Cobb takes next step in rehab from tendinitis

Right-hander throws from mound for first time in over a month

Cobb takes next step in rehab from tendinitis

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Cobb reported no discomfort after throwing 21 fastballs in a bullpen session on Friday afternoon prior to the Rays' game with the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who has been sidelined with forearm tendinitis since March 17, threw from an actual mound for the first time since tossing three scoreless innings in a Spring Training start against the Phillies.

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Rays take series on Rivera's walk-off single

Rays take series on Rivera's walk-off single

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay pushed across a run in the ninth on Rene Rivera's walk-off single to claim a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Rays claimed the three-game series.

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Kiermaier lays out for run-saving catch

Kiermaier lays out for run-saving catch

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier continued to make the unbelievable look routine on Thursday night when he made a run-saving catch in the fifth inning of the Rays' 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

"It's amazing the ground that that man can cover," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a good feeling to know when a ball's hit up in center field and you don't think it's going out of the ballpark, we're pretty confident it's going to be caught."

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Rays bullpen stands out in victory over Red Sox

Gomes strikes out Hanley to help keep Boston offense at bay

Rays bullpen stands out in victory over Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Gomes' performance served as a microcosm of the outstanding effort by the Rays bullpen in the three-game series against the Red Sox.

Jake Odorizzi had run out of gas when the Red Sox put two on with two outs in the seventh, prompting a call to the bullpen for Gomes. The Red Sox countered with pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez, who quickly got ahead 3-0 in the count. But the gritty right-hander fought back to strike out Ramirez to end the threat.

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Rays send down pair to make room for Smyly, Loney

Dykstra, Mahtook optioned to Triple-A Durham following Thursday's win

Rays send down pair to make room for Smyly, Loney

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced a pair of roster moves following Thursday night's 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

First baseman Allan Dykstra and outfielder Mikie Mahtook were optioned to Triple-A Durham. On Friday, the Rays will reinstate left-hander Drew Smyly and first baseman James Loney.

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Riefenhauser placed on DL with shoulder inflammation

Rays recall outfielder Mahtook from Triple-A Durham to take place on roster

Riefenhauser placed on DL with shoulder inflammation

ST. PETERSBURG -- Another day, another player on the disabled list for the Rays. On Thursday, left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser was played on the 15-day DL -- retroactive to April 19 -- due to left-shoulder inflammation.

"Given how early [it is in the season], let's be cautious and smart," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Rays overcome early deficit to beat Red Sox

Rays overcome early deficit to beat Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- A home run from an unlikely source and a four-run rally led the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

With the score tied at 5 in the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera scored the go-ahead run when Desmond Jennings grounded into a double play. Jake Elmore, who had two home runs in 120 career at-bats, then gave Tampa Bay an insurance run with a solo shot off Edward Mujica.

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Cash's bold move with Boxberger pays off

With game tied in seventh, manager gets three strikeouts from Rays' closer

Cash's bold move with Boxberger pays off

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Kevin Cash has maintained since Spring Training that he was an advocate of bringing in his best reliever to quiet volatile situations, no matter what inning.

That mindset prompted Cash to bring in closer Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 7-5 win over the first-place Red Sox.

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Elmore makes history with homer in first at-bat

Elmore makes history with homer in first at-bat

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Elmore got his chance and the journeyman infielder came through in fine style during the Rays' 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rays selected Elmore from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday to take the place of infielder Ryan Brett, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

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Souza feels better after dealing with forearm cramp

Souza feels better after dealing with forearm cramp

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steven Souza Jr. left Wednesday night's 7-5 win over the Red Sox with a right forearm cramp after striking out to end the sixth inning.

Fortunately for the Rays, Souza appeared fine after the game.

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Beliveau needs surgery for torn labrum

Beliveau needs surgery for torn labrum

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeff Beliveau has been diagnosed with a torn left labrum and will undergo surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

"Beliveau, very frustrating for us, for him," manager Kevin Cash said. "[It's] something that he's been dealing with throughout the course of spring. He kind of admitted that he never really felt quite right during Spring Training, then throughout the early part of the season. [He] went and got checked this morning, actually, and decided he probably needed to have a procedure done. He's going to miss some time, obviously."

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Shoulder injury lands Brett on 15-day disabled list

Shoulder injury lands Brett on 15-day disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed Ryan Brett on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday after the infielder sustained a shoulder subluxation in Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox.

"Extremely frustrating," manager Kevin Cash said. "Felt terrible for him. I think we all do. He had four at-bats. He was 2-for-3, showed really good at-bats. We'll get him healthy and get him right back out there playing again."

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Longoria leading Rays' Franchise Four vote

Longoria leading Rays' Franchise Four vote

ST. PETERSBURG -- Results for the Franchise Four early voting are in, and the Rays had no surprises.

In order, the Rays' top four are: Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields and Ben Zobrist.

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Rays' offense silenced to spoil Archer's outing

Rays' offense silenced to spoil Archer's outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- An unearned run proved to be the difference Tuesday night as the Red Sox took a 1-0 win at Tropicana Field, handing the Rays their fourth consecutive loss.

"Tough one, obviously, tonight," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You don't like to lose one 1-0 on a ball that gets away."

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Archer lives on the edge in solid outing vs. Red Sox

Right-hander fans nine over 5 2/3 innings

Archer lives on the edge in solid outing vs. Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer danced on the edge of the volcano for most of his 5 2/3 innings, but at the end of the right-hander's outing he'd barely gotten singed.

Archer did not allow an earned run while surrendering seven hits and a walk, striking out nine before giving way to Brandon Gomes with two outs in the sixth during a 1-0 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

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Brett injures left shoulder vs. Red Sox

Rookie hurt after getting picked off in third inning on Tuesday

Brett injures left shoulder vs. Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay Rays rookie second baseman Ryan Brett left Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox with a subluxation of his left shoulder after getting picked off by Wade Miley at first base in the bottom of the third.

"He wasn't too comfortable," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He was in some pain."

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Sore McGee still expects early May return

Colome, Smyly, Cobb also among group of Rays' rehabbing arms

Sore McGee still expects early May return

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake McGee cut loose a little too much on Thursday, leaving him with some soreness. Nevertheless, all is well for the left-hander and for the rest of the corps of rehabbing Rays pitchers.

McGee, who had "loose bodies" removed from his left elbow in December, said his elbow "feels great," but reported that the rest of his body was a little stiff after pitching in an extended Spring Training game. However, McGee remained optimistic he will be back pitching for the Rays by the first part of May.

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Loney eyeing weekend return to lineup

Rays first baseman currently on 15-day DL with mild oblique strain

Loney eyeing weekend return to lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- James Loney took his first full batting practice on Tuesday since going on the disabled list. The veteran first baseman believes he will be playing for the Rays by the weekend.

Loney went on the 15-day disabled list with a mild oblique strain on April 8 retroactive to April 7.

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Beliveau to have sore left shoulder evaluated

Left-hander placed on 15-day disabled list

Beliveau to have sore left shoulder evaluated

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeff Beliveau's ailing left shoulder was set to be examined further on Tuesday.

Beliveau last pitched in Wednesday's 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto when he allowed two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. On Friday he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his left shoulder.

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Inbox: Are Longo's best numbers behind him?

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions from Rays fans

Inbox: Are Longo's best numbers behind him?

Looking at the numbers Evan Longoria put up last year coupled with the way he's starting out this year, I'm wondering if we've seen the best of Longo. Sometimes the end comes earlier than expected.
-- Rick S., St. Petersburg

While Longoria did not put up Longoria-like numbers in 2014, they were still the best offensive numbers on the team. As for this season, it's still early. This guy is a really good hitter. I don't think Rays fans have anything to worry about.

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Souza displaying formidable pop in early going

Souza displaying formidable pop in early going

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steven Souza Jr. may be a Major League rookie, but he certainly doesn't think like one. The outfielder's reaction to a 1-2 slider from Michael Pineda in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Yankees represented a classic case in point.

Four pitches into his first career plate appearance against Pineda, Souza was able to recognize the strategy the Yankees were planning to use against him. So he responded with a plan of his own, resulting in a two-run homer.

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Andriese roughed up as Rays fall to Yankees

Andriese roughed up as Rays fall to Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Headley followed Teixeira's third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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Rays DFA Balfour after rocky outing

Gomes recalled to replace veteran reliever in Tampa Bay's bullpen

Rays DFA Balfour after rocky outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Grant Balfour struggled mightily in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Yankees, with the veteran reliever surrendering a grand slam to Chris Young, issuing three walks, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch.

Immediately following the game, the Rays designated Balfour for assignment and filled the roster spot by selecting right-hander Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

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Walks prove costly for Odorizzi, ending duel with Tanaka

Rays starter fans 9 but 2 free passes in 6th inning come around to score on McCann's triple

Walks prove costly for Odorizzi, ending duel with Tanaka

ST. PETERSBURG -- With five innings in the books, and Jake Odorizzi and Masahiro Tanaka combining to retire 27 of the previous 28 batters they had faced, the Rays and Yankees were officially locked in a classic pitchers' duel Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Then the sixth inning arrived. Odorizzi's command departed. And the Yankees never looked back.

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Odorizzi on point before Rays unravel in 7th

Odorizzi on point before Rays unravel in 7th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Masahiro Tanaka made strides toward recapturing his dominant form of a season ago, Brian McCann legged out a two-run triple, and Chris Young hit a grand slam late, leading the Yankees to a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka was unsatisfied with his first two starts of the season, but the right-hander was on point this time, handcuffing Tampa Bay's lineup to two hits over seven innings. Tanaka retired 15 straight after a leadoff single in the first, ringing up eight strikeouts without a walk.

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Dykstra: 'Special' to have dad on hand for first homer

Dykstra: 'Special' to have dad on hand for first homer

ST. PETERSBURG -- The instant that Allan Dykstra's fourth-inning liner off Adam Warren with two men aboard rang off the right-field foul pole Friday night at Tropicana Field, the Rays took a 3-2 lead.

And Dykstra broke into a trot he'll never forget.

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