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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Mooney, Roger

Tribune Staff

Price returns to the Trop, starts today against Rays


ST. PETERSBURG – David Price is back. You might have heard.

Porcello silences Rays' bats in Tigers' 6-0 victory

- Victor Martinez jumped on a Kirby Yates fastball and drove it into the right-field seats for a grand slam that finished the scoring in the Tigers' 6-0 win against the Rays.

Rays activate Myers from DL, send Belnome to Triple-A Durham


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays activated right fielder Wil Myers today from the disabled list and optioned infielder Vince B...

Rays notes: Reinforcements on the way


— Forget September call-ups, the Tampa Bay Rays are expecting three front-line players to rejoin the team within the next week or so.

Rays let another one slip away, lose 8-6 in 11

- Victor Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to force in the go-ahead run and the Tigers added two more runs to beat the Rays 8-6 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Price returns with Tigers for three-game series with Rays

- The Tigers are in town tonight to begin a three-game series and that means left-hander David Price returns to Tropicana Field for the first time since his July 31 trade.

Rays notebook: Rookie relievers coming up big


While much is made of LHP Jake McGee and RHP Brad Boxberger, the Rays are getting big outs from a pair of rookie relievers — RHP

Boxberger is Rays’ ace in the hole

- Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee have been the most reliable relievers in the Rays bullpen this season with Boxberger setting up McGee for the save on most occasions. Jake in the Box, Joe Maddon likes to call the tandem.

Rays notes: Myers’ return on horizon

- Rays RF Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) is expected to return this week. Exactly when will be determined by how well he felt after serving as the designed hitter Sunday for Triple-A Durham.

Rays drops second straight to Yankees

- It was a two-out walk to Stephen Drew in the fifth inning Sunday afternoon that changed everything for the Tampa Bay Rays, much like the ninth-inning throwing error in Saturday’s loss.

Rays still chasing American League Wild Card spot


ST. PETERSBURG – The goal for the Rays down the stretch is to win as many series as possible, and they have a chance to do that this afternoon against the visiting Yankees at what is expected to be a nearly full T...

Rays notes: Smyly tips his hat after Prado’s blast


ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly had an impressive home debut as a Ray, and if not for one pitch, he might have headed home a winner.

Ninth-inning error makes difference as Yanks top Rays


— Even with the speedy Brett Gardner speeding up the first base line, and even though the ball had glanced off Jake McGee’s glove, Rays second baseman Logan Fors...

Rays cap historic comeback with 5-0 win over Yanks

- The Rays beat the Yankees 5-0 on Friday night in front of 26,535 fans at Tropicana Field to reach .500 for the first time since April 22.

Rays aim for .500, to pick up ground in race


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays begin an important six-game homestand tonight that features two of the five teams they are chasing for an AL Wild Card spot – the Yankees and Tigers.

Rays cap big road trip with 6-3 win over Texas

- The Rays flew home early this morning from the heart of Texas still hopeful of chasing someone down for a postseason spot, thanks to a winning road trip.

Rays, Archer romp over Rangers 10-1


ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Archer watched Tuesday’s marathon from the comfort of the team hotel, watched as the innings piled up as Rays manager Joe Maddon went through his bullpen pitcher after pitcher after...

Rays lose to Rangers in 14 innings

- Rays reliever Cesar Ramos walked Adam Rosales on four pitches to force home the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday as the Texas Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory.

Rays notes: No sympathy shown after Sale suspension

- Josh Sale, the Tampa Bay Rays’ first pick (17th overall) in the 2010 draft, was suspended for the third time Tuesday, this time 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the...

Rays minor leaguer Sale suspended for 50 games


ARLINGTON, Texas – Rays minor league prospect Josh Sale received his second 50-game suspension, this time for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatme...

Rays notes: Longoria eager to get rolling

- Rays 3B Evan Longoria swears he is healthy, that his struggles at the plate this season are not physical and not from a lack of hard work or preparation.

Smyly dazzles as Rays blank Rangers

- Drew Smyly dominated the Rangers in the Texas heat, reaching career-highs in innings pitched and pitches thrown and leading the Rays to a 7-0 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rays face the Rangers in final leg of 10-game trip


ARLINGTON, Texas – The Rays begin the final leg of their 10-game, three-city trip tonight against the Rangers in what is now called Globe Life Park.

Balfour continues to struggle for Rays

- Manager Joe Maddon has said on a number of occasions that for the Rays to make a run at a playoff spot, they need the bullpen to be locked down. And for that to happen, they need RHP Joel Peralta and RHP Grant Balfour to pi...

Cubs avoid sweep with 3-2 victory over Rays

- Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning to hand the Rays another frustrating loss, 3-2 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Rays looking to sweep Cubs with win this afternoon


CHICAGO – The Rays go for this sweep this afternoon at Wrigley Field during the finale of this three-game series with the Cubs.

Odorizzi rebounds, handcuffs Cubs in 4-0 win


— The strikeouts came in bunches for Jake Odorizzi. They came early, too.

In Price’s absence, Rays pitchers hold each other accountable


— They gathered inside the clubhouse the day after the trade, the day after David Price, the best pitcher they ever played with and best teammate they ever had, was shipped to...

Kiermaier hit gives Rays 4-3 win in the 10th

- Brad Boxberger's "yelp" bolsters Joe Maddon's belief in the reliever as he retired the Cubs in order in the 10th.

Cubs welcome ‘Devil’ Rays for rare Wrigley appearance


CHICAGO — There will be a lot of blue in the Wrigley Field stands today and it won’t be all Cubs blue. There is a strong showing of Rays fans as their team makes its first trip to the Friendly Confines sinc...

Hellickson, Rays bounce back to prevent sweep

- Jeremy Hellickson showed up Wednesday at the O.co Coliseum. So did the Rays offense, getting hits in bunches, hits with runners in scoring position, hits with the bases-loaded.

Hellickson aims to help Rays end slide


OAKLAND — The Rays will try to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a sweep to the A’s this afternoon during the finale of this series at O.Co Coliseum.

Lack of offense spoils Smyly’s Rays debut

- The A’s came up with the key hits for a second straight night and beat the Rays 3-0, handing them their third straight defeat.

Hellickson is working hard to earn trust

- Jeremy Hellickson hasn't finished the fifth inning in any of his first three starts since returning from offseason elbow surgery. He has a chance this afternoon when he faces the A’s in the finale of this three-game ...

Smyly makes Rays debut tonight in Oakland


— Left-hander Drew Smyly makes his Rays debut tonight against the A’s, pitching on the day that would have been left-han...

Former Rays at home with A’s

- Six former Rays are on the Rays roster. In fact, there are more players from the 2008 Rays World Series squad — Scott Kazmir, Jonny Gomes, Jason Hammel and John Jaso — than there are with the Rays (Evan Longoria...

Rays road trip begins with 10th-inning loss to A’s

- The A’s prevailed 3-2 after Derek Norris hit a bases-loaded walk-off single in the 10th inning off ex-A’s closer Grant Balfour, who allowed a pair of 0-2 hits — including the game winner and a controver...

Rays Beat: Price trade keeps other pieces in place

- Could Andrew Friedman have received more for David Price had he traded him last offseason? Possibly. But Roger Mooney says Friedman felt he was putting together a team that was going to be good enough to compete not only fo...

Rays keep the good times rolling


— Chris Archer spoke Friday of growing his game, of becoming that pitcher who can be depended on to pitch deep into a game and give the bullpen a rest.

Late Rays rally falls short in 5-3 loss to Angels

- The bottom of the order did its job in the bottom of the ninth inning. Single by Cole Figueroa. Walk by pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer. Infield hit by Kevin Kiermaier. Bases loaded. No outs.

Smyly surprised to be coming to Rays

- Left-hander Drew Smyly, 25, will take Price’s spot in the rotation and pitch Tuesday in Oakland, while the Rays are intrigued by Nick Franklin’s versatility and Willy Adames’ potential.

Rays say Price trade made with eye to future

- “We knew at some point David was not going to be a Ray,” executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said about the three-team trade that sent the ace to Detroit.

Rays' Price confident he's not going anywhere

- David Price plans to play golf today, and when he plays golf, he keeps his phone in his golf bag. So if the big call comes, the one informing him that he's been traded, there is a good chance Price will miss it.

Price slated to start matinee as deadline nears


ST. PETERSBURG — David Price starts this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers in a “camp day” matinee. Will it be his last start with the Tampa Bay Rays? We’ll know by 4 p.m. Thursday, the ...

Rays notes: Despite loss, another series won

- Despite Sunday's loss, the Rays won the three-game series, which manager Joe Maddon has said is the ultimate goal of every series during the remainder of the season.

Rays’ win streak ends as Ortiz’s flip causes flap

- The Rays’ winning streak came to an end Sunday, 3-2 to the Red Sox. It came to end with one mighty swing from David Ortiz that was followed by an exaggerated bat flip and a leisurely stroll around the bases, timed on ...

Win would make Rays part of history


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are looking to become only the sixth team in the last 25 years to have a 10-game losing streak and a 10-game winning streak in the same season this afternoon. All it will take is another ...

Strong bullpen gives Rays 9th straight win

- The Rays have won a season-high nine straight, making this the second-longest winning streak in team history behind the 12 consecutive wins recorded by the 2004 Devil Rays.

Rays designate Oviedo for assignment; clear spot for Hellickson


ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays designated for assignment right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo this afternoon to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who faces the Red Sox tonight at Tropican...

Price, Longo lead Rays to 8th straight win