TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

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.

Report: Dodgers interested in Rays’ Friedman

Published:
Tribune staff

A Los Angeles Times report says the Dodgers could be targeting Andrew Friedman, the Rays’ executive vice president of baseball operations, to replace general manager Ned Colletti.

The Dodgers, who carry a $240 million payroll, made a quick exit in the postseason, losing to St. Louis in four games in the NL Division Series.

Colletti remains the GM, although L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke, without giving a source, writes that Friedman is the Dodgers’ top choice should they go in a different direction. You can read Plaschke’s column here.

Click to continue reading this post

Maddon talks about his future as Rays prepare for final game

Published:   |   Updated: September 28, 2014 at 01:06 PM
By Roger Mooney

CLEVELAND – The Tampa Bay Rays end a disappointing season this afternoon against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, which was the site of one of the biggest wins in Rays history — last year’s Wild Card game.

Alex Cobb, who pitched the Rays to a victory that night, will pitch the season finale this afternoon.

Earlier today, Rays manger Joe Maddon talked about his future with the team. He will enter the final year of his contract next season and said he hopes to return. He also said he hopes to manage for 10 more seasons.

Click to continue reading this post

DeJesus returns to Rays after hand fracture

Published:
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG – OF David DeJesus returns to the team today after missing 64 games with a left hand fracture. He will DH this afternoon as the Rays and Red Sox finish this four-game series with a Labor Day matinee.

CF Desmond Jennings will miss his fourth game with a bruised right knee. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Jennings to play during the upcoming series with the Blue Jays, which begins Tuesday. Of course, Maddon said Saturday he expected Jennings to return to the lineup Sunday.

The Rays are looking for a split in the series after being shutout 3-0 on Sunday.

Click to continue reading this post

Longoria back at 3B as Rays try to right ship

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 06:33 AM
By Roger Mooney

BALTIMORE – The Rays will try to get it done tonight with Drew Smyly on the mound in the third game of this four-game series with the Orioles.

The Rays dropped the first two games when both starting pitchers failed to get past four innings and the offense came up short in every big situation.

Evan Longoria returns to third base after being relegated to DH the past two nights because of a sore right forearm. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Longoria’s arm isn’t 100 percent, but it’s well enough to get him back on the field.

Click to continue reading this post

Jake Odorizzi starting tonight for Rays in Baltimore

Published:
By Roger Mooney

BALTIMORE – Rays manager Joe Maddon spoke with SS Yunel Escobar this afternoon to let Escobar know how the waiver process worked and to alleviate any fear Escobar had of being traded to the A’s.

The A’s claimed Escobar off waives yesterday and had until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work a trade with the Rays. Maddon said Escobar will not be traded.

Maddon said he could tell Escobar was worried about being traded, and Maddon felt he needed to calm his emotional shortstop.

Click to continue reading this post

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

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Up first are the AL East rivals Yankees.

Desmond Jennings returns to the Rays lineup after missing the last two games with a sore left shoulder sustained while running into the wall Tuesday night in Arlington.

Click to continue reading this post

Cubs welcome ‘Devil’ Rays for rare Wrigley appearance

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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 since the 2003 season.

They were known as the Devil Rays then, and it was a Devil Rays flag that greeted fans outside Wrigley Field this morning. The flag was replaced by a Cubs flag once Cubs officials saw the error on Twitter.

The Rays hope to continue the momentum generated Wednesday in their 7-3 victory at Oakland that avoided a three-game sweep. They are 1-2 during this 10-game, three-city trip.

Click to continue reading this post

Hellickson aims to help Rays end slide

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Jeremy Hellickson makes his fourth start of the season. He will be opposed by Sonny Gray, the American League pitcher of the month in both April and July.

“We really got to bear down today and walk away with this game somehow,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Click to continue reading this post

Price slated to start matinee as deadline nears

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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 deadline for the non-waiver trading period.

Speculation was if Price were to get scratched from today’s start, then the Rays were deep into trade negotiations. If he pitches, he’s staying.

That is not necessarily the case, but it certainly is not a bad sign.

Click to continue reading this post