Snell keeps Rays' rotation on stellar roll

Rookie hurls staff's 6th straight quality start

Snell keeps Rays' rotation on stellar roll

OAKLAND -- Some Rays fans might say it's about time. Others might suffice it to say it's nice to see the team's starters finally start to live up to lofty expectations.

Rookie southpaw Blake Snell added to the roll the Rays starters have enjoyed when he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the A's at the Oakland Colisieum.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays can't hold off A's, drop 3rd straight

Rays can't hold off A's, drop 3rd straight

OAKLAND -- Billy Butler's solo home run in the eighth proved to be the difference in the A's 3-2 win over the Rays Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

After losing the first game of the four-game series, the A's (45-54) won the final three over the Rays (38-60), taking the lead in the eighth inning or later of each win. They've won three consecutive series for the first time since 2014, and are 7-3 since the All-Star break.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Whitley, Cobb continue to progress in rehabs

Rays pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgeries

Whitley, Cobb continue to progress in rehabs

OAKLAND -- Chase Whitley continued his rehab from Tommy John surgery on Sunday, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out one in two innings for Class A Advanced Charlotte against Brevard County.

Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked if Whitley, claimed off waivers from the Yankees in the offseason, had moved ahead of Alex Cobb in their progression toward a return to the Rays.

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Archer set for first career start vs. Dodgers

Archer set for first career start vs. Dodgers

When Dodgers starter Bud Norris takes the hill against the Rays, he'll be on shorter rest than Rays starter Chris Archer, but Norris will have the edge in experience when the two meet in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Norris' most recent outing came in relief, two days after his last start. He pitched during the 15th inning Friday night against the Cardinals and gave up a walk-off home run to Matt Adams in the 16th with the Dodgers short on arms.

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Colome stung by homers in first blown save

Colome stung by homers in first blown save

OAKLAND -- What wasn't supposed to happen did on Saturday night, as dependable closer Alex Colome was handed his first blown save in the Rays' 4-3 loss to the A's at the Oakland Coliseum.

"Just one of those outings," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "A little bit of a head-scratcher."

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Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

Rays closer recovering from left oblique strain

Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

OAKLAND -- Brad Boxberger made his third rehab appearance Saturday night for Class A Charlotte vs. Brevard County.

Boxberger, recovering from a left oblique injury, started the game and allowed a run on two hits, striking out one and throwing 14 strikes in 22 pitches.

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Rays stunned as A's homer twice off Colome

Rays stunned as A's homer twice off Colome

OAKLAND -- Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy homered in the ninth to hand Alex Colome his first blown save of the season as the A's stunned the Rays with a 4-3 win Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the A's third walk-off win in five games. 

"I don't think there's anything more fun than walk-off wins in baseball," said Healy, who was called up last Friday. "The fact we've been able to have so many in my short eight-day career just makes winning that much better." 

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Odorizzi 'outstanding,' but bad luck persists

Rays starter gets 12th no-decision after 8 shutout innings

Odorizzi 'outstanding,' but bad luck persists

OAKLAND -- Another no-decision for Jake Odorizzi on Friday night. Boy, did he deserve better.

"Odo was outstanding," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Archer makes special RBI visit in Oakland

Archer makes special RBI visit in Oakland

OAKLAND -- Chris Archer continued his work away from the field on Friday morning with another of his RBI visits.

This time he spoke to a group of about 50 youngsters from the Richmond YMCA Junior Giants in Oakland, along with other children who are involved with RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) in nearby Contra Costa County.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beckham ties Rays mark with 8-AB hit streak

Beckham ties Rays mark with 8-AB hit streak

OAKLAND -- Tim Beckham had an interesting day at the ballpark Thursday before and during the Rays' 7-3 win over the Athletics.

For starters, he played first base and trumping that unique event, he extended his hit streak to a team record-tying eight consecutive at-bats.

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Odorizzi spins gem, but Rays fall to A's in 13th

Odorizzi spins gem, but Rays fall to A's in 13th

OAKLAND -- Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea were at their best Friday night. And the pair did what Major League starters do when they're at the top of their game, they posted zeroes, lots of zeroes.

Ultimately, each came away with a no-decision despite matching up with eight scoreless innings and not a walk between them in the A's 1-0 win in 13 innings at the Oakland Coliseum. The loss snapped the Rays' three-game winning streak.

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Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Archer, Rays stay centered as rumors swirl

Archer, Rays stay centered as rumors swirl

OAKLAND -- Thursday proved to be Chris Archer's day to be front and center with regard to the trade rumor mill.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that the Dodgers were the favorite to acquire Archer via a trade before Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. According to Stark, a source told him there's a "70 percent" chance Archer goes to the Dodgers.

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Rays rock A's Gray, roll to 3rd straight win

Rays rock A's Gray, roll to 3rd straight win

OAKLAND -- The hot-hitting Rays took batting practice off of Sonny Gray, tagging the struggling A's starter for nine hits in a 7-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

Gray was responsible for all seven runs in just five innings, surrendering solo home runs to Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson ahead of a four-run attack in the fifth -- featuring five consecutive hits to open the frame -- that put the Rays ahead for good. They've plated 28 runs in their last three games.

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Cobb progressing toward return to rotation

Cobb progressing toward return to rotation

OAKLAND -- Alex Cobb, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw 28 pitches on Wednesday during a bullpen session at Tropicana Field. On Thursday, Rays manager Kevin Cash noted that, "Cobb went well."

So the next step for the Rays right-hander is to throw Saturday in live batting practice in Port Charlotte.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robertson, Hu among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Robertson, Hu among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Archer fans 11, delivers quality start in victory

Archer fans 11, delivers quality start in victory

DENVER -- Coming into Wednesday's start, Rays right-hander Chris Archer aimed to throw 70 percent strikes, a mark he has yet to eclipse this season. Although he fell just short of his goal, he put together his first quality start in over a month in a 11-3 win over the Rockies.

Archer tossed six brilliant innings, limiting the Rockies to two runs on four hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. He struck out his last five batters and eight of his last 11.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays' hits parade keeps Rockies at bay

Rays' hits parade keeps Rockies at bay

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa had five quality starts in six outings since being reinstated to the Rockies' rotation. The Rays finally spoiled his run in an 11-3 rout at Coors Field on Wednesday to win their first road series in six weeks.

Tampa Bay lit into De La Rosa early with Evan Longoria's RBI double in the first. Longoria, who ended the series with five extra-base hits, was one of three runners to score in the third before the floodgates opened the next inning. Six of the first eight batters reached base, en route to five runs, highlighted by Steve Pearce's RBI double and former Rockie Corey Dickerson's RBI single.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Drummer Longoria plays more than baseball

Rays third baseman uses music to break from game's daily grind

Drummer Longoria plays more than baseball

ST. PETERSBURG -- Keith Moon, the famous drummer known for his work with the The Who, doesn't exactly come to mind at the sound of the beat vibrating throughout the underbelly of Tropicana Field. Good thing since the guy playing the drums is Evan Longoria, and Rays fans wouldn't want the face of the team to quit his day job.

Fortunately, playing third base for the Rays and messing around with the drums aren't mutually exclusive for Longoria, who began playing in 2009 when veteran catcher Greg Zaun joined the team.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Longoria's hot-streak mantra: 'Drive guys in'

Longoria's hot-streak mantra: 'Drive guys in'

DENVER -- Right as trade rumors heat up around much of the Rays' roster, Evan Longoria carries the hottest bat for Tampa Bay.

Longoria is hitting a red-hot .308/.357/.885 since the All-Star break with three home runs. At 22 homers, he has already matched his home run total for the past two seasons.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays power past Rox, bring end to road skid

Rays power past Rox, bring end to road skid

DENVER -- Blake Snell turned in six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Evan Longoria continued his power surge at altitude and the Rays powered past the Rockies with a 10-1 win at Coors Field on Tuesday to snap an 11-game losing streak on the road after inclement weather delayed the first pitch for two hours.

The Rays opened the floodgates with five runs in the third, stringing together three straight extra-base hits from the top of the lineup, including Longoria's towering two-run homer, which left the ballpark at an estimated distance of 462 feet, per Statcast™. That was enough to give Snell the second win of his career, with his nine strikeouts a career best.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rays on Tuesday.

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Snell delivering on his promise

Snell delivering on his promise

DENVER -- Left-hander Blake Snell continued to validate his preseason hype as the Rays' top-ranked prospect after leading Tampa Bay to a 10-1 rout of the Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field.

A two-hour rain delay prior to the first pitch didn't faze Snell, as he turned in six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out a career-best nine. Seven full starts into his big league career after supplanting Matt Andriese in the rotation, Snell lowered his ERA to 3.11 and helped the Rays get a much-needed win -- just their fifth in their last 30 games.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Souza fan Arcia like he's the pharaoh of the dugout

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Watch Souza fan Arcia like he's the pharaoh of the dugout

Denver is a weird place. A nightmare horse guards its airport, water boils at a lower temperature and the sky is actually prettier than in other parts of the country. That's because the air itself is thinner and dryer, due to Denver's elevation. There's less water vapor (making for a bluer sky) and less oxygen, which means that if you happen to run, say, 270 feet very quickly, you might need to catch your breath. 

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Pearce returns to action for Rays

Pearce returns to action for Rays

DENVER -- The Rays took another step toward solidifying the lineup they projected in spring with the return of infielder Steve Pearce, who provided an immediate offensive boost in the Rays' 10-1 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Pearce, who batted fifth and played first base, finished 2-for-5, powering a 438-foot homer in the ninth inning that reached the concourse.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kiermaier finds Coors Field to his liking

Kiermaier finds Coors Field to his liking

DENVER -- Cavernous Coors Field is one of the more daunting destinations for outfielders, but Kevin Kiermaier welcomes the challenge.

Kiermaier made quite a showing in his first start at altitude on Monday, hauling in a line drive from DJ LeMahieu in the third inning and tagging up Charlie Blackmon for an 8-3 double play. LeMahieu laced a shot into the gap in right-center that Kiermaier thought would drop, but he had to adjust due to what he described to be the ball's baffling behavior.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rays on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Forsythe wins Rays' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Forsythe wins Rays' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smyly, Rays come up short against Rockies

Smyly, Rays come up short against Rockies

DENVER -- Tyler Anderson continued his strong performances at home, Trevor Story's two-run homer powered the offense, and the bullpen came up big as the Rockies topped the Rays, 7-4, at Coors Field on Monday in a game delayed 32 minutes at the start by rain.

After being shut out the day before, the Rockies got on the board in the first inning on Carlos Gonzalez's RBI double. Story and Ryan Raburn came around to score in the fifth after reaching on walks to start the inning, and Story's two-run shot the next inning was the key blow for the Rockies' offense.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Monday.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rays on Monday. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports.

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