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Friday, Sep 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.

Rays @ Yankees lineup

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By Roger Mooney

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

The Bombers will be without 1B Mark Teixeira, who was placed on the 15-day DL today with a right shin bine bruise. Teixeira is 3-for-10 with a home run lifetime against Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi, so that might an early break.

But Yankees C Brian McCann, who is 10-for-16 with two home runs in his career vs. Odorizzi is healthy, and that matchup bears watching since it turn two games in the Yankees favor, one on a two-run triple by McCann at the Trop and the other on a two-run double with first base open at the Stadium.

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Jennings back on DL

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By Roger Mooney

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 arthroscopic surgery to correct the bursitis.

Joey Butler, who replaced Jennings when Jennings first went on the DL in April, was recalled to replace him a second time.

Jennings suffered the injury Saturday when sliding into second base on a double against he A’s in Oakland.

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Casali to DL, Arencibia joins team

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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.

As a result, the Rays purchased the contract of 1B/C/DH J.P. Arencibia from Triple A Durham.

Arencibia signed a minor league deal with the Rays earlier this season.

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McGee returns home with left knee injury

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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 manager Kevin Cash said McGee hurt his knee on the second-to-last pitch of his extended outing -- 33 pitches in 1 2/3 innings.

“We’re hopeful that it’s not something that’s too bad,” Cash said.

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Smyly returns, Rays try to salvage series finale

Published:   |   Updated: August 16, 2015 at 12:04 PM
By Roger Mooney

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.

The Rays are hoping he can provide lift after a pair of tough losses to the Rangers to start this 10-game road trip.

After the bullpen let Friday’s game slip away, Chris Archer was pounding Saturday during the Rangers 12-4 victory.

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Smyly to return Sunday

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

Smyly, who has been sidelined since May 6 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, threw a bullpen before Friday’s game and pronounced himself ready to go.

“If it were up to Drew he would have started a month ago and just given us two innings, but I think we did the right think in getting us built up,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He got his 90 pitches in. He should be pretty good to go. It will be a little hit unique here in Texas with the heat, but we’ll factor that with all three of our pitches.”

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Jepsen traded to Twins for pair of RHP prospects

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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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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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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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