Longoria's two homers lift Rays past Red Sox

Longoria's two homers lift Rays past Red Sox

BOSTON -- Evan Longoria belted two homers over the Green Monster on Wednesday night to lead the Rays to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Longoria's first homer was a game-tying shot in the top of the fourth against Justin Masterson. In the ninth, the third baseman provided some insurance by hitting a towering blast against Alexei Ogando.

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Middle of it all: Duo stymies heart of Sox's order

Middle of it all: Duo stymies heart of Sox's order

BOSTON -- Middle relief got the job done Wednesday night when Xavier Cedeno and Steve Geltz navigated what could have been a troublesome sixth inning in the Ray's 5-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Rays held a 4-2 lead when Dustin Pedroia singled off Rays starter Alex Colome to lead off the sixth.

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Longoria breaks out of homerless drought

Longoria breaks out of homerless drought

BOSTON -- Evan Longoria wasn't counting, but he knew it had been quite a long time since he'd hit a home run.

The Rays' slugger smashed a solo home run on Opening Day against the Orioles, but he had yet to hit another home run coming into Wednesday's game against the Red Sox -- a career-long 26-game homerless streak.

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McGee could return to 'pen during homestand

McGee could return to 'pen during homestand

BOSTON -- Jake McGee continues to get closer to rejoining the Rays after a making his third rehab start, a one-inning, 15-pitch stint for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night.

The hard-throwing left-hander threw 14 pitches in a perfect inning against Buffalo (Blue Jays) in Durham.

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Archer seeking run support in opener vs. Rangers

Archer seeking run support in opener vs. Rangers

The Rays and Rangers will meet for the first time this season when they begin a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Thursday night.

So far this season, the Rangers have faced Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir twice each. That group makes up four of the top six pitchers in ERA in the American League. Their own Nick Martinez -- who will start for the Rangers on Thursday night -- is also in the top six. Now they get to face Rays ace Chris Archer, who ranks fourth in ERA among AL pitchers.

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Smyly sharp, but outdueled in loss to Boston

Smyly sharp, but outdueled in loss to Boston

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello turned in the type of strong pitching performance the Red Sox have lacked this season, firing seven strong innings en route to a 2-0 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Mookie Betts was the Boston offense, belting two solo homers.

It was Boston's first win since April 29, and it snapped a four-game losing streak. Porcello has been the winning pitcher in the club's last two victories. Over those starts, he's allowed one run over 14 innings.

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Cobb has partial ligament tear in right elbow

Silverman says Rays in 'wait-and-see mode' before determining righty's next step

Cobb has partial ligament tear in right elbow

BOSTON -- Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow, MLB.com confirmed Tuesday. The club will remain in a holding pattern before deciding how to proceed.

The club has not yet acknowledged the injury, though president of baseball operations Matt Silverman did talk to reporters about Cobb's situation.

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Kiermaier robs Big Papi in triangle at Fenway

Kiermaier robs Big Papi in triangle at Fenway

BOSTON -- As David Ortiz launched a deep fly ball to center field, Rays pitcher Drew Smyly turned his head, squinted and then raised his arms in appreciation. His reason? Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made an impressive catch to rob Big Papi in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss at Fenway Park.

With none out in the fourth inning, Kiermaier ran toward Ortiz's warning-track blast in the triangle -- it traveled 408 feet and had an exit speed of 104 mph, according to Statcast(TM) -- jumped at the outfield railing and secured the ball in his glove for an out, bouncing off the wall in the process. A smile flashed across Kiermaier's face, while Ortiz exhaled in apparent frustration.

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Longoria third Rays player with 1,000 hits

Third baseman joins Crawford, Zobrist

Longoria third Rays player with 1,000 hits

BOSTON -- Rays third baseman Evan Longoria recorded career hit No. 1,000, hitting a single to lead off the fourth inning against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss at Fenway Park.

"It's one of those things, when you come into the game, you just imagine having a long career," Longoria said. "Being able to contribute to a team and [you] don't really think about the personal stuff. But it's pretty cool. I haven't even looked at the list of people and names and stuff. It's not necessarily a short list, but it's a pretty cool accomplishment."

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David DeJesus attempts to steal left field

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David DeJesus attempts to steal left field

There are many records to break in baseball -- hitting streaks, home run totals or most consecutive at-bats without a base hit. And during Tuesday's Rays-Red Sox game, David Dejesus attempted to tackle a much-sought-after, but not-much-talked-about feat: The steal of left field.

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Smyly flirts with no-no, then takes tough loss

Rays lefty allows first Red Sox hit in sixth, a leadoff homer by Betts

Smyly flirts with no-no, then takes tough loss

BOSTON -- Drew Smyly was feeling it Tuesday night in the Rays' 2-0 loss to the Red Sox.

The left-hander made his third start and held the home team scoreless and hitless through five innings.

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Bill Chastain is the Rays beat reporter for MLB.com. He has been covering the club since 2004.

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Gillaspie heating up for Class A Bowling Green

Tampa Bay's No. 5 prospect hit two homers, knocked in four Tuesday night

Gillaspie heating up for Class A Bowling Green

Rays No. 5 prospect Casey Gillaspie has been tearing up Minor League pitchers lately, and Tuesday night featured an especially powerful 2-for-4 performance that included two home runs and four RBIs. The Class A Bowling Green first baseman has now crushed four homers in his last six games, and has a half-dozen dingers this season.

Gillaspie, the younger brother of White Sox third baseman Conor, was selected in the first round of the 2014 Draft from Wichita State. The 22-year-old is batting only .236, but he's already collected five doubles and 14 RBIs, along with his six home runs in 2015.

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Balfour begins comeback bid at Triple-A

Rays hope reliever is able to regain form

Balfour begins comeback bid at Triple-A

BOSTON -- Grant Balfour was designated for assignment by the Rays on April 19 and later was released before re-signing with the organization. The veteran reliever has joined Triple-A Durham, and the Rays sounded hopeful he can make a successful return to the Major Leagues.

"He was eager to join Durham to get back into shape," said Tampa Bay president of baseball operations Matt Silverman. "For Grant, this is an opportunity for him to have a true Spring Training. He'll be able to build up his arm properly. He'll be able to pitch on a schedule. We hope he'll regain the form that he's had in the past and he'll be back to helping us win ballgames at the Major League level."

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Odorizzi's quality start big part of Rays' win

Righty escapes jams in seven solid innings to add to strong offense

Odorizzi's quality start big part of Rays' win

BOSTON -- Successfully navigating troubled situations is the mark of any top-tier starting pitcher.

Given that criteria, Jake Odorizzi's quality start in the Rays' 5-1 win over the Red Sox was choice.

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Rays' bats break out, back Odorizzi in win

Rays' bats break out, back Odorizzi in win

BOSTON -- The Rays broke out quickly in Monday's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park and never looked back, rolling to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox.

Tampa Bay scored two in the first and two more in the second against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz. Jake Odorizzi made the early offense stand up, allowing seven hits and a run over seven innings. The righty struck out six and walked none.

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Campbell named Rays' Honorary Bat Girl

Contest winner has raised over $20,000 with support team in fight against cancer

Campbell named Rays' Honorary Bat Girl

BOSTON -- Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest on Monday, and Dorothy Campbell of New Port Richey will be the Rays' representative.

The contest recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

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Cobb hits setback in recovery, plans to see doctor

Cobb hits setback in recovery, plans to see doctor

BOSTON -- Alex Cobb has suffered "a little bit of a setback," according to Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Cobb had been throwing off a mound since April 24 after experiencing right-forearm tendinitis during Spring Training. But he did not throw a "flat ground" on Sunday as expected.

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Cash's early move to bullpen looms in loss

Rays' usually reliable relief corps hits rough patch against Orioles

Cash's early move to bullpen looms in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash's blueprint for victory in Friday night's win against the Orioles proved to be a recipe for defeat on Sunday afternoon, as the Rays dropped a 4-2 decision to the O's in the series finale at Tropicana Field.

In a nearly identical performance to the one submitted by starter Alex Colome on Friday, Nathan Karns threw five scoreless innings against a powerful Baltimore lineup on Sunday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four.

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Karns solid, but bullpen falters in finale

Karns solid, but bullpen falters in finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by a two-out, two-run single by Adam Jones, the Orioles used a three-run seventh inning to take the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Jones -- who tied a career high with four hits to raise his average to .402-- helped take Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen off the hook after a quality six-inning outing.

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Ailing knee forces Jennings to disabled list

Rays select outfielder Butler from Triple-A Durham

Ailing knee forces Jennings to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Sunday morning that Desmond Jennings has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

To take Jennings' place on the roster, the Rays selected outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

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Archer has rare rough outing vs. O's

Despite struggles, righty maintains strong sense of perspective

Archer has rare rough outing vs. O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer came into Saturday night's matchup with the Baltimore Orioles riding a four-start stretch of brilliance in which the 26-year-old right-hander had thrown 26 2/3 consecutive innings with no earned runs, with 32 strikeouts and only five walks.

The pinpoint control that helped fuel Archer's run of dominance escaped him against the powerful Orioles, however, as the Rays dropped a 4-0 decision at Tropicana Field.

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Archer, Rays struggle as O's even series

Archer, Rays struggle as O's even series

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez fired a season-high 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore tied its "home" series with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Gonzalez held the Rays to four hits and one walk, striking out six to pick up his third win in four starts. The O's scored a trio of runs in the third inning, including a two-run double from Lakeland native Steve Pearce, and Caleb Joseph homered in the sixth.

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Colome sets tone as Rays take opener in 'away' game

Colome sets tone as Rays take opener in 'away' game

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays were technically the road team, but they looked right at home Friday night.

Tampa Bay used a solid return from starter Alex Colome and a pair of fourth-inning runs to top the Orioles, 2-0, in the series opener that was shifted from Camden Yards due to unrest in Baltimore.

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Colome throws five scoreless innings in 2015 debut

Righty strikes out six Orioles in first game since September

Colome throws five scoreless innings in 2015 debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- The starting rotation that the Rays envisioned when they drafted the blueprint for the 2015 season is beginning to take shape.

On the heels of two successful starts by recently activated left-hander Drew Smyly, Alex Colome provided the organization with an additional shot in the arm on Friday night against the Orioles.

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Rays donate new uniforms to local Little League squads

Club gives back to community by outfitting more than 5,500 area players, coaches

Rays donate new uniforms to local Little League squads

ST. PETERSBURG -- Supporting youth baseball is a priority for the Rays.

"Our mission is to energize our community through the magic of Rays baseball, and our support of youth baseball in Tampa Bay is just one example of creating that magic," Rays president Brian Auld said. "Youth baseball is the foundation of our growing fan base, and we want to ensure baseball thrives in Tampa Bay for generations to come."

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Aggressiveness earns Rays hard-fought win

Aggressiveness earns Rays hard-fought win

NEW YORK -- The Rays didn't hit the ball out of the infield in the 13th, but they managed to produce the winning run.

That run gave them a 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

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