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Tuesday, Aug 04, 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.

Jepsen traded to Twins for pair of RHP prospects

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By Roger Mooney

The Tampa Bay Rays traded right-handed relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen this afternoon to the Minnesota Twins for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The deal came a little more than two hours before today’s 4 p.m., non-waiver trade deadline.

To fill Jepsen’s spot on the roster, the Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates.

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POW/MIA National Chair of Honor to be unveiled at Trop Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2015 at 05:58 AM
By Howard Altman

TAMPA — While empty chairs at Tropicana Field often outnumber those that are occupied, one will remain permanently vacant f — to honor prisoners of war and troops still missing in action.

The POW/MIA National Chair of Honor will be unveiled Saturday before the Rays’ game against the Houston Astros.

The chair will serve “as a permanent reminder of the nearly 92,000 Americans who have gone missing or become prisoners of war while serving their country,” according to a release from the office of U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores.

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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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