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Friday, Sep 04, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays @ Yankees lineup


NEW YORK -- The Rays resume this nine-game, three-city trip to night in the Bronx against the Yankees.

Rays’ Guyer honed toughness on high school football field

- This is the time of the year when talk in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse drifts back to the days when some of the players were gridiron stars. Outfielder Brandon Guyer had his share of memorable football moments.

Souza, recovering from fractured hand, nears return to Rays

- RF Steven Souza Jr. took batting practice in the cage for the first time since he fractured his left hand Aug. 1. It went so well, his timetable to begin his rehab assignment at Durham could be pushed up a day.

Longoria first Ray to hit 200 homers, but Orioles win 7-6 in 11

- The Rays' 7-6 loss was tough to take, especially for the rookies on the team who dressed as hula girls on the postgame train ride to New York. Brad Boxberger blew another save, his fifth of the season.

Rays notes: Triple-A was time well spent for Moore


Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore didn’t want to talk about the “whys” surrounding his early August demotion to Triple A, but he said he benefited from his time at Durh...

Arencibia’s six RBIs lead Rays to 11-2 rout of Orioles

- Catcher J.P. Arencibia had six RBIs to tie a team record and support Drew Smyly's stellar start as the Rays topped the Orioles.

Matt Moore returns to Rays in Baltimore

- Left-hander Matt Moore will return to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday as part of the first wave of September call-ups from Durham.

Rays Notes: ’ Kiermaier sprains ankle making spectacular catch

- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier talked before Monday’s game about how easy it is to rob home runs at Camden Yards with the stadium’s seven-foot high wall from left field to right-center field, and darned if ...

Backed by three Rays homers, Archer gets his 12th win

- The Rays hit three home runs and Kevin Kiermaier made a spectacular catch to support Chris Archer in a 6-3 victory against Baltimore.

Rays Notes: Guyer has become real hit at the plate

- Rays OF Brandon Guyer said his plan at the plate never includes getting hit by a pitch.

Fading Rays fall to 0-6 against Royals this year

- Rays manager Kevin Cash sat behind his desk late Saturday night and stated the obvious: Another tough loss.

KC bullpen slams the door as Royals stay undefeated against Rays

- Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Royals beat the Rays 3-2. Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed only three runs (two earned) in 4 1⁄3 inn...

Rays notes: For Zobrist, it’s a bittersweet return to Trop


It took awhile, 128 games into the season, before former Tampa Bay Rays star Ben Zobrist received his Don Zimmer Most Valuable Player Award for the 2014 season, his last with the...

Boxberger slams door on Twins in 5-4 Rays win

- It came down to Brad Boxberger, as so many games have recently. The Tampa Bay Rays’ struggling closer protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning. And this is what Boxberger did: strikeout, strikeout, strikeout.

Jennings back on DL


ST. PETERSBURG -- LF Desmond Jennings is back on the disabled list, this time with a bruised left knee. It is a new injury to the same knee that forced him to miss 96 games earlier this season with bursitis and then arth...

Rays notes: Arencibia happy to return to big leagues

- C/1B J.P. Arencibia, who hit 74 home runs over five big league seasons, is back in the big leagues, having joined the Rays after C Curt Casali was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Rays miss ample opportunities to score in 5-3 loss to Twins

- The scoreboard said the opportunity to gain ground on the Twins and climb back to .500 for the season was lost in the seventh inning when the Twins turned a leadoff walk, two bunt singles against Archer, a broken-bat single...

Casali to DL, Arencibia joins team


ST. PETERSBURG -- C Curt Casali was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained left hamstring injury suffered while he was rounding first base after hitting a home run in Tuesday’s loss.

Jennings’ status uncertain after injury to knee

- Left fielder Desmond Jennings left Tuesday’s game with a bruised left knee, the same knee that underwent arthroscopic surgery in June and kept him on the disabled list for 96 games.

Rays notes: Loney will play while he appeals suspension

- Rays 1B James Loney received a one-game suspension and was fined Tuesday for bumping home plate umpire Paul Nauert after being ejected Saturday in Oakland. Loney has appealed the suspension.

Rays fall 11-7 to Twins on one of those nights

- Nathan Karns had a poor start, and Matt Andriese, who replaced him in the fourth inning, was not much better as the Rays lost to the Twins — and also lost Desmond Jennings and Curt Casali to injury.

Casali may be headed to DL after straining hamstring

- The Rays may have lost their most potent bat Tuesday when catcher Curt Casali suffered a strained left hamstring while rounding first base after hitting a home run in the 11-7 loss to the Twins.

Hickey’s reports paint a detailed picture for the Rays’ pitching staff

- Hickey, the Rays’ pitching coach, takes his information and combines it with the hours of prep work by bullpen coach Stan Boroski and scouting reports compiled by the baseball ops crew and relay it to the pitching sta...

Rays Notes: Karns, Ramirez are in it for the long haul

- The Rays shut down LHP Drew Smyly last year after his Sept. 6 start because they wanted to control his workload for the season. According to manager Kevin Cash, the Rays do not have the same concerns for RHP Nathan Karns, t...

Rays pleased with Moore’s progress, may eye Sept. 1 return

- Rays manager Kevin Cash said he couldn’t comment on when or if LHP Matt Moore will return this season. He did say the organization is pleased with the progress Moore has made since being optioned to Durham on Aug. 3.

A’s score 7 in seventh to beat Rays 8-2

- Jake Odorizzi left with his team up a run after walking the leadoff batter. The A’s, though, exploded for seven runs as they rallied for an 8-2 victory against the Rays.

Loney has harsh words for umpire after being ejected

- James Loney did not hide his feelings about home plate umpire Paul Nauert, who tossed the Tampa Bay Rays first baseman in the sixth Saturday when Loney dropped his helmet on home plate after looking at a called third strike...

Rays stage long-overdue 9th-inning rally to take down A’s 5-4

- After a week where a late-inning lead seemed iffy for the Rays, they turned the tables on the Oakland A’s, scoring twice in the top of the ninth Saturday for a 5-4 victory at O.co Coliseum.

Smyly could be key piece as Rays look to make playoff push


— The fly ball to left field that settled into Desmond Jennings’ glove late Friday night not only put an end to Oakland’s ninth-inning comeback attempt, ...

Rays’ Boxberger overcomes another ‘frustrating’ outing in 2-1 win


OAKLAND, Calif. — There was an infield single, a run-of-the-mill single to center field, and another hit to center on a check swing by Coco Crisp that scored one run and, after a throwing error by Kevin Kiermaie...

Rays notes: Archer in rare company after his one-hit shutout

- Chris Archer's one-hit, complete-game shutout tossed Thursday night in Houston was still a topic of conversation Friday before the Rays began a three-game series with the A’s in Oakland.

Change in approach helps Rays rookie Casali discover power stroke

- The Rays’ power lately has come from an unlikely source, though one that should be able to provide pop to the lineup. That would be catcher Curt Casali, who has transformed himself from a guy looking for good at-bats ...

Archer breezes through one-hit shutout as Rays earn split at Houston

- Chris Archer throws the first complete game by a Tampa Bay pitcher in a year. Archer threw 98 pitches and struck out 11, a total that pushed him over 200 for the first time in his young career.

Rays Notes: McGee to undergo knee surgery, likely out for season

- Rays left -hander Jake McGee will have arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and will likely miss the rest of the regular season.

Boxberger blows save in ninth, Rays go on to lose in 13th inning

- The Astros won 3-2 on Carlos Correa’s two-out RBI single — the Rays’ second walk-off loss in as many nights. Again, Brad Boxberger couldn’t hold a ninth-inning, one-run lead, and Tampa Bay droppe...

Rays Notes: McGee status still unknown after injury

- The Rays might have to do without the services of LHP Jake McGee for the immediate future because of a left knee injury suffered Tuesday night.

McGee returns home with left knee injury


HOUSTON -- Rays LHP Jake McGee flew home to St. Petersburg this afternoon so team doctors can check his left knee, which the team said he “tweaked” in Tuesday’s loss to the Astros.

Rays bullpen to blame for another loss, this time to Houston

- Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger allowed the Astros to rally for a 3-2, 10-inning victory at Minute Maid Park.

Beckham just glad he’s able to chip in with Rays

- Tim Beckham put on a show during batting practice Monday afternoon, driving towering blasts off the short left-field wall at Minute Maid Park, clearing the train tracks that run along the top of the structure on at least on...

Rays Notes: Odorizzi says team keeps even keel

- The Rays understand they are on a crucial road trip and losing the first three games wasn’t an ideal start, especially since it forced them down the wild-card standings.

Rays’ offense ignites against Astros, Kazmir in 9-2 victory

- Tim Beckham's three-run homer ihe first inning helped set the tone as the Rays beat the Astros to snap a three-game losing streak and evened their season record once again at .500.

Smyly allows five runs in return as Rays lose 5-3 to Rangers

- Drew Smyly allowed all Rangers runs in his four innings as the Rays fell a game under .500 for the season and pushed them to 2 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

Smyly returns, Rays try to salvage series finale


ARLINGTON, Texas -- LHP Drew Smyly returns from the disabled list this afternoon after being out since early May with a left shoulder injury that includes a torn labrum.

Rays Beat: Team getting healthy, offense finding groove as postseason nears


Desmond Jennings is back, which is something the Rays have been anticipating for some time. Drew Smyly is schedu...

Archer can’t right ship as Rangers rough up Rays 12-4

- The tipoff should have come in the second inning when Chris Gimenez homered to center field with a man on. That not only gave the Texas Rangers a three-run lead but it was proof the Rangers were sitting on fastballs from pi...

Rays notes: Jennings should provide offensive spark

- The offense, which has been toasty this month, is expected to receive another jolt with the return of OF Desmond Jennings, who played his first game Friday since April 25.

Rays' bullpen lets game get away in 5-3 loss to Rangers

- Steve Geltz couldn’t protect a one-run lead, and Jake McGee couldn’t keep the game at 3-3 as Tampa Bay dropped the first game of a 10-game road trip through the American League West. The Rays lost for only the n...

Smyly to return Sunday


ARLINGTON, Texas – LHP Drew Smyly will rejoin the Rays rotation Sunday in the finale of this three-game series with the Rangers.

Rays’ Ramirez made long journey to prove himself

- Nicaragua native Erasmo Ramirez has firmly established himself in the Rays' starting rotation.

Shaffer homers in 7th, Rays rally again to beat Mets

- The Rays were down three runs after two innings Sunday, a bind that usually meant game over for much of the summer. But the Rays, armed with an aggressive approach at the plate adopted during the previous homestand, shrugge...