Broken finger sends Loney to disabled list

Broken finger sends Loney to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Monday that they have placed first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list after he broke the middle finger on his left hand sliding into third base in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

"That's a big blow," manager Kevin Cash said. "That's a guy who hits right in the middle of our lineup. We know he is going to be down for some time, so we are going to have to call on some guys to fill that void."

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Erasmo runs into trouble in 6th

Righty pitches longest outing this season but gives up three-run homer

Erasmo runs into trouble in 6th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Pitching deep into games has been a theme all season for the Rays starters. While some have done so, others have not.

Erasmo Ramirez has been one in the latter category. Leading into Sunday's 7-2 loss to the A's, the right-hander had not logged more than five innings in any of his four starts.

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Rays' 8th-inning rally falls short

Rays' 8th-inning rally falls short

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney shot in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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Jonathan Mayo

Snell on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Snell on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Souza exits in 3rd; Cabrera, Loney also injured

Souza exits in 3rd; Cabrera, Loney also injured

ST. PETERSBURG -- Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and first baseman James Loney all left Sunday's game dinged up.

Souza left the game with a sprained left wrist, Cabrera suffered a mild left groin strain, and Loney incurred a left hand injury.

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Rays make quick moves again, option Guilmet

Like Enny, righty recalled, pitched, sent back down

Rays make quick moves again, option Guilmet

ST. PETERSBURG -- Following Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Athletics, the Rays optioned left-hander Enny Romero to Triple-A Durham and recalled right-hander Preston Guilmet.

Guilmet allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings during Sunday's 7-2 loss to the A's. After the game, like Romero, the right-hander was optioned to Durham.

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Rays miss opportunity in 5th, give up 4 in 6th

Despite having two on, no out in 5th, Rays remain scoreless

Rays miss opportunity in 5th, give up 4 in 6th

ST. PETERSBURG -- The big inning -- or lack thereof -- haunted the Rays Saturday in a 5-0 loss to the A's at Tropicana Field.

"Just happens sometimes," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Here today: Enny recalled, pitches, optioned

Beckham sent to Triple-A to make room for lefty; another roster move coming Sunday

Here today: Enny recalled, pitches, optioned

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash called the decision "difficult" to option infielder Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham to clear a space for left-hander Enny Romero, whom the Rays recalled on Saturday.

"I think Beck has proved to all of us he's a big league player," Cash said.

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Rays' bats can't get going in loss to A's

Rays' bats can't get going in loss to A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sam Fuld's two-run single allowed the A's to pull away in a 5-0 win over the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Fuld's hit came in the sixth off Xavier Cedeno with two outs and the bases loaded. Two Rays errors on the play enabled a third run to score to put the A's up 4-0.

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Moore feels good in extended spring game

Next step for left-hander could be rehab assignment

Moore feels good in extended spring game

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Moore threw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park, and everything went well for the left-hander.

Moore, who is in the final stretch of his recovery from Tommy John surgery to his left elbow, allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. He threw 36 pitches, 25 of which were strikes.

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Longo blasts three-run homer to spark Rays' scoring

Third baseman adjusts, launches home run off former teammate Kazmir

Longo blasts three-run homer to spark Rays' scoring

ST. PETERSBURG -- The tape of Scott Kazmir did not tell the whole story, and in the third inning, it cost Evan Longoria.

With runners on second and third and one out, the Rays' third baseman shot a ground ball toward Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, who threw home and got Brandon Guyer at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

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Beckham optioned to Triple-A Durham

Beckham optioned to Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced Friday night that infielder Tim Beckham has been optioned to Triple-A Durham and left-handed pitcher Enny Romero has been recalled to fill his roster spot.

The Rays have used all seven of their relievers over the past two games, so Romero, the Rays' No. 12 prospect, brings a fresh arm to a bullpen that leads the Major Leagues with 146 2/3 innings pitched.

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Homers power Rays to victory over A's

Homers power Rays to victory over A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria's three-run homer led the Rays to a 5-2 win over the A's on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria rerouted a 1-2 Scott Kazmir fastball into the left-field stands with two aboard for his fifth home run of the season.

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Gomes comes up clutch in bases-loaded jam

Manager Cash confident in righty, who says he likes adrenaline rush

Gomes comes up clutch in bases-loaded jam

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Gomes has become a familiar name off the lips of Rays manager Kevin Cash this season.

The gritty right-hander once again gave Cash cause to tout his virtues after he put out the fire in Friday night's 5-2 Rays win over the A's.

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Young, energetic Rays feel-good story of year

Young, energetic Rays feel-good story of year

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays are young, energetic, probably playing over their heads, but all alone atop the American League East as Memorial Day weekend gets underway.

If there's a true feel-good story early this season, it's the overachieving Rays. They've been hobbled by injuries, unable to mount a potent offense, yet they find ways to win.

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Rays alone in 1st place with shutout of A's

Rays alone in 1st place with shutout of A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus provided most of the offense and the Rays' pitching did its part in a 3-0 win over the A's on Thursday night with a crowd of 10,605 watching at Tropicana Field.

The Rays grabbed sole possession of first place in the American League East by a half-game over the idle Yankees. It's the first time Tampa Bay has been alone in first since April 12, 2014.

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DeJesus keeps swinging 'huge bat' for Rays

Hitting .417 in past 15 games, DH stings A's with homer, RBI double

DeJesus keeps swinging 'huge bat' for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Being a reliable teammate -- and not just on the diamond -- is something in which David DeJesus takes great pride.

"Relationships are what you bring out of baseball," DeJesus said. "We're all going to play, we're all going give it 100 percent on the field, but when you are done playing your career, you're going to bring relationships with you. So, I think being a guy who can talk to anybody and know that I'm going to be reliable each and every day, that's the trait I want everybody to know about me."

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Colome attacks hitters in bounce-back outing

Right-hander leads way for Rays with 5 innings in shutout of A's

Colome attacks hitters in bounce-back outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Colome needed to rebound from a bad stretch, and he managed to do so Thursday night in the Rays' 3-0 win over the A's at Tropicana Field.

The Dominican right-hander entered his start on the heels of a two-game funk against the Yankees and Twins. The combined totals from those outings showed an 0-1 record with a 10.61 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

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HS pitcher with rare disorder throws first pitch

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HS pitcher with rare disorder throws first pitch

Approximately one in 200 high school baseball players will eventually be drafted by a major league team. The chances that you're born with DiGeorge syndrome are estimated to be one in 4,000. That's to say: There's a greater likelihood of getting drafted to compete for a job in the big leagues than being born with the chromosome disorder.

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Smyly needs 8 weeks of rehab for shoulder

Rays lefty avoids surgery, hopes to follow path of Dodgers' Bolsinger

Smyly needs 8 weeks of rehab for shoulder

ST. PETERSBURG -- After more than a week of deliberation, Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly has decided not to end his 2015 season. Smyly announced Thursday that he will not undergo surgery on the torn labrum in his left shoulder, electing to instead rehab the injury.
 
"After talking with a few of the doctors that I've met with, we've decided to rehab [the shoulder]," Smyly said. "Everyone seems very optimistic that is the route to take. It's not choosing that over surgery. They act like surgery is not even really an option right now, so that is the route I'm taking."
 
Smyly said the rehab process should take about eight weeks and believes he could pitch again for the Rays by late July or August, but added that there is a possibility surgery may be needed later if the rehab does not work.
 
"We'll know whether it works or not in eight weeks," Smyly said. "In eight weeks, I might say 'It's not working, we'll explore other options.' There still is a lot of unknown, but the best doctors in the country have looked at my MRIs and seen me personally, examined it, and everyone seems confident that surgery isn't needed."
 
The decision to undergo rehab instead of surgery was helped by the experiences of Smyly's former college teammate and current Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who went through a similar situation several years ago.
 
"[He] was diagnosed with a torn labrum, rehabbed for two months -- that happened when he was in the Minor Leagues -- and he hasn't had a problem with it since, and it has been three or four years," Smyly said. "He's doing great for the Dodgers, and he has said, 'You'll be fine, man.'
 
"Talking with other doctors, I'm not the first guy who will try to pitch through it. It's something that happens when you pitch at this level. A lot of pitchers' MRIs look abnormal. There's stuff going on in there and you work through it and keep playing."
 
The first step in Smyly's rehab will be playing catch, which he expects to be doing come early June.
 
In three starts this season, Smyly is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing five runs in 16 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out 21. He was placed on the disabled list May 9. Smyly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 13 after the Rays confirmed the torn labrum.
 
"It is a good thing that there is a chance that he pitches for us this year," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "That's a lot better than maybe what we were thinking a couple of weeks ago."
 
In other injury news, Cash said Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) will pitch "two innings, roughly 35-40 pitches," in an extended spring game Saturday.

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Hard-luck Odorizzi shakes off lack of run support

Right-hander allows two runs over six innings vs. Braves; drops to 3-4

Hard-luck Odorizzi shakes off lack of run support

ATLANTA -- If Jake Odorizzi didn't have hard luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all.

The Rays right-hander fell to 3-4 on the season after notching his team-leading eighth quality start in nine outings this season in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.

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Cash concerned over lack of innings from starters

Cash concerned over lack of innings from starters

ATLANTA -- While Jake Odorizzi gave the Rays much-needed innings in Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Braves, he had no choice because his outing was sandwiched between starts by Erasmo Ramirez and Alex Colome.

Two of the Rays' five starting pitchers have had difficulty getting deep into the game. Ramirez posted five innings his last two outings -- each a win -- and Colome has averaged just under five innings per start in four outings.

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Odorizzi's strong effort not enough

Odorizzi's strong effort not enough

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman fueled the decisive sixth inning with a one-out double and Williams Perez made the most of his first career start while helping the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Rays Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had surrendered just two hits before allowing Freeman's double and Nick Markakis' single with one out in the sixth. After Todd Cunningham followed with a go-ahead RBI groundout, the Braves' bullpen preserved the lead and the effort provided by Perez, who surrendered just one run and notched seven strikeouts over five innings.

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Rays welcome return of 'Jake and The Box'

McGee, Boxberger finish off Tuesday's victory over Braves

Rays welcome return of 'Jake and The Box'

ATLANTA -- "Jake and The Box" are back and coming in from the Rays' bullpen to put games on ice.

At least that's the way it went Tuesday night in the Rays' 5-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

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Kiermaier sets tone with hustle triple

Center fielder leads off with three-bagger to spark offense

Kiermaier sets tone with hustle triple

ATLANTA -- Kevin Kiermaier has a different motor and he revved it up in the first inning of the Rays' 5-3 win Tuesday night at Turner Field.

The Rays' center fielder hit in the leadoff spot Tuesday night and got busy right away when he blooped a hit into right field.

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Franklin adds versatility to infield rotation

Switch-hitter returned from rehab stint this past Saturday

Franklin adds versatility to infield rotation

ATLANTA -- Nick Franklin arrived in such a hurry on Sunday that Rays manager Kevin Cash opted to wait before talking to the infielder about his role with the team now that he's off the disabled list.

"We had a great conversation today," said Cash of Franklin, who finished his rehab at Triple-A Durham on Saturday before flying to Minnesota to meet the team on Sunday. "Nick's been very in tune to what's going on here. Followed us a lot [while he was on the DL]. He's excited to join us. He's going to definitely have a valuable role for us."

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