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Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Cash won’t name Rays’ closer, will rely on committee

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— Who is the closer? Maybe the question should be: Who’s not?

Rays Triple Play: Hello, Tropicana Field

- The Rays return to St. Pete today for the final four days of spring training. They will take BP, bus to games in Tampa and Clearwater, and also will go through drills as they try to acclimate new players to the Trop’s...

Trade adds RHP Ramirez to Rays’ rotation mix

- The Rays might have found an answer to their early season pitching troubles when they acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for LHP Mike Montgomery.

Rays notes: Sidelined pitchers throw bullpen sessions

- RHP Alex Colome (pneumonia), LHP Jake McGee (elbow surgery) and LHP Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) each threw bullpen sessions Tuesday. Manager Kevin Cash said they all threw well.

Rays release INF Casilla

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays released INF, Alexi Casilla, who was a six-year minor league free agent and due $100,000 if he was still on the roster today.

Last day in Port Charlotte: Notes on rotation and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Manager Kevin Cash still won’t name the order in which Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will pitch during the season-opening series against the Orioles. Cash also won’t name the fourth start...

Rays Triple Play: The Butler called it

- Joey Butler, who learned he was reassigned to minor-league camp before the game, hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning for the final runs in the Rays’ 6-6, 10-inning tie against the Orioles. Manager Kevin...

Rays notes: Poor outing might not cost Andriese

- RHP Matt Andriese turned in his worst start this month Monday against the Orioles in what likely was his final outing of the spring. Will it sway the ’ decision on whether to add Andriese to the rotation or send him ...

Rays v O’s: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday and Saturday. After that he should be ready to begin his minor league rehab assignment.

Rays’ Forsythe relishes chance to play every day

- You can look at Logan Forsythe’s numbers from last season with Tampa Bay and conclude that when he played regularly, he hit. And when he didn’t, he didn’t. And, Forsythe said, you would be wrong.

Rays Triple Play: Souza praised for hustle

- Manager Kevin Cash has been impressed with the hustle of Steven Souza Jr., and the rookie earned more praise when he scored from first Sunday on an opposite-field single by Evan Longoria that landed just inside the rig...

Rays notes: Backup catcher among tough decisions

- Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team has some tough roster decisions to make during the final week of spring training, with none tougher than at backup catcher, where rookie Curt Casali and non-roster invitee Bobby Wilson ...

Rays @ BoSox: Smyly update and lineups

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FORT MYERS -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this morning and said his next step is to face live hitters.

Rays’ Archer in constant state of evolution

- Chris Archer is curious about life. Know that, and you might begin to understand Archer, though Archer is constantly evolving as a person, so it might be tough to keep up.

Cobb throws, expects to return in April

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays RHP Alex Cobb played catch Saturday for the first time since March 17 when he was shutdown with tendinitis in his right forearm after throwing three perfect innings against the Phillies on Clearwat...

Rays v BoSox: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tightness) was cleared to throw this morning and was scheduled to play catch with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield.

Rays reliever Balfour not lacking for motivation

- There was Grant Balfour in front of his locker on an easy Sunday morning with slide pads on both feet, swinging his right leg outward at a 90-degree angle, then his left leg, then his right, then his left, and so on.

Naimoli to throw out first pitch on Rays Opening Day

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Vince Naimoli, the former general managing partner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, will throw out the first pitch April 6 when the Rays open the season against the visiting Orioles.

Rays @ O’s: Lineups

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SARASOTA -- The Rays are expecting a soggy afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium during this afternoon’s game against the Orioles.

Rays Triple Play: Kiermaier shows his speed

- Kevin Kiermaier put his feet on display during the Rays' 6-5 exhibition win against the Yankees in Port Charlotte as he hustled a single to center field into a double in the second inning.

Rays notes: Archer named Opening Day starter

- Chris Archer was officially picked to take the mound April 6 against the Orioles, replacing Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis), who will not be ready to start the season.

MLB commissioner: Stadium is Rays’ biggest issue

- Rob Manfred, visiting the team at Charlotte Sports Park, maintained the approach that “you have to follow the lead of local ownership because they understand the market,” adding that Rays owner Stuart Sternber...

Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

Rays injury updates: Cash ‘excited’ about Cobb’s progress

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RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) was re-evaluated by team doctors Tuesday and everything checked out well, Cobb said.

Andriese makes another strong pitch for place in Rays’ rotation

- Rays rookie right-hander Matt Andriese is showing his moxie in a bid to claim one of the two remaining spots in the rotation.

Rays @ Twins: Forsythe at 2B, updates on Cobb, Moore

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FORT MYERS -- Manager Kevin Cash said Logan Forsythe will get the bulk of playing time until Nick Franklin (oblique strain) returns to the lineup sometime in April.

Full speed ahead for Rays righty Karns

- Nathan Karns keeps his answers short during sessions with the media. His clichés are in midseason form. He’s not shy or standoffish. It’s just he has work to do this spring to prepare for the opportunity to leav...

Rays Notes: McGee pleased with third session

- LHP Jake McGee’s rehab from offseason elbow surgery has progressed to where he is throwing curveballs while playing catch on flat ground, but he’s still holding back during his bullpen sessions.

Rays Triple Play: Archer’s nice bounce-back

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Tampa Bay Rays RHP Chris Archer’s one hiccup during his 4 2⁄3-inning outing Monday was a three-batter sequence in the fourth inning when he walked the bases loaded.

Rays notes: Franklin injury gives others more chances

- Rays 2B Nick Franklin likely will miss the start of the regular season with a strained left oblique suffered during his final swing of batting practice before Monday’s game against the Pirates.

Rays name Cabrera starter at shortstop

- Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Monday that Asdrubal Cabrera won the shortstop job this spring and that Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe will form a platoon at second base.

Rays v Pirates: Cabrera the SS, notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash named Asdrubal Cabrera as the shortstop this morning.

Rays @ Jays: News on rotation and lineup

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RHP Nathan Karns, who has earned a spot in the rotation, will pitch in a minor league game Tuesday on the Rays off day.

Long shot working to beat odds with spot in Rays rotation

- Written in blue ink from a pen in the spot on today’s lineup card reserved for the starting pitcher is the name “Teaford.” It stands out because of the color of ink, and because the rest of the names were ...

Rays v Twins: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to threw off the mound today for the first time since March 6 when he first felt tightness in his shoulder while throwing a bullpen.

Rays notes: Souza puts scare into team on diving attempt

- Steven Souza Jr. remained in the game and batted in the bottom of the fourth inning, but he was sent for a precautionary MRI on his right forearm that came up clean, the team said.

Rays' Elmore has been around the block

- Jake Elmore’s mug shot on his baseball-reference.com page shows him wearing an A’s cap. Google him and you’ll find a Yahoo page that has him in an Astros cap. That even websites can’t keep up with E...

Rays Triple Play: Play on, Longo

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Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria has played in all four games this week following Monday’s off day. The streak is actually five straight, dating to Sunday’s game again...

Cancer patient, 16, gets wish: Hanging out with Rays

- Jonathan Cook walked into the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse Friday morning and saw a jersey with his last name on the back and a locker all his own.

Rays v Jays: Opening day starter(?) and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning that he’s not close to naming a new Opening Day starter now that RHP Alex Cobb is on the shelf with right forearm tendinitis.

Unheralded hurlers must fill a big void for Rays

- The Rays need three starters to fill the rotation, which bodes well for Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese and Burch Smith, a trio of right-handers making a run at the Opening Day roster unless the Rays go outside the organization...

Rays’ Sternberg on city council vote: ‘I don’t get it’

- Owner Stuart Sternberg addressed the media at spring training and touched on the ongoing stadium issue, the departures of Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman, and the hiring of manager Kevin Cash.

Rays v Twins: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- RHP Alex Colome returned to the team this morning after spending seven says in the hospital with pneumonia.

Cobb latest casualty in Rays rotation

- The good news is Alex Cobb’s forearm injury could have been worse. It could have been season-ending surgery worse. It’s not.

Rays’ Cobb has tendinitis, will miss Opening Day start

- Alex Cobb, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Opening Day starter, will miss the start of the season because of tendinitis in his right forearm.

Rays’ Cobb leaves game with forearm tightness

- Alex Cobb breezed through the first three innings Tuesday against the Phillies, retiring all nine batters he faced with half the pitches he was slated to throw in what was supposed to be a four-inning outing.

Rays @ Phillies, notes on Cabrera, injuries and lineups

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CLEARWATER -- INF Asdrubal Cabrera professed his desire to be the everyday shortstop this morning but said he will play where he’s told.

Rays send Hak-Ju Lee down to get atbats

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The Rays optioned INF Ryan Brett, INF Hak-Ju Lee, C Justin O’Conner, LHP Grayson Garvin and RHP Jose Dominguez to minor-league camp and re-assigned RHP Dylan Floro, LHP Robert Zarate and C Luke Maile to minor-leag...

Rays honor Balfour’s late father with blue socks

- The Rays wore light blue socks Sunday during their game against the New York Mets to honor the memory of Grant Balfour’s father David, the long-time general manager of the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball Le...