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Monday, May 04, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Bullpen falters as Rays fall 4-2 to Orioles

- The bullpen let Nathan Karns' lead and the game slip away as the Orioles rallied for a 4-2 victory at Tropicana Field in the finale of the three-game series relocated to St. Petersburg because of the unrest in Baltimore.

Rays place Jennings on DL

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day DL on Sunday morning with left knee bursitis retroactive to April 26.

Archer off target as Orioles shut out Rays in relocated game

- Based on the way Chris Archer pitched in his four starts leading up to Saturday, well, he looked what?

Rays Beat: Souza dedicated to practicing at full speed

- Steven Souza Jr. emerges from the dugout hours before first pitch every day the Tampa Bay Rays have a game, holding a bat in one hand. In the other, he carries a satchel containing 25 miniature soft baseballs.

Rays right at home as 'away' team, top Orioles

- Although Baltimore was the 'home' team at the Trop, the game followed a familiar pattern as the Rays won 2-0 behind a solid season debut by rookie Alex Colome, run-scoring hits by Evan Longoria and James Loney, and another...

Rays @ O’s: Lineups and notes

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ST. PETERSBURG -- OF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup against the Orioles, making this the fifth game he’s missed since leaving Saturday’s game with stiffness in his left knee.

Some odds and ends for unsual ‘raod’ series for Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays and Orioles begin a three-game series tonight at Tropicana Field thatw as originally scheduled to be played in Baltimore but was moved south because of the unrest in that city.

Rays away at home: Series at Trop will have different feel

- The first thing Rays officials needed to do Monday when the subject of moving this weekend’s series with the Orioles from Baltimore to Tropicana Field was discussed was make sure the building was available.

Rays Notes: Colome’s return bolsters rotation

- It took longer than RHP Alex Colome expected, but he finally will make his season debut tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays open a series against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Rays finally solve Yankees, win 3-2 in 13 innings

- Steven Souza Jr.'s dash from second base on James Loney's grounder helps the Rays salvage the final game of the three-game series and end April with a 12-10 record, their first winning April since 2012.

Cubs cleared of tampering with Rays’ Maddon

- Major League Baseball concluded its six-month investigation Wednesday into tampering charges against the Cubs concerning their hire of former Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Rays @ NYY: Lineups and notes

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NEW YORK -- The Rays finish the first leg of their now road-home-road road trip this afternoon against the Yankees on a sun-splashed day at Yankee Stadium.

Rays OK making unscheduled trip home vs. Orioles

- The Rays were growing concerned about spending this weekend in Baltimore after seeing video of Monday’s riots. But Major League Baseball solved those fears when it moved the three-game series with the Orioles from Ca...

Rays notes: Smyly to be on pitch count, but feels good

- Rays left-hander Drew Smyly will be on a pitch count this afternoon but he said he doesn’t know what it is, and all manager Kevin Cash would say is it is more than the 80 Smyly was limited to Friday when he returned f...

McCann too much for Odorizzi, Rays as Yanks win 4-2

- The Rays’ 4-2 loss to the Yankees had as much to do with Brian McCann’s three RBIs as it did with the Rays wasted scoring chances.

Baltimore riots could affect Rays-Orioles series

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— The Tampa Bay Rays are monitoring the situation in Baltimore, the site of rioting Monday night after the funeral for Freddie Gray, w...

Rays win streak ends in 4-1 loss at Yankee Stadium

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— The bases were loaded and there were two outs in a scoreless game during the fifth inning Monday at Yankee Stadium when Rays manager Kevin Cash called for Brandon Gomes, be...

Rays Notes: Cedeno could fill lefty reliever void

- The Rays went outside the organization for left-handed bullpen help when they acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

Back-to-back doubles help Rays rally to beat Toronto

- The comeback began innocently enough in the eighth inning with a two-out bloop double to right field by Evan Longoria.

Smyly, Loney make happy returns in 12-3 Rays win

- Drew Smyly retired the first 10 batters he faced and James Loney homered to jump-start a four-run fourth inning and doubled in the middle of a five-run fifth as the door to the disabled list finally swung the other way for ...

Loney, Smyly return in series opener v Jays

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ST. PETERSBURG -- 1B James Loney and LHP Drew Smyly are back in the lineup tonight, fresh from the disabled list, as the Rays begin a three-game weekend series with the visiting Blue Jays.

Rays take series from Boston with 2-1 walkoff win

- Rene Rivera pulled a curveball from Red Sox right-hander Anthony Vavaro just inside the third base bag, scoring pinch-runner Tim Beckham from second base with the winning run in the Rays’ 2-1 victory.

Riefenhauser to DL, Loney starts rehab assignment, lineups v BoSox

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser on the 15-day DL today because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

Loney activated after missing all but opener

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ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays will activate 1B James Loney for tonight’s game against the visiting Blue Jays.

Rays’ Beliveau faces season-ending shoulder surgery

- LHP Jeff Beliveau has a torn labrum and is scheduled to undergo surgery today in Pensacola. The surgery will be performed by James Andrews.

Elmore’s strong debut lifts Rays over Red Sox

- Rays manager Kevin Cash spent some time before Wednesday’s game professing his belief in the middle of the order and how he was confident they would eventually get things going at the plate.

Rays Notes: Club welcomes Smyly’s return

- The Rays sent their 11th player to the disabled list but received some good news on the injury front when LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) was cleared to return to the active roster.

Smyly to return Friday, shoulder surgery for Beliveau

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday and start that night against the visiting Blue Jays.

Offense lets Archer down as Rays lose to Boston

- The Red Sox beat the Rays 1-0, the Rays’ fourth straight loss and the second time they were shut out during the slide.

Rays v BoSox: McGee rehab delayed, lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Jake McGee (elbow surgery) will not begin his minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple A Durham as planned. Back soreness from his extended spring game last Thursday is delaying his comebac...

Smyly near return to Rays’ rotation

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The Rays are expected to announce today if left-hander Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) will make another minor-league rehab start or join the Rays and face the Blue Jays on Friday.

Rays Notes: Archer eager to set tone for showdown

- RHP Chris Archer will try to snap the Rays’ three-game losing streak tonight when this homestand continues with the first of three against the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Geltz making most of chance with Rays

- Everyone has a Cinderella story, Steve Geltz said. A tale of how they ended up in the big leagues, of how this led to that and that led to this. For Geltz, his “this” is a spot in the Rays’ bullpen.

Balfour's time with Rays comes to end

- The big news from an otherwise forgettable loss to the Yankees came afterward, when the Rays designated reliever Grant Balfour for assignment.

Game gets away from Rays as Yanks win 9-0

- For six innings it was a pitcher’s duel. And then it wasn’t.

Rays notes: Cobb still in dark about return

- RHP Alex Cobb (forearm strain) said Friday that he is throwing pain-free and that he has thrown some pitches off flat ground, but he doesn’t know when he will be cleared to throw a bullpen session, which is the next ...

A-Rod spoils Rays’ homecoming in 5-4 Yankees win

- Alex Rodriguez bashed a pair of home runs and drove in four RBIs as New York took the opening game of a weekend series in front of an announced crowd of 15,752 at Tropicana Field.

Rays v NYY: Beliveau to DL, Brett recalled, Longo at DH

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day DL because of left shoulder soreness and recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser.

Rays sign C Arencibia to minor-league deal

- The Rays signed catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal on Thursday. He will join Durham and get most of his playing time at first base and DH.

Fastball hits Longoria, mars Rays win over Toronto

- Evan Longoria said he will play today when the Rays begin a long homestand with the first game of a weekend series against the Yankees. That was in question when Longoria limped off the field in the eighth inning after bein...

Ramirez’s rocky starts continue as Toronto shells Rays 12-7

- Erasmo Ramirez fell behind often in the count and the Blue Jays made him pay. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits in 3 1⁄3 innings as the Rays' four-game winning streak came to an end.

Rays send RHP Yates back to Durham

- Kirby Yates pitched two innings and threw 43 pitches in Tuesday's win, which leaves him unavailable to pitch for several days. With the Rays preparing for the possibility of another heavy bullpen tonight, Yates became the o...

Rays notes: Rivera gets the call at first base

- The day first baseman James Loney strained his oblique was the day the Rays began looking at Rene Rivera as more than a catcher.

Souza’s bat clinches Rays’ fourth win in a row

- Steven Souza Jr. launched one of the longest home runs in franchise history, then showed small-ball skills by dropping down a bunt to start the eighth inning, stealing second and scoring the decisive run in a 3-2 victory at...

Rays @ Jays: Rivera moves to 1B, Andriese first MLB start

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TORONTO -- Manager Kevin Cash is getting creative with tonight’s lineup as he gets all the right-handed batters in there against Blue Jays LHP Daniel Norris.

Manfred supports Rays’ Sternberg, says Montreal a viable alternative

- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Montreal is a viable location for an expansion team as well as relocation, while saying Rays owner Stuart Sternberg “remains amazingly committed to the idea of making Tampa work...

Rays notes: Andriese ready for long-awaited start

- RHP Matt Andriese will make his long-awaited start tonight against the Blue Jays.

Game of throws: Rays hold off Blue Jays, 2-1

- It was a night for impressive throws. The ones to the plate by Jake Odorizzi for eight innings that shut down the Toronto Blue Jays and the one Brad Boxberger threw past Edwin Encarnacion for a big strikeout in the ninth.

DeJesus helps Rays to 8-5 win over Marlins

- David DeJesus had a diving catch to help stall one rally by the Marlins and delivered a three-run homer that broke open a game the Rays went on to win 8-5 at Marlins Park.

Rays @ Marlins: Notes on Smyly and lineups

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MIAMI -- After five games here’s what we know about the Rays: They either win 2-0 or they lose.