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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Mooney, Roger

Tribune Staff

Punchless Rays lose 3-0 in chilly Baltimore

- It was only fitting the Rays would end the first road trip of the season on a day that was as cold as their bats, falling 3-0 to the Orioles. The Rays scored a total of 14 runs while losing five of the eight games played du...

Rays adviser Zimmer resting after heart surgery


Tampa Bay Rays senior advisor Don Zimmer underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a leaky heart valve.

Rays’ Moore opts for surgery, out for year


The Rays confirmed that left-hander Matt Moore has opted for Tommy John surgery on his elbow, a move that will end Moore’s season.

Rays' bats, Archer struggle in 7-1 loss to Orioles

- The offensive funk that began during the final game of the first homestand has traveled with the Rays from Kansas City to Cincinnati and now to Baltimore.

Rays Notes: Moore throws, but no decision on injury

- LHP Matt Moore played catch Monday afternoon, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said a decision has not been made on what course of action Moore will take with his partially torn UCL — surgery or rehab.

Depleted staff hit again: Cobb on DL

- Alex Cobb was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed a strain in his left oblique. He is the second member of the Rays rotation to be sidelined this trip.

Rays’ Zobrist finding his groove with the bat

- Ben Zobrist did something he had never done before, not even in Little League. He homered from both sides of the plate in the same game in Sunday's loss.

Bad day from start as Rays lose 12-4

- Cesar Ramos pitched into the third inning and Joe Maddon needed five relievers to finish Sunday's 12-4 loss to the Reds.

Zimmer a treasure trove of stories, true treasure himself


CINCINNATI — The Rays are in Don Zimmer's hometown this weekend, so this seems as good of a time as any to listen as the Rays talk about baseball's elder statesman.

Kiermaier's throw saves Rays' 1-0 win over Reds


CINCINNATI -- Kevin Kiermaier was sent back to Triple A Durham on Saturday afternoon, But before he left, he won a game for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Price dominates Reds in 2-1 win


CINCINNATI -- How close did David Price come Friday night to throwing the third complete-game shutout of his career? One finger?

Moore returns to Rays before deciding future


CINCINNATI – Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore rejoined the team Friday afternoon and said he will throw in a few days, likely when the team reaches Baltimore on Monday, before deciding on a course of action with h...

Rays notes: Pitchers excited about chance to hit vs. Reds

- The Rays begin interleague play tonight when they open a three-game series against the Reds at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Rays spend off-day considering Moore, his replacement

- The first question is whether Matt Moore's elbow injury needs surgery or rehab. The second and more immediate issue is who will replace Moore in the rotation — Cesar Ramos or Erik Bedard?

Rays' Moore has torn UCL; Tommy John surgery possible

- Further testing on Matt Moore's left elbow Wednesday revealed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays and Moore are deciding on the next step, which is either surgery or rehabilitation.

Rays’ Zobrist, Maddon irked by rule interpretation

- Ben Zobrist said he texted the head of the players’ union asking to see what it can do with the new interpretation of when a player has successfully transferred the ball from his glove to this hand.

Rays lose 7-3, happy to leave Kansas City

- The Rays can win in Boston and New York. It’s the Kansas City Royals who have given the Rays fits over the past three seasons.

Rays notes: Help for the bench


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tampa Bay LHP Jeff Beliveau was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday’s game. The Rays will make a corresponding move Friday in Cincinnati.

Rays’ Moore to see surgeon about elbow

- It is never a good thing when you have to send a pitcher to see noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, but that is where Rays left-hander Matt Moore is headed.

Rays win pitching duel with run in ninth, 1-0

- Tampa Bay pulled out a run in the top of the ninth and Chris Archer and a trio of relievers – Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Grant Balfour – made sure it stood as the Rays snapped a seven-game losing streak in Kan...

Moore to undergo MRI on elbow after leaving Rays' loss


Rays starter Matt Moore, on the disabled list for more than a month last year because of a sore elbow, quickly left Monday’s 4-2 loss to Kansas City after feeling pain again. He will undergo an MRI this morning.

Rays notes: Myers, Shields spur talk of 'The Trade'

- RF Wil Myers and Royals RHP James Shields were in the same stadium Monday, so naturally the pregame chatter surrounded The Trade.

Rays’ starter Moore leaves game with sore elbow


KANSAS CITY – Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore left Monday’s game against the Royals in the bottom of the fifth inning with left elbow soreness.

Rays stage comeback to top Texas, 5-4


ST. PETERSBURG – It did not look good for David Price on Saturday night, and that was before the Texas Rangers jumped on him for two quick runs in the first inning.

Rays’ first replay call was right


ST. PETERSBURG – It took five games for Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon to ask for replay, and he got it right.

New papa Rodriguez shines in 8-1 win over Texas

- Who’s your daddy? In the case of 2-day old Zekiel Cruz Rodriguez, that would be Sean John Rodriguez, who celebrated his son’s birth on Thursday with a career-tying night Friday.

Archer, Longo lead Rays to 7-2 win over Jays

- Chris Archer allowed two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out seven in his six innings to help the Rays stop their first losing streak of the season.

Rays lose to Blue Jays again


ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw during Matt Moore’s outing Wednesday.

Rays agree with Archer on eight-year contract

- Chris Archer became the latest in a long line of young Rays to sign a lucrative long-term deal -- six years with $25.5 million guaranteed and a pair of options years that could bring the total worth to $43.75 million.

Rays' bats silent in loss

- Toronto's Drew Hutchison, who hasn't pitched at the big-league level in more than a year because of reconstructive elbow surgery, stole the show from Alex Cobb in the Rays' 4-2 loss.

Rays beat Blue Jays to start season

- David Price took an Opening Day shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce had three RBI as the Rays beat the Blue Jays at the Trop, 9-2.

Rays notes: Joyce comes out swinging against Jays

- Matt Joyce had two hits, including a double, and three RBI in the Rays' win. It was a nice debut for anyone, especially someone serving as DH – one Joyce’s least favorite roles.

Chemistry key to Rays’ World Series hopes

- There is science behind the notion that the Rays will survive a seemingly endless regular season and be a bona fide contender for the World Series.

Rays return with record payroll

- The Tampa Bay Rays spent money this past offseason, including $14 million for David Price, and are prepared to return to the playoffs and more.

AL East packing plenty of punch


ST. PETERSBURG — Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox recently was asked if he could predict how the AL East will look come the end of the regular season.

Limiting stolen bases is Rays team effort

- When asked to describe in one word the job his pitchers did last season holding runners on base, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “Bad.”

Mentally, Rays' Lueke believes he’s ready for the show

- Though Rays manager Joe Maddon has yet to officially announce his bullpen, Josh Lueke appears to have won a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Rays roster close to being finalized

- The Rays inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster when outfielder Brandon Guyer was told he was making the team and infielders Wilson Betemit and Jayson Nix and pitcher Mark Lowe were informed they would not mak...

OF Guyer makes Rays’ Opening Day roster


PORT CHARLOTTE – Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer was told before Tuesday’s game against the visiting Boston Red Sox that he made the Opening Day roster.

Rays release Bedard, but Maddon leaves door open

- Rays manager Joe Maddon said pitcher Erik Bedard has been released and is free to look for an opportunity with another team, but would like for him to sign another minor league deal and open the season at Triple-A Durham.

Rays notes: X-rays of Moore’s jaw are negative

- X-rays of left-hander Matt Moore’s jaw Monday afternoon were negative. He had a light workout and is not expected to miss a start.

Rays’ Colome suspended 50 games for drug violation

- Rays pitching prospect Alex Colome was suspended 50 games without pay for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing sub...

Odorizzi’s gamble on new pitch pays off


Jake Odorizzi thanks teammate Alex Cobb for helping him earn a spot in the Rays starting rotation by learning a new pitch: a splitter/changeup called “The Thing.”

Rays’ Colome suspended 50 games for drug violation


FORT MYERS – Tampa Bay Rays RHP Alex Colome has been suspended 50-game without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Preve...

Rays notes: Race heats up for final bullpen spots


FORT MYERS — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday’s 9-2 win against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park that the decision about which of the three candidates will fill the final two spots in the bul...

Rays' Moore hit by ball, escapes serious injury

- Pitcher Matt Moore said he was “extremely fortunate” to escape with nothing more than a fat lip and soreness below his right ear, the result of his jaw absorbing the impact of a batted ball.

Mooney: Wounded warriors take field with Rays


PORT CHARLOTTE – There was Robert Cruz shagging fly balls Thursday night at Charlotte Sports Park while the

Rays name P Jake Odorizzi to fill out rotation


PORT CHARLOTTE — Saturday was long and agonizing for Jake Odorizzi, who said he slept about two hours the previous night in anticipation of The Decision that would determine whether he opens the season in St. Pete...

Rays’ Jennings tries to put it all together

- Consistency is a theme for Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings.

Rays' Hellickson not making excuses for last season

- Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had surgery to remove bone chips, but he doesn't think they contributed to his up-and-down season in 2013.