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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Mooney, Roger

Tribune Staff

Longoria back at 3B as Rays try to right ship

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tribune staff

Smyly goes distance for Rays to shut down Jays

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— 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

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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

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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

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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

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

Rays let another one slip away, lose 8-6 in 11

- Victor Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to force in the go-ahead run and the Tigers added two more runs to beat the Rays 8-6 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Price returns with Tigers for three-game series with Rays

- The Tigers are in town tonight to begin a three-game series and that means left-hander David Price returns to Tropicana Field for the first time since his July 31 trade.

Rays notebook: Rookie relievers coming up big

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While much is made of LHP Jake McGee and RHP Brad Boxberger, the Rays are getting big outs from a pair of rookie relievers — RHP

Boxberger is Rays’ ace in the hole

- Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee have been the most reliable relievers in the Rays bullpen this season with Boxberger setting up McGee for the save on most occasions. Jake in the Box, Joe Maddon likes to call the tandem.

Rays notes: Myers’ return on horizon

- Rays RF Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) is expected to return this week. Exactly when will be determined by how well he felt after serving as the designed hitter Sunday for Triple-A Durham.

Rays drops second straight to Yankees

- It was a two-out walk to Stephen Drew in the fifth inning Sunday afternoon that changed everything for the Tampa Bay Rays, much like the ninth-inning throwing error in Saturday’s loss.

Rays still chasing American League Wild Card spot

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ST. PETERSBURG – The goal for the Rays down the stretch is to win as many series as possible, and they have a chance to do that this afternoon against the visiting Yankees at what is expected to be a nearly full T...

Rays notes: Smyly tips his hat after Prado’s blast

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly had an impressive home debut as a Ray, and if not for one pitch, he might have headed home a winner.

Ninth-inning error makes difference as Yanks top Rays

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— Even with the speedy Brett Gardner speeding up the first base line, and even though the ball had glanced off Jake McGee’s glove, Rays second baseman Logan Fors...

Rays cap historic comeback with 5-0 win over Yanks

- The Rays beat the Yankees 5-0 on Friday night in front of 26,535 fans at Tropicana Field to reach .500 for the first time since April 22.

Rays aim for .500, to pick up ground in race

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ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays begin an important six-game homestand tonight that features two of the five teams they are chasing for an AL Wild Card spot – the Yankees and Tigers.

Rays cap big road trip with 6-3 win over Texas

- The Rays flew home early this morning from the heart of Texas still hopeful of chasing someone down for a postseason spot, thanks to a winning road trip.

Rays, Archer romp over Rangers 10-1

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Archer watched Tuesday’s marathon from the comfort of the team hotel, watched as the innings piled up as Rays manager Joe Maddon went through his bullpen pitcher after pitcher after...

Rays lose to Rangers in 14 innings

- Rays reliever Cesar Ramos walked Adam Rosales on four pitches to force home the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday as the Texas Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory.

Rays notes: No sympathy shown after Sale suspension

- Josh Sale, the Tampa Bay Rays’ first pick (17th overall) in the 2010 draft, was suspended for the third time Tuesday, this time 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the...

Rays minor leaguer Sale suspended for 50 games

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Rays minor league prospect Josh Sale received his second 50-game suspension, this time for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatme...

Rays notes: Longoria eager to get rolling

- Rays 3B Evan Longoria swears he is healthy, that his struggles at the plate this season are not physical and not from a lack of hard work or preparation.

Smyly dazzles as Rays blank Rangers

- Drew Smyly dominated the Rangers in the Texas heat, reaching career-highs in innings pitched and pitches thrown and leading the Rays to a 7-0 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rays face the Rangers in final leg of 10-game trip

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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Rays begin the final leg of their 10-game, three-city trip tonight against the Rangers in what is now called Globe Life Park.

Balfour continues to struggle for Rays

- Manager Joe Maddon has said on a number of occasions that for the Rays to make a run at a playoff spot, they need the bullpen to be locked down. And for that to happen, they need RHP Joel Peralta and RHP Grant Balfour to pi...

Cubs avoid sweep with 3-2 victory over Rays

- Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning to hand the Rays another frustrating loss, 3-2 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Rays looking to sweep Cubs with win this afternoon

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CHICAGO – The Rays go for this sweep this afternoon at Wrigley Field during the finale of this three-game series with the Cubs.

Odorizzi rebounds, handcuffs Cubs in 4-0 win

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— The strikeouts came in bunches for Jake Odorizzi. They came early, too.

In Price’s absence, Rays pitchers hold each other accountable

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— They gathered inside the clubhouse the day after the trade, the day after David Price, the best pitcher they ever played with and best teammate they ever had, was shipped to...

Kiermaier hit gives Rays 4-3 win in the 10th

- Brad Boxberger's "yelp" bolsters Joe Maddon's belief in the reliever as he retired the Cubs in order in the 10th.

Cubs welcome ‘Devil’ Rays for rare Wrigley appearance

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CHICAGO — There will be a lot of blue in the Wrigley Field stands today and it won’t be all Cubs blue. There is a strong showing of Rays fans as their team makes its first trip to the Friendly Confines sinc...

Hellickson, Rays bounce back to prevent sweep

- Jeremy Hellickson showed up Wednesday at the O.co Coliseum. So did the Rays offense, getting hits in bunches, hits with runners in scoring position, hits with the bases-loaded.