Rays Rumors & News

  • Rays starter Alex Cobb to make anticipated return from Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Alex Cobb's wait to return to the Rays rotation is nearly over. After spending a year away from baseball to rehab his throwing arm post-Tommy John surgery, Cobb will make his first regular-season start since September 2014 on Friday or Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to the Tampa Bay..." August 30

  • Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games

    Real GM Baseball "The Tampa Bay Rays won't allow Chris Archer to lose 20 games this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Archer leads the Major Leagues with 17 losses through Sunday's action. The right-hander was expected to be among the game's best pitchers this season, but has been a..." August 29

  • Betts, Porcello strengthen resumes as Red Sox topple Rays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Mookie Betts heard some loud chants of "M-V-P" from the sellout Fenway Park crowd his last two times up Monday night. Earlier, if fans did such things, the crowd could have chanted "Cy Young" for Rick Porcello. The two Red Sox legitimate candidates for their respective..." August 29

  • Rays' Blake Snell: Leaves game with apparent foot injury

    CBS Sports "Snell left Saturday's game against the Astros with an apparent left foot injury, Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lefty tried to convince the training staff that he could stay in the game after taking a hard comebacker off his foot but he was ultimately replaced by Danny..." August 28

  • Experience let Rays' Nick Franklin know he was healthy

    Tampa Bay Times "INF/OF Nick Franklin had gone through this routine twice before, so he knew what to expect and which signs were promising, and he knew that he was ready, after 10 days, to return from his latest concussion. "At the end of seven days it started to seem like everything was normal, when I started..." August 28

  • Archer strikes out 10 as Rays rout Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Mere hours after his manager lamented the state of his overworked bullpen, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer did what is required of aces when the relievers could use a bit of a break: he pitched efficiently and gobbled up innings. Archer produced another quality start at..." August 28

  • Astros' Gattis belts walk-off HR to beat Rays

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa has made such a habit of walk-off theatrics that the only downside of his game-tying, leadoff home run in the ninth inning on Friday night was that someone else would have to play the role of hero. Astros catcher Evan Gattis filled that void with haste. Gattis..." August 27

  • Keuchel, Bregman lead Astros past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- When it became apparent that Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel would someday become lineup fixtures for the Houston Astros, the optimistic plan was for nights like Saturday to unfold and for the organization to reap the benefit of their presence. Bregman and Gurriel went a combined..." August 27

  • Rays To Release Desmond Jennings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays will release veteran outfielder Desmond Jennings tomorrow, the club has announced. He had been on the 15-day DL with a knee injury. This isn’t the first time that Jennings has succumbed to leg problems. The 29-year-old was shelved earlier this year with a hamstring strain and underwent..." August 26

  • Red Sox's 11th-inning error hands Rays a win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Of all the ways a game can end in extra innings, the walk-off error might be the most frustrating. The Boston Red Sox literally dropped the ball on a potential third out twice on one play and the Tampa Bay Rays walked off with a 4-3, 11-inning win Wednesday at..." August 25

  • Slumping Mahtook lifts Rays over Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mikie Mahtook didn't want to know why he was being mentioned in the same sentence with Luke Scott but thankfully he won't have to worry about it anymore. The Rays left fielder snapped an 0-for-34 slump with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning that lifted..." August 25

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

  • Twenty MLB teams to attend Tim Tebow's workout on Aug. 30

    ESPN "Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. More than 20 MLB teams are confirmed to attend the workout, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in..." August 24

  • Betts' assist helps Red Sox hold off Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Another night, another eighth inning defensive gem in the outfield helping the Boston Red Sox to victory. On Tuesday, it was Mookie Betts who helped preserve a one-run lead, throwing out a runner at third on the way to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Price pitches Red Sox to win over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On a night in which David Price dominated for eight innings, a smart defensive switch helped the Boston Red Sox in the eighth. Rookie Andrew Benintendi, shifted from center to left field that very inning, went over the wall in left field to rob the Tampa Bay Rays'..." August 22

  • Forsythe homers in return as Rays beat Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Logan Forsythe was happy to get back in the starting lineup after missing the past four games, and the Tampa Bay Rays were happy to get his bat back. Forsythe hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning for the Rays in their 8-4 win against the Texas..." August 21

  • Kevin Kiermaier leaves Rays-Rangers game

    Today's Knuckleball "Kevin Kiermaier already saw one injury sidetrack him for much of this season, missing nearly two months with a broken hand. He’s been back in the Rays’ lineup and in center field for more than a month but left Friday’s game early. The third-year Tampa Bay starter has suffered his worst season..." August 20

  • Longoria, Rays snapped Rangers' 4-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi continues to be one of the best pitchers in the majors since the All-Star break and he got a big boost from the Tampa Bay Rays' offense. Odorizzi (8-5) won his fifth consecutive decision since the break while Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a home run..." August 20

  • Hamels, Beltre pave way for Rangers' 6-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels had hit a rare rough patch with two losses in his last three starts, despite giving up seven runs total in those three games. There was no doubt he was back in form Friday night, as Hamels took a no-hitter into the sixth and a shutout into..." August 19

  • Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in MLB in 2017

    The Comeback "In an effort to find ways to speed up the game of baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred has openly discussed the possibility of adding a pitch clock to Major League Baseball. Manfred is no stranger to discussing innovative ways to improve the game he now sees over. Manfred has brought on the idea..." August 18

  • Miller, Archer propel Rays past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brad Miller provided the power again and Chris Archer proved that he still has the ability to pitch like a front-end starter. Miller went 3-for-4 with his third home run in the past two games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-0 win against the San Diego Padres at..." August 17

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Rob Manfred: Baseball is changing quicker than ever

    ESPN "Baseball is the greatest game in the world. If you need proof, look no further than the fact that baseball, like no other sport, has an amazing capacity to spark genuine and even heated debate. Baseball fans and media like nothing more than to talk about what is good and bad about the game. The..." August 17

  • Rays blast 5 homers in rout of Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's not often a baseball team can reset their season record for runs and nearly do the same on the mound with strikeouts, but the Rays came up with 15 runs and 15 strikeouts in an easy 15-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Tropicana Field. The Rays hit five home runs..." August 16

  • Rays' Smyly dominates Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In a 10-start stretch from May 21 to July 18, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly went 0-7 with a 7.60 ERA. Over the past five starts, however, Smyly has been unbeatable. He held the Padres to one hit in seven innings Monday, and Tampa Bay opened a 10-game homestand..." August 15

  • Longoria keys offensive outburst as Rays rout Yanks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Evan Longoria has been on a hot streak for most of the season and his heat index seems to increase when he faces the New York Yankees. Longoria had another big day against the Yankees on Sunday, when he tied a season high with four RBIs and highlighted a six-run fourth inning..." August 14

  • Rodriguez contributes to victory in Yankees' swan song

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez savored every moment of his final game for the New York Yankees and possibly the last of his eventful 22-year career. The moment that touched him the most was when manager Joe Girardi gave the 41-year-old an opportunity to play third base for one more out...." August 13

  • Archer humbled as final pitcher to strike out A-Rod

    The Score "Chris Archer is great at verbalizing his emotions. He's well-spoken, and he knows a legend when he sees one. With Alex Rodriguez potentially playing his final major-league game on Friday when the New York Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Rays, Archer was given the dubious honor of being the last..." August 13

  • Longoria, Smyly drive Rays past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Deep into a frustrating season, Drew Smyly finally has a winning streak. The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander won his second start in a row by pitching six effective innings Tuesday in a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. He had not won two in a row since he won five straight..." August 09

  • Blue Jays pull out victory over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Devon Travis is hot at a time when some of his teammates are not. The Blue Jays second baseman had the first four-hit game of his career Monday night, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning of Toronto's 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "I think he's coming..." August 08

  • Sano belts pair of homers as Twins roll past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Miguel Sano belted two home runs to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 6-3 win Sunday and series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. In Sano's first at-bat, he sent a foul ball so high that it hit the roof at Tropicana Field -- becoming the first player to..." August 07

  • Archer helps Rays beat Twins

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer looked like his old self Saturday, holding the Minnesota Twins to three hits in six innings and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. "It's not surprising," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We all know he's a very talented young..." August 06

  • With traded prospect Fox injured, Rays may seek more from Giants

    Tampa Bay Times "SS Lucius Fox, the highly rated prospect acquired from the Giants in the Matt Moore trade, came over as unexpectedly damaged goods with a foot injury and the Rays may seek additional compensation. Fox, 19, had a bruised left foot as the result of fouling a ball off it a week or so before the..." August 06

  • Twins rally past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Twins manager Paul Molitor wasn't sure how many chances he'd have for a favorable bat off his bench, so he sent Eddie Rosario out with a runner on. Pinch-hitting for just the second time this season, Rosario did as he did last time,..." August 05

  • Miller's blast lifts Rays over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Brad Miller will likely make a transition to first base in the next few days after recently acquired infielder Matt Duffy returns from a rehab assignment. And while the position switch has made Miller a little frustrated, his bat continues to..." August 04

  • Perez's homer helps Royals rally past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Salvador Perez's two-run home run was what won the game for the Kansas City Royals, but fully appreciated in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field was a dominating night for the bullpen. Four Royals relievers combined for four innings of..." August 02

  • Duffy strikes out 16 in Royals' victory over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Danny Duffy has been the best thing going for the Kansas City Royals for the past month, but never more so than Monday night. The left-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out a franchise-record 16 batters in Kansas City's 3-0 win over the Tampa..." August 01

  • Giants To Acquire Matt Moore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have reached agreement on a deal that will bring southpaw Matt Moore to San Francisco from the Rays, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). Tampa Bay has long been said to be pursuing trades involving its controllable starters, and this one comes in right at the..." August 01

  • Steve Pearce traded back to Baltimore

    CBS Sports "Pearce was traded to the Orioles on Monday in exchange for Jonah Heim, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The 33-year-old will rejoin the Orioles, with whom he spent the 2013-2015 season." August 01

  • Rays trade Brandon Guyer to Cleveland Indians

    D-Rays Bay "The Rays appear to have traded right handed platoon outfielder Brandon Guyer at the MLB Trade Deadline, according to Marc Topkin. Guyer is a versatile outfield defender who has primarily manned left field for the Rays in a career mired by injuries. Guyer is also a hit-by-pitch specialist in the..." August 01

  • Bucs interested in Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates are still trying to trade for a Rays starter, either Matt Moore (their top priority) or Jake Odorizzi, Stephen A. Nesbitt tweets. As with the Rich Hill rumor, I'm skeptical the Pirates will actually get anything done here. (The Athletics ended up trading Hill to the Dodgers, so the..." August 01

  • Mets showing interest in Rays' Pearce

    Mass Live "The New York Mets have now been linked with both Cincinnati Red Jay Bruce and Tampa Bay Ray Steve Pearce with the MLB trade deadline less than four hours away. Earlier in the week, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that while Pearce was a good fit for New York, he was likely too expensive. " August 01

  • Giants Pursuing Rays’ Matt Moore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are pursuing a deal for Rays lefty Matt Moore, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). It remains uncertain, he notes, whether San Francisco has the right prospect pieces to work out a deal for the controllable southpaw. It’s long been unclear just where the Giants’..." August 01

  • Rays complete three-game sweep of Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This wasn't how the Yankees wanted to come home to New York on Monday. Sunday morning brought the trade of reliever Andrew Miller, then a 5-3 loss to the last-place Tampa Rays to complete a three-game sweep. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went so far as to say he'd..." July 31

  • Dodgers pursuing Rays' Archer

    The Score "With a little over 24 hours to go before Monday's trade deadline the Los Angeles Dodgers are apparently trying for a big splash, as sources have told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports the team is pursuing Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer. Moments after the initial report, Rosenthal noted that..." July 31

  • Rays expected to deal Moore, Pearce

    The Score "It may just be the calm before the storm for the Tampa Bay Rays. Starting pitcher Matt Moore and utility man Steve Pearce are both growing increasingly likely to be dealt within the next 72 hours, sources told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. A former All-Star in 2013, Moore has struggled at times..." July 29

  • Trading places? Rays' Steve Pearce hopes not

    Tampa Bay Times "Based on contract status and performance, INF Steve Pearce is considered the Rays player most likely to be traded by Monday's deadline for nonwaiver deals, with the Indians among several interested teams. But Pearce, a Lakeland native who joined the Rays on a one-year, $4.75 million deal,..." July 29

  • Orioles discussing Ramirez with Rays

    The Score "With Andrew Cashner reportedly on the move to Miami, the Baltimore Orioles appear to be getting creative in their efforts to bolster their beleaguered rotation. Sources told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick the Orioles have talked to the Tampa Bay Rays about acquiring right-handed reliever Erasmo Ramirez..." July 29