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  • The small adjustment that turned Rays lefty Blake Snell into an All-Star

    CBS Sports "One of the most egregious All-Star snubs in recent memory turned out to not be a snub at all. Rays southpaw Blake Snell, who led the American League in ERA on the day the All-Star rosters were announced, was named to the All-Star team as a replacement last week. Thank goodness for that. He..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Phillies trade left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner to Tampa Bay Rays

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "While all eyes are on Manny Machado, the Phillies on Saturday night made a minor move. The Phillies traded left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Milner was designated for assignment on Tuesday. Milner, 27, began the season with..." July 15

  • Rays C Wilson Ramos out of All-Star Game due to hamstring injury

    Tampa Bay Times "Ramos said he will not be able to play in the All-Star Game and will be removed from the active roster but still plans to attend and take part in the festivities. He also said he "probably" will end up on the DL, which will cause the Rays to scramble as they don't have..." July 14

  • Rays' Snell: 'I knew I deserved' to be an All-Star

    Tampa Bay Times "The conversation took place a month or so ago, when Dave Snell told his son Blake he had bought a plane ticket from Seattle to Washington, D.C., for All-Star week in anticipation of seeing him there. "I told him to shut up,'' his son recalled. "I told him,..." July 14

  • Rays' Blake Snell and Houston's Charlie Morton to Be Added to AL All-Star Team

    12 Up "After being the biggest ?All-Star snub of either league, Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starter Blake Snell has been named to the American League All-Star team. July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Astros Showing Interest In Wilson Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have had discussions with the Rays regarding the possibility of acquiring catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). No further details surrounding the connection are available at this time. Ramos, who’s closing in..." July 12

  • Rays sending down top prospect Willy Adames

    Tampa Bay Times "When the Rays called up top prospect SS Willy Adames last month, team officials said he was here to stay. But with him not hitting well and a glut of infielders, including still not traded SS Adeiny Hechavarria, the Rays are reversing course and sending Adames back to Triple-A Durham..." July 12

  • Rays reveal Ybor City stadium details

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays today unveiled plans for an Ybor City stadium that has see-through sliding glass walls, a fixed translucent roof and is integrated into the neighborhood with an evolving design. "It will provide a ballpark experience like no other," Rays executive Melanie Lenz..." July 10

  • MLB Rumors: Is Rays' Chris Archer a low-risk, high-reward option for Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is in exactly three weeks, and the market for starting pitching is taking shape. At the top of the list are Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Detroit Tigers..." July 10

  • Nats may be eyeing reunion with All-Star Ramos

    MLB.com "Two years after the Nationals allowed Wilson Ramos to leave via free agency and replaced him with Matt Wieters, Ramos will return to Washington as the American League's All-Star starter at catcher in the middle of a resurgent season for the Rays. But by the time the July 31..." July 09

  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game roster: Rays' Blake Snell tops the list of biggest snubs

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball revealed its initial rosters for the 2018 All-Star Game on Sunday and the immediate reactions always include both joy and anger. Here are the rosters. It should be noted that some of the snubs will eventually be added to the game as injury replacements or to replace a..." July 09

  • Rays Activate Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced this afternoon that they’ve activated right-hander Chris Archer from the disabled list. Lefty Andrew Kittredge was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Archer, 29, has been on the shelf since June 3 due to an abdominal strain. While the injury..." July 09

  • Nathan Eovaldi is becoming an intriguing Yankees option

    New York Post "Nathan Eovaldi began to let himself think about it, if only briefly, as he walked off the field after the third inning Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Joey Wendle had just made a diving grab in shallow left field to rob Mets pinch-hitter Kevin Kaczmarski of a bloop single. It’s..." July 09

  • Hinch adds Rays' Cash to ASG staff: He's experienced 'handling 9 pitchers a game'

    The Score "When the All-Star Game gets underway on July 17, the American League club will be coached by the entire Houston Astros staff with one special guest as skipper A.J. Hinch invited his friend and Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to join him. "He's done a tremendous job,"..." July 08

  • D-Backs join Yanks in scouting Eovaldi, Fulmer

    The Score "The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for pitching help and Nathan Eovaldi's return to the mound is not going unnoticed. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander will be closely monitored during his Sunday afternoon start against the New York Mets. Ten teams are expected to be in attendance..." July 08

  • Rays Designate Jeremy Hazelbaker, Select Adam Kolarek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, per a club announcement. That move was needed to open a roster spot for lefty Adam Kolarek, whose contract was selected. Hazelbaker, 30, had been acquired earlier in the season from the Diamondbacks, but had yet to see..." July 06

  • Rays likely to trade Wilson Ramos

    Tampa Bay Times "Wilson Ramos is the best catcher the Rays have ever had. And they are not likely to have him for much longer. Sure, it's a matter of dollars. But also one of sense. The season and a half Ramos has spent with the Rays has been mutually beneficial, and..." July 05

  • Carlos Gomez offers salty non-apology for dugout tantrum

    Sportsnaut "On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez went absolutely ballistic in the dugout after striking out with two men on in the second inning. I mean, he really had an epic meltdown, which included an explosive attack on a poor, innocent water cooler (watch..." July 04

  • After trade to Red Sox, Steve Pearce becomes sixth player ever to play for every team in one division

    Mass Live "New Red Sox acquisition Steve Pearce was thrust into the heat of a pennant race as soon as he joined the club Friday, starting at first base and hitting cleanup in the series opener against the Yankees. Pearce, who spent 12 games with the Yankees in 2012 and has played with the..." June 30

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Red Sox chasing Rays' Chris Archer in 'weak' trade market?

    Newark Star-Ledger "With just five weeks to go until MLB's July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, the market is slowly taking shape. Both the Yankees and Red Sox figure to be in the hunt for starting pitching before the deadline. Yankees general manager Brian..." June 27

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Rays Designate Rob Refsnyder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. It seems that’s the roster move to enable the activation of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Refsnyder, 27, received a forty-game trial..." June 19

  • Kevin Cash compares Yankees' Loaisiga to Mariano Rivera after MLB debut

    MLB.com "The conversation took place on the bench of the visitors' dugout early on Friday evening, while Jonathan Loaisiga racked up four strikeouts through the first two innings of his big league debut. Rays manager Kevin Cash leaned over to bench coach Charlie Montoyo, and the baseball..." June 16

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Chris Archer has setback in rehab from abdominal strain

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Chris Archer suffered a setback in his rehab from a strained left abdominal muscle. He was scheduled to throw a simulated game today but that has been cancelled. Archer, 29, has been on the disabled list since June 5...." June 12

  • The losing might get worse for these young Rays, and that’s okay

    Tampa Bay Times "It's as hard to construct a losing baseball season as it is to build a winning one. Your Rays remain hard at work, Tampa Bay. Case in point was Sunday's 5-4 loss to the surprising, surging Mariners at Tropicana Field. The game ended with a mistake: Rays third-base..." June 11

  • Kevin Kiermaier aiming to return from DL “June 20th-ish”

    Hardball Talk "1Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)1 Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new..." June 11

  • Daniel Robertson goes on DL,Willy Adames called up

    MLB.com "The Rays placed infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled shortstop Willy Adames from Triple-A Durham on Monday. Adames, 22, is ranked No. 2 among Tampa Bay prospects and No. 20 overall by..." June 11

  • Rays trade Brad Miller to Brewers for 1B Ji-man Choi

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have officially moved on from infielder Brad Miller, trading him Sunday to the Brewers along with cash considerations in exchange for minor-league first baseman Ji-man Choi. Miller, who was designated for assignment Thursday to make room for rookie Jake Bauers, had 30 home..." June 10

  • Rays Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Matthew Liberatore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have a deal in place with first-round draft pick Matthew Liberatore, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reports on Twitter. He’s slated to receive a $3.5MM bonus, per the report. Liberatore was widely tabbed as a top-five talent, with MLB.com ranking him second on its board...." June 09

  • Tampa Bay Rays designate Brad Miller, call up prospect Jake Bauers

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment. Miller, who has primarily played first base this year, was hitting .256/.322/.429 with five homers in 48 games. That was actually a fairly significant improvement over what he did in 2017, when he put..." June 07

  • Rays To Promote Jake Bauers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are set to promote top prospect Jake Bauers from Triple-A Durham, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The slugging first baseman/outfielder will join the team for his MLB debut on Thursday. Bauers, 22, entered the season to quite a bit of Top 100..." June 06

  • Reliever Jonny Venters makes first career start, doesn't get out of first inning

    ESPN "Chalk up another first for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jonny Venters. On Wednesday, Venters made the first start of his career. He didn't make it out of the first inning, however. Venters allowed five runs -- all earned -- on three hits and two walks while recording only one..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Rays Place Chris Archer On 10-Day DL, Promote Diego Castillo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced today that they have placed top righty Chris Archer on the 10-day disabled list with what has been diagnosed as a left abdominal strain. He’ll be replaced by right-handed pitching prospect Diego Castillo. Archer’s placement is retroactive to June 3rd, so..." June 05

  • Rays pitching prospect Anthony Banda headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "Promising prospect LHP Anthony Banda is headed for Tommy John elbow surgery that will keep him out until 2020, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Banda, the most advanced prospect in the trade return from Arizona for OF Steven Souza Jr., made three appearances for the Rays (1-0, 3.68)..." June 04

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Snell ties AL record by striking out first 7 batters vs. Mariners

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell, a native of Seattle, felt right at home from the get-go in his first career start at Safeco Field on Sunday. The 25-year-old opened his start by striking out seven consecutive Mariners, tying the American League record for consecutive Ks to open..." June 03

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Rays trade Curt Casali to Reds

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays traded Triple-A catcher Curt Casali to the Reds on Thursday for cash considerations. Casali rejoined the Rays at the end of spring training after signing with the Angels during the winter as a free agent and then the Rangers. He now appears headed back to the majors with the..." May 31

  • MLB refutes Rays’ Carlos Gomez’s drug-testing complaint, says process is random

    Tampa Bay Times "Major League Baseball is sticking to its story, responding to Rays OF Carlos Gomez's complaints about the drug-testing process by insisting in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that players are selected randomly: "Our Joint Drug Program, which is negotiated with the Players..." May 30

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Rays' Carlos Gomez claims MLB has PED witch hunt against Dominican players

    Sporting News "Carlos Gomez claims MLB is on a witch hunt against Dominican-born players. In a video on Twitter translated by ESPN, Gomez said he does not believe MLB's drug testing is random, and he has been drug tested more than other other player on the Tampa Bay Rays this season. May 30

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28