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Wednesday, Jul 08, 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.

Notes and Lineups for Rays @ NYY

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By Roger Mooney

NEW YORK -- The Rays try to end the seven-game losing streak and salvage the final game of this three-game series this afternoon against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Some pregame notes:

Evan Longoria is the DH today to give him a day off his legs. Because of that, DH Grady Sizemore is not in the lineup. Because of that, SS Asdrubal Cabrera is batting leadoff. INF Jake Elmore is at third base.

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Loney returns as Rays begin road trip @ The Stadium

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By Roger Mooney

NEW YORK -- 1B James Loney returns to the lineup tonight as the Rays begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Loney missed the last 36 games with a fractured left middle finger. The Rays were .500 with him out of the lineup.

Loney’s return couldn’t have been better timed since he hits very well at the new Yankee Stadium. He has a .414 batting average here, second-highest all-time (minimum 50 at-bats) among visiting players behind Justin Morneau’s .433. Loney has 13 multi-hit games and six three-hit games in his last 19 games for a .467 average.

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Moore returns and other notes before Rays-Indians

Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Matt Moore returns to the mound for the first time in 451 days with a new left elbow, thanks to Tommy John surgery that repaired his torn UCL.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is the Rays have as many hits during the first three games of this series (6) as Indians 2B Jason Kipnis.

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Moore ready for Thursday return

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2015 at 05:32 PM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Kevin Cash said the official announcement on LHP Matt Moore’s return won’t come until after tonight’s game with the Indians, but Moore, after throwing a bullpen this afternoon, said he is looking forward to facing the Indians on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m definitely ready to go,” Moore said.

Moore, who last pitched in a big league game April 7, 2014, missed the last 14 months while rehabbing from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Krauss joins team, injury updates and lineups for BoSox

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marc Krauss, the first baseman acquired Thursday from the Angels, makes his Rays debut tonight during the first game of a three-game series with the visiting Red Sox.

The left-handed hitting Krauss will form a lefty-righty platoon with Jake Elmore while the Rays wait for 1B James Loney to return from the DL. Loney, out with a fractured left middle finger, is expected to return around the All-Star Break. Krauss has options so he’ll likely be headed to Durham when Loney returns.

In news on the injury front ...

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Rays hit the runway to help fund dreams for local kids

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By Olivia Stacey

Rays players, their wives or girlfriends, and some special “dream children” strutted their stuff Wednesday night during Rays on the Runway.

The annual fashion show raises money for Children’s Dream Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Sports Flash: Bolts at Bat; Rays’ Moore expected to return

Published:   |   Updated: June 24, 2015 at 05:38 PM
TBO.com staff

In today’s Sports Flash:

♦ A few Tampa Bay Lightning players took a swing at batting practice yesterday night before the Rays took on the Blue Jays.

♦ Rays’ Chris Archer limited Toronto to only three hits and one earned run in eight innings en route to a 4-3 victory.

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Ramirez update and lineups @ Indians

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By Roger Mooney

CLEVELAND -- RHP Erasmo Ramirez said he still has discomfort in his right groin, which he strained in Saturday’s 4-1 victory against the Indians, but added he won’t know the severity of the injury until Tuesday when he throws his bullpen.

Manager Kevin Cash said the team will wait until then to decide on what to do with the rotation for next weekend’s series with the Red Sox.

If Ramirez is fine, he could make his normal start. If they feel he needs a few more days of rest and treatment, the Rays could take advantage of Thursday’s off day and skip his start and push him to the end of the rotation.

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Geltz getting start and lineups @ Nats

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By Roger Mooney

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Rays changed starting pitchers for tonight, announcing just before 2 p.m. that RHP Steve Geltz will get the nod. RHP Matt Andriese, the scheduled starter, is expected to pitch tonight as the Rays open this brief two-game series at Nationals Park with a bullpen game.

Geltz started the fourth game of the season at Miami, when the Rays used a similar approach. The only difference that night was RHP Erasmo Ramirez was the first arm out of the bullpen.

With no DH, the Rays have an extra position player on the bench, which gives them another pinch-hitter. The idea behind Geltz starting to is to get two innings out of him before going to the bullpen and using a pinch-hitter every time the pitcher’s spot comes up in the order. Of course, they can make double-switches to move the pitcher’s spot up and down the order, but that is harder with just the four position players.

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Wilson DFA’s in flurry of postgame moves

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- C Bobby Wilson was designated for assignment after Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Angels when his roster spot was needed to help replenish an bullpen that needs a few fresh arms and a rotation that needs a starter for tonight.

The Rays recalled RHP Matt Andriese to start tonight against the visiting White Sox.

They also recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and RHP Enny Romero because RHP’s Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger are unavailable for tonight’s game after pitching Wednesday and Thursday.

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