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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays clear space for prospects, part ways with Arencibia, Nava, Gomes, Yates

- Tampa Bay cleared space on the 40-man roster to protect what president of baseball operations Matt Silverman called the “next wave of Rays pitchers who will come up through our system and be a big asset for the major ...

Rays-Blue Jays season opener moves to Sunday for ESPN

- While Opening Day for the Rays is now one day earlier, they have until tonight at 8 to set the 40-man roster, which means they will have to create some space to add prospects they want to protect from the Rule 5 draft.

With latest honor, Maddon proves he’s one of best

- Joe Maddon used the word “validate” a number of times Tuesday night during a conference call made possible when the former Rays manager won his third Manager of the Year award, this one in the National League af...

Kiermaier: Winning Gold Glove ‘most satisfying feeling ever’

- Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier won the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove for center fielders in the American League. Meanwhile, teammate Evan Longoria was passed over for Baltimore’s Manny Machado.

Rays’ Kiermaier could become first to win Gold Glove in first full season

- Kevin Kiermaier has earned the respect of opposing coaches and players as he works to become the top-fielding center fielder in baseball. He will learn to what level that respect has risen when the Rawlings Gold Glove winne...

New start, old friends: Miller will get chance to be Rays No. 1 shortstop

- When Brad Miller found out he was traded to Tampa Bay, the first person he called was his girlfriend. His second call was to former Clemson teammate and now current Rays teammate Richie Shaffer.

Rays send Karns, two others to Seattle for infield help

- The Rays headed into the offseason intent on improving the offense against right-handed pitching, and the team made a big step toward that end during a six-player swap with the Mariners.

Cabrera, Jaso, Sizemore free agents as offseason officially begins


The hot stove league has officially begun thanks to former Rays Ben Zobrist and Wade Davis, who helped lead the Royals to the World Series title Sunday night against the Mets at Citi Field.

Archer’s aim: Rays star’s impact in community goes well beyond field

- Chris Archer has read to children as part of the Reading with the Rays program, visited high schools and foster homes, and helped raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, among other contributions. Yet he was “spee...

Rays 3B Longoria, CF Kiermaier among Gold Glove finalists


Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier are among the three finalist at their positions in the American League for Rawlings Gold Gloves.

Rays’ Silverman likes how team looks, so don’t expect major changes

- The normal Rays offseason wish list is not as lengthy as in years past. Nor is it as needy, as some of the heavy lifting was accomplished with the moves Silverman made last season after moving to his current position.

Cubs fans remaining cautious despite Maddon’s leadership

- Joe Maddon has a young, talented Cubs team that won 97 games, yet he is well aware of the Cubs’ postseason history, or perhaps, lack of postseason history. He understands the way Cubs fans feel.

With season over, free agents Cabrera, Jaso, Sizemore poised to cash in

- Asdrubal Cabrera signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract in January with the hopes of parlaying that into a multi-year deal. It appears he will accomplish that goal after being one of the Rays’ top producers during ...

Rays go out with bang, rout Blue Jays to close 2015

- The Rays close with a flourish, finish with three more victories than in 2014 following Sunday's 12-3 win over the Blue Jays, finishing fourth in the AL East in Kevin Cash's first season as manager.

Cash learned much — some the hard way — during first season with Rays

- There were a lot of rookies on the Rays this season, including the oldest one who occupied the manager’s office. And like the rookie pitchers and outfielders and infielders and catchers, Rays manager Kevin Cash had h...

Rays Notes: Archer is OK; he’s just tired


Before the game Cash said RHP Chris Archer would pitch as long as he could. But Archer left the game after five innings having thrown only 72 pitches.

Beckham caps rally in 9th as Rays top Blue Jays 4-3

- Manager Kevin Cash said earlier in the week that INF Tim Beckham has a flare for a dramatic, and Beckham proved that with a two-run single in the ninth inning Saturday to give the Rays a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays.

Forsythe honored as Rays MVP after seizing opportunity


— When the season is over, Logan Forsythe is going to head home to Franklin, Tennessee, play with his dogs and sit on his porch. It will be a well-deserved rest for the...

Franklin likely shortstop of the future for Rays

- Nick Franklin and Tim Beckham formed the double play combination Thursday against the Marlins for only the fourth time this season. Rays manager Kevin Cash said it was a good opportunity to see the two work together.

Kiermaier earns his Skittles with heroics in 6-4 win

- Brad Boxberger tied Huston Street of the Angels with his AL-leading 40th save, and Kevin Kiermaier made a potentially game-saving catch in the seventh inning the preserve the Rays’ 6-4 win over the Marlins.

Moore turns in another fine outing as Rays top Miami

- Matt Moore allowed one run in seven innings of the Rays’ 4-2 victory, won in the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Longo gutting it out as Rays’ season winds down

- Evan Longoria, the centerpiece of the Rays’ lineup, considers his year productive with some peaks and valleys.

5-4 loss to Jays a learning lesson as Rays start 6 rookies, play 10

- The Rays, who dropped into last place Sunday, arrived Friday hoping to slow the Jays’ march toward the playoffs. They did not. But manager Kevin Cash said before the series that maybe playing in such an environment co...