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Sunday, Apr 26, 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.

Loney, Smyly return in series opener v Jays

Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2015 at 05:17 PM
By Roger Mooney

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.

Smyly is making his first start of the season. The Rays hope he can go at least five innings. They have not named a starter for Saturday’s game and the reason is they may need RHP Matt Andriese to pitch in relief tonight in the event of a short outing from Smyly.

Loney’s return not only helps the offense -- he is the No. 5 hitter -- but also the defense. Loney’s ability to dig throws out of the dirt makes the infield a lot better.

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Riefenhauser to DL, Loney starts rehab assignment, lineups v BoSox

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser on the 15-day DL today because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

OF Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Durham to take the spot on the roster.

The Rays are now without a lefty in the bullpen but manager Kevin Cash said he can cover that with some of the righties who can get lefties out.

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Smyly to return Friday, shoulder surgery for Beliveau

Published:   |   Updated: April 22, 2015 at 06:40 PM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday and start that night against the visiting Blue Jays.

Smyly will be the first of the 11 Rays on the disabled list to be activated.

He said he thinks he can pitch five to six innings that night.

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Rays v BoSox: McGee rehab delayed, lineups

Published:   |   Updated: April 21, 2015 at 04:54 PM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Jake McGee (elbow surgery) will not begin his minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple A Durham as planned. Back soreness from his extended spring game last Thursday is delaying his comeback.

McGee said he let it go too much that day, throwing his fastball up to 98 mph.

“A little too much, too soon for my body,” McGee said.

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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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By Roger Mooney

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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By Roger Mooney

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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By Roger Mooney

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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