Umpire saves life, then calls balls & strikes

Rays bystander also helps stop deadly leap off bridge

Umpire saves life, then calls balls & strikes

PITTSBURGH -- Major League umpires are trained to respond instantaneously to just about everything that takes place. John Tumpane took that to a profoundly higher level Wednesday, reacting quickly on the Roberto Clemente Bridge to help save a woman's life.

Tumpane was walking to his hotel around 2:30 p.m. ET when he saw a woman climb over the railing of the bridge and, with the aid of others, held onto her long enough for police to arrive on the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Rays lose after Snell labors in return to Majors

Rays lose after Snell labors in return to Majors

PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova was honest: He didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday night. For the first time this season, the Pirates' right-hander didn't pitch into the sixth, but his teammates helped him out. The Bucs' lineup scored four runs in the first and their bullpen tossed four scoreless innings, lifting Pittsburgh to a 6-2 win over the Rays at PNC Park.

"Obviously not my best today," Nova said. "One of the guys told me, 'Don't feel bad because you throw five innings because a lot of the time, you go seven or eight and you don't get the win. You got the win today.' [My teammates] always find a way to make me feel good."

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Jonathan Toye is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Rays on Wednesday.

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Kolarek called up after 8 seasons in Minors

Rays option Pruitt, Alvarado to Triple-A Durham

Kolarek called up after 8 seasons in Minors

PITTSBURGH -- Adam Kolarek was driving with his dad, Frank, through North Carolina on Highway I-95, contemplating his next move. The left-handed reliever had just been released by the Braves during Spring Training and had left their facility in Orlando when his agent called to tell him that he had been signed by the Rays. He and his dad promptly made a U-turn and drove to the Rays' facility in Port Charlotte, Fla.

About two months later, Kolarek received more good news. After spending eight seasons in the Minor Leagues, Kolarek was finally reaching the Majors. The Rays called up Kolarek and right-hander Blake Snell late Tuesday night and optioned right-hander Austin Pruitt and left-hander Jose Alvarado to Triple-A Durham.

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Souza Jr. reveals he has big owie after HBP

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Souza Jr. reveals he has big owie after HBP

Hit-by-pitches can go in many different directions -- some better than others. In the third inning of Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game, Steven Souza Jr. got hit in the ribs by an Ivan Nova fastball. Instead of getting upset, Souza smiled as he walked toward first base -- but he did make sure Pittsburgh's pitcher knew he had an owie there.

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Adames stays hot for Durham

Adames stays hot for Durham

As the Red Sox continue to explore how best to fill their glaring hole at third base, Rafael Devers is doing everything in his power at Double-A Portland to convince the organization he's ready for the big leagues.

The Red Sox's top prospect went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs on Wednesday as he led the Sea Dogs past New Hampshire, 5-1. It was the fifth career multi-homer game and second of the season for the 20-year-old third baseman, who snapped out of a 3-for-19 skid with the three-hit effort.

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Archer closes Interleague set with Pirates

Archer closes Interleague set with Pirates

Chris Archer and Jameson Taillon will square off in the finale of the Rays-Pirates three-game series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at PNC Park.

Archer is coming off an outing against Baltimore last Friday where he got a career-high-tying 14 runs of support and won for the first time in his career when yielding five or more runs. Archer has electric stuff, but he came away from Friday's start with a season-low four strikeouts, his lowest total since Sept. 16, 2016, at Baltimore.

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Pipeline Preview: Adames looks to stay hot

Pipeline Preview: Adames looks to stay hot

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Willy Adames (Rays' No. 1), Durham at Indianapolis (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Rays blow lead to Bucs in 9th, win it in 10th

Rays blow lead to Bucs in 9th, win it in 10th

PITTSBURGH -- The Rays could not reward Alex Cobb's outstanding effort Tuesday night, but they would not leave without a win. After closer Alex Colome blew a two-run lead in the ninth, Steven Souza Jr. singled off Felipe Rivero and scored on an error by David Freese in the 10th inning as the Rays beat the Pirates, 4-2, at PNC Park.

"Great win. Obviously it all starts with Alex Cobb," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Just an outstanding performance on his part. … Other than Alex Cobb, I think the story was the at-bats that we had against Rivero. He's been one of the game's best this year."

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Dominant Cobb carries no-no into 7th

Dominant Cobb carries no-no into 7th

Alex Cobb deserved better Tuesday night. The right-hander would have had his seventh win of the season if Alex Colome hadn't blown the save.

While Cobb came away with a no-decision, the Rays notched a 4-2 win over the Pirates, complete with a really good vibe about Cobb going forward.

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Rays sign two-way standout McKay

No. 4 overall selection will report to Class A Hudson Valley

Rays sign two-way standout McKay

The Rays have agreed to terms with Brendan McKay -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft -- the club confirmed on Tuesday. The deal is for $7,007,500, a source told MLB.com's Jim Callis.

Tampa Bay said after drafting McKay that the team was open to letting him continue to be a two-way player.  McKay is a 3-time winner of the John Olerud award for best two-way player in college baseball.

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Hechavarria drives in 2, flashes glove in debut

Hechavarria drives in 2, flashes glove in debut

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Alex Cobb acknowledged Tuesday night that not many people are talking about the Rays. But both he and Rays manager Kevin Cash believe there is a lot to like about Tampa Bay at the moment.

And Adeiny Hechavarria's debut at shortstop suggested that the Rays might be getting better.

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Archer, others encourage kids in RBI program

Archer, others encourage kids in RBI program

Rays right-hander Chris Archer was reading Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" in 2012 when the realization came to him. The novel mentioned that people have something called a "personal legend." That's when he realized his personal legend was his influence as a professional athlete.

"I felt like I am here on this Earth to inspire people, not just play baseball," Archer said. "I am going to use baseball and successes in baseball to inspire people."

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Dickerson gains steam, but needs vote help

Dickerson gains steam, but needs vote help

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson needs a late charge if he is going to be voted in as a starter at the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

But make no mistake, the Rays DH still has a chance.

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Cabrera impresses in Montgomery debut

Cabrera impresses in Montgomery debut

After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track.

The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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Rays acquire Hechavarria from Marlins

Miami receives two Minor Leaguers for shortstop

Rays acquire Hechavarria from Marlins

ST. PETERSBURG -- Adeiny Hechavarria can play Gold Glove defense. So when the Rays had the chance to acquire the shortstop from the Marlins on Monday, they traded two Minor Leaguers -- outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark -- to get him.

Hechavarria will remain on the Rays' 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, and to make room for him on the 40-man roster, Diego Moreno was transferred to the 60-day DL with right shoulder bursitis.

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With HR, Longoria sets 3B record vs. Orioles

With HR, Longoria sets 3B record vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria victimized a familiar target with a home run in Sunday's 8-5 loss: Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles.

Looking for a fastball, Longoria yanked a changeup on the outside corner into the left field bleachers to put the Rays ahead 5-3 in the fifth inning. It was the ninth time Longoria has homered off Tillman in his career, his most versus any pitcher.

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Bullpen falters late as Rays drop finale

Bullpen falters late as Rays drop finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Colome normally is money. On Sunday afternoon he wasn't, and the Orioles came away with an 8-5 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles (37-38) claimed the rubber game over the Rays (40-38) by scoring three against the Rays closer, who entered in the ninth with the score tied at 5.

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Gillaspie stays hot for Durham

Gillaspie stays hot for Durham

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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#ASGWorthy Dickerson, Longoria set record

#ASGWorthy Dickerson, Longoria set record

ST. PETERSBURG -- Down 3-0 to the Orioles in the third inning on Saturday, the Rays tied the game in a way more characteristic of this team than any others in the Majors: with back-to-back homers.

As Evan Longoria followed up Corey Dickerson's long ball with the solo shot that knotted the score in an eventual 8-3 loss to the Orioles, the Rays set a franchise record with their 10th back-to-back jacks of the season.

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Rough 7th inning costs Rays in loss

Rough 7th inning costs Rays in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dylan Bundy gave the Orioles exactly what they needed Saturday afternoon: A quality start.

The right-hander held the Rays to three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight in seven innings to claim his eighth win of the season and lead the Orioles to an 8-3 win at Tropicana Field.

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Ramos makes long-awaited Rays debut

Ramos makes long-awaited Rays debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with a single from the sixth spot in the order in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Orioles, his first game since returning from knee surgery.

Ramos led off the ninth inning with a single up the middle for his first hit since Sept. 26, the day his breakout 2016 abruptly ended.

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Gillaspie goes deep for Durham

Gillaspie goes deep for Durham

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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Rays hit 3 HRs, score 15 runs in win vs. O's

Rays hit 3 HRs, score 15 runs in win vs. O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- A potent offense met a struggling pitching staff, and the results were predictable Friday night at Tropicana Field, where the Rays defeated the Orioles, 15-5.

The Rays (40-36) moved to four games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the pitchers for the Orioles (35-38) allowed five runs or more for the 20th consecutive game, earning a dubious distinction by tying the Major League record established by the 1924 Phillies.

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

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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With offense clicking, Rays reach new heights

Club overcoming injuries to surge past .500

With offense clicking, Rays reach new heights

ST. PETERSBURG -- Maybe it's time to acknowledge the obvious: The Rays are playing pretty good baseball.

Let the numbers speak for themselves.

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Hip tendinitis lands Rasmus on 10-day DL

OF Peterson selected from Triple-A Durham

Hip tendinitis lands Rasmus on 10-day DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have placed Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with left hip tendinitis.

Outfielder Shane Peterson was selected from Triple-A Durham to take the veteran outfielder's spot on the active roster, bringing the 40-man roster to its full capacity.

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Homework paying off for Rays' Smith

Outfielder's play a reflection of his notebooks

Homework paying off for Rays' Smith

ST. PETERSBURG -- In the two weeks since his callup, outfielder Mallex Smith has made himself a fixture on Rays television broadcasts for his consistent hitting, his thrilling baserunning and his visible dedication to self-improvement. When he returns to the dugout after his turn at the plate, cameras have been eager to show Smith jotting notes down for himself in a personal journal.

The notes are extensive and detailed. Smith's game preparation is even more so.

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Martinez a free agent; Rays sign Broadway

Infielder clears waivers after DFA; righty assigned to Double-A Montgomery

Martinez a free agent; Rays sign Broadway

ST. PETERSBURG -- Veteran infielder Michael Martinez cleared waivers and has elected free agency, while the Rays on Thursday signed right-handed reliever Mike Broadway.

The Rays had designated Martinez for assignment on Monday to make room for infielder Trevor Plouffe on their 25-man roster.

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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.