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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 v BoSox: Big Papi’s CSP farewell


PORT CHARLOTTE -- David Ortiz makes his farewell appearance this afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park when the BoSox travel up I-75 to play the Rays.

Ramirez to open year in bullpen


PORT CHARLOTTE -- RHP Erasmo Ramirez will begin he season in the bullpen as the Rays open the year with a four-man rotation.

Rays Podcast: Cuba trip, Boxberger’s injury and Spring Training superlatives

Published:   |   Updated: March 29, 2016 at 06:40 AM

Rays Podcast: Cuba trip, Boxberger’s injury and Spring Training superlatives In this week’s edition of the Rays Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Roger Mooney discuss the team’s historic trip to Cuba, how Brad Boxbeger’s injury will impact the bullpen and give spring training superlatives.

Geltz making friends and other notes from this morning


HAVANA, Cuba -- Rays pitcher Steve Geltz, who hopes to pitch in this afternoon’s game against the Cuban national team, is already making fans with the local fans.

Rays arrive in Havana for historic trip

Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2016 at 07:09 PM

Rays arrive in Havana for historic trip
On Sunday the Rays arrived in Cuba, where they’ll play a friendly exhibition Tuesday, against the Cuban national team at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano.

1st group of Rays are in Havana


HAVANA, Cuba -- Standing outside the Melia Cohiba hotel earlier this afternoon, wearing sun glasses, shorts and a wide smile, was Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

Boxberger out 8 weeks after surgery, Longo update and lineups


PORT CHARLOTTE -- Manager Kevin Cash announced this morning the team will be without closer Brad Boxberger for at least the first month of the season after the pitcher had surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal abductor muscle.

Snell, Faria, Guerrieri among Tuesday’s cuts


PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays made their first round of cuts today.

Archer name Opening Day starter


LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Rays manager Kevin Cash announced the obvious this morning: Chris Archer will start April 3 against the visiting Blue Jays on Opening Day.

Carpenter added to bullpen mix and lineups @ Pirates


BRADENTON -- The Rays signed RHP David Carpenter to a minor league contract with an invite to camp. He reported to the team today.