Cobb battles Twins in finale of three-game set

Cobb battles Twins in finale of three-game set

It's a battle of veteran right-handers on Sunday afternoon when the Twins and Rays wrap up their three-game series at Target Field.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (4-4, 3.82) has pitched into the seventh inning in his last four stars, though he's split four decisions in that stretch. He matched his season high with four earned runs allowed against the Angels on May 23.

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Rasmus homers, but Rays fall to Twins

Rasmus homers, but Rays fall to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins clubbed a pair of tape measure home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth by Brian Dozier to edge the Rays by a score of 5-3 on Saturday at Target Field.

Dozier launched a 2-1 fastball from Rays righty Tommy Hunter just below the upper deck in right-center to give Minnesota its first lead of the series. According to Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 423 feet with an exit velocity of 104.5 mph. It is tied for his longest projected homer of the season.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Bullpen soars, then sinks against Twins

Bullpen soars, then sinks against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays' bullpen came through in two clutch spots on Saturday, but unfortunately, the third time was not a charm.

Reliever Tommy Hunter gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay dropped a 5-3 decision to the Twins.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Power, approach carrying Rays' offense

Power, approach carrying Rays' offense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Every day it seems as if there's a different hero at the plate for the Rays. And more often than not, the heroics involve a baseball sailing over a fence.

Corey Dickerson hit two home runs to beat the Yankees last Saturday. Steven Souza Jr. went deep twice in a win over the Angels on Wednesday. And on Friday, three Rays -- Logan Morrison, Kevin Kiermaier, and Souza -- launched home runs in the Rays' 5-2 win over the Twins.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

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Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

Everyone who has fooled around in the backyard with a glove and a ball knows the secret rule of the dive: It doesn't matter if you catch the ball, it just matters how cool the dive looks. 

The only difference between that and what Steven Souza Jr. did in the seventh inning of the Rays' 5-2 win against the Twins on Friday is that there weren't thousands of people watching us as we came up about 15 feet short. 

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Three homers back Archer as Rays top Twins

Three homers back Archer as Rays top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer continued his dominance at Target Field, as he stymied a hot Minnesota lineup in the 5-2 victory on Friday. The loss snapped the first-place Twins' four-game winning streak.

Archer recorded a strikeout in all but one inning, notching a total of 11 punchouts. He has now whiffed double-digit batters in four of his last five starts. After scoring 28 runs over its last four games, Minnesota only managed a pair of runs -- on RBI singles by Kennys Vargas and Brian Dozier -- against Archer. He is now 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts at Target Field.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Rays on Friday.

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Archer on the mark in victory over Twins

Archer on the mark in victory over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Field has been a home away from home for Rays right-hander Chris Archer. On Friday night he silenced the Minnesota bats with another gem in the Twins' ballpark.

Archer held the Twins to two runs on five hits while striking out 11 and walking just one in 7 2/3 innings as the Rays began a nine-game road trip with a 5-2 victory.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Rays on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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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Cabrera fires seven scoreless for Charlotte

Cabrera fires seven scoreless for Charlotte

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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