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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

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.

The Rays also optioned OF Mikie Mahtook to Durham and recalled INF Ryan Brett.

Beliveau said his arm hasn’t come out of the dead arm periods every pitcher experiences during spring training. He will be examined Saturday by Dr. Koco Eaton.

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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.

Rene Rivera is playing first base and Tim Beckham gets the start at shortstop in place of Asdrubal Cabrera, who will serve as the DH.

Rivera played a few innings last season at first base while with the Padres. He said he played first base 15 to 20 time during winter ball in the offseason. He said he can catch and field a grounder. He doesn’t expect to have any issues.

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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.

They have a chance to even the season record at 3-3 with a victory this afternoon against the Marlins at Marlins Park.

Nathan Karns, hoping to pitch like he did after the first two innings of his last start, makes his second start of the season.

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Friday’s loss to Marlins broke Rays winning streak

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MIAMI -- Friday’s 10-9, 10-innning loss to the Marlins snapped a 52-game winning streak for the Rays when they scored at least nine runs.

The game featured a seven-run seventh inning for the Rays, the 44th time in club history they scored at least seven runs in an inning, but only the fifth time they lost that game.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said RHP Matt Andriese, who made his major league debut Friday, will start Tuesday’s game in Toronto. RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who pitched two innings Friday, will either work behind Andriese that night or start Wednesday’s game.

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Rays @ Marlins: Geltz gets a start

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MIAMI -- Manager Kevin Cash has said since the roster was set a week ago that the team will try to piece things together until the starting pitching gets healthy and that’s what they are doing tonight as they open a three-game series with the Marlins at Marlins Park.

RHP Steve Geltz, who has worked 2 1/3 innings of relief this season, is the starting pitcher with more relievers to follow. RHP Matt Andriese or RHP Erasmo Ramirez might make their season debuts tonight behind Geltz.

Geltz said he will treat it like any other game. He will throw about 15 pitches in the bullpen then run in from the outfield in the bottom of the first. That is, unless the Rays bat around in the top of the first inning. Then Geltz said he will borrow a bat and stand at the plate but not swing.

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Rays v O’s: Loney out, Dykstra up, lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The injuries keep coming for the Rays, who placed 1B James Loney on the 15-day disabled list today with a mild right oblique strain.

Allan Dykstra’s contract was purchased from Triple A Durham and he was added to the roster and will play first base tonight in his major league debut.

To clear room on the 40-man for Dykstra, RHP Burch Smith was recalled and transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Smith had successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

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Loney scratched from lineup

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ST. PETERSBURG -- 1B James Loney was scratched from tonight’s lineup after tweaking his right side during batting practice.

Loney is the second Ray to suffer an injury in as many days of the season. DH John Jaso bruised his left wrist while sliding head first into second base during the first inning of Monday’s loss to the Orioles.

The Rays began the year with six players on the disabled list.

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Rays v. O’s: Jaso update, lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Nathan Karns makes his season debut tonight against the Orioles as the Rays try to win their first game of the season.

Orioles 1B Chris Davis returns to the lineup tonight after missing Monday’s game while finishing the 25-game suspension he began serving last Sept. 12 after testing positive for an amphetamine. He will serve as the O’s DH.

1B James Loney is the only lefty in the Rays lineup tonight against Orioles LHP Wei-Yen Chen. Loney will bat seventh. Rays manager Kevin Cash said that is where Loney will bat against lefties.”

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Rays v. O’s: Smith to have TJ surgery, Smyly to start rehab assignment, lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Welcome to Opening Day!

The Rays and Orioles begin this season at 3:10 p.m. today at sold-out Tropicana Field.

Chris Archer makes his first Opening Day start, though he has down-played the significance of the honor. He’s also down-played the significance of his elevated status in the rotation.

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Cash announces batting orders, notes and lineups for Rays v Tigers

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Kevin Cash announced the lineup for Opening Day on Monday against the visiting Orioles.

John Jaso DH

Steven Souza Jr. RF

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