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Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Mooney, Roger

Tribune Staff

Rays notes: Despite loss, another series won

- Despite Sunday's loss, the Rays won the three-game series, which manager Joe Maddon has said is the ultimate goal of every series during the remainder of the season.

Rays’ win streak ends as Ortiz’s flip causes flap

- The Rays’ winning streak came to an end Sunday, 3-2 to the Red Sox. It came to end with one mighty swing from David Ortiz that was followed by an exaggerated bat flip and a leisurely stroll around the bases, timed on ...

Win would make Rays part of history

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ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are looking to become only the sixth team in the last 25 years to have a 10-game losing streak and a 10-game winning streak in the same season this afternoon. All it will take is another ...

Strong bullpen gives Rays 9th straight win

- The Rays have won a season-high nine straight, making this the second-longest winning streak in team history behind the 12 consecutive wins recorded by the 2004 Devil Rays.

Rays designate Oviedo for assignment; clear spot for Hellickson

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ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays designated for assignment right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo this afternoon to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who faces the Red Sox tonight at Tropican...

Price, Longo lead Rays to 8th straight win

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Rays face difficult decision on Price

- David Price will be on the mound tonight when the Rays open a nine-game homestand against the Red Sox, and with the non-waiver trade deadline set for Thursday, the question will get asked again: Is this his last start in a ...

Cobb hit by pitch but still dominates Cards in 3-0 win

- Following a scare when he was hit in the right elbow with a pitch, Alex Cobb leads the Rays to their seventh consecutive victory, 3-0 over the Cardinals.

Cobb aiming to help Rays sweep road trip

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— The Rays will try to sweep this five-game road trip tonight against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Maddon: Latest ejection a ‘misunderstanding’

- Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was just yelling at Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, after Wainwright yelled toward the Rays’ dugout following a disputed called third strike to Ben Zobrist. Home plate umpire Mark R...

Odorizzi homecoming nets Rays sixth straight win

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— Jake Odorizzi attended so many Cardinals games at both old and new Busch Stadium that he’d lost count. But he never witnessed a game from the vantage point he had T...

MLB alumni honor Rays’ Kiermaier for Heart and Hustle

- Rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier was named the Tampa Bay Rays’ winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Rays needs more relievers to get big outs late

- The Rays’ lack of high-leverage arms in the bullpen has been exposed. Is it possible this unit could be the soft underbelly of the team’s race for a playoff spot?

Rays notes: Homecoming for Odorizzi in St. Louis

- RHP Jake Odorizzi will realize two dreams tonight — pitching in front of his family and friends at Busch Stadium and batting in a big league game.

Rays complete sweep of Twins, win 5-3

- Kirby Yates retired the two batters he faced to earn his first big-league save in the Rays’ 5-3 win against the Twins at Target Field. It was the Rays' fifth straight win and 14th in their past 18 games.

Rays notes: Longoria reaches team records for doubles, RBIs

- Evan Longoria moved to the top of two more team records Sunday when he caught and passed Carl Crawford for the franchise mark in doubles and tied Crawford for the franchise lead in RBIs.

Rays seek to sweep Twins, send Archer to mound

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays will try to keep their momentum going as they go for the sweep this afternoon against the Twins at Target Field.

Rays Beat: Hot-hitting Longo could swing club's fortunes

- What can the Rays use most during the second half of the season? What could really help improve their chances of making a run at the playoffs? Roger Mooney says it's Longo just being Longo.

Price delivers again in 5-1 win over Twins

- The surging Rays continue their hot streak as David Price delivers eight scoreless innings and hitters come alive.

Rays maintain momentum, top Twins

- It was the first game after the All-Star break, a second Opening Day of sorts, but for the Rays it was a pretty big game.

Cobb, Rays kick off second half against Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays return to action tonight at Target Field after the four-day All-Star Break to open a three-game series with the Twins.

Friedman still believes in Rays' players

- After a first half of starts and stops and extended periods of ineffective play, the Rays open the second half tonight, Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman said he still believes in the cast he assembled last winter.

Rays first half: Ups and (mostly) downs

- Are the Rays a contender or a seller? A hot run before the All-Star break leaves them in that hazy area as play resumes Friday at Minnesota.

Trop in-game host represents Rays at All-Star Game

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— The wit was sharpened while doing the PA for the winless University of Minnesota-Morris women’s basketball team’s games during his college days, and St....

Price left to wonder what Rays will do

- The July 31 trade deadline approaches, and David Price is an All-Star, pitching at his highest level ever. Do the Rays want too much in return? Or are they just not ready to deal?

Rays Notes: Hellickson to keep busy in minors

- The Rays optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday to Double A Montgomery for the purpose of getting him starts until the Rays need a fifth starter, which would be July 29 when the Rays play the Brewers at the Trop.

Price wins fourth straight; Rays top Jays 3-0

- Amid building trade rumors, David Price dominates the Blue Jays for eight innings in winnings his fourth consecutive start.

Hellickson sent down to AA to get work in

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ST. PETERSBURG – The final day before the All-Star Break began with news that RHP Jeremy Hellickson has been optioned to Double A Montgomery for the purpose of giving him work during the break.

Rays turn luck around, clobber Jays 10-3

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Bobby Henry, the Seminole medicine man, made another visit to Tropicana Field on Saturday. He presented Rays manager Joe Maddon with a pair of shirts, one in Rays colors, thanked Maddon for the respect ...

Rays let game get away in 9th, lose 8-5

- For a team that has to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive and keep the front office from trading All-Star pitcher David Price, the weekend could not have gotten off to a worse start than it did Friday.

Myers has cast removed

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ST. PETERSBURG -- RF Wil Myers had his cast removed from his tight wrist and has been cleared to begin baseball activities.

Rays pitchers prove speed isn't everything

- Rays pitchers are on pace to become one of the best strikeout staffs in major-league history, and not just because of the speed of their pitches.

Rays hold on to beat Royals in Hellickson’s return

- Jake McGee escapes from a ninth-inning jam to earn his sixth save as the Rays beat the Royals 4-3 in starter Jeremy Hellickson's return.

Shields dominant in return; Rays’ bats fall silent in 6-0 loss to Royals

- It was just like old times Monday night at Tropicana Field — James Shields was on the mound and the Rays couldn’t score.

Rays Notes: ‘Anxious’ Hellickson making return to mound

- Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson returns to the mound tonight for the first time since Oct. 8, when he started Game 4 of the AL division series against the Red Sox.

Rays beat Tigers, cap 9-2 road trip

- David Price, named to the AL All-Star team earlier in the day, went 8 2/3 innings and held Detroit in check during Tampa Bay’s 7-3 victory.

Rays notes: Looking to hit All-Star break with flourish

- The Rays begin the final homestand before the All-Star break tonight against the Royals and James Shields hoping to ride the wave that carried them to one of the most successful three-city road trips in team history.

Price sole Rays All-Star representative

- Turns out, David Price will pitch for another team this year – the American League All-Star team.

Trip has brought Rays together

- Maybe the David Price rumors got their attention, or they just implode when playing as the favorites. Either way, Roger Mooney says the Rays became a different team once they hit the road for this long trip than they had be...

Rays’ Archer tames Tigers in 7-2 win

- Chris Archer came within two outs of pitching a complete game, but was more than satisfied with his effort in the Rays 7-2 victory at Comerica Park.

Cobb shines, Boxberger delivers in Rays’ win

- Brad Boxberger bailed Alex Cobb out of a sixth-inning jam, and the rest of the game was routine as the Rays cruised to a 6-3 victory at Comerica Park.

Tigers blast three homers in first inning, beat Rays 8-1

- The Rays’ season-long five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end at Comerica Park. The surging Tigers saw to that with an 8-1 victory that included three first-inning home runs off starter Erik Bedard.

Rays notes: Cobb tries to find his groove

- Alex Cobb, who starts tonight against the Tigers, finds himself working on his mechanics between starts, and he thinks he might have hit a wall.

Rays start Tigers series with musical coincidence

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DETROIT – No theme for this road trip – other than winning – but there is a theme for tonight as the Rays begin a four-game series with the Tigers: Tommy Tutone.

Rays sweep Yankees in NYC

- Sean Rodriguez, making his first start at shortstop in nearly a year, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to propel the Rays to their fifth straight win and a sweep of the Yankees.

Rays recall Believeau to sub for Escobar

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NEW YORK – The Tampa Bay Rays recalled left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau Tuesday afternoon to fill the roster spot vacated when shortstop Yunel Escobar was placed on the disabled list.

Rays owner: Patience involved in Price decision

- With the Rays on their first hot streak of the season, the chances of Price being traded this summer could be delayed or scrapped, owner Stuart Sternberg said.

Rays keep on rolling, beat Yankees, 2-1

- Grant Balfour, given his first save chance in two weeks, walked two but held onto the lead as the Rays extended their winning streak to four with a 2-1 win over the Yankees.

Rays place SS Escobar on 15-day DL

- Joe Maddon announced after Monday’s victory that shortstop Yunel Escobar will go on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder. A corresponding move will be made today.

Rays maintain momentum, top Yankees in 12th

- The Rays shrugged off Brian Roberts’ ninth-inning homer and outlasted the Yankees, winning 4-3 in 12 innings when Logan Forsythe singled home Brandon Guyer.