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Monday, Nov 30, 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 announce 2016 spring training schedule, reporting dates

Published:   |   Updated: November 27, 2015 at 12:22 PM
TBO.com staff

The Tampa Bay Rays open the 2016 Grapefruit League season March 2 against the visiting Washington Nationals at Charlotte Sports Park. The 15-game home schedule concludes March 31 against visiting Pittsburgh.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 21. The first full squad workout is Feb. 26.

The scheduled released Friday does not include any games in Cuba. The Rays were picked by Major League Baseball to play two spring training games in Cuba and are awaiting government approval. The games will take place during the final week of March.

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Rays-Blue Jays season opener moves to Sunday for ESPN

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2015 at 06:50 AM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG — Opening Day for the Tampa Bay Rays is now one day earlier after ESPN tabbed the Rays-Toronto Blue Jays game at Tropicana Field as one of seven to be televised nationally.

The Rays and Jays will begin the 2016 season Sun., April 3, at 4:05 p.m. on ESPN2. They had been scheduled to open the season April 4.

As a result, the four-game series will run Sunday through Wednesday with the Rays having their first off day of the season April 7.

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Cabrera, Jaso, Sizemore free agents as offseason officially begins

Published:   |   Updated: November 2, 2015 at 07:28 PM
By Roger Mooney

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.

Baseball’s free agency period began Monday, signaling the start to all the offseason moves and rumors.

Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, designated hitter John Jaso and outfielder Grady Sizemore are now free agents.

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Snell named Baseball America player of the year

Published:   |   Updated: September 16, 2015 at 03:30 PM
By Roger Mooney

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.

Here is the release from Baseball America:

Lefthander Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays organization is Baseball America’s 2015 Minor League Player of the Year, after leading the minor leagues in ERA. He becomes just the ninth pitcher in 35 years to claim the honor. Past winners of the award include Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former World Series MVP Josh Beckett.

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

By Roger Mooney

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

The Rays second baseman was named the American League Player of the Week after batting .545 (12-for-22) with 5 runs, 5 doubles, a triple and 2 walks over 6 games in Baltimore and New York.

This is the first player of the week honor for Forsythe.

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Rays @ Tigers: Lineups and notes

By Roger Mooney

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.

The Rays are 3-3 during the first two legs of the trip.

The Rays are 4-9 all-time on Labor Day, including 0-7 on the road.

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Rays @ Yankees lineup

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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