Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook. Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016,..." April 29

  • Rays bury Blue Jays with late HRs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays had been held under control by Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman all night. Suddenly, the power switch went on for the Rays in the eighth inning. They clubbed three home runs against three pitchers in that inning, capped by Logan Morrison's two-run blast,..." April 28

  • Must-read: A profile on former Rays prospect Brandon Martin, currently in jail for alleged murders of three men

    Los Angeles Times "Paul Gamache saw the first body when the Corona police sergeant stepped into the two-story house with pink and yellow flowers decorating the front porch and views of the Santa Ana Mountains. So much blood coated the man sprawled on the carpet and tile in the living room that the officer..." April 28

  • Bases-loaded walk in 11th pushes Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles took an early three-run lead, could not hold it, fell behind in the 11th inning and then rallied to pull out a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in the bottom of the..." April 27

  • Jones' perfect night carries Orioles past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have hit Chris Archer pretty well during his young career. They did it again Monday night, but it just took a little longer to get to the right-hander. Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh..." April 25

  • Rays shut down Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- A couple of rainy days in Baltimore forced Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to make some tough decisions. Luckily, he has a strong corps of relievers fully prepared to improvise. After starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, the Rays used five pitchers and limited the..." April 25

  • Rays place Hunter on 10-day DL with calf strain

    MLB.com "The Rays' bullpen took yet another injury blow on Sunday when veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain. But Hunter's misfortune in becoming the 11th Tampa Bay player -- and fifth reliever -- on the DL after being forced out of Saturday's..." April 23

  • Four-run sixth pushes Rays past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Houston Astros got two solo home runs early, but the Tampa Bay Rays answered with seven straight batters reaching base in a four-run sixth, pulling out a 6-3 win on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. It's the seventh come-from-behind win for the Rays (10-9), who..." April 22

  • Astros overcome three homers to beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After no home runs in his first 14 games with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran now has hit them on back-to-back days, helping his new team to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. "It was nice, especially after his off day," said..." April 21

  • Rays lose four-run lead but pull out 8-7 win over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On a night where defensive miscues hurt both teams, the Detroit Tigers made the last mistake with a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a wild 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. With the bases loaded and one out,..." April 20

  • Ramirez helps Rays complete sweep of Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers are happy to get away from Tropicana Field, as more defensive breakdowns helped the Tampa Bay Rays to an easy 8-1 win behind spot starter Erasmo Ramirez on Thursday afternoon. Tampa Bay (9-8) moved Ramirez (2-0) out of the bullpen to fill in for the..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Tigers manager Brad Ausmus: Fans messing with players is 'fair game'

    Sporting News "Brad Ausmus isn't mad at the Rays fan who kept throwing off his Tigers outfielders. During Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field, confusion erupted in when pop-ups turned into hits during the first three innings. Center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian..." April 20

  • Rays defeat Tigers, snap three-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rays' Tim Beckham had only one RBI all season entering Tuesday night's game against Detroit, but he hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and singled and scored later to help Tampa Bay to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field. The Rays (7-8) ended a three-game..." April 18

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Wright, Benintendi lift Red Sox past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Steven Wright took a step in the right direction Monday after putting up a stinker last week. The knuckleballer bounced back with six innings of three-run ball and the Boston Red Sox scored three runs in the second to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Patriots Day at Fenway Park...." April 17

  • Rays place Odorizzi on 10-day DL with hamstring injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays have recalled righty Chase Whitley from Triple-A to take the roster spot of Odorizzi, who’s unlikely to miss much time. “He’s fine. We..." April 16

  • Moreland sparks Red Sox to win versus Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- It has not taken Mitch Moreland very long to get comfortable in a Red Sox uniform. Moreland's two-run single in the seventh inning gave Boston the lead for good in a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Easter Sunday at Fenway Park. On the season, the newly-signed first baseman..." April 16

  • Rays hammer Porcello, Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- If you looked at the pitching matchup heading into Friday night's game at Fenway Park, there was every reason to believe the Red Sox would open a four-game series with a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. After all, Boston had Rick Porcello, the reigning Cy Young Award winner who..." April 15

  • Sale prevails against Rays for first win with Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- With any support at all, Chris Sale could be 3-0 with his new team. But the skinny left-hander got just enough help Saturday to get his first victory in a Red Sox uniform. "It was good. It was fun," Sale said after his seven powerful innings were rewarded -- barely -- in a..." April 15

  • Bug off! Rays fight back against Red Sox germs

    Tampa Bay Times "With a severe flu bug ravaging the Red Sox roster over the past week, the Rays are taking some precautions as they head into Fenway Park for a four-game series. Most notably, they are buying two Synexis biodefense high-tech air filtration units to be placed in their clubhouse, similar to..." April 14

  • Chris Archer Wants Haters To Stop Whining About How Long Baseball Games Are

    Complex "It's insanely beautiful outside when Chris Archer rolls into the Complex offices. A day removed from watching his Rays lose to the Yankees in the Bronx Bombers' warmest home opener since 1960, it's sinful that he's spending so much time inside while the Big Apple enjoys another day of abundant..." April 14

  • Severino, Hicks carry Yankees to sweep of Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For a while, Luis Severino seemed headed for one of those tough-luck losses. It might explain why Severino was among the more enthusiastic greeters in the dugout after teammate Aaron Hicks gave him the lead. Severino struck out a career-high 11 in seven outstanding innings,..." April 13

  • Judge continues power surge as Yanks beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge is someone whose size makes him a candidate for fans and teammates to anticipate his next swing and see how far he can drive a ball. In the last three games, the 6-foot-7 right fielder is turning anticipation into home runs, and his latest drive was a rarity at Yankee..." April 12

  • Brett Gardner, Rickie Weeks Jr. injured in violent collision at first base

    CBS Sports "The Yankees and Rays squared off for the middle game of their three-game series (CBS GameTracker) Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The two clubs are playing for the fifth time in the first week and a half of the season. In the sixth inning Brett Gardner and Rickie Weeks Jr. were involved in a scary..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Pineda, Yankees overpower Rays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Everything was perfect for the New York Yankees in the home opener, from the weather to almost every pitch coming out of Michael Pineda's right hand. Well, almost perfect for Pineda. As the outs accumulated, Pineda had the Yankees thinking about history Monday when he..." April 10

  • Rays prevail in 11 on walk-off walk

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baseball's new instant intentional walk, awarded without throwing any pitches, helped speed up a victory on Saturday for the Tampa Bay Rays, who had back-to-back intentional passes before beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings on a bases-loaded walk to Brad..." April 09

  • Rays continue strong start with win over Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays are off to their best start ever at 5-2, none more convincing than a 7-2 win over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday to close out a promising opening week at Tropicana Field. "We should feel good right now. We do feel good," Rays manager..." April 09

  • Rays rally to defeat Jays in high-scoring affair

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto starter Francisco Liriano lasted only one out, walking four and giving up three hits, and that set the tone for an ugly night of pitching as the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Blue Jays in a 10-8 win Friday at Tropicana Field. The Rays (3-2) jumped out to a 6-2..." April 08

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know

    Covers.com "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Cobb, Rays hold down Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was only one series for the Rays and one start for right-hander Alex Cobb, but Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Tropicana Field capped a promising beginning to the 2017 season. Cobb (1-0), working his way back from 2015 Tommy John..." April 06

  • Morales, Blue Jays slam Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales went into the Thursday game with just a .125 average and one RBI, but manager John Gibbons wasn't surprised at all that he hit a grand slam to power the Blue Jays to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. "It..." April 06

  • Jays claim C Maile from Rays

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed catcher Luke Maile from the Tampa Bay Rays the team confirmed on Thursday. Maile was designated for assignment by the Rays on Saturday and will join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in the Jays system. The 26-year-old appeared in 42 games last season for the..." April 06

  • Sabathia, Yankees take command against Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- CC Sabathia only won nine games last season, so it was encouraging for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to see the 36-year-old pitch well Tuesday night, throwing five shutout innings in New York's 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. "His velocity was..." April 05

  • Rays open season with win over Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As Opening Days go, this was nearly ideal for the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer in Sunday's 7-3 win over the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay jumped out early, tagging Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka for seven earned runs on eight hits in less than..." April 02

  • The Rays have new turf at Tropicana Field and it seems like a big upgrade

    Tampa Bay Times "The new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface at the Trop should play and feel better than what the Rays have had before, officials say, based on a combination of improvements including shorter blades, proprietary manufacturing technology combining three distinct fibers, a sand-heavy in-fill and a..." April 01

  • Rays DFA Nick Franklin despite hot spring, making 2014 David Price trade look worse

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated utilityman Nick Franklin for assignment, clearing the way for Daniel Robertson to take a bench spot on the Opening Day roster. The primary reason for the move is a self-evident one: Franklin didn’t fit the roster. He’s a nominal switch-hitter whose..." April 01

  • White Sox trade CF Peter Bourjos to Rays for cash

    Chicago Sun-Times "Peter Bourjos, who appeared to be the leading candidate to open the season as the Sox’ center fielder, is headed to the Rays for cash considerations, a major-league source said. An announcement will be made Tuesday. The move opens the door for prospect Jacob May to begin the season in..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • 10 things we think we know about Rays as season approaches

    Tampa Bay Times "With the season opener — finally — just a week from today, there are things we know for sure about the Rays. Chris Archer is pumped to make his third straight opening day start. Evan Longoria is prepped to anchor the lineup from his familiar No. 3 slot. Kevin Kiermaier has lots — like $53.5..." March 26

  • Colby Rasmus could start 2017 on the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Colby Rasmus isn’t ready to take outfield reps just yet. According to Rays’ manager Kevin Cash, that’s a red flag, one that could potentially postpone Rasmus’ debut as the club’s designated hitter and outfielder in 2017. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rasmus will need to prove he..." March 25

  • Rays agree to deal with Derek Norris

    Fanrag Sports "After narrowing down his decision to a few teams, veteran catcher Derek Norris has agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. The deal is expected to pay over $1 million, with up to $800k in additional incentives. The Toronto Blue Jays were the other team most..." March 24

  • Rays owner 'confident' team will find stadium site despite setback

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg revealed some complications in his team's search for a new stadium on Thursday, yet said he's still confident they will find a new home in the Tampa Bay area. What were the Rays' top five choices for a new stadium — three in Tampa and two in St. Petersburg..." March 24

  • Rays tab Chris Archer for 3rd straight Opening Day start

    MLB.com "No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter. Rays manager Kevin Cash annointed the right-hander as such following the Rays' 5-5 tie with the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Archer will be followed in order by Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake..." March 24

  • Rays Release David Carpenter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have released veteran righty David Carpenter, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter. Also cut loose from the organization was fellow right-hander Jeff Walters. Signed to a minors deal over the winter, the 31-year-old Carpenter was hoping to make it back to the majors..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22