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Saturday, Mar 28, 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 Twins: notes and lineups


ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Odorizzi makes his spring debut this afternoon when the Rays play the Twins at Charlotte Sports Park.

Day 3 Notes: Montgomery to ‘pen, starters for 1st 3 games


PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Mike Montgomery is going to make the transition this spring from starter to reliever. The Rays feel his stuff plays better in short bursts rather than five or six innings, and it could enable Montgomery to reach the big leagues ...

Rays release former first-rounder Josh Sale after troubled career

Published:   |   Updated: February 28, 2015 at 09:28 AM

The Rays on Friday released outfielder Josh Sale, the first-round pick from the 2010 draft who was suspended three times since 2012.

Morning notes: Belisario injured, Zim honored


PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays first full-squad workout of the Kevin Cash Era began with the news that RHP Ronald Belisario has a fracture in his left shoulder and will be off the field for two weeks.

Morning notes: Balfour returns home for ailing dad


PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays pitcher Grant Balfour left the team and is returning home to be with his father, David, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

Smyly clarifies tweet about Moncada’s signing bonus


PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays LHP Drew Smyly caused a bit of a stir Monday night with his tweet regarding the reported $31.5 million signing bonus given by the Red Sox to 19-year-old Cuban free agent infield prospect Yoan Moncada.

Archer, Cobb optimistic about 2015 as workouts begin

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Archer, Cobb optimistic about 2015 as workouts begin PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays took the field this morning for the first time in 2015 as pitchers and catchers participated in the first workout of the spring at Charlotte Sports Park.

MLB’s new rules to speed up games


Major League Baseball announced rules that will be in place this season to speed up the pace of games. They’ve also modified the rules surrounding replay reviews.

INF Elmore signs minor league deal with invite to camp


ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays continued to add to their depth at middle infield Monday when they signed Jake Elmore to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Rays to donate jerseys to more than 5,000 T-ball players and coaches


For the second consecutive spring, the Rays will provide jerseys and caps to more than 5,500 T-ball players and coaches for more than 50 Little Leagues from nine surrounding districts. The program reaches Little League T-ball teams in Charlotte, Hill...