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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Archer flirts with perfection, but Detroit tops Rays 2-1

- Chris Archer was perfect. His fastball was unhittable. His slider was untouchable. For six innings, today’s game with visiting Detroit looked as if it would be one for the ages. Then came the seventh inning, when Arc...

DeJesus: Trade is win for both Rays, Angels

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It took a while, but the Rays finally were able to trade LF/DH David DeJesus, sending him to the Angels on Tuesday for minor-league RHP Eduar Lopez...

Red-hot Casali hits two more home runs as Rays rough up Price

- All these weeks, all these losses caused by a lackluster offense and the answer was sitting on the Rays bench all along.

Rays’ Kiermaier injures eye during stretches, listed as day-to-day

- Kevin Kiermaier suffered one of the more unusual injuries Monday when he sustained a left eye abrasion while stretching before the game.

Casali homers twice as Rays beat Tigers at Tropicana Field

- Curt Casali made his third-straight start for one reason: The Rays need offense.

Rays activate Cabrera from DL

- The Rays will activate shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the disabled list today's game against the visiting Tigers.

Rays Notes: Price awaits fate as deadline nears

- The one-year anniversary of the trade that sent LHP David Price to the Tigers is approaching, and as the schedule-makers would have it, Price is back at Tropicana Field, where he will pitch tonight against the Rays.

Rays Beat: Lots of talk, but expect quiet week before trade deadline

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— This will be a busy week for the Rays’ front office with Friday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline looming.

Grand slam helps Orioles defeat Rays at Tropicana Field

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ST. PETERSBURG -- One pitch, a fastball that was supposed to be down and in but got too much of the plate and sailed more than 400 feet to right-center field with the bases-loaded, was the ball game.

Rays notes: Getting back to basics to generate offense

- The Rays began the homestand Friday afternoon by working on a part of their game that could use a little attention — bunting. The position players worked on getting bunts down during early batting practice.

Rays' Jaso, Beckham propel clutch comeback over Orioles, 3-1

- In a game the Rays really needed to win, they came through against reliever Darren O'Day, stringing together three hits against the side-winder in the eighth inning to rally past Baltimore. The hits were the most O'Day has ...

Bats to blame for Rays’ tailspin

- Since sitting atop the AL East in late June, the Rays have gone into a tailspin — and the woes can be directly traced to their struggles at the plate.

Rays notes: Karns’ homer puts him in exclusive company

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Thanks to RHP Nathan Karns, the memory of Harry McCormick was rekindled.

Rays find a fitting way to lose to Phillies 5-4 in 10 innings

- The Rays had plenty of opportunities to roll over the worst team in the major leagues and did not, instead losing 5-4 in 10 innings to the Phillies.

Karns' historic home run powers Rays past Phillies 1-0

- Nathan Karns homered and pitched five innings, and he wasn't even feeling well. It was just the sixth time that an American League pitcher homered in a 1-0 game and the first 1-0 interleague game in which the deciding hom...

Rays notes: Jennings, Smyly making progress

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Two injured players the Tampa Bay Rays are still expecting to make contributions this season faced each other Tuesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park when OF Desmond Jennings (k...

Rays falter in all three phases at Philadelphia, fall 5-3

- Matt Moore struggled again, the offense left the bases loaded again, the defense was sloppy again and the Rays lost again, this time to the lowly Phillies on a steamy night at Citizens Bank Park.

Rays send down Sizemore to make room for Souza

- Tampa Bay optioned outfielder Grady Sizemore to Triple-A Durham after Monday’s loss to at Philadelphia to make room on the roster to Steven Souza Jr., who returns after missing a little more than two weeks with a fing...

Rays notes: Beckham has difficult day on bases

- Tim Beckham didn’t have the best days on the bases during the final two games against the Blue Jays.

Rays offense silenced as Archer pays for lone mistake in 4-0 loss to Jays

- Marco Estrada pitched eight shutout innings to outduel Chris Archer, Chris Colabello and Jose Bautista each hit two-run homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Sunday.

Timely homers give Rays 3-2 victory over Jays

- The game-changing home runs came late in the game, first a solo shot from the right fielder in the seventh inning to tie the score and then a blast from the catcher in the eighth for what proved to be the winning.

Odorizzi starts second half on wrong foot in Rays loss

- Jake Odorizzi’s lack of command caught up to him in the fifth inning when he surrendered a pair of home runs with runners on base, and that was enough to sink the Rays in a 6-2 loss at Toronto to open the second half ...

Rays optimistic entering second half

- The Rays expect the solid pitching to continue and, despite the loss of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera until at least the end of the month, they expect the defense to remain tight.

At midseason, Rays have seen strange stuff but still contending

- If there was one word to sum up the first half of the Rays’ 2015 season, it would be oblique. Or hamstring. Or tendinitis. Or surgery. So many injuries in a strange first half for the Rays, yet they remain in the hun...

Rays sending Davis to bullpen worked out well

- It was only three years ago when the Rays moved Wade Davis to the bullpen, a change Davis wasn’t all that thrilled about at the time, but one he was determined to make work.

A first-round pick like his father, Brad Boxberger finds his place in MLB

- The news that he made the All-Star team came as a shock to Boxberger, and an even bigger shock to his family, especially when he called Anna and his dad, Rod, and had them believing he had been traded again before telling t...

For Rays’ Archer, all-star road began with rejection

- Chris Archer has been driven since the day he didn’t make his seventh-grade baseball team. Today, he is an all-star, one of the best pitchers in the majors with a future as bright as anyone in the game.

Rays’ Cabrera heads to DL with hamstring strain

- As it turned out, the strained hamstring suffered Saturday by SS Asdrubal Cabrera was more severe than originally believed.

Rays sweep Astros, enter All-Star break in second place

- Matt Moore pitched well enough to give his team a chance and four relievers combined to throw four shutout innings to give the Rays a 4-3 win over the Astros.

Odorizzi comes back strong, shuts out Astros

- Jake Odorizzi returned from a longer than anticipated stay on the disabled list because of an oblique strain and started the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to another shutout victory, this one a 3-0 win Saturday against the vi...

Formula for victory works as Rays top Astros, 3-1

- Erasmo Ramirez started for the Rays and did what he normally does — put them in position to win. And the bullpen held the lead to help Tampa Bay win for only the fourth time in the past 19 games.

Rays cold streak drags on as Royals complete sweep

- Thursday's 8-3 beatdown by the Royals continues a Tampa Bay free-fall that has the Rays sitting only a game out of last place. The Rays begin the final series before the All-Star break Friday against Houston two games un...

Rays notes: Silverman confident club with snap out of funk

- Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman discussed several topics concerning the club before Wednesday’s game with the Royals.

Archer's audition a real flop as Rays lose again to K.C.

- With a chance to impress his All-Star manager, Kansas City's Ned Yost, Rays starter Chris Archer was rocked in a 9-7 loss, Tampa Bay 's 10th in the past 11 games.

Rays drop both halves of doubleheader to K.C.

- The Rays lose on a walk-off grand slam in the first game, then 7-1 in the nightcap to fall to .500 for the first time since June 1. Moreover, they have lost nine of 10 and 13 of their past 16.

Rays Notes: Rays place Souza on DL, activate Jaso

- DH John Jaso walked into the Rays clubhouse Tuesday morning two hours before first pitch a little worn out from his early morning travels that took him from Durham to Kansas City by way of Atlanta, but ready to resume his s...

Doubleheader today after tornado warnings postpone Rays-Royals opener

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— It wasn’t long after Kauffman Stadium was evacuated late Monday afternoon because of tornado warnings and all those inside sent to the tunnel that serves as ...

Rays' Archer, Boxberger going to All-Star Game

- Chris Archer is headed to his first All-Star Game. That, as Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday, is a no-brainer. What was somewhat of a surprise was the addition of Brad Boxberger.

Rays-Royals game postponed, tornado warnings in Kansas City

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— It wasn’t long after Kauffman Stadium was evacuated late Monday afternoon because of tornado warnings and all those inside sent to the tunnel that serves as ...

Good vibrations all around as Rays snap their seven-game skid

- Erasmo Ramirez pitched out of early trouble in his latest effective outing against the New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of some shoddy defense for an 8-1 victory.

Notes and Lineups for Rays @ NYY

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NEW YORK -- The Rays try to end the seven-game losing streak and salvage the final game of this three-game series this afternoon against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Throwing error in 9th costs Rays a win, extends losing streak

- The Yankees were giving up an out with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, trying to move the winning run 90 feet to third when Ramon Flores dropped a bunt to the left of the mound. Brad Boxberge...

Rays twice blow late leads in heartbreaking walkoff loss to Yankees

- All losses sting, catcher Rene Rivera said after the game, but Friday’s loss at Yankee Stadium seemed to sting a little more than the first five in what is now a six-game losing streak for the Rays. The loss wasted a...

Loney returns as Rays begin road trip @ The Stadium

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NEW YORK -- 1B James Loney returns to the lineup tonight as the Rays begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Rays notes: Loney returns tonight

- 1B James Loney will be activated from the disabled list today and return to the lineup for the first time since fracturing his left middle finger May 24.

Rays’ Moore pleased with first performance

- LHP Matt Moore returned to the mound Thursday for the first time in 451 days and said “it felt normal” to resume pitching after his career was interrupted for 14 months by Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Moore gets no decision in return as Rays lose again

- Matt Moore was back on the mound for the first time since the start of last season, and that was a welcome sight for the Rays, especially when he began the game with three hitless innings.

Moore returns and other notes before Rays-Indians

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Matt Moore returns to the mound for the first time in 451 days with a new left elbow, thanks to Tommy John surgery that repaired his torn UCL.

Moore’s return should be shot in the arm for Rays

- Left-hander Matt Moore joins a rotation that was nearly obliterated by injuries this spring. In fact, his return means the Rays have only two of the projected five starters on the active roster.

Butler breaks up Carrasco’s no-hit bid as Rays fall, 8-1

- Rays fans should be familiar with the routine by now: opposing pitchers taking no-hit bids deep into games. This time, it was Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, who came one out away from making history.