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Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays notes: Zobrist wins team's renamed Zimmer MVP Award

- Ben Zobrist was voted team MVP for the second time by the members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, but this one came with a special honor.

Rays eliminated from postseason with loss to White Sox

- Not that it came as a shock Friday night when the Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated from postseason contention. It didn’t. But the 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox made it official.

Jeter more than magic on the field


— You know about Mr. November and The Flip and The Dive. You might recall the Saturday afternoon in the Bronx when Derek Jeter crafted a fairy tale performance with a home ru...

Loss to Jays sums up Rays’ season


— You can add Saturday’s loss to the “that’s the 2014 season in a nutshell,” file. Or, perhaps squeeze the game into that file if there is still ro...

Rookie Karns dazzles in debut, shuts out Jays


— 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 no...

Rays' Cobb five outs short of no-hitter, but Yankees rally to 5-4 win

- Alex Cobb sailed along most of the night, ending his no-hit bid in the eighth. But the Yankees rallied, with the last three runs coming on Chris Young’s walk-off homer in the ninth against Jake McGee.

Rays notes: Hanigan, Drew and the collision rule

- “Trying to give a guy a place to slide so he can maybe be safe isn’t really my style if I have the ball,” Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan said. “If he wants to slide, he can slide right into me or he can h...

Rays owner Sternberg on 2015: Lower payroll


— Now that what was supposed to be an exciting season has reached its final weeks, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said itȁ...

Fast start wasted in Rays' 8-5 loss to Yankees

- The Rays batted around in the first inning and sent Jake Odorizzi to the mound with a four-run lead before he threw his first pitch. And that was it as far as highlights for the Rays on Wednesday night.

Rays play at the plate highlights confusion over rule

- It possible that Stephen Drew would have been ruled safe at home plate during the fifth inning had Tuesday’s game been played Sunday or any day this season before Major League Baseball clarified the collision rule at ...

Archer continues to rule in N.Y. in Rays' 4-3 win

- Bases loaded with no outs and the Rays up by three runs in the fifth inning, Chris Archer knew what was happening. But unlike recent outings, this time he passed the test.

Relief pitchers put Rays in good shape for next season

- The Rays retool the bullpen every offseason. This time, the offseason work might have begun a little earlier, and the key pieces to the 2015 bullpen might have already emerged.

Rays notes: Archer says issue is simply execution

- Right-hander Chris Archer, who has allowed 10 hits and 13 earned runs in 10 innings over his last two starts, said his problems are not because of fatigue after logging a career-high 167 1⁄3 innings during his first f...

Rays open 2015 season at home vs. Orioles

- The Rays, who released the schedule Monday, will open the season at Tropicana Field for the sixth consecutive year.

Smyly sets the tone again in walk-off victory


— If it was indeed Drew Smyly’s last start of the season, if the Rays are going to shut the young left-hander down to limit his workload this year with an eye on...

Familiar formula ends Rays scoreless skid


— It was, as Rays manager Joe Maddon would say more than once afterwards, formulaic.

Rays setback against Blue Jays sums up season


— The Tampa Bay Rays had the winning run at third base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth and ...

Joyce's walk-off single gives Rays the win

- Matt Joyce's 10th-inning opposite-field single scored Sean Rodriguez with the winning run in the Rays' 4-3 win against the Red Sox, only the Rays' fourth walk-off win of the season.

Rays notebook: Geltz gets shot in pressure spot during his debut

- RHP Steve Geltz, pitching with the tying run on second base, allowed a full-count single to Yoenis Cespedes that scored Mookie Betts and tied the score in a game the Rays won 4-3 in 10 innings.

DeJesus returns to Rays after hand fracture

- OF David DeJesus returned to the team after missing 64 games with a left hand fracture.

Rays manage three hits in 3-0 loss to Red Sox

- That dizzying night against the Yankees a few weeks ago when the Rays won to take that last step to .500 seems like light years ago.

Rays bring up three players for September roster expansion


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays have brought up three players today ahead of Monday, when rosters are allowed to expand to 40 during the month of September.

Rays notes: Escobar gets a break


ST. PETERSBURG -- Saturday was a scheduled day off for SS Yunel Escobar and a not a reaction to his making three throwing errors in the two prior games.

Rays Beat: Season anything but fun for Myters


Wil Myers sat in front of his locker Friday afternoon, bat in hand, and was asked what he would like to accomplish during the final four wee...

Odorizzi delivers clutch outing as Rays shut out Red Sox


— 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 Odorizz...

Another sloppy game, another loss for Rays


— The good news? The error charged to Ben Zobrist in the first inning was changed to a hit after the game, so the Rays’ 8-4 loss to the Red Sox appeared less slo...

Rays end road trip on losing note

- The Rays, who twice led by two runs, lost 5-4 to the Orioles during the finale of the seven game road trip.

Longoria back at 3B as Rays try to right ship


BALTIMORE – The Rays will try to get it done tonight with Drew Smyly on the mound in the third game of this four-game series with the Orioles.

Smyly in control as Rays top Orioles 3-1

- If the Rays new pitcher keeps up the quality starts, the David Price trade may soon be known as the Drew Smyly trade.

Rays notes: Protest denial perplexes Maddon

- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was informed Tuesday that his protest of Saturday’s loss at Toronto was denied, but he wasn’t quite clear on the reason.

Rays chances slipping away as they lose again

- The club comes up short in all facets in a 4-2 loss at Baltimore, falling for the third time in the past four games.

Longoria nursing sore forearm, will DH tonight for Rays


BALTIMORE – Evan Longoria has been playing through a sore right forearm for about week, which is why he is the DH tonight for the second straight game against the Orioles.

MLB denies Rays’ protest from loss to Toronto


BALTIMORE — Major League Baseball has denied the Tampa Bay Rays’ protest of Saturday’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Rays routed 9-1 as O’s blast five homers

- Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi twice gave up back-to-back home runs in his worst start ever, allowing career highs in runs (eight) and hits (11).

Rays notes: Escobar not getting traded

- It’s common for teams to place players on waivers in August and for some to get claimed. If the teams can’t strike a deal, the player is pulled off waivers. Nearly all of these moves are made in private. Manager...

Jake Odorizzi starting tonight for Rays in Baltimore


BALTIMORE – Rays manager Joe Maddon spoke with SS Yunel Escobar this afternoon to let Escobar know how the waiver process worked and to alleviate any fear Escobar had of being traded to the A’s.

Rays, A’s have until Tuesday on Escobar deal


Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was claimed on revocable waivers by the Oakland A’s, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, a development that means the teams have...

Rays’ Maddon still hopeful on protest decision

- Rays manager Joe Maddon spent five minutes on the phone Sunday morning with Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball, discussing the events that led to Maddon protesting Satu...

Rays notes: Blocking the plate?

- It took the Tampa Bay Rays 130 games this season before they encountered their first review of whether the catcher violated the blocking the plate rule instituted before this season.

Longoria hit gives Rays 2-1 win over Blue Jays

- Things almost got out of hand for the Rays in the 10th inning, so manager Joe Maddon made a slow walk to the mound to give his team a chance to calm down. Seven pitches later, the Rays were shaking hands, having held on for...

Rays lose protested game to Jays -- for now


TORONTO -- The Blue Jays celebrated a victory Saturday that came on a run-scoring single by Jose Reyes in the bottom of the 10th inning. They poured out of the dugout when Colby Rasmus slid across the plate, slapped Rasm...

Rays looking to extend winning streak


TORONTO – The Rays are looking to extend their winning streak to three games and move to within one game of a .500 record today during an afternoon tilt against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Rays notebook: Hellickson looks to atone after letting one slip away


Tribune staff

Smyly goes distance for Rays to shut down Jays


— It was all new for Drew Smyly, the entire night. The shutout innings, the one-two-three innings, the nine innings.

Smyly to make first career start against the Blue Jays tonight


TORONTO – The Rays find themselves in a comfortable setting tonight – the road – as they begin a three-game weekend series with the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre

Price shines but Cobb, Rays win 1-0 pitching duel

- David Price got a warm welcome and turned in one of the best outings of his career -- eight innings of one-hit ball -- but he still lost.

Price returns to the Trop, starts today against Rays


ST. PETERSBURG – David Price is back. You might have heard.

Porcello silences Rays' bats in Tigers' 6-0 victory

- Victor Martinez jumped on a Kirby Yates fastball and drove it into the right-field seats for a grand slam that finished the scoring in the Tigers' 6-0 win against the Rays.

Rays activate Myers from DL, send Belnome to Triple-A Durham


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays activated right fielder Wil Myers today from the disabled list and optioned infielder Vince B...

Rays notes: Reinforcements on the way


— Forget September call-ups, the Tampa Bay Rays are expecting three front-line players to rejoin the team within the next week or so.