Arencibia's 6 RBIs lead support for Smyly's gem

Arencibia's 6 RBIs lead support for Smyly's gem

BALTIMORE -- J.P. Arencibia drove in six runs, including his first homer of the season, and the Rays beat up on a struggling Orioles club in Tuesday's 11-2 series-clinching win.

Arencibia, who joined Tampa Bay on Wednesday, single-handedly kept the Rays nipping at the heels of the Rangers and the Twins in the American League Wild Card race, going 3-for-4 out of the No. 9 spot. Brandon Guyer went 4-for-5 as part of the 15-hit onslaught, while Logan Forsythe went 3-for-3 before leaving the game with left groin tightness.

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Moore back with Rays after strong Minors stint

Moore back with Rays after strong Minors stint

BALTIMORE -- Matt Moore will likely get a start or two after returning to the Rays on Tuesday as a September callup.

Moore, 26, returned to the Rays from Tommy John surgery on July 2 to make the first of six starts, in which he went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA. That prompted the Rays to send him to Triple-A Durham, where he went 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in five starts. Included in those results was his Aug. 22 start against Columbus when he struck out 16 in six innings.

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Forsythe collects 3 hits, exits with groin tightness

Forsythe collects 3 hits, exits with groin tightness

BALTIMORE -- Logan Forsythe had to leave Tuesday night's 11-2 win over the Orioles due to tightness in his left groin.

The Rays' second baseman had just collected his third hit of the night in the top of the fifth inning when the Orioles made a pitching change. At that point, Rays manager Kevin Cash and one of the team's trainers visited Forsythe on the field.

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Rays designate shortstop prospect Lee

Club makes move with once promising player to create space on roster for catcher Maile

Rays designate shortstop prospect Lee

BALTIMORE -- The Rays have designated for assignment Hak-Ju Lee to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Luke Maile, whom the team selected from Triple-A Durham as one of its September callups.

Lee, 24, was one of the marquee players the Rays acquired in the Jan. 8, 2011 trade that sent Matt Garza to the Cubs. Unfortunately for the shortstop who hails from South Korea, he has fought injuries throughout his time in the Rays' system.

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Gillaspie, Robertson lead Rays' AFL contingent

Gillaspie, Robertson lead Rays' AFL contingent

BALTIMORE -- Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Tuesday, and six players from the Rays' organization will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox.

In addition to Rays players, the Solar Sox will have players from the Angels, A's, Cubs and Marlins.

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Ramirez, Rays look to cap sweep in Baltimore

Ramirez, Rays look to cap sweep in Baltimore
Winners of three straight, the Rays will go for the sweep Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards of an O's team that has lost six in a row.

Erasmo Ramirez will make his 22nd start of the season for the Rays, while Kevin Gausman will make his 12th start for the Orioles.

Ramirez went 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA in five August starts, and opponents hit .265 against him. Comparatively, in May through July, Ramirez went 8-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 18 appearances (14 starts) and opponents hit .192.

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Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

Center fielder wows with highlight-reel catch, recreating Trout's great play

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays in Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles.

Only the Rays' center fielder did not hit first in the order. Instead, he led off the night for the Rays' defense by stealing a would-be home run from Manny Machado, who led off the bottom of the first for the Orioles by hitting a drive deep to center field.

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Trio of homers powers Rays past Orioles

Trio of homers powers Rays past Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Rays hitters backed Chris Archer's quality start with three home runs to lead a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

The win widened the Rays' (65-66) lead over the Orioles (63-68) in the race to claim the second American League Wild Card spot, though both teams still have a tall mountain of teams to climb to earn the spot.

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Kiermaier channels Trout with crazy Camden Yards grab

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Kiermaier channels Trout with crazy Camden Yards grab

 Last year, center fielder extraordinaire and all-around destroyer of worlds Mike Trout set the bar for home run thievery by treating the Camden Yards fence like a jungle gym.

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Rays announce six September callups

Rays announce six September callups

BALTIMORE -- Following Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles, the Rays looked ahead to calling up six players, when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Players who will be joining the team include outfielder Mikie Mahtook, infielder Richie Shaffer, left-handers Matt Moore and C.J. Riefenhauser, right-hander Kirby Yates and catcher Luke Maile.

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Rays add Constanza from independent ball, send to Triple-A

Rays add Constanza from independent ball, send to Triple-A

BALTIMORE -- The Rays purchased the contract of Jose Constanza on Monday, and the 31-year-old outfielder was assigned to Triple-A Durham.

Constanza's contract was purchased from the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. It's first time in the Revolution's nine-year history that the Rays have purchased the contract of one of its players in-season.

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Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

Manager says meeting, explanations were 'very informative'

Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

BALTIMORE -- Prior to Monday's Rays-Orioles game, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer Joe Torre and MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Peter Woodfork stopped by the Rays' clubhouse to talk about the replay process with Rays manager Kevin Cash, bench coach Tom Foley, and players James Loney, Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, Tim Beckam, and Jake Odorizzi.

"It was great," Cash said. " ... They came in and took their time. ... Very informed. Their goal is to do everything they can to help the process and get it as right as possible. And it goes a long way with the players and all of us involved that they take the time and sit down [with them]."

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Rays edge Royals on homer by Kiermaier

Rays edge Royals on homer by Kiermaier

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier hit his second home run in as many days and the bullpen backed a solid start by Nathan Karns with four innings of scoreless relief to power the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Kiermaier's home run was his seventh of the season and came with two outs in the sixth off Luke Hochevar, who had relieved starter Danny Duffy to open the frame.

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Loney plays brief but crucial role in victory

Rays first baseman comes off bench in eighth, gets job done with defense

Loney plays brief but crucial role in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- James Loney only played two innings during the Rays' 3-2 win on Sunday in the series finale against the Royals, but when he looked up from his locker in the home clubhouse at Tropicana Field, he glanced around and saw a swarm of reporters start hovering in his direction.

"Sometimes I play the whole game and don't do anything," Loney joked.

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Goeddel on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Goeddel on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Kiermaier homers, makes presence felt in CF

Two-run shot gives Rays brief lead; arm strength helps quell Royals' rally

Kiermaier homers, makes presence felt in CF

ST. PETERSBURG -- The initial round of ovations had just ended for Kevin Kiermaier's defense a few minutes earlier, and now he was bringing the crowd of 24,372 at Tropicana Field to a blissful chaos. Mere moments after helping the Rays limit the Royals to two runs in the fourth, the outfielder's two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning put Tampa Bay ahead.

The blast, Kiermaier's sixth of the year, was a laser off starting pitcher Kris Medlen that quickly escaped over the wall in right-center field. It was also the last reason for unbridled enthusiasm for the home team in the Rays' 6-3 loss to Kansas City on Saturday.

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Rays shut down after Kiermaier sparks rally

Rays shut down after Kiermaier sparks rally

ST. PETERSBURG -- Powered by a pair of Mike Moustakas RBI doubles and a solid start by right-hander Kris Medlen, the Royals moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 on Saturday night with a 6-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Medlen, who improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, allowed three earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Eric Hosmer snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a run-scoring double in the fourth for the Royals, who are now 6-0 against the Rays this season.

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Snell considered for callup when rosters expand

Rays top pitching prospect started 2015 season at Class A Advanced Charlotte

Snell considered for callup when rosters expand

ST. PETERSBURG -- One of the most intriguing names Kevin Cash and the Rays will have to consider when rosters expand Tuesday is one of the fastest rising prospects in all of baseball. Blake Snell, who began the season pitching for Class A Advanced Charlotte, will take a 1.57 ERA into a Sunday start for Triple-A Durham, and his next stop could be the Majors.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound lefty has been just as dominant for the Bulls as he has at either of his previous stops in 2015. The lefty has gone at least five innings in each of his first seven starts for Durham, and he hasn't allowed more than one run in any of them. His 1.57 ERA is identical to the mark he posted for Double-A Montgomery.

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Daniel Nava befriends an 18-year-old cancer patient

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Daniel Nava befriends an 18-year-old cancer patient

Just six weeks before her high school graduation, 18-year-old Nava Rodriguez was diagosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lympoma (ALCL), a serious blood cancer that aggressively attacks when found in young people.

However, when she first arrived at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., the teenager took some friendly ribbing from the nurses for her shirsey of choice: A Red Sox shirt with Daniel Nava's name and No. 29 on the back. 

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Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

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Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

On Friday, the Rays' catwalk reared its head again. In the top of the third inning, the Royals' Kendrys Morales drove another ball high off the catwalk, though this time the blast was ruled a home run. Which is a good call --- the projected distance was an absurd 442.64 feet. 

More importantly though, we got to see Kevin Kiermaier show off some Michael Jordan-esque hangtime as he hung on the wall waiting for it to come down -- only to watch the ball land roughly 50 feet away from him. 

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Rays fall short in series opener vs. KC

Rays fall short in series opener vs. KC

 ST. PETERSBURG -- Kendrys Morales' two-run home run off the catwalk in center field and a quality start by Edinson Volquez were all the Royals needed to take a 3-2 win over the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Royals (79-49) lead the American League Central Division by 13 games over Minnesota with the best record in the AL, while the Rays (63-65) fell to 1-3 on the homestand and trail the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot by 3 1/2 games.

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Inability to challenge frustrates ejected Cash

Play in question would have scored tying run for Rays in 3-2 loss

Inability to challenge frustrates ejected Cash

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sometimes a manager just has to unload. That's what happened with Kevin Cash on Friday night.

Frustration boiled over for the Rays' first-year manager when he got ejected for arguing with first-base umpire Brian O'Nora following the third out of the third inning during a 3-2 loss to the Royals.

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Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

Club shows video tribute for two-time All-Star before Friday's game vs. KC

Zobrist honored by Rays in return to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ben Zobrist returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since getting traded last offseason and he felt a "little bit upside down being on the other side of the field."

But life is good for Zobrist, one of the most popular players in Rays history and now a member of the Royals. And even if things weren't going well, he'd find a way to make it better -- on and off the field.

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Butler hits ground running in return to Rays

Butler hits ground running in return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler returned to the Rays in fine style on Thursday night, driving in the tying run and scoring the decisive run in a 5-4 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field.

"It was fun," said Butler, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game. "It was fun to be back out there with the guys and playing for a playoff spot."

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Rays trip Twins to gain ground in Wild Card race

Rays trip Twins to gain ground in Wild Card race

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler hit a game-tying single and scored on a passed ball to help the Rays snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

The Twins (65-62) entered the game tied with the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot and finished 6-4 on the road trip. By winning, the Rays (63-64) avoided a sweep while moving to within two games of the Twins in the Wild Card standings.

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Loney drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

Loney drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays first baseman James Loney dropped his appeal for the one-game suspension he received on Tuesday.

Loney reached his decision prior to Thursday night's game against the Twins.

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Rays place Jennings on DL with bruised knee

Rays place Jennings on DL with bruised knee

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a bruised left knee and recalled outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

"It's a good thing for Joey, obviously the excitement to get him back here," manager Kevin Cash said. "I think we all saw what he provided in the clubhouse. So we're pumped for that. It's obviously disappointing, frustrating for Des. It's been a rough year for him."

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Rays lament missed chances with bases loaded

Rays lament missed chances with bases loaded

ST. PETERSBURG -- Opportunity came knocking for the Rays on Wednesday night, they just couldn't open the door.

Those missed chances added up to a 5-3 loss to the Twins at Tropicana Field.

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