole bunch of rumors pop up, many of which will never come to pass — but that won’t be the case for..." July 19

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Longoria's two homers lift Rays over Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's only one win, but they've been hard enough to come by for the Tampa Bay Rays in the past month. So much so, in fact, that Evan Longoria took whatever positive momentum he can find following Sunday's 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. "The win today,..." July 17

  • Dodgers among clubs scouting Archer

    MLB.com "Because they can never have enough pitching, the Dodgers were among clubs scouting the Friday night start of Tampa Bay's Chris Archer. Despite a 4-13 record and 4.68 ERA, Archer is an obvious candidate for the Dodgers because he's with the Rays, having been acquired by current Dodgers..." July 17

  • Rangers engaging with Tampa Bay in trade talks for starter Matt Moore

    Sports Day "The Rangers are in desperate need of starting pitching help, and with one potential target already off the market they need to find some new possibilities. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported late Saturday night that the Rangers are in "ongoing trade talks" with the Tampa Bay Rays about starting..." July 17

  • Rays have only received 'comedic' offers for Archer

    Mass Live "With just a couple of weeks until the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline, teams are starting to zero in on the players that they're trying to make a move on to try and bolster their rosters for a playoff run. The Boston Red Sox made the first major splash of the deadline by acquiring Drew Pomeranz from..." July 16

  • Rays sign Kevin Jepsen

    Hardball Talk "The Rays have signed reliever Kevin Jepsen to a major league deal, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports. This will be Jepsen’s second stint with the Rays, as he pitched for the team last year until they traded him to the Twins at the deadline. The right-hander was released by the Twins on Monday, a..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Red Sox beat Rays as Price shuts down former team

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- David Price saved his best stuff for his former team Sunday afternoon. The one-time Tampa Bay Rays ace spun a gem against them, striking out 10 over eight scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox coasted to a 4-0 victory at Fenway Park. "Whenever you can go out there and put..." July 10

  • Porcello, Bogaerts lead Red Sox past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Rick Porcello hasn't given the Boston Red Sox much to worry about when he takes the mound. Especially at Fenway Park. Porcello (11-2) claimed the Red Sox's team lead in wins Saturday, tossing seven innings and allowing one run with five strikeouts in leading Boston to a 4-1..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Red Sox overcome injuries to beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- John Farrell spent much of his Friday night postgame media session talking about injuries. "We're a little banged up right now," the Red Sox manager said after Boston edged the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in the opener of a three-game series that takes both teams up to the All-Star..." July 08

  • Angels' Santiago shuts down struggling Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Scioscia says the Los Angeles Angels won't be able to get back to where they want to be until they have consistent, reliable starting pitching. Thursday's gem from Hector Santiago is the kind of outing for which they are looking. Santiago (6-4) threw seven..." July 07

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Angels race past Rays for rare winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jered Weaver is four years removed from being an All-Star and a 20-game winner, but he showed some of his old form Wednesday night. Weaver allowed one run and four hits in six innings as the Los Angeles Angels cruised to a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays...." July 06

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Rangers talking with Rays about deal for Odorizzi; could Profar or Gallo be on the block?

    Sports Day "The Rangers are in the market for a pitcher, and the Tampa Bay Rays seem to be shopping plenty of those. The latest word ESPN's Jim Bowden has heard is that the Rangers have discussed a possible deal to acquire starter Jake Odorizzi "for a bat." "Bowden cautions that the sides are not close to..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • Red-hot Cron leads Angels to win at Tampa

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After only one home run in all of June, C.J. Cron has found his bat, with two home runs Tuesday in a 13-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, giving him five home runs in 13 RBIs in five July games. "C.J. is hot right now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia..." July 05

  • Rangers and Rays reportedly discussing monster trade

    Sportsnaut "The Texas Rangers currently find themselves with the best record in the American League and on pace to win 102 games. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays sit in last place in the American League East. So it would stand to reason that one of these teams might end up being a buyer while the other team..." July 05

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • Moore pitches Rays to win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- If Matt Moore has been a reliable starting pitcher in a difficult month for the Tampa Bay Rays, the bullpen has been reliably bad, giving up runs in 17 of the previous 18 games -- including 16 losses -- before Monday. Moore had a strong start and the bullpen followed..." July 04

  • Tigers rally to sweep sinking Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ian Kinsler started the Detroit Tigers' rally with a double and scored the tying run in the eighth, then capped a four-game sweep with his 200th career home run in the ninth as Detroit beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday at Tropicana Field. "I really didn't think..." July 03

  • Rays Considering Dealing Starting Pitchers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The expectation is that this summer’s trade market will be largely devoid of quality starting pitchers, but last-place Tampa Bay could change that. The Rays, who are 33-47 and 10 games out of a Wild Card position, are discussing putting some of their young starters on the block well in advance of..." July 03

  • Rays’ Jonny Venters tears UCL again

    Today's Knuckleball "Sam Blum of MLB.com reports that former All-Star reliever and current Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Jonny Venters has torn his UCL again. As Blum notes, Venters has undergone Tommy John surgery three different times in his career, and he has not pitched at the major league level since..." July 02

  • Rays' Desmond Jennings: Exits Thursday with apparent injury

    CBS Sports "Jennings left Thursday's game against the Tigers in the third inning with an apparent leg injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports." July 01

  • Martinez belts two homers to lead Tigers over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez always hits well at Tropicana Field, with eight career home runs in 41 games entering Friday. He took that to another level, however, crushing a pair of three-run homers -- -one from each side of the plate -- in the Tigers' 10-2 victory over the Tampa..." July 01

  • Eight-run, ninth-inning rally lifts Tigers past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When Cameron Maybin stepped to the plate to lead off the ninth inning, the Detroit Tigers trailed the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2, with only four hits on the night. He singled to start an improbable rally, and when he came up again, the game was tied, the bases were loaded and..." June 30

  • Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore

    Tampa Bay Times "Matt Moore gave the Rays the kind of start in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Red Sox that they have been so desperately seeking. He pitched well enough, most vital of all, to win the game, just their second in the past 14 tries. A no-hitter through five, a jam created by his only three hits..." June 30