Rays Rumors & News

  • Buchholz Brilliant in Sox 3-0 Win Over the Rays

    Boston Globe "Where has this guy been? A beam of light shined onto Clay Buchholz's disastrous season at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon in the form of a three-hit shutout completed in less than 100 pitches. That, folks, is what's known as a "Maddux." With the 3-0 win, the Sox earned themselves a..." September 01

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Brewers also pursued David Price in late July, but deal never got close. MIL would not part with Jimmy Nelson in any trade.

  • Odorizzi delivers clutch outing as Rays shut out Red Sox

    Tampa Tribune "All the hits and runs, all the home runs the Orioles hit off Jake Odorizzi the previous time he pitched were frustrating, sure, but not as frustrating as what Odorizzi did to allow the damage. He became a one-pitch pitcher, throwing nearly all fastballs. The Orioles picked up on that, of..." August 31

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Maddon said MRI on Jennings left knee showed only a bruise. Said he thinks Jennings can play Sunday

  • Betts' Slam Helps Red Sox Roll Over Rays

    Boston Globe "The anticipated face off between the Red Sox and Rays starter Chris Archer went horribly wrong for the Tampa Bay right-hander, as the Sox rolled their way to an 8-4 victory on Friday at Tropicana Field. Mookie Betts’ first career grand slam in the top of the second made it 8-0 before the Rays..." August 30

  • Shortstop J.J. Hardy makes Tampa Bay Rays pay in Orioles' 5-4 win Thursday

    Baltimore Sun "Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay..." August 29

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays Maddon said Smyly's innings will be limited to 150-160 this season. He's at career-high 141.1.

  • Smyly sharp again as Rays beat Orioles

    Tampa Bay Times "Through nothing but the circumstance of being traded for each other, Drew Smyly is going to be oft-compared to former Rays ace and Cy Young Award winner David Price. And, if things keep going the way they are now, that's going to be tough — for Price. Smyly on Wednesday turned in a second..." August 28

  • Orioles bullpen makes up for sloppy Chen start in 4-2 win

    CSN Baltimore "It was hardly artistic. Neither starter finished five innings, and it was only the second time all season Wei-Yin Chen couldn’t get that far. But, somehow the Orioles maintained their focus and recorded a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 16,406 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night. “It was..." August 27

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    MLB @MLB

    Major League Baseball denies Rays’ formal protest regarding Saturday’s game in Toronto.

  • Escobar's agent: Tampa is a great fit for Yunel, Oakland may not be

    CBSSports.com "Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar's claim on revocable waivers by Oakland has raised some concern in the Escobar camp, which apparently prefers he stay in Tampa Bay where he felt he had finally found a home. "I am very concerned with Yunel having been selected on waivers by Oakland," Escobar's..." August 25

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    Bautista questions calld 3rd strike and is tossed. So #Rays don't have to deal with him anymore today

  • Reyes, Rasmus clutch in Blue Jays win over Rays

    Toronto Sun "There was no team meeting. No caustic managerial speech. There didn’t need to be. Friday night, in losing 8-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays were unacceptably docile, lacking energy, bereft of purpose. It was obvious to anyone who saw it and also to the ball players who suffered through..." August 24

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Athletics win claim to #Rays SS Yunel Escobar on revocable waivers. Teams have until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work out a trade.

  • Rays play Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays under protest

    Hardball Talk "Not long after making a comment about Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle‘s quick pace on the mound, Rays manager Joe Maddon had a reason to use it to play the game under protest. In the top of the fourth inning, Wil Myers was on first base after hitting a one-out single. Buehrle, as he is known to..." August 23

  • Joe Maddon calls Hellickson-Buehrle match-up “The Tortoise and the Hare”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays and Blue Jays just kicked off Saturday afternoon’s contest, with Jeremy Hellickson starting for the Rays and Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays. The two are quite different in their approaches, as Buehrle leads all starters with the shortest time between pitches, at 17.3 seconds per..." August 23

  • Smyly goes distance for Rays to shut down Jays

    Tampa Tribune "It was all new for Drew Smyly, the entire night. The shutout innings, the one-two-three innings, the nine innings. Then came the pitchers’ jump, the moment when the Rays starter who throws a complete game gets to jump and chest bump with the other members of the rotation. “I think that was..." August 23

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Molina has been dealing with a sore knee, is expected to play tomorrow, Maddon says

  • Price shines but Cobb, Rays win 1-0 pitching duel over Tigers

    Tampa Tribune "Less than two hours before he would pitch in his old home for the first time since the trade, David Price texted a member of the Rays PR staff and asked if, for old-time sake, they could play the song that always played as Price took the field for the top of the first inning: “Feels Good to be..." August 22

  • Rick Porcello's 3-hit shutout gem highlights Tigers' second straight win over Rays

    Detroit News "When he isn’t throwing a baseball, Rick Porcello specializes in another bit of motor-skill artistry. He ties glorious trout flies. It seemed Wednesday night at Tropicana Field as if he was blending a bit of both crafts as he wove nine innings of brilliantly threaded pitches that became a..." August 21

  • Detroit comes up big in extra innings after bullpen blows late lead in Tampa

    Michigan Live "Ian Kinsler hasn't done much at the plate for the Detroit Tigers since the All-Star break. But he came up big Tuesday night. Kinsler hit a leadoff triple and scored the go-ahead run when Victor Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to lead the Tigers to a 8-6 win over the Tampa..." August 20

  • Rays activate Wil Myers after 12 weeks on disabled list

    CBSSports.com "The Rays have activated outfielder Wil Myers off the 60-day disabled list, the team announced. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been out since suffering a wrist fracture diving for a ball on May 30. Myers, 23, was hitting .227/.313/.354 (89 OPS+) with five home runs in 53 games before..." August 20

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Appears that @wilmyers is not yet back with #Rays, still rehabbing at Triple-A Durham

  • Rays Sign Venezuelan Lefthander Francisco Sanchez

    Baseball America "The Rays have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander Francisco Sanchez for $675,000. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Sanchez has flashed swing-and-miss stuff, with a fastball that has touched 94 along with a curveball and a changeup. He will have to learn to repeat his delivery to get the ball in the..." August 18

  • Jeter’s game-winning hit in 9th helps Yankees beat Rays

    New York Post "It’s pretty much understood throughout baseball the Yankees are going to bleed for every run until the season runs out of track. That’s the way it has been across four-plus months, and the final six weeks are going to be more of the same because the Yankees are Bronx Bombers in name..." August 17

  • Joe Maddon rips Rays fans for cheering Derek Jeter

    Newark Star-Ledger "Everybody at Tropicana Field seemed to love cheering for Derek Jeter. Except Rays' manager Joe Maddon. Maddon blasted Rays fans for rooting for the retiring 40-year-old captain after the Yankees beat them, 3-2, on Saturday. Jeter also came up with the game-winning hit, a top-of-the-ninth RBI..." August 17

  • Myers could rejoin Rays next week

    Tampa Tribune "Right fielder Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) could rejoin the Rays next week during the series with the Tigers, Rays Manager Joe Maddon said. In 12 plate appearances with Triple-A Durham spanning three games, Myers is 4-for-9 with three walks, a grand slam and three stolen bases." August 16

  • Rays cap historic comeback with 5-0 win over Yanks

    Tampa Tribune "Desmond Jennings was walking up the tunnel to the Rays’ clubhouse after Friday’s win with Evan Longoria when Longoria said, “We’re the fourth team to do this.” “Do what?” Jennings replied. Oh, reach .500 after being at least 18 games under at one point during the season. “I didn’t even..." August 16

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Jennings is back in #Rays lineup

  • Rays cap big road trip with 6-3 win over Texas

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays flew home early this morning from the heart of Texas still hopeful of chasing someone down for a postseason spot, thanks to a winning road trip that took them cross country and through three time zones. Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Rangers at Globe Life Park was the Rays’ sixth of..." August 15

  • Archer, Offense dominate as Rays crush Rangers

    D-Rays Bay "If last night was another in a long season of frustrating, tough losses then tonight was the exact opposite. There's virtually nothing negative to say about the way the Rays performed tonight. Every starter either knocked in and/or scored a run. Chris Archer was dominant, and Brandon Gomes..." August 14

  • An early look at the top MLB free agents

    MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14

  • Nick Tepesch gets past sixth-inning woes, Rangers win 3-2 in 14 innings

    Dallas Morning News "s usual, the sixth inning of a start was a disaster for Nick Tepesch. What was different: This time he didn’t let it sink him. And as a result, the Rangers ended up with a spirit-lifting 14-inning walkoff 3-2 win on Adam Rosales’ four-pitch walk. It ended a streak of four consecutive..." August 13

  • Rays minor leaguer Sale suspended for 50 games

    Tampa Tribune "Rays minor league prospect Josh Sale received his second 50-game suspension, this time for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The announcement came Tuesday by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Sale was..." August 13

  • Bud Selig expects MLB regular season games in Europe soon

    SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13

  • Odorizzi rebounds, handcuffs Cubs in 4-0 win

    Tampa Tribune "The strikeouts came in bunches for Jake Odorizzi. They came early, too. He walked off the mound after the second inning having struck out five successive Cubs hitters. That wasn’t the plan. It was the byproduct of the plan. Odorizzi didn’t pitch aggressively in his previous start, and the..." August 10

  • Casali gets on-the-job training, big-league style

    Tampa Tribune "Bullpen catcher Scott Cursi walked side-by-side with Curt Casali toward the outfield at Target Field. That’s part of Cursi’s pregame ritual — escort the starting catcher to the bullpen so he can warm up the starting pitcher. Casali was making his major-league debut, and the moment wasn’t lost..." August 10

  • Rays owner: No regrets over trading Price

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he doesn't regret trading former Cy Young Award winner David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Sternberg said before today's game against the Chicago Cubs that the one regret he could think of as an owner was when Tampa Bay didn't add a hitter during the..." August 10

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Hearing C Chris Gimenez has cleared waivers, so now he is free to sign with any team. #Rays expected to be among those interested.

  • Wil Myers set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Hardball Talk "Sidelined for over two months with a stress fracture in his right wrist, Rays outfielder Wil Myers is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment today with Triple-A Durham. Myers injured his wrist in an outfield collision with teammate Desmond Jennings on May 30. The original diagnosis was..." August 09

  • Kiermaier hit gives Rays 4-3 win in the 10th over Cubs

    Tampa Tribune "Underneath that calm, quiet, stone-like exterior of Brad Boxberger is an inferno. At least that’s what his boss says. “He has a lot of fire, man,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Maddon might not have felt that fire, but he said he heard it when Boxberger returned to the mound in the 10th..." August 09

  • Rays beat A's to avoid sweep

    Tampa Bay Times "As manager Joe Maddon spoke of Wednesday's series finale in must-win terms, the recent trending certainly wasn't good, the Rays losing five of their past six and not looking good in doing so, and the matchup far from favorable, with struggling Jeremy Hellickson facing sizzling Sonny Gray. "The..." August 07

  • MLB asks feds for names in probe

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07

  • Coco Crisp comes up big again as A's top Rays 3-0

    San Francisco Chronicle "While the fan base fretted that Oakland's offense was hurting without Yoenis Céspedes, the A's figured differently: The real catalyst for the lineup is Coco Crisp, out far too often the past month-plus with a neck injury. On Monday, Crisp pinch-hit in the late going, and the A's wound up..." August 06

  • Nightengale: MLB's Biogenesis nightmare far from over

    USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06

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    T.J. Quinn @TJQuinnESPN

    Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.

  • Persistent Angels hold off Rays, 7-5

    Los Angeles Times "Howie Kendrick's first-inning at-bat Sunday was much like a grueling six-game trip through Baltimore and Tampa Bay that ended with the Angels grinding out a 7-5 victory over the Rays in Tropicana Field. It seemed like it would never end. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi threw fastballs in and..." August 04

  • Rays say they'd have gotten less for David Price if they'd waited

    Tampa Bay Times "The most popular question, at least among those unimpressed by the return the Rays got for ace David Price on Thursday in the three-way deal that sent him to Detroit, was why they didn't wait until the offseason. The simple answer is because the Rays were convinced they would have gotten less..." August 04

  • Rays keep the good times rolling with win over Angels

    Tampa Tribune "Chris Archer spoke Friday of growing his game, of becoming that pitcher who can be depended on to pitch deep into a game and give the bullpen a rest. That’s what David Price could do. But with Price now pitching for the Tigers, who on the Rays could fill that void? Archer feels he can...." August 03

  • Rays Turned Down A Better Offer For Price Because They Didn’t Want Prospects

    Rays Index "fter the trade for David Price was announced, many people wondered why the Rays couldn’t get a deal at least similar to what the Rays got for James Shields or Matt Garza. Well it turns out there may have been one, but it looks like the Rays turned it down. One of the teams that was briefly..." August 03