Back-to-back HRs not enough to get Rays past Yanks

Back-to-back HRs not enough to get Rays past Yanks

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez homered twice and drove in the go-ahead run with a late single, collecting four RBIs and leading the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Rays on Friday evening at Tropicana Field.

Rodriguez connected for his 657th and 658th career homers, slugging a second-inning solo shot off starter Nathan Karns and a two-run, game-tying shot off Ernesto Frieri in the sixth. Rodriguez then knocked in pinch-runner Brett Gardner with the deciding run in the eighth, lining a full-count single to center field off Kevin Jepsen.

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Longo serves as DH; Brett recalled for infield depth

Andriese announced as starter for Sunday's series finale vs. Yankees

Longo serves as DH; Brett recalled for infield depth

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays announced several roster moves Friday afternoon, and named their starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Yankees.

With Evan Longoria being used as a designated hitter Friday after being drilled in the hip during Thursday's game with Toronto, the Rays made a move to shore up their infield depth, recalling infielder Ryan Brett from Triple-A Durham.

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Rays announce 2015 summer concert series

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays have announced five acts for their summer concert series at Tropicana Field.

Each concert is free with the purchase of that date's game ticket, and will begin after the conclusion of that date's game.

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Odorizzi draws Tanaka as Rays-Yanks series continues

Odorizzi draws Tanaka as Rays-Yanks series continues

The Rays and Yankees will resume their weekend series Saturday night at Tropicana Field, with Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi opposing New York's Masahiro Tanaka.

Odorizzi (2-0) has been brilliant for the Rays in his first two starts, allowing one run and four hits in 14 2/3 innings of work against the Orioles and Blue Jays. Tanaka (1-1) picked up his first win of the season last Sunday for the Yankees, allowing three earned runs in five innings in a 14-4 Yankees victory over the Red Sox.

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Archer dominates as Rays pick up series win over Blue Jays

Archer dominates as Rays pick up series win over Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Rays starter Chris Archer pitched seven shutout innings and the Tampa Bay offense did the rest in a 4-2 series-clinching victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday.

The right-hander two-hit the Blue Jays and struck out 11 to improve to 2-1 on the season. He's given up only six earned runs in 36 1/3 career innings in Toronto, lowering his ERA here over six starts to 1.49.

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Things get heated between Blue Jays and Rays after hit by pitches

Things get heated between Blue Jays and Rays after hit by pitches

TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle and Chris Archer appeared to be shouting at each other from their respective dugouts after Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Marco Estrada.

The incident occurred in the eighth inning of the Rays' 4-2 series-clinching victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday at Rogers Centre.

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Beckham's homer can't be robbed this time

Rays' infielder's two-run, pinch-hit homer was the difference in the win over Toronto

Beckham's homer can't be robbed this time

TORONTO -- Tim Beckham got "Pillar-ed" Wednesday night when Toronto's Kevin Pillar robbed him of a home run.

Thursday night in the Rays' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays he fired back with a two-run, pinch-hit homer that Pillar could not bring back. The homer pushed the Rays' lead to 4-0, while giving Beckham his second home run of the season.

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Cash ejected for first time as a manager

Cash ejected for first time as a manager

TORONTO -- Kevin Cash was ejected for the first time as manager of the Rays in the eighth inning of Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Rays reliever Steve Geltz threw a changeup to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson that arrived high and tight and the pitch was ruled to have hit Donaldson to load the bases

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Rays sign Arencibia to Minor League contract

Rays sign Arencibia to Minor League contract

TORONTO -- The Rays have signed veteran catcher J.P. Arencibia to a Minor League contract.

Arencibia, 29, is expected to join Triple-A Durham, where he will likely be used primarily at DH and first base.

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McGee throws in extended spring training game

McGee throws in extended spring training game

TORONTO -- Jake McGee continues to make progress.

On Thursday the left-hander threw an inning (14 pitches) during an extended spring training game.

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Souza launches homer for second consecutive game

Right fielder's offense becoming asset for Rays

Souza launches homer for second consecutive game

TORONTO -- Much of the pregame talk Wednesday night dealt with the estimated distance of the home run Steven Souza Jr. hit Tuesday night.

ESPN reported that the blast had traveled 463 feet, and most of the Rays players begged to differ. Rays manager Kevin Cash even noted that it was the longest home run he'd seen at Rogers Centre -- and he saw Carlos Delgado hit some bombs while they were teammates.

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Young Rays honored to wear historic No. 42

Club has participated in honoring Robinson each year since 2008

Young Rays honored to wear historic No. 42

TORONTO -- All Major League Baseball uniformed personnel wore No. 42 on Wednesday in honor of Jackie Robinson.

The annual league-wide celebration is commemorating the 68th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947.

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Souza, Mahtook homer, but Rays' win streak ends

Souza, Mahtook homer, but Rays' win streak ends

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista, Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey each homered while Josh Donaldson enjoyed a three-hit night as the Blue Jays scored early and often in an 12-7 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre on Jackie Robinson Day.

Bautista got things started in the first inning with a two-run shot to left, and Toronto never looked back. Kevin Pillar, Travis and Donaldson each doubled while Edwin Encarnacion was the only member of the starting lineup to not reach base at least once.

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Mahtook homers for first big league hit

Rookie joins five other Rays to boast accomplishment

Mahtook homers for first big league hit

TORONTO -- Mikie Mahtook stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays looking for his first Major League hit.

Little did the Rays' rookie know that his first hit would be a home run.

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Rays' Breaking Barriers to celebrate Jackie Robinson

Club to host community activities before game vs. Yankees on Saturday

Rays' Breaking Barriers to celebrate Jackie Robinson

TORONTO -- The Rays will honor Jackie Robinson Day through the organization's Breaking Barriers celebration.

Although Major League Baseball's official Jackie Robinson Day occurred Wednesday, while the Rays were on the road, the organization will host several community activities and recognize community figures leading up to Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game when the Rays take on the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

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Rays using caution with Jaso's return

Catcher likely to be out longer than expected with left-wrist contusion

Rays using caution with Jaso's return

TORONTO -- Kevin Cash allowed that John Jaso will likely be out longer than expected.

When the Rays' manager was asked about the slow progress of Jaso's left-wrist contusion, he said: "Yeah, I would say it's looking that way."

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Rays bring 8th rookie into fold by recalling Dominguez

Right-hander will be 11th player to make Tampa Bay debut in 2015

Rays bring 8th rookie into fold by recalling Dominguez

TORONTO -- Right-hander Jose Dominguez became the eighth rookie on the Rays' 25-man roster when he was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.

"Very excited about him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Showed us in Spring Training, big, powerful arm. Even when he got sent out of big league camp, he kept making strides in Minor League camp, and it carried over into the season."

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Souza provides spark as Rays stay hot, edge Blue Jays

Souza provides spark as Rays stay hot, edge Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo homer in the first inning and scored the winning run in the eighth as the Rays edged the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre for their fourth straight win.

Souza crushed his first home run of the season off Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris, sending the first pitch to the third deck in straightaway center field for an early 1-0 Rays lead.

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Souza busts out of slump in big way to boost Rays

Rookie outfielder swats mammoth homer, scores go-ahead run after bunt hit

Souza busts out of slump in big way to boost Rays

TORONTO -- Steven Souza Jr. put his game on display Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

The rookie outfielder launched a majestic home run in the first and later came through with a bunt single that led to the go-ahead run for the Rays in a 3-2 win.

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Souza Jr. launches homer out of Earth's orbit

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Souza Jr. launches homer out of Earth's orbit

As some of the more scientifically-minded among you may know, a rocket was launched into orbit yesterday, and if you were lucky, you could have watched it live.

Yes, that's the right link -- we're not talking about the rocket SpaceX sent to the International Space Station. We're talking about Steven Souza Jr.'s actual moonshot during the first inning Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game.

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Smyly feels good after second rehab start

Smyly feels good after second rehab start

TORONTO -- Drew Smyly (left shoulder tendinitis) took another step on Tuesday toward returning from the disabled list, making his second rehab start for Class A Advanced Charlotte against Daytona. Smyly allowed no runs on one hit while striking out four over 40 pitches and three innings.

"It felt good," said Smyly of his outing. "Another step forward. I'm just trying to build up my pitch count, work on my pitches. All in all, it was a good day."

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Rays sign southpaw Oliver to Minor League deal

Rays sign southpaw Oliver to Minor League deal

TORONTO -- The Rays signed left-hander Andy Oliver to a one-year Minor League contract on Tuesday. Oliver will likely be assigned to Triple-A Durham.

The 27-year-old has spent parts of two seasons (2010-11) in the Major Leagues, starting seven games for the Tigers while compiling a cumulative 0-5 record with a 7.11 ERA.

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On the double: Twin killing in 9th huge for Rays

On the double: Twin killing in 9th huge for Rays

TORONTO -- With the game on the line in the bottom of the ninth, the Rays got a much needed strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play to help seal a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

After Jose Bautista drew a leadoff walk from Brad Boxberger, the count went full against Edwin Encarnacion. That's when Bautista took off running, Boxberger struck out Encarnacion on a high fastball, and catcher Rene Rivera threw out Bautista at second.

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Rays ride Odorizzi's arm to third straight win

Rays ride Odorizzi's arm to third straight win

TORONTO -- Right-hander Jake Odorizzi tossed eight stellar innings to outduel knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and lead the Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre, spoiling Toronto's home opener.

Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed a total of two hits while striking out three. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 2/3 innings this season. Dickey yielded two runs over six innings, but he was plagued by five walks, including two in the fourth inning with the bases loaded.

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Odorizzi making quality count in win column

Odorizzi making quality count in win column

TORONTO -- Can't say enough good things about Jake Odorizzi these days. On Monday night, the Rays right-hander once again backed up the superlatives.

Odorizzi gave the Rays a second quality start in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays to move to 2-0 on the season. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out three in eight sharp innings.

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