Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

Outfielder heads to Angels while Tampa Bay gets 20-year-old righty

Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays traded outfielder David DeJesus to the Angels for Minor League right-handed pitcher Eduar Lopez on Tuesday.

In eight starts with Rookie-level Orem this season, Lopez, 20, is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA while averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Over parts of four Minor League seasons, he is 10-9 with a 3.39 ERA.

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Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

Rays outfielder to start assignment with Triple-A on Friday

Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

ST. PETERSBURG -- Since June the Rays have been talking about players returning from the disabled list giving the team a feeling like they acquired a key piece in a Trade Deadline deal.

Count Desmond Jennings in that category. The Rays' outfielder played in just 18 games before going on the DL on May 3 with left knee bursitis, which eventually mandated a clean-up surgery. When he's healthy and playing well, Jennings can be a force on offense.

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Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

Catcher starts third straight game, gives Rays key insurance runs

Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali doubled down Monday night.

Starting his third consecutive game, the Rays' reserve catcher homered twice from the ninth spot in the order to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the 15-day disabled list following 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Cabrera has missed 11 games since sustaining a right hamstring strain on July 11 and he was slated to begin a rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Port Charlotte, but the game was rained out.

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Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

Rays center fielder plays despite pregame injury, hits RBI double

Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's 5-2 win over the Tigers in the sixth inning due to a minor abrasion of the left eye.

Kiermaier, who is listed as day to day, sustained the injury prior to the game when a resistance band he was using to stretch snapped back and hit him in the eye.

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Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

Jepsen, Boxberger and McGee all involved in rumors before Deadline

Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, meaning a lot of names are being tossed around the rumor mill. The idea of getting traded can be unsettling, but several Rays players who have been mentioned in trade rumors did not seem to be fazed by the situation.

Reliever Kevin Jepsen said he'd never experienced rumors about being involved in a trade until right before he was dealt to Tampa Bay this past offseason.

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Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

Lefty throws 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings in first outing for Triple-A Durham

Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly made his first rehab start at Triple-A Durham on Sunday as he tries to return to the Rays rotation after landing on the disabled list May 9 with a torn labrum.

On paper, Smyly's return to the mound did not show much promise, as he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings. For Tampa Bay, though, the 26-year-old's 51 pitches were encouraging.

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Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays dropped Sunday's contest to the Orioles, 5-2, marking their 21st loss in their last 30 games and their eighth series loss in their last nine, it was not due to lack of opportunities.

After Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe slugged back-to-back home runs for the team's first hits of the game in the fourth inning, the Rays managed to consistently put runners on base.

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Cabrera ready to begin rehab assignment

Cabrera ready to begin rehab assignment

ST. PETERSBURG -- After a couple of days of running the bases, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at Tropicana Field, Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a right hamstring strain.

Manager Kevin Cash said after the Rays' 5-2 loss to the Orioles Sunday that the plan is for Cabrera to begin a rehab assignment and play five to seven innings at shortstop Monday for Class A Advanced Port Charlotte.

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Rays hit back-to-back homers, but fall to O's

Rays hit back-to-back homers, but fall to O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles struck quickly and pushed across three runs in the first off Rays starter Matt Moore to set the tone and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the rubber match against Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

J.J. Hardy got the offense going when he drove home Chris Davis with a two-out single and one pitch later, Nolan Reimold doubled to left to bring around two more runs. The Orioles then tacked on two more in the fourth when Caleb Joseph launched his seventh home run of the season over the left-field fence.

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3rd-inning struggles sink Ramirez vs. Orioles

3rd-inning struggles sink Ramirez vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the majority of Erasmo Ramirez's season-high 7 1/3 innings Saturday, the right-hander pitched much like he has over the last two months in which he has made nine consecutive starts of allowing two runs or fewer.

In the third inning, however, one mistake proved costly for Ramirez and the Rays in their 5-1 defeat to the Orioles.

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Rays can't rally past Orioles

Rays can't rally past Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by Chris Davis' grand slam, the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's 5-1 series-evening victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Davis, who collected his 22nd homer of the year, gave a struggling Baltimore lineup a lift with his one-out, third-inning blast off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez. David Lough also tripled and scored in the eighth to back Os starter Miguel Gonzalez's stellar outing.

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Rays show resiliency in come-from-behind win

Rays show resiliency in come-from-behind win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Talk about answering the challenge. The Rays embraced Wednesday's wake-up call from manager Kevin Cash and came through with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Following Wednesday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Phillies in disappointing fashion, the Rays skipper told reporters it was "gut check" time and that the team needed to "flip a switch here now."

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Smyly ready to pitch in rehab games

Smyly ready to pitch in rehab games

ST. PETERSBURG -- After weeks of rehabbing a torn labrum in his left shoulder that has sidelined him since May 5, Drew Smyly is set to begin pitching again.

The Rays announced Saturday that the left-handed starting pitcher will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham, due in large part to all the rain in the forecast near the Rays' Class A Advanced affiliate in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Rays' 3-run 8th helps them rally past Orioles

Rays' 3-run 8th helps them rally past Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's two-run single off Darren O'Day capped the Rays' three-run eighth and led Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

"Beck has shown time and time again he's kind of got a flair for the big hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "When those situations arise, it seems like his level of play rises up along with it. That's a pretty good quality to have, especially for a young player. He's got a lot of confidence in himself to get it done and he keeps proving that he's capable of doing it."

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Rays undecided about path to take at Trade Deadline

Rays undecided about path to take at Trade Deadline

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline comes to fruition in a week and the only certainty where the Rays are concerned is nobody knows whether they will be buyers or sellers.

The weekend series against the Orioles at Tropicana Field could go a long way toward determining that status.

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Cabrera, Jennings progessing in injury rehab

Cabrera, Jennings progessing in injury rehab

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on Friday ran the bases for the first time since suffering a right hamstring strain on July 12.

Cabrera said he ran at about 80 percent and "felt really good" afterwards. He believes that he could return to the Rays' lineup "soon" without having to play in any rehab games.

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Rays' Ramirez sees reversal of fortune

Righty experiencing vast improvement after moving past early-season struggles

Rays' Ramirez sees reversal of fortune

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez has become the Rays' model of consistency over the past three months, but back in April, it seemed unlikely that that title would ever be synonymous with the right-handed pitcher.

Acquired from the Mariners on March 31, for then-Minor Leaguer Mike Montgomery, Ramirez's first impression with the Rays did not go as planned, surrendering seven runs in two innings of relief on April 10 at Miami.

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Cash says it's gut-check time for Rays

Cash says it's gut-check time for Rays

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Cash is not one whose emotions fluctuate widely in either direction. So even though the Rays finished their six-game road trip on a sour note, losing 5-4 in 10 innings to the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Rays' manager did not wave arms, yell or point fingers at players. But clearly he was frustrated.

"I don't know what else to say," Cash said. "That was ugly. Not executing. Did a lot of things poorly. The Phillies got it done. Give them credit. They played well. Capitalized on their opportunities. We did not. That basically sums up the ballgame."

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Rays fall in extra innings on walk-off single

Rays fall in extra innings on walk-off single

PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Phillies a 5-4 walk-off win over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Domonic Brown singled off Brad Boxberger to start the Phillies' 10th and moved to second on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice bunt. One out later, Herrera laced a single to left-center on the 11th pitch of the at-bat and Brown raced home with the winning run and a series win.

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Rays get 6th pick in Competitive Balance Round B

Reds get first selection of Round A, followed by A's, Rockies, D-backs, Marlins and Pirates

Rays get 6th pick in Competitive Balance Round B

Two portions of Major League Baseball's 2016 First-Year Player Draft were set Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York.

The Reds, A's, Rockies, D-backs, Marlins and Pirates will receive the six picks in Competitive Balance Round A, which follows the Draft's first round. The Padres, Indians, Twins, Brewers, Orioles and Rays will receive the six picks in Competitive Balance Round B, which comes after the second round.

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Karns homers for 1st MLB hit, joins select group

Dinger marks first time since 1962 that home run by AL pitcher accounts for game's sole run

Karns homers for 1st MLB hit, joins select group

PHILADELPHIA -- Nathan Karns finished pitching the second inning, then made his way toward the on-deck circle -- unfamiliar turf for an American League pitcher.

After a couple of practice swings, he turned to ask Kevin Cash if he needed to take pitches until he saw a strike. The Rays' manager surprised him with his answer.

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Rays SP Karns hits HR, bat flips for first MLB hit

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Rays SP Karns hits HR, bat flips for first MLB hit

Entering Tuesday's game against the Phillies and rookie starter Aaron Nola, Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns was 0-for-5 in his career at the plate with three strikeouts. 

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Archer sends positive message to RBI kids

All-Star righty stresses importance of education, doing right thing

Archer sends positive message to RBI kids

PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Archer embraces the title of "nerd" he was given when he was younger.

But by "younger," Archer doesn't necessarily mean as a child. That was the moniker he was labeled with up to the point when the Rays called him up to play in the Majors. Archer has always liked to read, a preference that struck many of his Minor League and early Major League teammates as atypical and bizarre. But, when speaking to a group of Philadelphia-based RBI Baseball kids Tuesday, Archer used this anecdote as his message.

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Karns' historic night lifts Rays past Phillies

Karns' historic night lifts Rays past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Rays right-hander Nathan Karns provided the only blemish to Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola's highly anticipated big league debut Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Karns hit a first-pitch fastball off Nola to left-center field for a solo home run in the third inning of a 1-0 victory. It would be plenty for the Rays, as Karns and the Rays' bullpen combined to allow just four hits in the shutout.

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Kiermaier wins Rays' Heart and Hustle Award

Kiermaier wins Rays' Heart and Hustle Award

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Kiermaier is the Rays' 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner.

"For me to get this, it really does mean a lot to me," Kiermaier said. "I play the way I do because that's the way I've always played. But I also want to be contagious to my teammates and other guys around the game because that's the way I think the game should be played."

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Smyly, Jennings progressing in Port Charlotte

Smyly, Jennings progressing in Port Charlotte

PHILADELPHIA -- Tuesday's reports from Florida were good regarding left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Desmond Jennings.

Smyly (torn left labrum) threw a simulated game in Port Charlotte in which Jennings (left knee bursitis) hit.

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Moore continues to battle, looks to improve

Lefty allows four runs in 4 2/3 innings in fourth start back from Tommy John surgery

Moore continues to battle, looks to improve

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Moore's struggles continued Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies defeated the Rays, 5-3, in the opening game of a three-game series.

"Matt continues to compete and battle," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's not quite there totally in sync consistently. He shows some glimpses, but then he'll have some hiccups along the way."

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