Rays Rumors & News

  • 7h
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Kiermaier not in #Rays lineup today, said he's not feeling well: "A little under the weather."

  • A-Rod blasts two homeruns in Yankees win against Rays

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez made his bed several times when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, so feel free to speculate why at a very advanced baseball age with two surgically repaired hips and having missed all of last season, he easily is the Yankees’ best hitter. On the first day he worked out at..." April 18

  • Fastball hits Longoria, mars Rays win over Toronto

    Tampa Tribune "Evan Longoria said he will play Friday when the Rays begin a long homestand with the first game of a weekend series against the Yankees. That was in question when Longoria limped off the field in the eighth inning Thursday after being struck on the left hip by a pitch from Marco Estrada, an old..." April 17

  • 2d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Chris Archer hit a couple of Jays; Evan Longoria just got hit in the hip and had to come out of the game. Archer not happy…

  • Jays bats come to life, crush Rays

    Bluebird Banter "After two frustrating games in a row, the Jays bats finally cleared customs and were used to lay a beating on the Rays. The Jays scored in each of the first 5 innings: 1st inning: 2 runs off a Jose Bautista 2 run homer. 2nd inning: 3 runs on singles from Jose Reyes and Josh Donaldson..." April 16

  • 2d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays sign catcher J.C. Arencibia to a minor league deal. He is expected to play at Durham

  • Souza’s bat clinches Rays’ fourth win in a row

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Souza Jr. began his postgame interview by talking about how awesome it is for him to watch his teammates grind out at-bat after at-bat and the pitching staff put together shutdown innings. On Tuesday, it was Souza’s turn to do something awesome. He began with one of the longest home..." April 15

  • Smyly (shoulder) likely to debut on April 29

    Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) threw 40 pitches (28 strikes) over three innings Tuesday for Class A Charlotte. He threw 12 more pitches in the bullpen to get his pitch count above 50. Smyly is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start Sunday in Jacksonville with Double-A..." April 15

  • Drew Smyly has no setbacks during second rehab start in minors

    Fox Sports Florida "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly took another step forward in his rehab Tuesday morning by allowing one hit and striking out four in three innings for High-A Charlotte. Smyly, 25, threw 40 pitches (28 strikes) against the Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds) in Port Charlotte, Florida,..." April 14

  • Game of throws: Rays hold off Blue Jays, 2-1

    Tampa Tribune "It was a night for impressive throws. The ones to the plate by Jake Odorizzi for eight innings that shut down the Toronto Blue Jays and the one Brad Boxberger threw past Edwin Encarnacion for a big strikeout in the ninth. And how about the throw Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera made after..." April 14

  • Manfred supports Rays’ Sternberg, says Montreal a viable alternative

    Tampa Tribune "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was in Toronto on Monday to help the Blue Jays celebrate their home opener. He held a news conference where the first question was about, what else? Montreal. Manfred said that it is “impossible to tell” when asked for a timeline for Montreal landing a..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

  • DeJesus helps Rays to 8-5 win over Marlins

    Tampa Tribune "His role on the team might not seem ideal. Actually, a week ago today it didn’t appear as if David DeJesus even had a role with the Rays. Didn’t matter, DeJesus said. He was ready to do whatever was asked. Play the outfield? Sure. DH? Absolutely. Pinch hit? Why not. On Sunday, DeJesus found..." April 13

  • 6d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Cash says Smyly will be stretched out to 100 pitches so 3 more rehab starts. Returns late April

  • Chris Archer dominates as Rays shut out Marlins 2-0

    Tampa Tribune "It was during the tail end of his pregame bullpen session when Chris Archer fell into the rhythm that would carry him through the game, when all his pitches became as crisp as the ones he was about to unleash on the Miami Marlins. As Archer headed toward the dugout, catcher Bobby Wilson turned..." April 12

  • Yelich hits walk-off winner as Miami Marlins top Rays despite two blown leads

    Miami Herald "The last thing anybody expected on Zombie Night at Marlins Park was for someone to get dunked on. But Christian Yelich was happy to oblige after a wild, 10-9 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. After driving in Dee Gordon with a walk-off hit in the 10th inning, the..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Rays get first win of season, Cash's first as manager

    Tampa Tribune "It was dark and noisy outside of Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash’s office after Wednesday night’s game. Music pounded off the walls of the Rays clubhouse. A couple of players played instruments. Then they came for Cash. Led by Evan Longoria, the players wanted their manager to join the..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules

    Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

  • Orioles get six-run lead and hold on for 6-5 win over Rays

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays are known for playing taut and topsy-turvy games, particularly at Tropicana Field. After taking a six-run lead in the second inning, the Orioles got one hit in the final seven innings. They managed to win the game and are 2-0 for the first time since 2012. The..." April 08

  • 10d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays place Loney on DL with mild right oblique strain. Burch Smith recalled and transferred to 60-day DL to make room on 40-man for Dykstra

  • Alex Cobb plays catch Tuesday, calls it “best day yet”

    Hardball Talk "Alex Cobb is beginning to make steady progress in his rehabilitation from right forearm tendinitis. According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the 27-year-old starting pitcher played an intensive game of catch on Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field and later called it his “best day yet.”" April 08

  • Jaso likely headed for DL; Loney scratched

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays health took another hit Tuesday when 1B James Loney was scratched before the 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles because of tightness in his right side. With DH John Jaso out indefinitely with a left wrist contusion, the Rays will likely place Jaso on the disabled list and..." April 08

  • Despite offseason losses, Orioles win when it counts

    Baltimore Sun "Elena Benassi trembled with excitement as she cradled the baseball, just signed by her favorite Oriole, Manny Machado. The 16-year-old Towson resident stood with her mother, Pilar, among a sizable cluster of orange-clad faithful at Tropicana Field, two hours before the Orioles opened their 2015..." April 07

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • Rays' Burch Smith out for season after Tommy John surgery

    Fox Sports Florida "Right-hander Burch Smith, who was expected to play some role with the Tampa Bay Rays' staff this season, will have Tommy John surgery Tuesday and miss the rest of the year. Smith, 24, was gained from the San Diego Padres in a three-team, eleven-player trade on Dec. 19, 2014, that also involved..." April 06

  • 12d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Smyly to pitch 2 innings Thursday for Class A Charlotte to start his rehab assignment

  • Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day starting lineup

    D-Rays Bay "New Rays manager Kevin Cash announced the Opening Day lineup days in advance. It's a new day for that kind of consistency from a Rays manager. Then again it's a very different Opening Day, with the designated hitter leading off. It's time for some baseball. 1. John Jaso, DH* 2. Steven..." April 06

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Joe Maddon tampering case won't be resolved by Opening Day

    CBSSports.com "The tampering claim raised by the Rays against the Cubs will not be resolved by Opening Day, an MLB spokesperson said, Saturday, per the Chicago Tribune. The Rays charged the Cubs with contacting manager Joe Maddon, while he was still under contract to them." April 05

  • 14d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Silverman said Smyly's live BP went well, will be on a somewhat accelerated schedule based on how he responds, should be back in April

  • 14d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have acquired RHP Bradin Hagens from #Diamondbacks for cash, will report to AA Montgomery @BiscuitBaseball

  • 15d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Also, #Rays say both Andriese and E. Ramirez make roster, haven't decided yet who starts Game 4 in Miami

  • Cash won’t name Rays’ closer, will rely on committee

    Tampa Tribune "Who is the closer? Maybe the question should be: Who’s not? The Tampa Bay Rays enter the regular season with six relievers on their active roster who have totaled 164 career saves, though the bulk of those belong to Grant Balfour (84) and Ernesto Frieri (71). Those two are both looking to..." April 01

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million

    Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Rays acquire pitcher Erasmo Ramirez from Mariners for Mike Montgomery

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays appear to have found the starting pitcher they were looking for to fill out their injury-depleted rotation, acquiring right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from Seattle late Tuesday in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery. Ramirez, 24, has pitched parts of three seasons for the Mariners, going..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Latest Tampa Bay Rays stadium search proposal appears dead

    Tampa Bay Times "Tampa Bay's five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman decided Monday he doesn't have enough City Council votes to forge an agreement that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore potential new stadium sites on..." March 31

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

  • Rays whittle roster, reassigning Gomes, Teaford, six others

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays moved a step closer to settling their final roster Monday by reassigning two of the non-roster pitchers competing for jobs, RHP Brandon Gomes and LHP Everett Teaford, plus six others. Also told they will not make the opening day roster were C Mayo Acosta, OF Corey Brown, OF Joey..." March 30

  • 19d
    Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP

    Source: Former Twin Scott Diamond signs a MiLB deal with Tampa. #mntwins

  • 21d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays Colome threw a 40-pitch bullpen today

  • 21d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays Smyly will throw a bullpen Sunday and Cash said there's a chance he could throw live BP in his next throwing session

  • 21d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Cobb said he has not yet been cleared to throw, hopes to be soon.

  • MLB commissioner: Stadium is Rays’ biggest issue

    Tampa Tribune "New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday morning the biggest issue facing the Tampa Bay Rays is the need for a new ballpark that would attract more fans and generate a bigger revenue stream. He said the team needs the cooperation of the local government to resolve the..." March 26

  • Rays name Chris Archer starter for Opening Day

    Fox Sports Florida "A new Tampa Bay Rays starter for Opening Day has been named: Right-hander Chris Archer. Kevin Cash announced the choice to reporters on Thursday in Port Charlotte, Florida. The move to start Archer against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6 at Tropicana Field comes as little surprise after..." March 26

  • Rays honor Don Zimmer by retiring his uniform No. 66 on Opening Day

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Rays will honor Don Zimmer, a beloved baseball figure, by retiring his uniform No. 66 on Opening Day. On Tuesday, the team made the announcement to retire the number, which will happen during a ceremony before the Rays face the Baltimore Orioles on April 6 at Tropicana Field...." March 24

  • Oblique injury puts opener in jeopardy for Franklin

    MLB.com "Nick Franklin joined the list of injured Rays on Monday, and the infielder could miss the start of the season. The candidate to play second base tweaked his left oblique on his last swing of batting practice prior to the game. When asked if the injury might delay the start of his season,..." March 23

  • Rays to name Asdrubal Cabrera everyday shortstop

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have decided that Asdrubal Cabrera will be their everyday shortstop after all. When the Rays signed Cabrera in January, they said they would determine during spring training whether to keep him at shortstop, where there had been talk of diminished range; move him to second base; or..." March 23

  • Smyly headed in right direction

    Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) became the first of the three injured members of the Rays rotation to throw off a mound when he threw 20 fastballs Saturday morning. “Felt great,” Smyly said. It was the first time Smyly had pitched since March 6, when he first felt tightness in his..." March 22