Rays Rumors & News

  • 28m
    Roger Mooney @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays say Beckham has a right hamstring cramp

  • Darren O'Day's escape, J.J. Hardy's single give O's 2-1 walk-off win over Rays

    Baltimore Sun "It didn't look good for the Orioles in the top of the ninth inning Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays when right-hander Darren O'Day loaded the bases with no outs in a tie game. The usually dependable O'Day created his own mess, allowing back-to-back singles and hitting a batter to open..." May 30

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    MLB Lineups @mlblineups

    5/29 #Rays lineup vs BAL Kiermaier CF Butler DH Longoria 3B DeJesus LF Forsythe 2B Souza Jr. RF Cabrera SS Elmore 1B Rivera C Karns P

  • Grant Balfour is leaning toward retirement

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Times reports that reliever Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement. Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. Balfour is still making $7 million this year,..." May 28

  • Nelson Cruz’s home run in ninth inning lifts Mariners to sweep of Rays

    Seattle Times "The sound of ball meeting bat seemed louder than any daily thunder that hits Florida during the summer. It was followed by a loud gasp from the meager crowd of 10,865 at Tropicana Field. There was little doubt that the ball Nelson Cruz had just demolished was going to end up over the fence. It..." May 28

  • Rays release Grant Balfour for the second time this season

    Hardball Talk "Last month the Rays released right-hander Grant Balfour from his $7 million big-league contract and then re-signed him to a minor-league deal, but now the veteran reliever has opted out of that contract and been granted his release from Triple-A." May 27

  • Kyle Seager saves Mariners, 7-6, in 10 innings

    Seattle Times "Kyle Seager wasn’t going to let his team lose to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. He had pulled the Mariners out of the doldrums of a one-run deficit with a stunning eighth-inning grand slam — the team’s first since September 2013 — to give them a three-run lead. And after watching..." May 27

  • Robinson Cano, Roenis Elias lead Mariners past Tampa Bay

    Seattle Times "The prevailing sentiment from the Mariners when it came to Robinson Cano and his recent struggles have been universal: “He’ll be fine,” or some variation of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s manager Lloyd McClendon doing the talking, hitting coach Howard Johnson, teammate Nelson Cruz or the kid chosen..." May 26

  • Billy Burns’ 1st big-league homer helps A’s win again

    San Francisco Chronicle "Billy Burns belted the first pitch Sunday into the seats in right for his first big-league homer, such a stunning sight that his teammates couldn’t decide whether to give him the traditional silent treatment or hug him. That was the first of three home runs for the A’s at Tropicana Field in a..." May 25

  • Broken finger sends James Loney to Rays’ disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Rays first baseman James Loney has been placed on the disabled list with a broken left middle finger. Initially the Rays diagnosed Loney with a sprain, but further exams revealed a fracture and he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. " May 25

  • 5d
    Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball

    Steven Souza Jr. was removed with a sprained L wrist in the #Rays 3rd.

  • 6d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Souza out of game, hurt hand on a swing. Joey Butler coming in to replace him. 0-1 count.

  • 6d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays will recall RHP Preston Guilmet on Sunday .

  • Gravemen, A's offense deliver win vs. Rays

    CSN Bay Area "With his A’s teammates trying to shake off their recent poor play, Kendall Graveman was looking to flush some bad memories of his own. In his first major league start in nearly a month, Graveman delivered the sharp, efficient outing that Oakland needed Saturday in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay...." May 24

  • Middle relief comes through again in 5-2 Rays win over A's

    Tampa Tribune "One reason manager Kevin Cash is not quick to attach a nickname to the back of the Rays bullpen — aside from the fact he’s not the nicknaming type — is because to do so would ignore the contributions from some of the other big arms. Cash doesn’t want to slight guys like Brandon Gomes and Steve..." May 23

  • Rays affiliate apologizes for planned ‘A-Rod Juice Night’

    Tampa Tribune "A sweet promotion by the Tampa Bay Rays’ minor-league affiliate making fun of the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is off after it hit a sour note with the New York Yankees. The Charlotte Stone Crabs had been advertising tonight’s game against the Tampa Yankees as “A-Rod Juice Box Night.” The..." May 23

  • Rays alone in first place after topping Oakland 3-0

    Tampa Tribune "Before manager Kevin Cash turned the game over to the bullpen Thursday night, before David DeJesus delivered another big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays, there was Alex Colome. His outing was short against the Oakland A’s, but it was pretty sweet. Cash called it a “bounce-back start.” Catcher..." May 22

  • Perez hands Braves more than expected, propels Atlanta to win

    Fox Sports South "The Atlanta Braves got a gutty starting performance from rookie Williams Perez on Wednesday and found a way to make two runs on just five hits hold up to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. Five different hitters collected hits while five pitchers combined to hold Tampa Bay to one run on eight hits...." May 21

  • Drew Smyly to try rest, rehab for possible return this season

    ESPN.com "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly's season might not be over just yet. The team said last week that Smyly would miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, but on Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash intimated that the pitcher might be able to return this season. Instead of..." May 21

  • Bullpen makes sure Rays rally stands up at Turner field

    Tampa Tribune "Jake McGee made his season debut Sunday in Minnesota, but that was in the seventh inning of a seven-run game and simply provided the left-hander with an opportunity to acclimate himself to pitching in a big-league game. But Tuesday night at Turner Field against the big lefties in the Atlanta..." May 20

  • Optimism about Smyly returning this year

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays remain hopeful that LHP Drew Smyly can return this season from the torn labrum that sent him back to the disabled list. Manager Kevin Cash said before tonight’s game with the Braves at Turner Field that “We’re optimistic.” Cash said Smyly will meet Thursday with the training staff..." May 19

  • 12d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Per #Rays, Matt Moore (TJ surgery) threw 31 pitches (21 K) to 8 batters in simulated game in Port Charlotte - 3 Ks, 1 reached on E-5.

  • 12d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays LHP Riefenhauser (shoulder) threw 21 pitches in sim game after Moore

  • Rays come out swinging in 11-3 rout of Twins

    Tampa Tribune "After receiving scant run support through his first eight starts, Chris Archer had no complaints Sunday. The Rays backed Archer with a 19-hit attack, led by Evan Longoria and James Loney, and Archer did the rest, dominating the Twins for six innings in an 11-3 rout that ended Tampa Bay’s..." May 18

  • 13d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays lineup: Kiermaier cf, Forsythe DH, Longoria 3b, Loney 1b, Guyer rf, DeJesus lf, Cabrera SS, Franklin 2b, Wilson c, Archer p

  • Rays activate infielder Nick Franklin from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Twins, the Rays activated infielder Nick Franklin from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him, pitcher Andrew Bellatti was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Franklin suffered a strained left oblique towards the end of spring training, so he opened..." May 17

  • Twins stay strong at home with 6-4 win over Tampa Bay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Trevor May on Saturday was given a chance to pitch deeper into a game than he ever has in the majors. But the Twins righthander loused it up by throwing a fastball over the middle of the plate that Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham hammered into the left field stands for a tying, two-run homer in the..." May 17

  • McGee back; Rays keep closer options open

    Tampa Bay Times "LHP Jake McGee rejoined the Rays on Friday, saying he expected to be eased back into high-leverage situations after recovering and rehabbing from elbow surgery but eventually to return to closing at least some games. Manager Kevin Cash said that is likely to be the case. But he also said RHP..." May 16

  • Twins return home with 3-2 victory over Rays

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes waited near the entrance of the Twins dugout after the top of the sixth inning ended Friday night to greet left fielder Eduardo Escobar. Escobar had just thrown out James Loney, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. It was an interesting scene — an inning earlier, Hughes..." May 16

  • Ramirez makes strong pitch for rotation spot as Rays beat Yanks

    Tampa Tribune "Erasmo Ramirez said he’s willing do whatever’s needed – start games, finish games, pitch in the middle innings of games. “I just do my part,” he said, “and wait for news.” Right now the news is that the Tampa Bay Rays are in need of a starter to replace Drew Smyly in the rotation, and..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • Rays closer Jake McGee expected to make season debut this weekend

    Hardball Talk "Rays closer Jake McGee, who’s been on the disabled list all season following December elbow surgery, is on the verge of returning. Manager Kevin Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times: “I think we’ll see him at some point over the weekend.” Tampa Bay begins a three-game series with..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Another rocky start, but another comeback win for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "By the time he had thrown his eighth straight ball and walked the second straight batter to start the game, Nathan Karns’ thoughts were boiled down to a single one: “Better throw a strike sometime soon. That’s about it. I got a nice cheer from the crowd when I got the first one in, so that was..." May 14

  • Injured Smyly deciding on his next step

    Tampa Tribune "Rays LHP Drew Smyly flew to Dallas on Wednesday to have the torn labrum in his left shoulder examined today by Keith Meister, the Rangers’ team doctor. Smyly, who already underwent one MRI and was examined by Koco Eaton, the Rays’ team doctor, is seeking a second opinion before deciding on..." May 14

  • Archer bounces back from bad start, leads Rays over Yankees

    Tampa Tribune "Designated hitter David DeJesus was in the batting cage behind the Rays dugout in the top of the first inning swinging away, while out on the field the Yankees were doing the same against Chris Archer. Two hits, a walk, two more hits and the Yankees built a two-run lead. Archer had yet to..." May 13

  • Rays Claim Preston Guilmet, Place Drew Smyly On 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have announced that the team claimed righty Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Blue Jays (via Matt Stein of Sports Talk Florida, Twitter links). To create a 40-man roster spot, Tampa moved lefty Drew Smyly to the 60-day DL. " May 13

  • Yanks hit homer after homer to finally get CC first win

    New York Post "With his first win of the season secured, CC Sabathia stood inside the door to the Yankees’ clubhouse and waited to fist bump those who helped him stop the longest losing streak of his stellar career. One by one, the Yankees entered the room, happy the popular lefty no longer had a zero in the..." May 12

  • McGee could return to Rays on road trip

    MLB.com "Rays manager Kevin Cash reported some good news concerning the team's health on Monday. Cash noted about reliever Jake McGee, "We're optimistic to see him early on in the road trip." "Don't hold me to that, that's just kind of our thought," Cash said. "He seems to be bouncing back really..." May 11

  • Rodriguez, Beltre deliver for Rangers in win over Rays

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run in six innings Sunday after being perfect through five, and Adrian Beltre drove in both Texas Rangers runs as they salvaged a split of their four-game series against Tampa Bay with a 2-1 victory. Rodriguez established the Rangers’ franchise record for consecutive..." May 11

  • Smyly seeking second opinion

    Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly will undergo a second MRI today on his left shoulder to get a second opinion after the first MRI taken last week that revealed a tear in the labrum. There is a strong possibility Smyly is headed toward season-ending surgery, though team officials stressed Sunday that decision has..." May 11

  • As Rays deal with rotation injuries, stopgaps transitioning into replacements

    Fox Sports Florida "OK, now the rotation injuries have become ridiculous. Remember when the Tampa Bay Rays appeared to dodge two landmines in March, after Alex Cobb was diagnosed with right forearm tendinitis and Drew Smyly with left shoulder tendinitis? There was no ducking from the booms of the past week,..." May 11

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    Matt Baker @MBakerTBTimes

    Today's #Rays lineup: Guyer LF Souza RF Longoria 3B Forsythe 1B Butler DH Cabrera SS Beckham 2B Kiermaier CF Rivera C Odorizzi RHP

  • Rays bats come through in 7-2 win over Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "Their pitching may be in disarray, but the power bats of the Tampa Bay Rays are on a serious roll. With veteran Evan Longoria and rookie Steven Souza each hitting a three-run homer, the Rays downed Texas 7-2 Saturday night before an announced crowd of 20,943 that saw Tampa Bay even its..." May 10

  • Rays' Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "LHP Drew Smyly's recurring shoulder problems include a tear in his labrum that seems likely to require season-ending surgery, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Smyly, 25, was placed back on the disabled list Friday after experiencing stiffness and tightness during and after his Tuesday start in..." May 10

  • 21d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays lineup: Guyer cf, Souza rf, Longoria DH, Forsythe 3b, Butler lf, Loney 1b, Cabrera ss, Beckham 2b, Rivera C, Andriese p

  • 21d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Odorizzi says he's feeling "a lot better today," would seem like a Sunday start is reasonable

  • Drew Smyly on DL with shoulder soreness

    Tampa Bay Times "As if the Rays hadn't had enough drama after RHP Alex Cobb announced before Friday's game that he'd have Tommy John surgery, the Rays moved LHP Drew Smyly back to the disabled list because of left shoulder soreness, yet another storyline in a saga of pitching injuries. Smyly began the campaign..." May 09

  • 21d
    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Rays scratch Jake Odorizzi (flu) from his Saturday start. Matt Andriese to start. Sunday starter TBA after Drew Smyly hits DL.