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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Friedman’s impact endures with Rays

- Andrew Friedman, the Rays’ former vice president of baseball operations, returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since he left the organization following the 2014 season when the Dodgers begin a two-gam...

Power returning for Rays’ Longoria, but not the hits

- Evan Longoria now has five for the season, tying him with RF Steve Souza Jr. and DH Corey Dickerson for the team lead. More importantly, the power has returned to Longoria’s swing. At this time last season, he had on...

Rays' fortunes shift badly in ninth-inning loss to Blue Jays

- Manager Kevin Cash's decision to put on a ninth-inning shift backfired, and Toronto scored four runs to take a 5-1 win against Tampa Bay.

Rays tough it out, put together walkoff win over Toronto

- The Rays closed out April on Saturday night with a win that typified the month, which is to say it wasn’t easy.

Rays offense lets Smyly down as Blue Jays win 6-1

- The Rays’ bats came up flat against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez in big moments, leaving more runners in scoring position early in the game. It served to undermine another solid start by Drew Smyly.

Rays’ Dickerson striking balance between hitting and slugging

- This is what the Rays expected from Corey Dickerson in January when they sent reliever Jake McGee to the Rockies for the 26-year-old left-handed slugger. Through 21 games, he and Souza are tied for the team lead in home run...

One pitch proves costly as Rays lose to Orioles 3-1

- Rookie left fielder Joey Rickard drove a three-run homer deep into the left-field seats in the fifth inning for all the runs the Orioles would need in a 3-1 victory in front of 11,850 fans at Tropicana Field.

Rays’ Boxberger cleared for baseball activities, targets mid-May return

- RHP Brad Boxberger (abdominal surgery) traveled to Philadelphia on Monday for a checkup with the surgeon and was cleared to begin baseball activities.

Kiermaier’s two-run homer lifts Rays over Orioles, 3-1

- Kevin Kiermaier’s sixth-inning blast with Steven Souza Jr. on first base landed in the right field seats and was the difference in the Rays’ 3-1 victory against the Orioles.

Miller moved to No 2 in order, Morrison dropped to 6

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Kevin Cash changed his lineup for the second consecutive game, and this one might last a little while.

Archer back in command as Rays shut out Orioles

- Chris Archer's change-up was the difference-maker as he won for the first time since the end of August as the Rays beat the Orioles 2-0 in front of 12,996 at Tropicana Field.

Lineup changes tonight vs O’s

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Kevin Cash tweaked the lineup tonight against the visiting Orioles, replacing struggling 1B Logan Morrison with Steve Pearce even though the Rays are facing a right-handed starter.

Rays’ Archer remains confident despite prolonged slump

- The public reaction to RHP Chris Archer’s prolonged slump, which in some cases touches on panic, is not shared by Archer himself.

Birthday bash: Souza’s 2 HRs cap Rays’ 8-1 victory against Yankees

- Steven Souza Jr. turned 27 on Sunday and he finally found himself in a big-league lineup. He made it a birthday bash, too, with two home runs to pace the Rays to an 8-1 victory against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Now 30, Longoria remains the gold standard with his glove

- “Time and time again you see him make decisions on the field that he's weighing many, many different things into that decision, but he makes the decision in the blink of an eye,” first base coach Rocco Baldelli ...

Rays’ Snell shows off potential in strong debut against N.Y.

- Blake Snell, the 23-year-old rookie left-hander, turned in an impressive major league debut. He held the Yankees to two hits and a run over five innings. He struck out six, including the side in order in the second. He tur...

Rays can’t hold back Yankees, lose 6--3

- Jacoby Ellsbury's stealing home in the fifth inning swung the momentum toward the Yankees, and from there they won 6-3 to stop a three-game losing streak.

Rays’ Snell to make big league debut pitching vs. Yankees

- Blake Snell, the Rays top pitching prospect and the 2015 minor league player of the year, makes his major league debut Saturday afternoon against the Yankees.

Snell to make MLB debut Saturday in the Bronx

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NEW YORK -- LHP Blake Snell, the Rays top pitching prospect, is on his way to New York and will make his major league debut Saturday afternoon against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Rays come back from early deficit, top Red Sox 12-8

- The Rays trailed 5-1 after one inning, took an 8-5 lead with six runs in the fourth, allowed the Red Sox to tie it after seven innings, took the lead in the eighth and iced it with a three-run ninth.

Archer continues to struggle, gives up six runs in Rays loss

- The Rays Opening Day starter, who was an All-Star last year, turned in his shortest outing of the season Wednesday night at Fenway Park in the Rays 7-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Notes off Tuesday’s kind of historic win

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BOSTON -- Here are some notes dug up by the Rays PR staff after Tuesday’s 3-0, 10-inning win against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Rays notes: Archer wants sharper slider

- RHP Chris Archer, who takes the mound tonight looking for his first win since Aug. 31, said he hasn’t been himself this season.

Woman hit by foul ball in good spirits, visited by Rays’ Souza

- The woman struck in the face Friday night by a foul ball off the bat of the Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. was released from the hospital on Monday, one day after Souza and his wife, Mikaela, visited her at Bayfront Medical ...

Smyly tosses gem, Kiermaier homers in 10th to give Rays win

- Kevin Kiermaier started things off with a solo home run and Desmond Jennings added a two-run bases-loaded double to give the Rays a 3-0 victory at Fenway Park. Drew Smyly threw eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and ...

Rays’ scout Sowers thrilled to be back in baseball

- Jeremy Sowers, who spent four years pitching for the Indians and was the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, took a unique route in getting to the Rays’ operations department.

Guyer sparks Rays past White Sox

- Chris Archer emptied a Gatorade cooler over Brandon Guyer’s head, properly dousing the hitting star of the Rays’ latest victory, a 3-2 win against the White Sox in front of 21,810 at Tropicana Field.

Tobacco ban brings culture change to Rays

- On Tuesday, the Rays will head out on what will be a smokeless tobacco-free trip for the team, which will be a change for the 25 percent of the team that chews tobacco.

Ramirez, Rays offense deliver in 7-2 win over Chicago

- The bats showed up, and the Rays rolled past the White Sox 7-2 in front of 30,451 at Tropicana Field on Kevin Kiermaier platinum glove bobblehead night.

Extra netting put in place after Rays fan hit by ball

- The move came in the wake of Friday’s incident where a foul ball off the bat of the Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. passed through an opening and struck a 63-year-old woman near her eye, sending her to nearby Bayfront Me...

Rays add more netting behind home plate, KK, Forsythe sit

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays head groundskeeper Dan Moeller and a member of his crew covered the triangular opening behind home plate this afternoon with more netting to prevent fans from behind struck with baseballs.

Rays fan struck by foul ball in stable condition

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— A woman sitting behind the extended netting to the right of home plate was struck on the side of her head near her eye with a foul ball off the bat of Rays right fiel...

Kiermaier, Forsythe banged up as Rays get shut out again

- The Rays’ bats were silent again Friday, though White Sox ace Chris Sale had a lot to do with that in tossing a two-hit, complete-game shutout.

Rays Kiermaier, Forsythe leave game after collision

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ST. PETERSBURG – Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and second baseman Logan Forsythe left tonight’s game after colliding in short right field in the top of the fourth inning.

Archer talks about Robinson’s legacy

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MLB celebrates tonight the 69th anniversary of when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. As is now the tradition, all players will wear Robinson’s No. 42.

Rays' offense continues to struggle in 6-0 loss to Indians

- Chris Archer pitched better, he still failed to register a win. Logan Morrison and Brad Miller each went hitless again, and the Indians' base runners ran at will on Tampa Bay catcher Hank Conger.

Rays notes: Archer pitches better, but gets same result

- Chris Archer allowed 10 base runners and took another loss in a thoroughly one-sided 6-0 affair to the Indians. But he pitched his way out of jams in the first and second innings and limited the damage to an unearned run i...

Rays’ Cash says he won’t bench slumping Morrison, Miller

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First baseman Logan Morrison was 2-for-25 and shortstop Brad Miller was 2-for-23 following Wednesday’s game, but Rays manager Cash sa...

Rays stymied by Indians’ Carrasco in 4-1 loss

- Facing Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is nearly unhittable when pitching at Tropicana Field, the Rays needed to be perfect. They came up short there and lost 4-1 in front of an announced crowd of 10,117.

Rays’ Cobb throws off mound, targets late-July return

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RHP Alex Cobb and RHP Chase Whitely took big steps in their comebacks from Tommy John surgery Tuesday when both threw 20 fastballs while standing halfway up the bullpen mounds.

Forsythe, Longoria home runs lead Rays to 5-1 win over Indians

- Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria each hit two-run homers to cap the Rays’ 5-1 win over the Indians in front of an announced crowd of 10,283 at Tropicana Field.

Rays’ new-look lineup struggling to produce runs consistently

- Through the first week of the season, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Corey Dickerson, Hank Conger and Steve Pierce are hitting a combined .160, and Dickerson is the only one of the group to hit a home run. He and Pearce are t...

Rays notebook: Archer finds slow start concerns ‘comical’

- RHP Chris Archer has seen the recent headlines concerning his slow start and dip in velocity and finds them “comical.”

Rays’ starters unable to find groove again in loss to Orioles

- On Sunday, a four-run second inning caused the bulk of the damage against Jake Odorizzi as the Orioles won 5-3 to take both games of the rain-shortened two-game series.

Rays’ Morrison on shaky defense: ‘Just let it play out’

- Despite a shaky start amid talk the team traded solid defense for more power at the plate, first baseman Logan Morrison assures fans his play will improve.

Rays rain out poses problem for pitching rotation

- Saturday's rain-out further complicates the Rays pitching plans for this upcoming homestand

Archer gives up four homers as Rays lose 6-1 to Orioles

- The Orioles hit four home runs against Chris Archer in a 6-1 win against the Rays on a chilly night at Camden Yards.

Rays’ bullpen setup will be a work in progress

- With Brad Boxberger on the disabled list until at least mid-May, the closer’s job will be spread among a number of candidates, including Alex Colome, Steve Geltz, Xavier Cedeno, Enny Romero, Danny Farquhar and Ramirez.

Souza powers Rays past Blue Jays

- Steven Souza Jr. had four hits, including his first two-homer game at the major league level, and drove in four of the Rays’ five runs as the Rays completed a series split with a 5-3 win.

Replay delays annoy, confuse, as Rays’ Smyly can attest

- The bottom line is what always matters in replay challenges, and the bottom line Monday was the review crew in New York got it right when they ultimately ruled right fielder Steven Souza Jr. had indeed caught a foul ball du...