Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays beat Yankees in hot-tempered game

    Tampa Bay Times "What started as a night of good vibes with a ceremony for retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter ended with hot tempers and bruised feelings in the Rays' 6-1 Tuesday win. Both benches and bullpens emptied in the bottom of the eighth after New York reliever David Phelps threw too close to Rays..." September 17

  • Rays honor retiring Yankees SS Derek Jeter with farewell gifts

    Fox Sports Florida "For you, Captain. It was the Tampa Bay Rays' turn on Tuesday to present New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter with farewell gifts in his final stop at Tropicana Field. The Rays and Yankees close their three-game series Wednesday, and on this night, Tampa Bay honored the New York star before he..." September 16

  • Rays bounce back after blowing lead, beat Blue Jays

    Tampa Bay Times "Nothing comes easy for the Rays these days. Certainly not Sunday's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays. Before exhaling and high-fiving their way off the field, the Rays blew another four-run lead late, with Grant Balfour and Jake McGee giving up home runs; scored only once after loading..." September 15

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays will call up on Monday RHP Alex Colome, INF Nick Franklin and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser. Colome will start vs NYY

  • 2d
    Bob Sutton @tnBobSutton

    Durham Bulls INF Nick Franklin (@Frazoo6) told after IL finals that he's promoted to #rays

  • Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion power Blue Jays past Rays

    Toronto Sun "Adam Lind has spent a lot of time this season celebrating other people’s home runs. Most often, it’s been Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion getting all the love in the dugout after another baseball leaves the yard. On Saturday, Lind found himself on the receiving end. With nearly three..." September 14

  • Rookie Karns dazzles in Rays debut, shuts out Jays

    Tampa Tribune "Nathan Karns could have been in Durham, N.C., on Friday, pitching the Bulls to a Triple A title. Instead, he was in Canada pitching in a meaningless game for a team going nowhere. Karns could have showered in champagne had everything gone right with the Durham Bulls. Instead, he was doused with..." September 13

  • No matter end result, it’s not good enough for Maddon

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated Thursday from the AL East race, though the chances of winning the division really didn’t exist before the 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees, because one more win by the Baltimore Orioles would have eliminated the Rays from their yearly goal. “We’re not going to..." September 12

  • Yankees overcome early deficit, Brian McCann, Chris Young and bullpen spark 8-5 win over Rays

    New York Daily News "Will the Yankees’ biggest comeback victory of the season be the one that sparks an epic September comeback? That’s what the Bombers are hoping after their 8-5 win over the Rays Wednesday night at the Stadium, one that saw the Yankees overcome a deficit of four or more runs for the first time..." September 11

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Hearing #Rays Matt Moore did well in his first post Tommy John throwing session Monday at Trop, 25 throws at 45 feet, big smile on his face

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Smyly will be shut down. Team hasn't announced who will replace him in the rotation

  • Cruz's seven RBIs give Orioles 7-5 win in 11 innings

    CSN Baltimore "Nelson Cruz drove in all seven Orioles runs with a pair of two-run home runs and a three-run triple as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 in 11 innings on Sunday. Cruz gave the Orioles a 5-4 ninth-inning lead with the three-run triple, and after Tampa Bay (69-74) tied the score in the..." September 08

  • Passed ball bounces right way for Rays over O's

    Tampa Tribune "It was a fastball that Orioles C Nick Hundley tried to frame for a strike that nicked off his mitt and reached the backstop. That allowed SS Yunel Escobar to race home from third base with the winning run Saturday in the Rays’ 3-2 victory, giving the franchise its first-ever walk-off win on a..." September 07

  • Familiar formula ends Rays scoreless skid with win over O's

    Tampa Tribune "It was, as Rays manager Joe Maddon would say more than once afterwards, formulaic. A solid outing from the starting pitcher followed by the one-two punch of Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. What made Friday’s formula pleasing to the Rays was that the offense showed up. Eventually. The..." September 06

  • Blue Jays finally break Rays curse at Tropicana Field

    Toronto Sun "The last time the Blue Jays won a series at Tropicana Field, Vernon Wells and Reed Johnson each hit a home run in a series-clinching 6-3 win. Roy Halladay pitched seven innings and Casey Janssen worked the final two for his first career save. On that day, Marcus Stroman was a 16-year-old..." September 04

  • Moore just getting started with rehab

    Tampa Tribune "It has been nearly five months since Tampa Bay Rays LHP Matt Moore picked up a baseball and played catch. On Monday, Moore is scheduled to perform that seemingly simple act for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the ligament in his left arm on April 22, and he will..." September 04

  • Smyly could become diamond in rough of Price trade

    Fox Sports Florida "His transition wasn't supposed to look this easy. When Drew Smyly came to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-way deal on July 31, the young left-hander was supposed to be a footnote when a blockbuster transaction was remembered. After all, he was part of the David Price trade. It wasn't the Smyly..." September 02

  • 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

  • 19d
    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

  • 21d
    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

  • 23d
    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