Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

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Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

On Friday, the Rays' catwalk reared its head again. In the top of the third inning, the Royals' Kendrys Morales drove another ball high off the catwalk, though this time the blast was ruled a home run. Which is a good call --- the projected distance was an absurd 442.64 feet. 

More importantly though, we got to see Kevin Kiermaier show off some Michael Jordan-esque hangtime as he hung on the wall waiting for it to come down -- only to watch the ball land roughly 50 feet away from him. 

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Rays fall short in series opener vs. KC

Rays fall short in series opener vs. KC

 ST. PETERSBURG -- Kendrys Morales' two-run home run off the catwalk in center field and a quality start by Edinson Volquez were all the Royals needed to take a 3-2 win over the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Royals (79-49) lead the American League Central Division by 13 games over Minnesota with the best record in the AL, while the Rays (63-65) fell to 1-3 on the homestand and trail the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot by 3 1/2 games.

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Inability to challenge frustrates ejected Cash

Play in question would have scored tying run for Rays in 3-2 loss

Inability to challenge frustrates ejected Cash

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sometimes a manager just has to unload. That's what happened with Kevin Cash on Friday night.

Frustration boiled over for the Rays' first-year manager when he got ejected for arguing with first-base umpire Brian O'Nora following the third out of the third inning during a 3-2 loss to the Royals.

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Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

Club shows video tribute for two-time All-Star before Friday's game vs. KC

Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ben Zobrist returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since getting traded last offseason and he felt a "little bit upside down being on the other side of the field."

But life is good for Zobrist, one of the most popular players in Rays history and now a member of the Royals. And even if things weren't going well, he'd find a way to make it better -- on and off the field.

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Odorizzi gets nod in middle game against Royals

Odorizzi gets nod in middle game against Royals

Kris Medlen will oppose Jake Odorizzi on Saturday when the Royals and Rays resume their three-game series at Tropicana Field.

Medlen (2-0, 3.10 ERA) made his first start of the season last Monday and picked up the win with a quality outing, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out six and walking none in an 8-3 victory over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium.

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Butler hits ground running in return to Rays

Butler hits ground running in return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler returned to the Rays in fine style on Thursday night, driving in the tying run and scoring the decisive run in a 5-4 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field.

"It was fun," said Butler, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game. "It was fun to be back out there with the guys and playing for a playoff spot."

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Rays trip Twins to gain ground in Wild Card race

Rays trip Twins to gain ground in Wild Card race

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler hit a game-tying single and scored on a passed ball to help the Rays snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

The Twins (65-62) entered the game tied with the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot and finished 6-4 on the road trip. By winning, the Rays (63-64) avoided a sweep while moving to within two games of the Twins in the Wild Card standings.

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Loney drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

Loney drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays first baseman James Loney dropped his appeal for the one-game suspension he received on Tuesday.

Loney reached his decision prior to Thursday night's game against the Twins.

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Rays place Jennings on DL with bruised knee

Rays place Jennings on DL with bruised knee

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a bruised left knee and recalled outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

"It's a good thing for Joey, obviously the excitement to get him back here," manager Kevin Cash said. "I think we all saw what he provided in the clubhouse. So we're pumped for that. It's obviously disappointing, frustrating for Des. It's been a rough year for him."

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Rays lament missed chances with bases loaded

Rays lament missed chances with bases loaded

ST. PETERSBURG -- Opportunity came knocking for the Rays on Wednesday night, they just couldn't open the door.

Those missed chances added up to a 5-3 loss to the Twins at Tropicana Field.

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Longo homers, Archer K's 12, but Rays fall

Longo homers, Archer K's 12, but Rays fall

ST. PETERSBURG -- Minnesota continued to roll on Wednesday night with a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field to claim its sixth consecutive victory and move into the top spot for the second American League Wild Card.

With the Angels' loss to the Tigers and Rangers falling to the Blue Jays, the Twins (65-61) have leapfrogged past them and now have a half-game lead over Texas and a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the AL Wild Card race.

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Rays place Casali on DL, promote Arencibia

Rays place Casali on DL, promote Arencibia

ST. PETERSBURG -- J.P. Arencibia arrived to Tropicana Field on Wednesday as the Rays selected the veteran catcher from Triple-A Durham to take the place of Curt Casali, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

To make room on the 40-man roster, they recalled left-hander Grayson Garvin from Double-A Montgomery then placed him on the 60-day disabled list (back tear).

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Best-case return for McGee is last homestand

Southpaw underwent surgery Friday for torn meniscus

Best-case return for McGee is last homestand

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake McGee underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

When asked about the best-case scenario for his return, the hard-throwing left-hander told reporters: "Not really sure. I've heard here and there maybe the last homestand. I'm just going to try and take it day-to-day. Maybe start playing some catch next week. See how my strength is and kind of go from there."

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Rays' bats break out, but fall to Twins

Rays' bats break out, but fall to Twins

ST. PETERSBURG -- A game between a pair of Wild Card contenders was, well, wild on Tuesday night as a heated offensive battle took place in an 11-7 Twins win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Twins improved to a two-game advantage over the Rays in the cluttered race for the American League's second Wild Card spot. The loss moved the Rays back below .500 for the season (62-63). The Twins are now a half game back in the race, while the Rays are 2 1/2 games behind in the second Wild Card following the Rangers' loss to the Blue Jays.

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Quick hook on Odorizzi doesn't go Rays' way

A's notch 7 runs in 7th after Cash goes to 'pen

Quick hook on Odorizzi doesn't go Rays' way

OAKLAND, Calif. --- Tough decisions resulted in a tough outcome in the Rays' 8-2 loss against the A's on Sunday.

Despite pretty much cruising through the first six innings, Rays starter Jake Odorizzi was pulled from the game in the seventh after a leadoff walk to Danny Valencia on his 94th pitch. Steve Geltz entered and didn't have his best stuff, as the A's scored four runs off the reliever. Valencia's run was credited to Odorizzi, who allowed three hits and one run through the first six frames.

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Odorizzi strong but A's sink Rays in big 7th

Odorizzi strong but A's sink Rays in big 7th

OAKLAND -- The A's scored seven runs in a mammoth seventh inning Sunday, running away with an 8-2, come-from-behind win over the Rays and avoiding a three-game sweep at the Coliseum.

The Rays surged in front, 2-1, in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs off Sean Doolittle in the lefty's first appearance since May 27. But the A's were far from done, as eight straight batters reached base. Eric Sogard's two-run single gave the A's the lead for good, and Mark Canha's bases-clearing triple extend the lead to 7-2.

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Rays rally in 9th for first time in 50 tries

'Good, now we're 1-49,' says Cash after edging A's for 3rd straight win

Rays rally in 9th for first time in 50 tries

OAKLAND -- The Rays are tied for the most games in the Majors decided by two runs or fewer, so Saturday's 5-4 win over the A's was nothing new to them in one sense.

But the fashion in which the Rays surged from behind was truly unique. The win marked the first time all season Tampa Bay has gone on to win when trailing after eight innings (1-49), as Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run double proved to be the difference.

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Cabrera homers, delivers big hit in 9th to sink A's

Cabrera homers, delivers big hit in 9th to sink A's

OAKLAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera homered and drove in the winning runs of a 5-4 Rays victory over the A's with a two-run double in the ninth inning at the Coliseum on Saturday evening.

Tampa Bay trailed by one run entering the ninth against switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who issued a one-out walk to Daniel Nava and gave up a double to Logan Forsythe, setting the stage for Cabrera's game-changing hit off lefty Drew Pomeranz. The Rays were 0-49 when trailing after eight innings entering the day.

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Smyly stymies A's to earn first win in '15

Smyly stymies A's to earn first win in '15

OAKLAND -- Desmond Jennings homered and the Rays beat the A's, 2-1, in Friday's three-game series opener at the Coliseum behind lefty Drew Smyly, who tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.

"Great win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I thought Drew Smyly really bounced back nicely, kind of like we thought he was going to."

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Archer makes Rays history

Ace right-hander's one-hitter sets club mark with game score of 95

Stats of the Day: Archer makes Rays history

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Thursday …

• Rays right-hander Chris Archer twirled a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over the Astros, producing a game score of 95 with his effort -- the highest such score in franchise history. The previous high was James Shields' 94, from Oct. 2, 2012, when the right-hander went nine innings, allowed two hits and a run and fanned 15 with no walks. Archer became the 69th pitcher since 1914 to have a one-hit shutout with at least 11 strikeouts, with 28 of those 69 having come since 1998.

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Rays win key battles to get back to .500 mark

Smyly, Gomes, Boxberger fend off A's to take opener

Rays win key battles to get back to .500 mark

OAKLAND -- Twice in their 2-1 win over the A's on Friday, the Rays nearly blew the lead. But in both the sixth and ninth innings, they did just enough to fend Oakland off.

In the sixth inning, after the A's loaded the bases, Drew Smyly picked up a massive strikeout on Brett Lawrie on a high fastball. Smyly -- who recorded his first win since Aug. 27, 2014 -- departed having allowed six hits on 91 pitches.

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Rays Minor Leaguer makes crazy over-the-shoulder grab

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Rays Minor Leaguer makes crazy over-the-shoulder grab

When we first heard that the Rays had a player in their Minor League system named Boog Powell, we concerned ourselves mainly with the important questions. Questions like, "Was there any relation to that Boog Powell?" and "But is this Boog Powell a barbecue savant?" 

But while the answers to those were "No" and "We can only hope," we soon came to realize that the younger Boog was a human highlight reel in his own right. Just last month, he was seen literally running into the stands to make a spectacular catch for the Durham Bulls, and on Friday he was at it again -- this time covering an ocean of space to make a wild tumbling grab at the warning track.

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True ace: Archer answers call and then some

With Rays needing a strong start, righty delivers one-hit shutout

True ace: Archer answers call and then some

HOUSTON -- Chris Archer played the role of No. 1 to the hilt Thursday night, crossing off all the items on a staff ace's wish list in the Rays' 1-0 win over the Astros.

Archer pitched a shutout, he earned his team a split of the four-game series against a tough opponent, he saved the bullpen and he rebounded from a tough outing.

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Robertson records two doubles and a homer for Biscuits

Rays No. 5 prospect records a career-high 4 hits for Double-A Montgomery

Robertson records two doubles and a homer for Biscuits

Daniel Robertson is getting comfortable, which is great news for Double-A Montgomery.

The Rays' No. 5 prospect (No. 89 overall) had a career-high four hits in Thursday's 17-4 blowout win over Tennessee. In the lineup as the designated hitter, Robertson finished 4-for-6 with two doubles, a two-run homer and four RBIs.

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Archer 1-hits Astros, strikes out 11

Archer 1-hits Astros, strikes out 11

HOUSTON -- Chris Archer threw four consecutive balls to start his outing on Thursday night, walking leadoff hitter Jose Altuve. The Rays' ace was nearly untouchable after that, sending down 26 of the final 27 batters while throwing a dazzling one-hit shutout to beat the Astros, 1-0, at Minute Maid Park.

Archer struck out 11 batters en route to throwing his third career shutout, his first in more than two years. He faced one batter over the minimum and threw the Rays' first complete game in nearly a year (Aug. 22, 2014), needing 98 pitches. Archer also became the fifth pitcher in the Wild Card era to strike out 11 or more batters on fewer than 100 pitches in a nine-inning complete game.

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Richard Justice

Often good, Archer shows his greatness

Rays ace strikes out 11 Astros during one-hit shutout

Often good, Archer shows his greatness

HOUSTON -- There was a point in the fourth or fifth inning on Thursday when there was little doubt where this one was headed. Rays ace Chris Archer wasn't just good. He has been good plenty of times. He's usually good. That's why he's one of those guys that prompts baseball fans to stop channel surfing and check him out.

On this night, Archer was better than good during the Rays' 1-0 win against the Astros. That's why we love this stuff. Show up at the park and see something extraordinary. You never know.

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Rays downed by Astros in extras again

Rays downed by Astros in extras again

HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa shot a two-out single to right field to score Colby Rasmus from third base in the 13th inning and send the Astros to their second consecutive walk-off win over the Rays, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Correa's big moment came with two outs and runners on second and third. Tampa Bay had the option of walking Correa and pitching to Jed Lowrie, who had gone 2-for-4 in the game. Instead, the Rays elected to pitch to the rookie phenom, who made them pay by delivering the game-winning hit off Matt Andriese.

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Colome blows away Astros' big bats in 8th

Rays reliever steps in with McGee injured, strikes out Altuve, Gonzalez and Correa

Colome blows away Astros' big bats in 8th

HOUSTON -- Alex Colome brought a little something extra out of the bullpen Wednesday night in a situation where the Rays needed a lift -- the eighth inning. With Jake McGee headed to St. Petersburg, Fla., to have his left knee examined on Thursday morning, the Rays needed somebody to step up and serve as the team's setup man. Enter Colome.

While Colome got the job done, needing just 10 pitches to retire the side in the eighth, the Rays could not hold their 2-1 lead in the ninth and the game went to extra innings, where the Astros won, 3-2, in the 13th for a walk-off win on consecutive nights.

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