Rays have candidates to take home hardware

Rays have candidates to take home hardware

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Many possible scenarios could come to life this season that would bring postseason awards to Rays players.

Most would be contingent upon the Rays becoming contenders. Here's a look at some of the possibilities.

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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 hit 3 homers, score 12 in 6th

Rays hit 3 homers, score 12 in 6th

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Peter Bourjos, Nick Franklin, and Shane Peterson homered in the sixth to lead the Rays to a 15-6 win over the Orioles Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Bourjos got the home run parade started with a two-run blast off Jefri Hernandez. Franklin hit a three-run homer off Brian Moran before Peterson added a three-run homer to cap the 12-run inning that gave the Rays a 14-2 lead.

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Bourjos shows off bat, glove in debut

Bourjos shows off bat, glove in debut

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Peter Bourjos arrived to Florida late Tuesday night, but the Rays' new outfielder was in the lineup Wednesday afternoon, playing center field and hitting leadoff in Tampa Bay's 15-6 win over the Orioles.

"I think there's three days left in spring -- just try to go out and play as well as I can," said Bourjos, whom the Rays acquired from the White Sox on Tuesday. "Have good at-bats, play good defense. I'm excited about the opportunity, whatever presents itself. Hopefully, I can make the team and we'll go from there."

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Rays' cuts clear up catcher competition

Maile, Casali among those optioned; Norris will be backed up by Sucre

Rays' cuts clear up catcher competition

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays optioned three players and reassigned four on Wednesday, and they told catcher Jesus Sucre he will make the team.

Rays manager Kevin Cash noted that new acquisition Derek Norris will essentially be the team's everyday catcher.

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Inbox: How good is the farm, infield?

Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers fans' questions

Inbox: How good is the farm, infield?

I've been disappointed with the Rays' farm system, specifically how they've developed position players. Have you seen anything this spring that might change my mind?
--Andrew B., Atlanta

Totally. Jake Bauers is somebody to really be excited about. They got him in the deal that sent Wil Myers to San Diego, and he looks Major League ready right now the way he swings the bat. He has a wonderful swing, and he also has a good eye. So he's somebody to be excited about.

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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.

Archer sharp in final tune-up

Archer sharp in final tune-up

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rays ace Chris Archer, in his final tune-up before his Opening Day start against the Yankees on Sunday, tossed three scoreless innings against the Twins, but ByungHo Park homered in the seventh to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 win on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

Archer allowed one hit, a double that speedster Byron Buxton legged out on a routine hit to left in the first inning, and walked one with four strikeouts. He finishes Grapefruit League play with a 1.98 ERA.

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

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Rays strike deal to get outfielder Bourjos

Rays strike deal to get outfielder Bourjos

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Rays have acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Bourjos, who will turn 30 on Friday, was battling for a job as a non-roster invitee at White Sox camp. He was batting .313 in Spring Training through Monday. The Rays will likely utilize Bourjos as a backup center fielder, with Colby Rasmus expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

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Veterans Weeks, Hunter make Rays' roster

Veterans Weeks, Hunter make Rays' roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Multiple roster moves await the Rays before Opening Day according to manager Kevin Cash. Count Rickie Weeks Jr. and Tommy Hunter as two who are no longer in suspense about their respective fates.

Cash told the veteran pair they will be on the team's 25-man active roster when they open the season Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

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Contention status to define Rays' Deadline

Roster could be augmented if TB is in playoff hunt, but trade bait abounds if fortunes sour

Contention status to define Rays' Deadline

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Major League Baseball's July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline means one of two scenarios for each team: You're either a buyer or a seller.

What will the Rays be in 2017?

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Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andriese battles Yanks without his best stuff

Righty gives up 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings in penultimate spring outing

Andriese battles Yanks without his best stuff

TAMPA, Fla. -- If Rays starter Matt Andriese could take away any positives from his third start on Sunday, it's that he made it through his longest outing of the spring.

What transpired during those 4 1/3 innings of work in a 7-4 defeat to the Yankees, however, is something the righty admitted he would rather put behind him.

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New turf makes good first impression on Rays

Longoria among players to take part in brief Sunday workout at the Trop

New turf makes good first impression on Rays

TAMPA, Fla. -- At least after one workout session, the new artificial playing surface at Tropicana Field has earned favorable reviews from Rays players.

Prior to their Grapefruit League game against the Yankees on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Rays stopped 20 miles away at their home ballpark in St. Petersburg to test out the Shaw Sports Turf for the first time since it was installed over the past few weeks.

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Cobb scratched from start as precaution

Righty's lower-back tightness likely won't affect status heading into season

Cobb scratched from start as precaution

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rays starter Alex Cobb was scratched from a scheduled start in a Minor League intrasquad game at the team's training facility in Port Charlotte on Sunday because of left lower-back tightness.

Manager Kevin Cash said before Tampa Bay's game against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field that Cobb, slotted third in Tampa Bay's rotation behind Opening Day starter Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, likely slept wrong and was held out as a precaution. The issue is not expected to affect his status going into the regular season.

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Andriese gives up six runs in 4 1/3 vs. Yanks

Andriese gives up six runs in 4 1/3 vs. Yanks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Hicks continued to put up a strong fight in the Yankees' right-field competition, slugging his third spring homer and driving in three runs on Sunday in a 7-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Hicks is battling No. 4 prospect Aaron Judge for an everyday role in the outfield, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the race is still too close to call.

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Norris' signing gives Rays a bevy of backstops

Veteran's arrival affects futures of trio in camp this spring

Norris' signing gives Rays a bevy of backstops

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Derek Norris is officially in the fold, which means the Rays' catching depth is now four deep.

The Rays announced on Saturday that they have signed the veteran free agent to a one-year Major League contract.

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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.

Rasmus to begin season on disabled list

Veteran outfielder has yet to play in the field during Spring Training

Rasmus to begin season on disabled list

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Veteran Colby Rasmus will start his season on the disabled list.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said earlier in the week that Rasmus, who has been used as a designated hitter but has not played the field, needed to be able to play a defensive position in order to be active for Opening Day. Rasmus is returning from offseason hip surgery.

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Dickerson connects on fourth spring homer

Dickerson connects on fourth spring homer

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Pablo Sandoval's three-run homer in the fifth led the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Facing Rays starter Blake Snell with two on and no outs in the fifth, Sandoval sent a 1-1 offering to left to erase a 3-1 Rays lead.

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Archer OD starter as Rays announce rotation

Odorizzi, Cobb, Snell, Andriese to follow right-hander

Archer OD starter as Rays announce rotation

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Rays manager Kevin Cash annointed the right-hander as such following the Rays' 5-5 tie with the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

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Robertson shines, but Rays sloppy

Robertson shines, but Rays sloppy

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Infielder Phil Gosselin had two hits, catcher Chris Stewart drove in a run and the Pirates capitalized on a handful of the Rays' mistakes in a 4-0 win at LECOM Park on Friday afternoon.

Tampa Bay committed three errors, two of which led directly to Pittsburgh runs. John Jaso doubled and scored on Alec Sole's misplay at third base in the first inning. With two on and two outs in the fourth, Stewart hit a clean single to center field. Rays outfielder Mallex Smith's throw sailed wide of the plate, two runs scored and Stewart wheeled around to third base after giving the Bucs a 3-0 lead.

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Archer: USA win 'fantastic,' shows deep talent

Rays righty excited about nation's World Baseball Classic victory

Archer: USA win 'fantastic,' shows deep talent

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Chris Archer couldn't stay awake until the end of Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic, but the right-hander was happy about the result on Thursday morning.

"It's fantastic," Archer said. "I think it shows the level of talent that USA has. You know, people were upset because player X, Y or Z weren't there, and we still won.

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Sternberg, Rays exploring options for new stadium

Sternberg, Rays exploring options for new stadium

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Stuart Sternberg showed up at camp on Thursday, and the Rays' principal owner spoke about the stadium issue.

It's no secret that the Rays and Major League Baseball want the club to have a new stadium. The city of St. Petersburg has given the Rays permission to explore locations for a new stadium outside of the city. Sternberg told reporters that the top site that the club had been exploring was not available.

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4-run 5th, Pruitt's scoreless 4 highlights vs. Yanks

4-run 5th, Pruitt's scoreless 4 highlights vs. Yanks

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Yankees and Rays played to a 5-5 tie as New York's Tyler Wade stole third and then scored on an error to knot the game up in the ninth Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Leading, 1-0, the Rays scored four in the fifth on RBI singles by Patrick Leonard and Tim Beckham and a two-run double by Jake Bauers to take a 5-0 lead.
 

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Bauers, Gillaspie among reassigned Rays

Bauers, Gillaspie among reassigned Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Bauers and Casey Gillaspie headlined the cuts made by the Rays on Thursday.

Johnny Field, Jake Hager, Patrick Leonard, Dayron Varona, Andrew Kittredge and Neil Wagner were also reassigned to Minor League camp. In addition, David Carpenter and Jeff Walters were released.

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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 among top prospect performers

Robertson among top prospect performers

J.D. Davis is heating up at the perfect time. As the season draws near, hits are coming in bunches for the Astros' No. 13 prospect.

The 23-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of Spring Training, in Houston's 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

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Archer says Classic energized him for season

Rays right-hander preparing for possible Opening Day start

Archer says Classic energized him for season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Rays starter Chris Archer would have liked to join his teammates from Team USA as they moved on to play Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game on Wednesday night.

Archer, however, had to focus on his other team, as he prepares to take the mound on Opening Day of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Kevin Cash hasn't officially named Archer the starter, but the All-Star righty is in line to have his turn on the mound when the Rays host the Yankees on April 2.

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Diaz joins Rays in camp after Classic

Right-handed reliever was claimed off waivers on March 10

Diaz joins Rays in camp after Classic

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Recent Rays acquisition Jumbo Diaz arrived at Tampa Bay's spring camp Wednesday.

The Rays claimed the 33-year-old right-hander off waivers from the Reds on March 10, but he was committed to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, where he allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

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Archer fans six, Rasmus homers in loss to O's

Archer fans six, Rasmus homers in loss to O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Rays starter Chris Archer had a rough return from the World Baseball Classic and Team USA, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday.

Rookie catcher Chance Sisco hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning for the Orioles.

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