Odorizzi, Ramirez to duel as Rays host Angels

Odorizzi, Ramirez to duel as Rays host Angels

Right-handers Jake Odorizzi and JC Ramirez are set to battle on Monday night as the Rays and Angels meet for the first of a four-game series at Tropicana Field.

Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA over seven starts this season for Tampa Bay and earned a victory in his last start against the Indians on Tuesday after allowing four runs over six innings. He is winless in four career starts against the Angels, going 0-3 with a 6.98 ERA.

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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.

Archer's 12-K start not enough vs. Yankees

Archer's 12-K start not enough vs. Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge preserved the lead with a sensational diving catch as the Yankees withstood Chris Archer's season-high 12 strikeouts, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Gardner's second-inning blast was his eighth homer in the past 20 games, exceeding his total for all of 2016. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Archer, who permitted six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings while accepting his second straight loss.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays on Sunday.

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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.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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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.

Rehabbing calf, Hunter's arm looks good

Rays reliever throws another bullpen session, moves closer to return from strain

Rehabbing calf, Hunter's arm looks good

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter threw a bullpen session early Saturday afternoon, but manager Kevin Cash said there's no timetable for when he will return from his right calf strain.

Hunter threw over 25 pitches to injured shortstop Matt Duffy and infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez during the session. The reliever, who is in his first year with the Rays, impressed before landing on the 10-day disabled list, posting a 1.08 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in his first 10 appearances.

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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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Longo's 4th hit trumps Yanks' rally, lifts Rays

Longo's 4th hit trumps Yanks' rally, lifts Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria enjoyed another big night against the Yankees, tying his career high with a four-hit performance that included a tiebreaking eighth-inning single, which lifted the Rays to a 5-4 victory on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria's 102 RBIs against the Yankees are the most of any active player against them, and he added to that tally by driving home Derek Norris with a single to left field off Tyler Clippard. It was Longoria's seventh career four-hit game, coming after he began the game in an 0-for-12 skid.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Rookie Robertson set to step in at second

Cash expects big things from infielder now that Miller's on DL and he's a starter

Rookie Robertson set to step in at second

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays infielder Daniel Robertson got the start at second base against the Yankees on Friday, and manager Kevin Cash is excited that the 23-year-old rookie will have a chance to play regularly with Brad Miller on the disabled list.

Robertson, who was batting .183 with three home runs in 24 games entering Friday, has played at second base, third base, shortstop and left field this season.

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Tolleson out for year after TJ surgery

Tolleson out for year after TJ surgery

ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Shawn Tolleson had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will be out for at least the next 12 months. Tolleson, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rays in the offseason, opened the season on the 60-day disabled list.

"Obviously, I hope everything goes well for him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's going to be lengthy rehab situation for him. To my knowledge he will rehab in Dallas."

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Rays acquire INF/OF Martinez from Indians

The Rays acquired infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from the Indians on Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Martinez can immediately join the active roster because the Rays made another move Thursday, placing second baseman Brad Miller on the disabled list. Miller, who has a left abdominal strain, hasn't played since May 15. His DL stint is backdated to that date.

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Inbox: Beckham the Rays' future at keystone?

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions from fans

Inbox: Beckham the Rays' future at keystone?

With the impending return of Matt Duffy at shortstop, is it a given that Brad Miller will remain at second base? This is the first year that Tim Beckham has had a chance to be an everyday player, and I love what I see. Could he become the Rays' second baseman of the future?
-- Jerry H., Largo, Fla.

Good question, and certainly the Rays will be considering all possibilities. First, let's wait and see when Duffy actually returns. He's headed back to Tropicana Field to be re-evaluated on Friday, and he did not play on Wednesday for Class A Advanced Charlotte as originally intended. If Duffy comes back any time soon, I think it's likely that we will see Beckham playing more outfield rather than second base. The initial plan this spring called for Beckham to get used to playing the outfield, a new position for him. Given his speed and arm, Beckham moving to the outfield appears to be a relatively simple transition on paper. Once it became clear that Duffy would not be returning before the start of the season, manager Kevin Cash made sure to give Beckham as many reps as he could at shortstop.

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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.

Rays set club mark for HRs in 3-game series

Dickerson, Morrison and Sucre go deep to cap off 10-homer effort

Rays set club mark for HRs in 3-game series

CLEVELAND -- Home runs are a big part of the Rays' offense. Still, 10 in three games against the Indians?

On Monday night, Tampa Bay hit two home runs and lost. On Tuesday night, the club hit five and won. And in Wednesday afternoon's 7-4 win, it topped off the trip to "The Land" with three more to establish a team record for a three-game series.

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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.

Record-setting jacks back Cobb, claim series

Record-setting jacks back Cobb, claim series

CLEVELAND -- While Rays starter Alex Cobb limited the damage on Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Bay's offense did plenty of its own in a 7-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. Behind three more home runs, the Rays took two out of three in the series against Cleveland.

"Obviously a great series," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a pretty challenging task to go into Boston and come here and find a way to have a winning road trip. I'm really happy and proud of the way the guys went about it, especially after losing the first game here."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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.

Kiermaier robs homer to end ballgame

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Kiermaier robs homer to end ballgame

You may have noticed that Kevin Kiermaier didn't exactly look like Kevin Kiermaier during a recent series against the Royals -- making two rare miscues on base hits.

Well, fear not, my friends, for this is Kevin James Kiermaier, a Gold Glover who has a history of making the impossible look routine -- diving backwards for long fly balls and even getting paintings commissioned of his plays. Sometimes, because he's so comfortable out in center field, his most relaxing moments are lying like this across the Tropicana Field fence.

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Rays happy to have southpaw Alvarado in 'pen

Fireballer bypassed Triple-A, posted 3.68 ERA in first seven games

Rays happy to have southpaw Alvarado in 'pen

CLEVELAND -- Jose Alvarado hasn't been with the Rays long, but he's already making a big impression with his strong left arm.

Tampa Bay recalled Alvarado from Double-A Montgomery on May 3. Entering Wednesday's series finale against the Indians, he was 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA in seven games, including a two-inning stint on Tuesday night in which he retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. That effectively bridged the gap to closer Alex Colome, who got the final three outs of the Rays' 6-4 win.

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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.

Rays power up five times in win over Indians

Rays power up five times in win over Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Rays entered Tuesday's game against the Indians fifth in the American League with 51 home runs. Once again, the team's power was on full display, as Tampa Bay combined to hit a season-high five homers to back starter Jake Odorizzi and defeat the Indians, 6-4, at Progressive Field.

Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson led the way with two solo homers off Indians starter Danny Salazar. Tim Beckham connected for a two-run home run off reliever Shawn Armstrong, and Colby Rasmus and Derek Norris both added solo shots off Salazar.

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

William Kosileski is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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Dickerson's performance #ASGWorthy for Rays

Comfortable out of leadoff spot, outfielder hits two homers vs. Cleveland

Dickerson's performance #ASGWorthy for Rays

CLEVELAND -- Corey Dickerson has adjusted to the American League, the DH, and just about anything else that might have hindered the Rays slugger in the past.

Tuesday night, Dickerson highlighted the Rays' 6-4 win over the Indians by hitting two of the team's five home runs -- one of them was a 449-foot blast that ranks as the longest of the 56 home runs the Rays have hit this season.

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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.

De Leon throws five hitless frames

De Leon throws five hitless frames

The New York Mets organization welcomed back one of its better pitching prospects on Tuesday as right-hander Marcos Molina returned from a nearly 21-month absence to hurl four innings of one-run ball for Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

The Mets' No. 13 prospect last pitched in a Minor League game on Aug. 17, 2015, also with St. Lucie, at the end of a season that saw him battle elbow issues throughout and log just 40 innings. Those elbow issues would lead to Tommy John surgery for Molina, costing him the entire 2016 season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickerson hits HR that lands over CF trees

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Dickerson hits HR that lands over CF trees

When the Rays traded for Corey Dickerson prior to the 2016 campaign, they hoped that his power would translate from Coors Field to wherever he went. After 24 homers last year and a terrific start to 2017, it sure seems like the Rays have nothing to worry about.

Dickerson's red-hot play continued during Tampa Bay's 6-4 victory on Tuesday night in Cleveland. He homered twice to bring his total up to eight on the season already. The second blast in particular was a titanic shot that incredibly went over the trees in center field.

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Archer shakes off control struggles in outing

Right-hander walked six batters, gave up six earned runs over five IP

Archer shakes off control struggles in outing

CLEVELAND -- The strike zone proved to be an elusive target for Chris Archer on Monday night.

In the five innings Archer worked against the Indians, just 57 of the 101 pitches he threw went for strikes. That translated to an uncharacteristic six walks, a five-run first, and the second loss of the season for the talented right-hander.

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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.

Rays battle back, come up just short vs. Tribe

Rays battle back, come up just short vs. Tribe

CLEVELAND -- What was billed as a pitchers' duel between Carlos Carrasco and Chris Archer developed into an offensive battle for the Indians and Rays on Monday at Progressive Field. Thanks to a five-run first inning and some strong work from their bullpen, the Indians topped the Rays, 8-7, and overcame an injury to Carrasco.

"Of course we don't ever want to see our starters come out early," Indians reliever Boone Logan said. "But, we've got the arms down there to pick up the innings. That's what we did tonight."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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

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'Alright!' McConaughey takes in Rays game

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'Alright!' McConaughey takes in Rays game

The Indians were taking on the Rays on Monday night, alright? The Indians won, 8-7, and Lonnie Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor both hit home runs, alright? Brad Miller got three hits while continuing to use a pink bat, alright?

That's now three "alrights," in three consecutive sentences. What does that get us? It gets us movie star/fanny pack enthusiast Matthew McConaughey wearing an "alright" hat. He was taking in the game while filming a movie in the area this month.

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Erasmo slots into rotation in place of Snell

Erasmo slots into rotation in place of Snell

CLEVELAND -- In the wake of Rays left-handed starter Blake Snell being optioned to Triple-A Durham, the Rays are in need of a starting pitcher to take his spot in the rotation.

That starter was revealed before Monday's game against the Indians, as Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that right-hander Erasmo Ramirez will fill the open rotation spot.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.