Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese won his fourth consecutive decision and Colby Rasmus provided the offense as the Rays defeated the Angels, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

By winning, the Rays (25-25) earned a split of their four-game series with the Angels (25-25).

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

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Rasmus comes through in clutch

Rasmus comes through in clutch

ST. PETERSBURG -- Colby Rasmus didn't rush things while making his return from offseason surgeries. The veteran knew his body needed time to heal.

Looks like he made the right call.

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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.

Souza's fastest throw nabs Trout at dish

Souza's fastest throw nabs Trout at dish

ST. PETERSBURG -- Not even 24 hours after showcasing his bat with two home runs in Wednesday night's game, Steven Souza Jr. impacted Thursday afternoon's game with a memorable throw in the first inning of the Rays' 4-0 win over the Angels.

Mike Trout tried to score from second base when Andrelton Simmons singled to right. Souza fielded the ball quickly and threw a strike home. The throw beat Trout by several steps and catcher Jesus Sucre made the tag for the third out.

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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.

Hunter activated, Diaz placed on DL

Hunter activated, Diaz placed on DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- Prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, the Rays activated right-hander Tommy Hunter (right calf strain) from the disabled list. Right-hander Jumbo Diaz was placed on the 10-day DL with right arm fatigue.

"Tommy, he can pitch in the sixth, he can pitch in the eighth, variety of roles," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You know when you get Tommy on the mound, he's not concerned about who he's attacking or who's in the box."

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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.

Coming off 12-K start, Archer to face Twins

Coming off 12-K start, Archer to face Twins

The Twins, coming off a sweep of the Orioles, have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, and they will look to keep it rolling when they host the Rays on Friday in the first game of a three-game series at Target Field. Left-hander Hector Santiago (4-2, 3.96 ERA) is set to start opposite Rays ace Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76 ERA).

"They're doing a lot of things [right]," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "It seems like they're playing with a lot of energy. They've got some good young players, whether it's Sano, Vargas or Kepler, and then, obviously, Dozier and Mauer in there.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. 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 rely on homers to top Angels

Rays rely on homers to top Angels

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez gave the Rays a quality start and the offense broke loose after two nights of frustration as the Rays defeated the Angels, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Making his third start of the season, Ramirez allowed two runs on four hits and a walk Wednesday against the Angels en route to his third win of the season. He is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts this season.

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Souza's 2-HR game snaps slugger from slump

Souza's 2-HR game snaps slugger from slump

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steven Souza Jr. got the breakout game he so desperately needed Wednesday night.

The Rays' slugger hit two homers and drove in three to lead his team to a 5-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field.

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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.

Bursitis forces Moreno to DL; Garton recalled

Bursitis forces Moreno to DL; Garton recalled

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed right-hander Diego Moreno on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis and recalled right-hander Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham.

Moreno last pitched Sunday, so the move is retroactive to May 22.

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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.

Cobb shows more flashes of the past

Cobb shows more flashes of the past

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Cobb might have been slow out of the gate in the Rays' 4-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night, but the right-hander settled down to pitch like the bulldog Rays fans are used to seeing.

"Alex, he was phenomenal," Rays manager Kevin Cash. "He gives up two solo home runs [in the first] ... then he kicked it in gear and gave us every opportunity to come back. We just couldn't."

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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.

Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

Ramos could head to rehab assignment Sunday; Miller becomes eligible to rejoin Rays on Friday

Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Players on the Rays' disabled list were experiencing a bevy of activity prior to Tuesday night's Rays-Angels contest at Tropicana Field.

Catcher Wilson Ramos (recovery from torn ACL), second baseman Brad Miller (left abdomen strain), and Matt Duffy (recovery from Achilles surgery), were on the field participating in baseball activities.

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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.

Red-hot Dickerson leads off birthday with HR

Red-hot Dickerson leads off birthday with HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson just continues to rake.

Celebrating his 28th birthday on Monday night, the scorching-hot Rays slugger led off the bottom of the first with his fifth career leadoff home run to get the Rays' offense started. Unfortunately for the Rays, Angels pitchers had the upper hand and the Rays lost, 3-2, at Tropicana Field.

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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.

Cobb's gem not enough as O stalls vs. Halos

Cobb's gem not enough as O stalls vs. Halos

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Shoemaker and Alex Cobb locked up in an old-fashioned pitching matchup Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Angels came away with a 4-0 win over the Rays that featured silent bats and a lot of goose eggs on the scoreboard, thanks to the efficiency and stuff displayed by both pitchers. The Halos have now won eight of their last 11 games to improve to 25-23 on the season. Meanwhile, the Rays have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak, and have lost five consecutive games to the Angels.

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

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Catching on: Norris keeps up backstops' trend

Homer continues hot stretch from Rays' catchers

Catching on: Norris keeps up backstops' trend

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays turned to Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre to share time at catcher going into the regular season, they did so with the hope that the duo would serve as a defensive upgrade. But it's their offensive production of late that has provided some needed pop.

With a solo shot in the fifth inning of Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, Norris added to a recent hot stretch with the combined 26th RBI between him and Sucre -- tied for sixth most in the Majors by catchers.

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Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Odorizzi holds tight, but 'pen stumbles in loss

Odorizzi holds tight, but 'pen stumbles in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jefry Marte scored on a wild pitch to give the Angels a 3-2 win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Marte raced home with two outs in the seventh when Ryne Stanek bounced the first pitch he threw to Albert Pujols, and the ball got past catcher Derek Norris to put a stamp on the Angels' third run.

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

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Kiermaier finds what goes up, must come down

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Kiermaier finds what goes up, must come down

It's one of the first things we learn as a kid in science class: "What goes up, must come down." Sometimes, though, physics sees fit to teach us a lesson, just in case we might have forgotten. Such was the case for Kevin Kiermaier on Sunday.

In the bottom of the fifth inning of the Rays' game against the Yankees, Kiermaier fouled off a pitch from CC Sabathia. After bouncing off the ground, the ball spun behind home plate and up out of view, seemingly just one more in a long line of baseballs used during a big league game. And then, out of nowhere, it returned.

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Dickerson delivers #ASGWorthy 2-dinger day

Rays' leadoff man up to 11 homers, hitting .343

Dickerson delivers #ASGWorthy 2-dinger day

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson is hunting for pitches right now, and in Saturday's 9-5 win over the Yankees, he found a couple that he was able to hit out of the park.

Dickerson's two home runs gave him his 20th multi-hit game of the season -- best in the Majors -- and he has five dingers in the past four games.

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Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HR-happy Rays rock Tanaka in rocky game

HR-happy Rays rock Tanaka in rocky game

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson homered twice, including a mammoth three-run blast that approached the video board in right field at Tropicana Field, and the Rays chased Masahiro Tanaka early to win their fourth straight, a 9-5 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.

Tanaka was pounded for six runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- in three-plus innings before Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected in the fifth. Dickerson hit a leadoff homer and Evan Longoria barreled a solo shot in the third inning, his 34th against the Yankees, before Dickerson belted a three-run blast in the fourth.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Andriese ejected after Yanks see 2 tossed

Rothschild also tossed for arguing balls and strikes; Rays' Andriese thumbed for hitting Judge

Andriese ejected after Yanks see 2 tossed

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped a page out of the old Billy Martin and Lou Piniella playbooks, using his bare hands to cover home plate with dirt after being ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"Just upset," Girardi said after the Yankees' 9-5 loss. "If I'm going to get tossed for asking about one of my coaches, I might as well get my money's worth."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Faria flirts with no-no for Durham

Faria flirts with no-no for Durham

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bounce goes Rays' way to cap key rally

3 straight singles set up LoMo's tying sac fly; Weeks' chopper with 2 outs puts club up

Bounce goes Rays' way to cap key rally

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rickie Weeks Jr. came off the bench in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday night with one objective in mind.

"Get a hit," Weeks said after the Rays' 5-4 win over the Yankees. "And I got a hit."

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Longo's 4th hit trumps Yanks' rally, lifts Rays

Longo's 4th hit trumps Yanks' rally, lifts Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria enjoyed another big night against the Yankees, tying his career high with a four-hit performance that included a tiebreaking eighth-inning single, which lifted the Rays to a 5-4 victory on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria's 102 RBIs against the Yankees are the most of any active player against them, and he added to that tally by driving home Derek Norris with a single to left field off Tyler Clippard. It was Longoria's seventh career four-hit game, coming after he began the game in an 0-for-12 skid.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Rookie Robertson set to step in at second

Cash expects big things from infielder now that Miller's on DL and he's a starter

Rookie Robertson set to step in at second

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays infielder Daniel Robertson got the start at second base against the Yankees on Friday, and manager Kevin Cash is excited that the 23-year-old rookie will have a chance to play regularly with Brad Miller on the disabled list.

Robertson, who was batting .183 with three home runs in 24 games entering Friday, has played at second base, third base, shortstop and left field this season.

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Tolleson out for year after TJ surgery

Tolleson out for year after TJ surgery

ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Shawn Tolleson had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will be out for at least the next 12 months. Tolleson, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rays in the offseason, opened the season on the 60-day disabled list.

"Obviously, I hope everything goes well for him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's going to be lengthy rehab situation for him. To my knowledge he will rehab in Dallas."

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Inbox: Beckham the Rays' future at keystone?

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions from fans

Inbox: Beckham the Rays' future at keystone?

With the impending return of Matt Duffy at shortstop, is it a given that Brad Miller will remain at second base? This is the first year that Tim Beckham has had a chance to be an everyday player, and I love what I see. Could he become the Rays' second baseman of the future?
-- Jerry H., Largo, Fla.

Good question, and certainly the Rays will be considering all possibilities. First, let's wait and see when Duffy actually returns. He's headed back to Tropicana Field to be re-evaluated on Friday, and he did not play on Wednesday for Class A Advanced Charlotte as originally intended. If Duffy comes back any time soon, I think it's likely that we will see Beckham playing more outfield rather than second base. The initial plan this spring called for Beckham to get used to playing the outfield, a new position for him. Given his speed and arm, Beckham moving to the outfield appears to be a relatively simple transition on paper. Once it became clear that Duffy would not be returning before the start of the season, manager Kevin Cash made sure to give Beckham as many reps as he could at shortstop.

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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 set club mark for HRs in 3-game series

Dickerson, Morrison and Sucre go deep to cap off 10-homer effort

Rays set club mark for HRs in 3-game series

CLEVELAND -- Home runs are a big part of the Rays' offense. Still, 10 in three games against the Indians?

On Monday night, Tampa Bay hit two home runs and lost. On Tuesday night, the club hit five and won. And in Wednesday afternoon's 7-4 win, it topped off the trip to "The Land" with three more to establish a team record for a three-game series.

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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.

Record-setting jacks back Cobb, claim series

Record-setting jacks back Cobb, claim series

CLEVELAND -- While Rays starter Alex Cobb limited the damage on Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Bay's offense did plenty of its own in a 7-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. Behind three more home runs, the Rays took two out of three in the series against Cleveland.

"Obviously a great series," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a pretty challenging task to go into Boston and come here and find a way to have a winning road trip. I'm really happy and proud of the way the guys went about it, especially after losing the first game here."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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.

Kiermaier robs homer to end ballgame

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Kiermaier robs homer to end ballgame

You may have noticed that Kevin Kiermaier didn't exactly look like Kevin Kiermaier during a recent series against the Royals -- making two rare miscues on base hits.

Well, fear not, my friends, for this is Kevin James Kiermaier, a Gold Glover who has a history of making the impossible look routine -- diving backwards for long fly balls and even getting paintings commissioned of his plays. Sometimes, because he's so comfortable out in center field, his most relaxing moments are lying like this across the Tropicana Field fence.

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