Guyer admires all his wife does for their family

Guyer admires all his wife does for their family

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Guyer can't say enough good things about his wife, Lindsay, who is the primary caretaker for their children while he pursues his career as an outfielder for the Rays.

"Honestly, I don't know how she does it with us being on the road so much," Brandon said. "And now that we have two kids, her doing everything on her own. I don't know if it's something I could do. That's got to be the hardest job out there, to be a stay-at-home mom with two kids, or however many kids. Just one kid is tough enough."

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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.

Pearce powers Rays to finale win over Dodgers

Pearce powers Rays to finale win over Dodgers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steve Pearce's three-run homer paved the way for an 8-5 Rays win over the Dodgers Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The win earned the Rays a split of the two-game series.

With the score tied at two in the sixth, Pearce connected on a 1-0 Alex Wood fastball and deposited the baseball into the left-field stands, giving him his third home run of the season and second in as many nights, putting the Rays up 5-2. Tampa Bay connected for four home runs on the night.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Souza expects to play Friday after early exit

Rays outfielder left game in sixth due to pectoral spasm

Souza expects to play Friday after early exit

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steven Souza Jr. left Wednesday night's 8-5 win over the Dodgers after suffering a pectoral spasm after swinging the bat.

"It was a weird feeling, I don't really know how to explain it," Souza said. "I've never had anything like that happen to me, so I was a little freaked out."

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Pearce keeps raking at Trop, now with Rays

First baseman has impressive career numbers in St. Petersburg

Pearce keeps raking at Trop, now with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steve Pearce always wondered how he would hit if he went home to play in the Majors.

That question is finally getting answered: well.

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Padlo, Gillaspie, Hu among top prospect performers Wednesday

Twins' No. 3 prospect turns in his best pro start, Dodgers' No. 1 hurls six hitless innings

Padlo, Gillaspie, Hu among top prospect performers Wednesday

When the Minnesota Twins drafted Tyler Jay seventh overall in 2015, they anticipated that the former University of Illinois closer might hit some bumps in the road as he transitioned to a starting role in the professional ranks. That proved to the be the case for the Twins' No. 3 prospect during an uneven first month of the season during which he posted a 5.12 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings in four starts for Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

But a new month has already brought better results for Jay, who fired a season-high 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a win against Palm Beach on Wednesday. The 22-year-old lefty scattered five hits, walked two and matched his season high with seven strikeouts while also inducing six ground-ball outs.

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Dickerson learning to use down time as DH

Acquired in offseason from Rockies, left-handed hitter adjusting in new role

Dickerson learning to use down time as DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson is trying to find comfort in his new role as the Rays' designated hitter, instead of being an everyday outfielder.

"It's a point that we've talked about," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It is something new. I think if you talk to guys who have DH'd for a long time, there is a different mentality. And I'm sure Corey's doing everything he can to learn that as he goes along now."

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Resurgent Archer starts West Coast swing vs. Angels

Resurgent Archer starts West Coast swing vs. Angels

After Thursday's off-day for both clubs, the Rays and Angels meet in Southern California for a weekend series, starting at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday. Rays ace Chris Archer is currently scheduled to face Garrett Richards, but as of Wednesday morning, the Angels were unsure whether their best pitcher would be able to take the ball.

Richards (1-3, 2.34 ERA) exited Sunday's start in Arlington after 79 pitches because of dehydration and cramping, caused largely by a 33-pitch fourth inning. He did not throw his between-starts bullpen session at Miller Park. If Richards can't go, Angels manager Mike Scioscia may be forced into a bullpen game, which would be started by either Cory Rasmus or Jose Alvarez.

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Casali shows signs of being answer at catcher

Backstop homers and throws out basestealer in Thursday's loss

Casali shows signs of being answer at catcher

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali is showing signs of becoming an everyday catcher.

In Tuesday night's 10-5 loss to the Dodgers, Casali displayed toughness, power and a strong throwing arm.

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Moore struggles as Rays drop opener

Moore struggles as Rays drop opener

ST. PETERSBURG -- A four-run Dodgers fifth broke open the first of their two-game Interleague series with the Rays, leading to a 10-5 win Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Curt Casali's two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at three, but the Dodgers got going against Rays starter Matt Moore in the fifth. Howie Kendrick had a two-run double, before Trayce Thompson's two-run single chased Moore while putting the Dodgers up 7-3.

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Honeywell among top prospect performers Tuesday

Red Sox's top prospect hits his first Minor League grand slam, No. 3 prospect sets Salem club record

Honeywell among top prospect performers Tuesday

After they were rained out to begin the week, Class A Advanced Salem continued their winning ways Tuesday with a doubleheader road sweep of Carolina.

Boston's elite prospect duo of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, MLBPipeline.com's Nos. 5 and 22 overall prospects, respectively, led Salem in its victories and have helped make Salem's offense one of the most dynamic in the Minors.

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Cash, Rays have rotation decision to make

Boxberger to face Minor League hitters starting Friday

Cash, Rays have rotation decision to make

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' rotation will remain as is through the upcoming road series against the Angels. After that, the team is mulling over its options.

"We're still kind of discussing [whether to go with a five-man rotation]," Cash said. "We have an option that we can stay on five-man or pull back again and get two more times through [with a four-man rotation], then we would need a fifth starter. We haven't quite decided which way we're going to go yet."

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Four Dodgers return to Trop, Rays roots

Kazmir, Crawford, Howell and Friedman all have ties to Tampa

Four Dodgers return to Trop, Rays roots

ST. PETERSBURG -- A lot of familiar faces could be found in the visiting Dodgers' clubhouse prior to Tuesday night's game.

Most notably among them were former Rays Scott Kazmir, Carl Crawford, J.P. Howell and Andrew Friedman.

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Friedman misses Rays, still building with Dodgers

President of baseball operations left Tampa after 2014 season

Friedman misses Rays, still building with Dodgers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andrew Friedman said he doesn't regret moving from the Rays to the Dodgers 18 months ago, but he seems to greatly miss colleagues that became friends.

Friedman looked and acted very much at home while reacquainting with former players and staff on Tuesday when the Dodgers came to Tropicana Field to meet the Rays, and he acknowledged one part of the move has been a bigger challenge than he expected.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scouting director Metzler all about teamwork

New department head gives credit to long-tenured staff for Rays' success

Scouting director Metzler all about teamwork

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rob Metzler is ready to accept the accountability that comes with his job. He's just not ready to take the credit.

The Rays' new scouting director is all about team. A conversation with Metzler, 35, can cover a myriad of subjects, but he always manages to circle back to gush about the people he works with.

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Odorizzi on, but bats, 'pen off in loss to Jays

Odorizzi on, but bats, 'pen off in loss to Jays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marcus Stroman had a career-high nine strikeouts over eight dominant innings, while Darwin Barney had a key pinch-hit double in a four-run ninth inning as the Blue Jays survived with a 5-1 victory over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Stroman, who was celebrating his 25th birthday, enjoyed his best start of the year despite pitching with no margin for error during most of the outing. He scattered three hits and walked just two, with his only mistake coming in the sixth on a solo homer by Evan Longoria.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Robertson among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 21 prospect grabs Minor League homer lead, No. 14 hurls five one-hit frames

Robertson among top prospect performers Monday

Class A Advanced High Desert has been rolling of late, winning 13 of its last 15 games to move into first place atop the California League South division with a 19-6 overall record.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 14 prospect) and second baseman Travis Demeritte (No. 21 prospect) have been key to High Desert's early season success, and both thrived Monday as the Mavericks edged Visalia, 2-1.

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Longoria rediscovering power stroke

Rays third baseman rips second homer in two games

Longoria rediscovering power stroke

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria is again swinging for the fences.

At least that's the way it's looking in the early going for the Rays' slugger.

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Cash not ready to pair Rays pitchers, catchers

Cash not ready to pair Rays pitchers, catchers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer has pitched well in his past two starts following a less than auspicious beginning to his season. Has the fact that Curt Casali has been behind the plate in both those starts been a factor?

Perhaps, but Rays manager Kevin Cash isn't ready to establish a pet catcher situation between Casali and Archer for the simple fact it's too early. This despite the fact that Rene Rivera evolved into that guy for Archer last season.

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Curt-ain call: Casali a walk-off hero for Rays

Curt-ain call: Casali a walk-off hero for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rays a 4-3 walk-off win over the Blue Jays on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Brad Miller led off the ninth with an infield single off Brett Cecil and moved to third on Kevin Kiermaier's double to right. Casali then laced a 3-1 offering into left to give the Rays the win.

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Logan's run in April ends with a bang

Second baseman goes 3-for-3 with game-tying HR vs. Blue Jays

Logan's run in April ends with a bang

ST. PETERSBURG -- Logan Forsythe is the Rays' top offensive weapon at this juncture. Saturday night he put an exclamation point on his first month of the season with two big hits in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

"I'm seeing pitches well," Forsythe said. "But at the same time, my approach at the plate, I'm kind of sticking to that. Just trying to be consistent with it and the results are coming out."

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Faith in Casali pays off for Cash, Rays

Catcher had been 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before walk-off hit

Faith in Casali pays off for Cash, Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali had been scuffling. The .136 batting average entering Saturday night's game said as much.

Still, Rays manager Kevin Cash stuck with him when the game was on the line. That confidence in Casali helped deliver a 4-3 walk-off win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

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Home is where rest is? Cash says so for outfielders

Manager looking to protect players from overexposure to turf

Home is where rest is? Cash says so for outfielders

ST. PETERSBURG -- Resting his outfielders at home will be a priority for Kevin Cash as the season progresses.

Tropicana Field's turf makes that call an easy one for the Rays' manager. So expect to see Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, and Steven Souza Jr., take a day off at Tropicana Field -- when they need one, rather than on the road where they play on grass at most venues.

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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.

Hard-luck Smyly closes dominant month strong

Left-hander ties Price's club record for strikeouts in April

Hard-luck Smyly closes dominant month strong

ST. PETERSBURG -- Drew Smyly has little to show for April, a month in which he has clearly been the Rays' best starter.

Smyly has endured the hardest luck of anybody in the rotation. Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays exemplified that status.

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Cash ejected for first time this season

Cash ejected for first time this season

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash was ejected during the Rays' 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger tossed the Rays' manager when he came out of the dugout after appearing to see left-hander Drew Smyly upset with the strike zone following a strikeout of Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin for the second out in the top of the fifth inning. Tampa Bay was trailing, 1-0, at the time.

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Smyly strikes out 8 in quality start, but falls

Smyly strikes out 8 in quality start, but falls

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Blue Jays clubbed four solo home runs -- two by Michael Saunders -- in support of a stingy Aaron Sanchez on Friday night en route to a 6-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Saunders homered to center field off Drew Smyly with two outs in the third to put the Blue Jays up 1-0. Josh Donaldson added a solo home run off the C-Ring catwalk with two outs in the sixth to push the lead to 2-0. That was all the damage the Blue Jays could inflict against Smyly, but it was enough as he took his third loss of the season.

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

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Forsythe comfortable in leadoff spot

Forsythe comfortable in leadoff spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Early in Spring Training, Kevin Cash began giving serious consideration to Logan Forsythe serving as the team's leadoff man.

"More at-bats, more opportunities to help the club," said Forsythe, when asked about the role he has undertaken this season. "I think that was kind of a goal for Cash, to kind of get that top of the lineup more solidified. ... We're not worried about the matchups up top as much as we are down low. I think it's going well right now. Just hope it continues."

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Gary Busey: Rays ceremonial first pitcher

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Gary Busey: Rays ceremonial first pitcher

Before their matchup with the visiting Blue Jays on Friday night, the Rays welcomed a very special guest to Tropicana Field: actor Gary Busey.

Busey channeled his inner Chet Steadman, throwing tonight's ceremonial first pitch. He's in the Tampa Bay area for the 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival, held this weekend in St. Petersburg. Busey, who's appeared in over 150 films, is promoting his latest, "Candiland."

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