Archer spins gem, but bats silenced by Felix

Archer spins gem, but bats silenced by Felix

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Mariners hit a go-ahead home run off Rays closer Brad Boxberger for the second consecutive night, this one a three-run shot off the bat of Nelson Cruz, to give Seattle a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Boxberger came in to relieve Chris Archer in the top of the ninth and proceeded to strike out Mike Zunino and Austin Jackson to start the inning, but walked Seth Smith and Robinson Cano to bring Cruz to the plate. After getting ahead 1-0, Cruz launched a ball over the center-field wall and into the Rays' Touch Tank. It was only the fourth home run to land in the Touch Tank all-time.

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Rays eye Friday return for Souza, Asdrubal

Banged up players available off bench for Wednesday's series finale

Rays eye Friday return for Souza, Asdrubal

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are eyeing Friday as the return date for right fielder Steven Souza Jr. and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, and both could be available off the bench on Wednesday.

"The hope is [they'll return on] Friday to start," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I don't think we would hesitate using them off the bench [today] if the right opportunities presented themselves."

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Rays grant Balfour release from Minors

Right-hander tallied just 4 1/3 innings with Tampa Bay in 2015

Rays grant Balfour release from Minors

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Grant Balfour was granted his release from his Minor League contract, ending his stint with Triple-A Durham.

Balfour was designated for assignment on April 19 after making six appearances for the Rays, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings, but re-signed with the club on May 1. In eight appearances for the Bulls, he posted a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

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Rays rally to tie but fall in extra innings

Rays rally to tie but fall in extra innings

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kyle Seager did in the Rays with two home runs on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, leading the Mariners to a 7-6 win in 10 innings.

Facing Brad Boxberger with one out in the 10th, Seager connected on an 0-2 fastball that went over the center-field wall for his second home run of the game and a one-run lead for the Mariners.

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Elmore picks up Rays in losing effort

Elmore picks up Rays in losing effort

ST. PETERSBURG -- With his team trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash called on Asdrubal Cabrera to pinch-hit for Tim Beckham, hoping he'd drive in one or both of the runners standing on second and third.

The Mariners had other ideas, intentionally walking Cabrera and electing instead to take their chances with Jake Elmore, who began the night with 15 at-bats on the season.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Boxberger, McGee have rare off night

Boxberger, McGee have rare off night

ST. PETERSBURG -- With the Rays holding a one-run lead heading into the eighth inning, Tuesday night's game seemed scripted for a Tampa Bay win.

But the normally dependable duo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger did not deliver in a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Mariners.

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Rays need All-Star voting push from fans

Rays need All-Star voting push from fans

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay might be riding high in the American League East, but that has not translated to All-Star votes for the team's players.

At this juncture, the Rays need the support of their fans if they want to earn starting spots on the squad that will represent the American League at this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14, as none ranks among the voting leaders.

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Neither Souza, Asdrubal to miss much time

Neither Souza, Asdrubal to miss much time

ST. PETERSBURG -- It seems as though the worst-case scenario for the Rays has been avoided.

After being injured in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics, both outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (sprained left wrist) and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (mild left groin strain) reported that their injuries are progressing, and neither expects to miss an extended amount of time.

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Rays let too many chances go by vs. M's

Rays let too many chances go by vs. M's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Robinson Cano led the Mariners' offense en route to a 4-1 Memorial Day win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Cano and Nelson Cruz hit RBI singles off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the first inning to put the Mariners up, 2-0.

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Lack of production looms large for Rays

Lack of production looms large for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- As of late, offensive struggles are like clockwork for the Rays. They've been so routine, in fact, that when Logan Forsythe was asked about them after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Mariners at Tropicana Field, he couldn't help but sigh.

But even after a game in which the Rays went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the first baseman -- playing for James Loney, who was placed on the disabled list before the contest -- chose to take a positive approach.

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No offense means no win for solid Odorizzi

No offense means no win for solid Odorizzi

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Odorizzi's Memorial Day line read as follows: seven innings, one earned run, five hits, two walks, seven strikeouts.

It would be pretty easy to conclude that the right-hander was the winning pitcher on Monday night against the Mariners, only that's not the kind of season it's been for him. If ever a pitcher has found himself in the "bad slot," he's the guy.

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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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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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