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Friday, May 22, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays alone in first place after topping Oakland 3-0

- Alex Colome's "bounce-back start" lifted the Rays to a 3-0 victory in front of 10,605 fans at Tropicana Field, a victory that moved them into sole possession of first place, a half-game ahead of the idle New York Yankees.

Smyly talks about his decision to rehab injury and tonight’s lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly talked Thursday afternoon about his decision to rehab his torn labrum and not have surgery to repair the injury.

Rays offense unable to come through in loss to Atlanta

- The Rays could have opened a seven-game homestand tonight against Oakland with a one-game lead in the AL East had they not wasted another solid outing by Jake Odorizzi, who pitched well enough to win but didn’t becaus...

Bullpen makes sure Rays rally stands up

- Erasmo Ramirez gets through one rough inning, then keeps the Rays in the ballgame in a 5-3 win over the Braves, giving Tampa Bay a share of first place in the AL East.

Optimism about Smyly returning this year

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ATLANTA -- The Rays remain hopeful that LHP Drew Smyly can return this season from the torn labrum that sent him back to the disabled list.

Rays’ Boxberger quietly emerges as one of game’s top young closers

- While Jake McGee was working his way back into shape after having loose bodies removed from the elbow, Brad Boxberger quietly stepped in and began this season perfect in his 10 save opportunities.

Rays Beat: Clubhouse culture key for bullpen

- It is relentless, Steve Geltz said the other day about the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen. Not so much what they do on the field, which has been pretty solid, but the way they ease their minds for the night’s work.

Ramirez makes strong pitch for rotation spot as Rays beat Yanks

- Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees to one hit over five innings and earned the victory as the Rays rolled to a 6-1 win in front of 11,977 at Tropicana Field. Ramirez is getting a chance to replace the injured Drew Smyly in the...

Another rocky start, but another comeback win for Rays

- Nathan Karns survives a bumpy first inning, and the Rays managed just enough offense to beat the Yankees, 3-2.

Smyly seeks 2nd opinion and lineups for NYY

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly is headed to Texas where he will have the torn labrum in his left shoulder examined by Dr. Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers.

Archer bounces back from bad start, leads Rays over Yankees

- Chris Archer dominated the Yankees over the final five innings of his seven-inning outing, and David DeJesus delivered a game-changing hit in the seventh as the Rays rallied for a 4-2 win over the Yankees.

Yankees rout Rays in front of teams’ smallest crowd ever

- Rookie Alex Colome had the worst outing of his big-league career as the Yankees won 11-5 in front of an announced crowd of 10,619, the smallest to ever see the Yanks play at the Trop.

Smyly update, notes on McGee, Jaso and lineups v NYY

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly had a second MRI today on his left shoulder and is seeking second opinions on the tear in his labrum.

Caution proves costly for Rays in 2-1 loss to Rangers

- With a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning, Logan Forsythe plays it safe and doesn't score on a bloop single. He was stranded on third in the Rays' Mother's Day loss to the Rangers.

Smyly has tear in labrum

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly will undergo a second MRI today on his left shoulder to get a second opinion on the first MRI taken last week that revealed a tear in the labrum.

Rays pitcher Smyly back on DL; Odorizzi out with flu

- Rays left-handed starter Drew Smyly, who has pitched so well since returning from the disabled list, returned there with left shoulder soreness. The Rays also announced Jake Odorizzi will not start tonight because of the f...

Karns pitches deep into Rays win over Texas

- Rays rookie Nathan Karns went deeper than any start of his big league career and set career highs for pitches thrown and strikeouts. Meantime, the offense showed up and the Rays beat the Rangers 8-2 in front of 11,704 fans...

Rays’ Cobb opts for elbow surgery, will be out until 2016

- Rays pitcher Alex Cobb said he will have Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He is eyeing a September 2016 return.

8,701 at Trop watch Rays, Archer fall to Rangers, 5-4

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— Bobby Wilson called for the slider and expected it to be in the dirt, so he was prepared to block the pitch, which he did. But the hop kicked back a little, hit Wilso...

Cobb hopes to avoid surgery, get back on field this season

- Alex Cobb He could opt for Tommy John surgery now to repair the partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow or he can let the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection he received Monday takes its course and...

Rays v Rangers: Lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- More lineup shuffling todaby by manager Kevin Cash as the Rays play the first of four games against the visiting Rangers at the Trop.

Bullpen strong, Longoria homers twice as Rays beat Red Sox 5-3

- Brad Boxberger got Dustin Pedroia to chase a pitch out of the strike zone for strike three, then got the light-hitting Luis Jimenez to pound a pitch in front of the plate that became the final out of the Rays’ 5-3 vic...

Rays’ Cobb will try to pitch with tear in elbow

- Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, leaving his return to the team this season in question. The immediate plan calls for rest and treatment.

Smyly shines, but Red Sox top Rays 2-0

- Mookie Betts hit a pair of home runs, including one that ended Drew Smyly’s no-hitter in the sixth inning, in the Rays' 2-0 loss.

Rays’ Cobb shuts it down, awaits test results

- Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) has stopped his throwing program and was examined by team orthopedist Koco Eaton. Now it appears Cobb won’t be back until mid-June at best.

Rays notes: Batting order shuffle does the trick

- SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who brought an 0-for-14 slide into Monday’s game, was dropped from third in the batting order to seventh and responded with hits in his first two at-bats.

Cash adjusts lineup, Rays beat Red Sox 5-1

- Asdrubal Cabrera, Steven Souza Jr. and David DeJesus were a combined 0-for-48 entering the game and each delivered key hits to back Jake Odorizzi, who was winless in his previous three starts.

Cobb has setback, lineups @ Boston

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BOSTON -- Manager Kevin Cash said RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) has stopped his throwing and was examined by Dr. Koco Eaton.

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.