Rays deal Jepsen to Twins for 2 pitching prospects

Rays deal Jepsen to Twins for 2 pitching prospects

BOSTON -- The Rays traded Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Minor League pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We added two young pitchers to our system," said Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman. "Two arms that we like. We always like to have pitching depth and pitching talent. And that was a key motivator in this deal."

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Rays recall OF Mahtook to take Wilson's spot

Veteran catcher claimed off waivers by Rangers; right-hander Yates also recalled

Rays recall OF Mahtook to take Wilson's spot

BOSTON -- The Rays' roster saw a lot of activity on Friday, the day that also saw Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline pass.

Bobby Wilson, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, was designated for assignment on Thursday. The Rangers then claimed the veteran catcher off waivers.

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Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

Right-hander confident in stuff, retires first 19 batters he faces

Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer was overpowering Wednesday afternoon in his 22nd start of the season, bringing the kind of stuff one needs to pitch a perfect game.

Unfortunately for Archer and the Rays, he came up short by eight batters in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Archer flirts with perfecto, but Rays fall

Archer flirts with perfecto, but Rays fall

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.

Trailing 1-0 and facing the prospect of an Archer perfect game, the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the seventh after Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera booted what appeared to be a sure double-play ball with one out in the inning. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos followed with RBI singles to put Detroit up, 2-1.

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Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

Center fielder makes impressive catch to temporarily keep ace's perfect game alive

Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier has always been able to cover a lot of ground, but in the sixth inning of the Rays' 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay's center fielder used his speed in the field in an effort to maintain perfection.

When Detroit catcher James McCann stepped to the plate in the sixth, Chris Archer had retired the first 16 batters he faced. But on a 3-2 slider, McCann jolted one to deep center, and Kiermaier responded by making a beeline toward the wall.

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Goeddel smashes three solo shots for Biscuits

Rays No. 25 prospect records his second career multi-homer game in Double-A Montgomery's win

Goeddel smashes three solo shots for Biscuits

Tyler Goeddel had his second career multi-homer game by the sixth inning of Double-A Montgomery's 4-3 win over Tennessee on Thursday, but he wasn't done.

The Rays' No. 25 prospect on the newly updated Top 30 list smacked his third home run of the night in the eighth inning, giving the Biscuits a one-run lead they would not relinquish. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

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Rays call up catcher Wilson from Triple-A Durham

Rays call up catcher Wilson from Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have called up catcher Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Durham to fill the vacant roster spot left behind after outfielder David DeJesus was traded to the Angels on Tuesday.

The move places a third catcher on Tampa Bay's roster to give the club "some options" with Rene Rivera starting at catcher for the first time since Friday, and Curt Casali remaining in the lineup as the designated hitter.

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Smyly continues progressing toward return

Smyly continues progressing toward return

ST. PETERSBURG -- Drew Smyly will continue his rehab Friday with a yet-to-be-determined Rays Minor League affiliate.

"Smyly's pitching, I just don't know where," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "They're going to factor in weather and all that stuff."

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Encore: Casali on historic homer tear for Rays

Encore: Casali on historic homer tear for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali's stats line for the Rays' 10-2 victory over the Tigers Tuesday matched his Monday stats line to a tee.

But Casali's most recent 3-for-4, two-homer game proved to be the most memorable of the two for both sentimental and historical reasons.

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Casali's 2nd straight multi-HR game leads Rays

Casali's 2nd straight multi-HR game leads Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali homered twice for the Rays again Tuesday to propel Tampa Bay to a 10-2 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Casali's first home run of the night was a two-run shot in the fourth that extended the Rays' lead to 4-1 after an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double broke a 1-1 tie the at-bat before. Two innings later, the catcher accomplished a rare feat by smacking a solo home run to give him back-to-back multi-home run games. Evan Longoria added a home run of his own in the eighth to spark a five-run inning.

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Silverman gains flexibility with DeJesus deal

Trade not indicating Rays are sellers at Deadline

Silverman gains flexibility with DeJesus deal

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman took a proactive approach to an approaching logjam by trading David DeJesus to the Angels before Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Tigers for Eduar Lopez, a 20-year-old Minor League right-hander.

"Given our team's improving health, the opportunity for David was a little more limited," Silverman said. "We were challenged to find at-bats for him. Especially given [Desmond] Jennings' potential return in a couple of weeks."

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Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

Outfielder heads to Angels while Tampa Bay gets 20-year-old righty

Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus went to Spring Training in February thinking he would be traded before the start of the regular season. Before Tuesday's 10-2 Rays win, the inevitable finally came to fruition when they traded the veteran outfielder to the Angels for Minor League right-hander Eduar Lopez.

"Totally [surprised]," DeJesus said. "I was just eating with [Joey] Butler, getting some hummus in, and then [bench coach Tom] Foley came over. I was like, it's one of those 'he gone.'"

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Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

Rays outfielder to start assignment with Triple-A on Friday

Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

ST. PETERSBURG -- Since June the Rays have been talking about players returning from the disabled list giving the team a feeling like they acquired a key piece in a Trade Deadline deal.

Count Desmond Jennings in that category. The Rays' outfielder played in just 18 games before going on the DL on May 3 with left knee bursitis, which eventually mandated a clean-up surgery. When he's healthy and playing well, Jennings can be a force on offense.

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Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

Catcher starts third straight game, gives Rays key insurance runs

Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali doubled down Monday night.

Starting his third consecutive game, the Rays' reserve catcher homered twice from the ninth spot in the order to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the 15-day disabled list following 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Cabrera has missed 11 games since sustaining a right hamstring strain on July 11 and he was slated to begin a rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Port Charlotte, but the game was rained out.

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Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

Rays center fielder plays despite pregame injury, hits RBI double

Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's 5-2 win over the Tigers in the sixth inning due to a minor abrasion of the left eye.

Kiermaier, who is listed as day to day, sustained the injury prior to the game when a resistance band he was using to stretch snapped back and hit him in the eye.

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Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

Jepsen, Boxberger and McGee all involved in rumors before Deadline

Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, meaning a lot of names are being tossed around the rumor mill. The idea of getting traded can be unsettling, but several Rays players who have been mentioned in trade rumors did not seem to be fazed by the situation.

Reliever Kevin Jepsen said he'd never experienced rumors about being involved in a trade until right before he was dealt to Tampa Bay this past offseason.

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Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

Lefty throws 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings in first outing for Triple-A Durham

Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly made his first rehab start at Triple-A Durham on Sunday as he tries to return to the Rays rotation after landing on the disabled list May 9 with a torn labrum.

On paper, Smyly's return to the mound did not show much promise, as he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings. For Tampa Bay, though, the 26-year-old's 51 pitches were encouraging.

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Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays dropped Sunday's contest to the Orioles, 5-2, marking their 21st loss in their last 30 games and their eighth series loss in their last nine, it was not due to lack of opportunities.

After Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe slugged back-to-back home runs for the team's first hits of the game in the fourth inning, the Rays managed to consistently put runners on base.

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Cabrera ready to begin rehab assignment

Cabrera ready to begin rehab assignment

ST. PETERSBURG -- After a couple of days of running the bases, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at Tropicana Field, Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a right hamstring strain.

Manager Kevin Cash said after the Rays' 5-2 loss to the Orioles Sunday that the plan is for Cabrera to begin a rehab assignment and play five to seven innings at shortstop Monday for Class A Advanced Port Charlotte.

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Rays hit back-to-back homers, but fall to O's

Rays hit back-to-back homers, but fall to O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles struck quickly and pushed across three runs in the first off Rays starter Matt Moore to set the tone and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the rubber match against Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

J.J. Hardy got the offense going when he drove home Chris Davis with a two-out single and one pitch later, Nolan Reimold doubled to left to bring around two more runs. The Orioles then tacked on two more in the fourth when Caleb Joseph launched his seventh home run of the season over the left-field fence.

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3rd-inning struggles sink Ramirez vs. Orioles

3rd-inning struggles sink Ramirez vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the majority of Erasmo Ramirez's season-high 7 1/3 innings Saturday, the right-hander pitched much like he has over the last two months in which he has made nine consecutive starts of allowing two runs or fewer.

In the third inning, however, one mistake proved costly for Ramirez and the Rays in their 5-1 defeat to the Orioles.

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Rays can't rally past Orioles

Rays can't rally past Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by Chris Davis' grand slam, the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's 5-1 series-evening victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Davis, who collected his 22nd homer of the year, gave a struggling Baltimore lineup a lift with his one-out, third-inning blast off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez. David Lough also tripled and scored in the eighth to back Os starter Miguel Gonzalez's stellar outing.

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Rays show resiliency in come-from-behind win

Rays show resiliency in come-from-behind win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Talk about answering the challenge. The Rays embraced Wednesday's wake-up call from manager Kevin Cash and came through with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Following Wednesday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Phillies in disappointing fashion, the Rays skipper told reporters it was "gut check" time and that the team needed to "flip a switch here now."

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Smyly ready to pitch in rehab games

Smyly ready to pitch in rehab games

ST. PETERSBURG -- After weeks of rehabbing a torn labrum in his left shoulder that has sidelined him since May 5, Drew Smyly is set to begin pitching again.

The Rays announced Saturday that the left-handed starting pitcher will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham, due in large part to all the rain in the forecast near the Rays' Class A Advanced affiliate in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Rays' 3-run 8th helps them rally past Orioles

Rays' 3-run 8th helps them rally past Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's two-run single off Darren O'Day capped the Rays' three-run eighth and led Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

"Beck has shown time and time again he's kind of got a flair for the big hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "When those situations arise, it seems like his level of play rises up along with it. That's a pretty good quality to have, especially for a young player. He's got a lot of confidence in himself to get it done and he keeps proving that he's capable of doing it."

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Rays undecided about path to take at Trade Deadline

Rays undecided about path to take at Trade Deadline

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline comes to fruition in a week and the only certainty where the Rays are concerned is nobody knows whether they will be buyers or sellers.

The weekend series against the Orioles at Tropicana Field could go a long way toward determining that status.

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