Prospect Shaffer homers for first career hit

Rays give 24-year-old the silent treatment when he returns to the dugout

Prospect Shaffer homers for first career hit

CHICAGO -- Rays prospect Richie Shaffer's first Major League hit came in style, clearing the right-field wall for a home run.

Shaffer, playing in his second game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Daniel Webb in the top of the seventh during Tuesday's 11-3 win against the White Sox and went opposite field to push the Rays' lead to 10-1.

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Rays down White Sox with four home runs

Rays down White Sox with four home runs

CHICAGO -- Chris Archer allowed two runs over seven innings and the Rays hit a season-high four home runs en route to an 11-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games.

"Great win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We needed a win like that. After the last two that have been a little intense late in ballgames, it was nice to separate a ballgame."

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Efficient Archer picks up first win since June

Rays' ace holds White Sox to two runs over seven innings, outpitches Sale

Efficient Archer picks up first win since June

CHICAGO -- Chris Archer didn't win the strikeout competition Tuesday night against White Sox ace Chris Sale, but the Rays' ace wasn't disappointed.

Archer pitched up to his potential -- notching his 15th quality start of the season -- and he got plenty of run support in an 11-3 Rays win.

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Jennings, Smyly progressing as expected

Rays hope to have duo back at some point in August

Jennings, Smyly progressing as expected

CHICAGO -- No setbacks is a good thing for any player on a rehab assignment.

To date, outfielder Desmond Jennings and left-hander Drew Smyly are both setback-free as they work toward rejoining the Rays at some point in August.

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Ramirez aims to continue strong run vs. White Sox

Ramirez aims to continue strong run vs. White Sox

The Rays know a thing or two about working with a young team, balancing winning with developing youth. But it's a new feeling for the White Sox, who are hanging on to four rookies but still fighting for a postseason berth.

They continue that task on Wednesday, when rookie Carlos Rodon takes the mound in the series finale against Tampa Bay, which is going for a sweep. Rodon enters after mixed results in his last two outings. Two starts ago, Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but he allowed a career-high eight runs in three innings against the Yankees his last time out.

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Shaffer hits first HR, gets silent treatment

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Shaffer hits first HR, gets silent treatment

Richie Shaffer, playing in just his second career game for the Rays on Tuesday night, tallied his first MLB hit. And wouldn't you know it, it was of the home run-variety. Unfortunately, when Shaffer got back to the dugout, his teammates gave him the ol' silent treatment. Don't worry, "teammates." Richie can hit home runs by himself and Richie can celebrate those home runs by himself.

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Mahtook lifts Rays with go-ahead 1B in ninth

Mahtook lifts Rays with go-ahead 1B in ninth

CHICAGO -- Mikie Mahtook's two-out single in the ninth off of David Robertson scored Logan Forsythe with the game-winning run in a 5-4 Rays victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Robertson had appeared to get out of trouble when he struck out James Loney with runners on first and third and one out, but Mahtook connected on a hanging curve.

The White Sox had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the ninth, when Kevin Kiermaier nailed Alexei Ramirez on Adam LaRoche's single to center with nobody out. Catcher Curt Casali made a short-hop catch of Kiermaier's throw and was able to tag Ramirez as he tried to jump out of the way.

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Crucial throw from Kiermaier saves Rays in 9th

Third-base coach McEwing takes blame for Alexei being thrown out by Kiermaier

Crucial throw from Kiermaier saves Rays in 9th

CHICAGO -- Joe McEwing has sent thousands of runners home safely over his four seasons as White Sox third-base coach without much fanfare.

But it was his ill-fated decision to send Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning of the Rays' 5-4 victory Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field that earned McEwing unwanted notice. Ramirez tried to score from second on Adam LaRoche's broken-bat single to center, but he was nailed by Kevin Kiermaier's throw, catcher Curt Casali's short-hop grab and McEwing's decision not to hold Ramirez with nobody out in a one-run game.

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Duo takes advantage of latest shot with Rays

Recently recalled Sizemore, Mahtook come up huge in win vs. White Sox

Duo takes advantage of latest shot with Rays

CHICAGO -- A week ago, Grady Sizemore and Mikie Mahtook were wearing Triple-A Durham Bulls uniforms. On Monday night, both were back in the Major Leagues and playing huge roles in the Rays' 5-4 win over the White Sox.

Sizemore, who was recalled from Durham on Saturday, had a pinch-hit double off Jake Petricka in the seventh then scored on Evan Longoria's double to give the Rays a 3-2 lead.

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Rays call up infield prospect Shaffer

Infielder was No. 25 overall pick in 2012 Draft; Moore optioned

Rays call up infield prospect Shaffer

CHICAGO -- The non-waiver Trade Deadline passed on Friday and the Rays didn't acquire a player for the offense. However, on Monday they received a power boost when they selected slugger Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer joined the team for its 5-4 win in the series opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He batted sixth and played first base, getting hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and going 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts on the night before giving way to James Loney at first in the bottom of the seventh.

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Rays' bullpen slams door on rival Red Sox

McGee vindicates himself vs. Napoli; Boxberger strikes out side for 26th save

Rays' bullpen slams door on rival Red Sox

BOSTON -- Jake McGee earned a little retribution Sunday, while Brad Boxberger showed heat instead of rust as the Rays' one-two late-inning combo shut down the Red Sox in the final two innings of a 4-3 win at Fenway Park.

Hoping to protect a one-run lead, McGee entered the game to start the eighth, which felt like a repeat of Friday night, when David Ortiz drew an 11-pitch walk and Mike Napoli hit a game-winning two-run homer.

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Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Rays staged a late-game comeback to avoid a weekend sweep -- and their fourth consecutive loss -- by defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

As Tampa Bay trailed, 3-2, with one out in the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI ground-rule double off Junichi Tazawa tied the score. James Loney, who had an RBI double earlier, followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead.

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Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

Outfielder out four to six weeks with fractured left hand after HBP

Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

BOSTON -- Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after suffering a fractured left hand in Tampa Bay's 11-7 loss to Boston on Saturday. Outfielder Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

"Certainly wasn't [the best news on Saturday]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We got a phone call [after Souza's hand was X-rayed] that it is a fractured hand. Four to six weeks. Obviously not an ideal thing for us or him, because his at-bats are crucial right now. But he's going to go back to Tampa, probably get re-evaluated there in two or three weeks and we'll go from there."

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Rays hope Moore can find form in Triple-A

Club going with four-man rotation while working to get left-hander back on track

Rays hope Moore can find form in Triple-A

BOSTON -- Matt Moore will be optioned on Monday to Triple-A Durham, where the Rays hope the talented left-hander can get on track to resume his Major League career.

Moore won't be optioned until Monday due to a procedural matter, but he had already departed the Rays on Sunday. The team will go to a four-man rotation for the time being.

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Moore struggles early as Rays fall in Boston

Moore struggles early as Rays fall in Boston

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw celebrated his fifth callup this season from Triple-A Pawtucket with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and five runs scored to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts notched four hits in a game for the fifth time this season and drove in three. Rusney Castillo added three hits and three RBIs on a day the Red Sox had 16 hits.

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Rays recall veteran outfielder Sizemore

Rays recall veteran outfielder Sizemore

BOSTON -- The Rays recalled outfielder Grady Sizemore on Saturday after optioning Mikie Mahtook following Friday night's loss to the Red Sox.

"Grady Sizemore, brought him back up," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Mikie, he was optioned as we talked about yesterday. Mikie did a good job. But excited to have Grady back. That was a tough decision a couple of weeks ago to send him down. We just like the veteran presence, and when he's hitting, he seems to always give good at-bats. We're excited to have him back."

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Rays drop back-and-forth opener in Boston

Rays drop back-and-forth opener in Boston

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli clocked a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that just cleared the Green Monster to lift the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Rays on Friday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were down, 5-4, when Napoli belted Jake McGee's 96-mph fastball on a 2-2 count.

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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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No big moves, but Rays optimistic going forward

President of baseball ops Silverman likes makeup of club, looking forward to returns of Jennings, Smyly

No big moves, but Rays optimistic going forward

BOSTON -- No Major League talent joined the Rays by the time the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The final tally saw the Rays ship David DeJesus to the Angels for Minor League pitcher Eduar Lopez on Tuesday before sending Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Minor League right-handers Alexis Tapia and Chih-Wei Hu on Friday.

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McGee's rare hiccup costs Rays vs. Red Sox

McGee's rare hiccup costs Rays vs. Red Sox

BOSTON -- Jake McGee and David Ortiz have had many battles. Overpowering left-hander vs. a left-handed slugger, a timeless baseball classic.

The percentages fall heavily in favor of the left-hander who throws 97 mph. But that's not how their battle turned out Friday night. Though epic, Ortiz came away the winner, and his triumph in a protracted at-bat came back to bite McGee in the Rays' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox.

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Mahtook optioned to Triple-A after two-hit night

Outfielder summoned for one game; catcher Wilson claimed off waivers by Rangers

Mahtook optioned to Triple-A after two-hit night

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.

To replace Wilson's spot on the roster, the Rays recalled outfielder Mikie Mahtook from Durham. And Mahtook's fourth stint with the team proved to be a brief one. He played left field Friday night, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a double and two runs, then got optioned back to Durham after the Rays' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox. The Rays will make a corresponding move prior to Saturday afternoon's game.

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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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