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Sunday, Oct 04, 2015

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

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...

Price’s influence on Archer evident in everything he does


— It’s an oft-told story, and Chris Archer told it again Friday about the first time he met David Price.

Protégé faces mentor as Rays’ Archer duels with Jays’ Price

- Close friends, former teammates in Tampa Bay and teammates earlier this season on the American League All-Star team, David Price was the teammate Chris Archer closely followed when he broke into the big leagues.

Rays' Kiermaier happy to get more shots at left-handers

- Because of the nearly season-long injuries to left fielder Desmond Jennings, who was supposed to replace Kevin Kiermaier in center field when the Rays faced a lefty starter, and because Kiermaier has continued along the p...

Longoria's 20th homer sparks Rays' comeback victory

- Evan Longoria is only the fourth third baseman in major-league history to hit 20 homers in at least seven of his first eight big-league seasons. Longoria joined Eddie Mathews (who did it eight times), Chipper Jones (seven) ...

Hunch pays off, Nava delivers against old team in 6-2 Rays win

- Daniel Nava hadn’t started for the Rays in weeks. He hadn’t played in nearly a week. But he was in the lineup Wednesday, a left-handed bat against Red Sox righty Rick Porcello.

Moore endures weak start to pitch Rays out of last place

- Matt Moore pitched into the seventh inning with a two-run lead in what became a 5-2 victory for the Rays. He turned in a second consecutive outing where he pitched more than six innings.

Rays Notes: Karns shut down for season

- RHP Nathan Karns, who has pitched once since his last start Aug. 30, will not pitch the remainder of the season because of a mild forearm strain.

Rays bullpen shows signs of fatigue down the stretch

- Monday’s 8-7 loss to Boston was the seventh game in September in which a member of the bullpen took the loss. It featured blown saves by Alex Colome and Brandon Gomes.

Rays drop into last place with loss to Red Sox

- It’s been a long time since the Tampa Bay Rays were in last place this late in the season. In fact, the Rays never were in last place this late in the season. They landed there with a 8-7 loss to the previous last-pla...

Rays notes: Rivera’s streak comes to an end

- Rene Rivera has not been the Rays' frontline catcher for some time, but at least he was guaranteed a start every fifth day when RHP Chris Archer pitched. Until Monday.

Kiermaier helps deliver as Rays beat Orioles 7-6 in rare walk-off

- There was little doubt what would happen once Kevin Kiermaier hammered the ball into the dirt in front of home plate during the ninth inning Sunday. Kiermaier would beat the throw to first base, Evan Longoria would score fr...

Growing pains part of process for Rays’ Souza in first season


— At one point this summer, Steven Souza Jr. used the word “strange” to describe his first full season in the majors and his first one with the Rays.

Rays notes: Carlos Pena returns to retire as a Ray


Mahtook turns in big-league numbers in Rays' 8-6 win

- Mikie Mahtook set a club record for rookies with five hits in the Rays' victory over Baltimore in front of 10,697 at Tropicana Field. It was the eighth five-hit game in franchise history, the last since Matt Joyce did it ...

Rays fall 4-3; bullpen can’t hold lead after Moore’s strong start

- Matt Moore pitched seven shutout innings, but Alex Colome allowed four runs on five hits in the eighth as the Orioles rallied for a 4-3 victory.

Snell hits final goal as a minor-leaguer, named the best

- It was after being named the Tampa Bay Rays’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season that Blake Snell decided to aspire to bigger things, such as being the best player in all of the minor leagues.

Archer sets Rays’ strikeout mark, but Yankees get 3-1 win

- Archer struck out seven New York Yankees to become the Rays’ all-time leader in strikeouts for a season. It happened during the third inning of the Rays’ 3-1 loss in front of 13,299 fans at Tropicana Field.

Snell named Baseball America player of the year


RAYS LHP prospect Blake Snell, who dominated at three minor league levels this season, was named the Baseball America 2015 Minor League Player of the year.

Franklin makes most of chance, homers in 6-3 Rays win

- Injuries, poor play and a summer at Triple-A Durham best sums up Franklin’s season. But given a chance against the Yankees, he took advantage.

Rays fall to Red Sox 2-0 in 13 for 11th straight extra-inning loss

- It was a line drive to left field by Rusney Castillo with the bases loaded in the 13th inning Sunday that sent the Rays to their 11th straight extra-inning loss.

Ortiz’s 500th homer only memorable part of Rays loss


— Former Rays manager Joe Maddon once gave David Ortiz a bottle of cologne in hopes Big Papi would say thank you by not hitting home runs against Tampa Bay.

Rays dig deep to rally for 8-4 win over Boston

- Evan Longoria’s leadoff double in the eighth started a five-run rally as the Rays came from behind in front of 14,796 at Tropicana Field. It was only the sixth time this season the Rays have won while trailing after ...

Forsythe a consistent presence for Rays

- Logan Forsythe is enjoying a breakout season as the team’s second baseman, a spot he took over when Nick Franklin began the season on the disabled list and has held on to with a vise-like grip.

Rays back up Odorizzi with offense in 8-0 rout of Tigers

- Jake Odorizzi pitched six shutout innings, got himself out of a big fifth-inning jam by striking out Miguel Cabrera and enjoyed a productive night by the offense that tied the team season high with four home runs.

Rays fall to Tigers 8-7 in 13th; 10th straight extra-innings defeat

- The Rays and Tigers played on and on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. It took 5 hours, 3 minutes to squeeze all 16 pitchers and 29 position players in the game, and in the end, it was a botched bunt by Rays relieve...

Rays notes: Franklin a big part of the future

- INF Nick Franklin returned to the Rays on Tuesday along with RHP Andrew Bellatti, two of the latest call-ups from Triple-A Durham.

Rays @ Tigers: Forsythe player of week, Franklin returns, lineups


DETROIT -- Logan Forsythe’s big week to start this road trip has not gone unnoticed.

Rays’ losses continue to mount in 5-4 setback to Tigers

- Drew Smyly allowed a pair of two-run homers on a pair of poorly executed pitches as the Rays fell three games below .500..

Rays Notes: Arencibia flexing muscles at plate

- J.P. Arencibia is getting playing time ahead of C Rene Rivera because he gives the Rays a power bat at the bottom of the lineup.

Rays @ Tigers: Lineups and notes


DETROIT -- The road trip continues this afternoon at Comerica Park, where the Rays and Tigers play a Labor Day matinee on what will be a hot and steamy afternoon in the Motor City.

Rays notes: Smyly ready for return to Detroit


NEW YORK — The July 31 trade deadline during the 2014 season was just another day at the ball park to LHP Drew Smyly until it wasn’t.

Yankees’ homers erase Rays’ lead in 6-4 loss


— It wasn’t so much that the Tampa Bay Rays lost another game they couldn’t afford to lose — heck, they’ve been doing that all summer — it ...

Rays Beat: Growing pains aside, Cash earns high praise

- Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg took a few minutes before Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium to chat about this season, manager Kevin Cash, the Kevin Jepsen trade and what might happen during November’s St....

Rays Notes: Cash says Moore was ‘outstanding’

- With two runs already in during the bottom of the fifth inning and Yankees LF Chris Young on first base after drawing a two-out walk from LHP Matt Moore, Rays manager Kevin Cash felt it was time to go to the bullpen.

Strong bullpen work helps Rays hold off Yankees

- Alex Colome has not allowed a run since Aug. 1, but one was standing 90 feet from home plate in the eighth inning Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees top Rays, 5-2, as Odorizzi nemesis McCann strikes again

- Rays starter Jake Odorizzi pitched well and allowed only five base runners. But all five scored, because the only three hits against Odorizzi were home runs. It goes a little deeper than that because Yankees catcher Brian M...

Rays notes: Moore looking to provide spark in MLB return


LHP Matt Moore returns to the mound for the Rays Saturday afternoon for the first time since he was optioned to Triple-A Durham to build up his pitch count and innings count.

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.