Rays Rumors & News

  • Strong bullpen gives Rays win over Red Sox

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays stretched their winning streak to a season-high nine games Saturday night because their offense managed just enough runs and the bullpen closed the door on the Red Sox. Another shutdown job by the pen that ended in another hold for Brad Boxberger and another 1-2-3 save for Jake McGee..." July 27

  • Rays designate Juan Carlos Ovideo for assignment

    Hardball Talk "The Rays waited out Juan Carlos Oviedo‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery in hopes that he would emerge as a valuable piece in their bullpen this season, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon in order to make way for Jeremy Hellickson‘s return from the minors. After missing all of..." July 26

  • Price, Longo lead Rays to 8th straight win and Red Sox

    Tampa Tribune "At the end of the night it was two names. Two big names. David Price and Evan Longoria. One turned in a gutsy performance on the mound, and the other delivered what might have been the biggest hit for the Rays this season. Together, they combined for a 6-4 victory Friday night against the..." July 26

  • Rays shut out Cardinals for two-game sweep

    Tampa Bay Times "What happened at the plate made Wednesday night memorable for Alex Cobb, as he dealt with the joy of doubling in a run on his first big-league hit and the agony of thinking his elbow was broken when hit by a pitch. But what he did on the mound was most significant, making a slight adjustment..." July 24

  • 4d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Escobar gets himself ejected with a vehement protest to a strike 3 call

  • 4d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Maddon said Hellickson will return to rotation Saturday. Archer will pitch Sunday.

  • Streaking Rays batter Wainwright, Cardinals

    Tampa Bay Times "Jake Odorizzi had plenty of reasons to be excited about starting Tuesday's game. And it showed as he gave up a home run to the first batter, walked the second and seemed fortunate to escape the opening frame allowing only one run. But then it turned into a truly memorable night, as Odorizzi..." July 23

  • The Race to Succeed Bud Selig Isn't Much of a Race

    The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23

  • 6d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    One concept kicked around in at least one corner of STL organization: pursue Price&Longoria. But 0 indication actually being discussed w/TB.

  • Price delivers again in 5-1 win over Twins

    Tampa Tribune "Through the first seven batters Saturday night, the Rays had four hits and nothing to show for it thanks to a pair of double plays, one that ended the first inning and another that appeared to take the steam out of the second. But Jose Molina changed that with a single to right field that..." July 20

  • Cardinals are interested in David Price, but “would want a financial commitment” from him

    Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the goods: Would Price ever sign with the Mariners long term? The Mariners don’t view it as an issue because they would have Price for the remainder of this year and next. The Cardinals have shown interest but would want a financial commitment, according to..." July 20

  • 8d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Braves not actively looking to upgrade their starting rotation, source says. So it appears they are not a serious suitor for Price.

  • Rays maintain momentum, top Twins

    Tampa Tribune "It was the first game after the All-Star break, a second Opening Day of sorts, but for the Rays it was a pretty big game. And that made their 6-2 victory against the Twins a pretty big one. The Rays, hoping to chase down either the first-place Orioles or the Mariners, who hold the second AL..." July 19

  • M's Taijuan Walker is once again at center of David Price trade talks

    CBSSports.com "The Rays are said to have talked to the Mariners about pitching prospect Taijuan Walker plus two or three other top young players in talks involving pitcher David Price, league sources said. Talks are ongoing and fluid, and deals being discussed could include just Price from Tampa Bay, Price..." July 18

  • 10d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1

  • Angels not in David Price sweepstakes

    Sporting News "Don't expect the red-hot Angels to make a play for Rays ace David Price. Los Angeles has one of the worst farm systems in baseball, so the team lacks the blue chip minor league prospects it would take to land the 2012 AL Cy Young winner. And GM Jerry Dipoto has no intention of trading away..." July 17

  • Luke Scott released from Korean team after calling coach a “liar” and a “coward”

    Hardball Talk "Luke Scott has always been a man with strong opinions which he is not afraid to offer at a moment’s notice. And the consequences of such opinions are not always something one gets the impression Scott considers too strongly. Now it seems that this quality has cost him what is likely his last job..." July 17

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League

    MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Selig: Rays can succeed in Tampa market with new stadium

    Tampa Tribune "Outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the Tampa Bay area has the demographics to succeed as a major-league market but reiterated the Rays’ need for a new ballpark. However, after years of vocal disappointment from his office over low attendance and the need to replace Tropicana Field,..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use

    ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

  • Rays close strong but questions about Price's future will continue

    Fox Sports Florida "David Price's hug line appeared endless. The embraces came one after the next near the Tampa Bay Rays' dugout, the gratitude clear and message obvious. Reliever Joel Peralta, near the conclusion of the display, hugged him. Pitching coach Jim Hickey hugged him. Then Price, with a bright light..." July 14

  • 13d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

  • 13d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

  • Rays turn luck around, clobber Jays 10-3

    Tampa Tribune "Bobby Henry, the Seminole medicine man, made another visit to Tropicana Field on Saturday. He presented Rays manager Joe Maddon with a pair of shirts, one in Rays colors, thanked Maddon for the respect the organization showed him and left Maddon with these words: “Only the rock lives..." July 13

  • 14d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Mariners' Rodney, not #Angels' Richards, #Rays' replaces Price on AL All-Star team. Don't like it - Richards fifth in AL in ERA.

  • Dodgers unlikely to add David Price or Cole Hamels, GM intimates

    Los Angeles Times "General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Colletti acknowledged he is looking for both starting and relief pitching. While he didn’t specifically..." July 13

  • 15d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Maddon says Hanigan and Jennings available only on emergency basis today. Hanigan has soreness on left side, not sure if oblique

  • David Price ill, will miss scheduled Saturday start

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays LHP David Price will miss today's start after becoming ill and leaving Tropicana Field on Friday. RHP Jake Odorizzi will start in his place, the team announced after the loss to Toronto. The Rays hope Price could take Odorizzi's place as Sunday's starter. They'll know more today. Price..." July 12

  • Jays triumph over Rays thanks to unlikely source

    Toronto Sun "After going 1-6 on the west coast the Blue Jays decided a change of scenery was in order. They couldn’t have picked a worse spot to land. If the Jays were looking to find refuge and sanctuary they were out of luck as there is none to be found at quirky Tropicana Field, at least not for..." July 12

  • Marlon Byrd reveals 4-team no-trade clause

    CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12

  • 16d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays DeJesus said he'll need 2-3 weeks more for bone to heal, aiming for early- to mid- August return

  • 16d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    And #Rays Sands will need season-ending surgery on his wrist

  • 16d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays activate Escobar, place McGee on paternity leave

  • Salvador Perez’s three-run homer lifts Royals to 5-4 victory over Rays

    Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez wagged his tongue as he bounded up a flight of steps away from the scene of his heroics. The door to the visitors’ clubhouse at Tropicana Field slammed behind him. The concrete walls could not muffle the resulting roars from his teammates. A ninth-inning bolt of lightning, a..." July 10

  • Rays hold on to beat Royals in Hellickson’s return

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays scored a couple of runs in the eighth inning Tuesday night to extend their lead to three, which seemed like plenty of insurance with reliever Jake McGee on the mound. Turns out, they needed both of those runs because the Kansas City Royals made things exciting as McGee tried..." July 09

  • James Shields masters former teammates as Royals down Rays, 6-0

    Kansas City Star "He had twirled shutouts on this surface and spilled champagne on its fringes, but never before had James Shields stood atop the Tropicana Field mound wearing the road grays of the Royals. At 7:14 p.m. on Monday, Shields scooped a baseball off the AstroTurf and paced a semi-circle. He toed the..." July 08

  • Rays clear room for Jeremy Hellickson’s return by shifting Erik Bedard to the bullpen

    Hardball Talk "After posting a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts for the Rays veteran starter Erik Bedard has been shifted to the bullpen to clear a rotation spot for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson‘s return from the disabled list. Hellickson has been recovering from January elbow surgery and made six minor-league rehab..." July 07

  • Ex-Ray James Shields excited for return to Trop

    Tampa Bay Times "Longtime Rays ace RHP James Shields is eagerly looking forward to coming back and pitching at the Trop tonight for the first time since being traded to the Royals after the 2012 season. "I'm very excited," he said. "And ready to go." The Rays are starting RHP Jake Odorizzi, one of the four..." July 07

  • Rays beat Tigers to cap 9-2 road trip

    Tampa Tribune "David Price didn’t have his all-star stuff Sunday night, but he had enough to keep the Rays rolling through the end of the road trip. Throw in some all-star defense by center fielder Desmond Jennings and another big night for the offense against a pretty good pitcher and you have a 7-3 victory..." July 07

  • Rays sign No. 1 rated international prospect Adrian Rondon for $3 million on his 16th birthday

    Baseball America "Dominican shortstop Adrian Rondon, the No. 1 international prospect for July 2, has signed with the Rays for $2,950,000. Rondon became eligible to sign today, his 16th birthday, and has earned widespread praise from scouts for his offensive potential at a premium position. The signing puts the..." July 07

  • Rays romp past Tigers for ninth win in 11 games

    Tampa Bay Times "Chris Archer's standards for himself are so lofty that he was disappointed — "obviously" — over not being able to get the final two outs of Saturday's 7-2 win over the Tigers. But only a little bit. Otherwise, the Rays' emerging star right-hander allowed himself some well-deserved..." July 06

  • After failed bid for David Price, A's strike with win-now deal for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oakland A's were going to make a trade this week. They play in a stadium that turns into a toilet when it rains and generate less revenue than a team in Cleveland and still will head into the All-Star break as the very best team in baseball, and that is not something they take for granted. No..." July 06

  • 21d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    If the Rays trade David Price, which remains likely, they are open to trading him within the AL East.

  • Dirk Hayhurst implies “pillow-case-sized” bag of weed taken in 2011 Evan Longoria-David Price robbery

    Sports On Earth "During my recent coffee-nursing, noon-wakeup, underwear-only reading of Jeff Passan's work over at Yahoo! Sports -- discussing how teams promote top prospects to their 40-man rosters to shield them from minor league rules on marijuana -- I couldn't help but chuckle. Not at Passan's writing...." July 06

  • 22d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Escobar flying home today. Will play SS Monday for GCL Rays then DH Tuesday and play SS Wednesday for Class A Charlotte

  • Jeremy Hellickson nears return for Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Jeremy Hellickson looked good enough over 52/3 innings in his Thursday rehab start and felt good enough in a Friday throwing session that Rays manager Joe Maddon pronounced him "about ready" to join the rotation. Hellickson, working his way back from January elbow surgery, was expected to..." July 05

  • Cobb shines, Boxberger delivers in Rays’ win over Tigers

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays were doing everything right Friday night to beat the Tigers. They were scoring runs, and they were preventing runs. Then came the sixth inning and things seemed to unravel. Alex Cobb hit Ian Kinsler with a pitch. Warnings were issued. A walk, an RBI single, another walk. Bases loaded,..." July 05

  • Tigers win fourth straight in romp over Rays

    Detroit News "Visiting managers don’t leave messages for each other — or notes. But if Bob Melvin of the departing Oakland Athletics had left anything behind for Joe Maddon of the arriving Tampa Bay Rays, it would have been this warning: “Beware, hot team.” Hot, sizzling, surging, whatever you want to..." July 04

  • Belnome called up to make Major League debut

    MLB.com "The Rays called up infielder Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham. Belnome was with Tampa Bay for one game in April but did not make his Major League debut. Instead, that came Thursday in Detroit, where he batted sixth in the lineup. Belnome, who was batting .225 with the Bulls, hit between James..." July 03

  • Rays keep on rolling, beat Yankees, 2-1

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the decision to have Grant Balfour protect a one-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night was born earlier in the day, when Maddon watched as Balfour walked his grandmother through the lobby of the team hotel. “I was really impressed with that moment,” Maddon..." July 02