Rays put in Moore work, earn first LA win

Rays put in Moore work, earn first LA win

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings and Evan Longoria slugged a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning as the Rays beat the Dodgers on Wednesday, 3-1, for the franchise's first win at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a long flight home," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the road-trip finale. "It's nice to have a 'W' under our belts. Matt Moore was outstanding, again. It's not hard to believe. But what he's done over here the last eight, nine, 10 starts has been really impressive."

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LoMo, Dickerson leave feet for ovation-worthy grabs

LoMo, Dickerson leave feet for ovation-worthy grabs

LOS ANGELES -- The outcome of Wednesday afternoon's Rays-Dodgers game could have gone either way in the seventh inning. What happened in that crucial frame went a long way toward breaking the Rays' four-game losing streak.

Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison came away the heroes for flashing the leather in the pivotal inning of the Rays' 3-1 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

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Moore extends impressive stretch amid trade talk

Lefty, who could be dealt by Monday's Deadline, gets through 6 in 10th straight start

Moore extends impressive stretch amid trade talk

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore slowly walked off the mound on a hot, humid Southern California day, with the sun bearing down. Aside from the spattering of Rays fans at Dodger Stadium cheering, it was largely unceremonious.

With trade rumors swirling around the Rays, and particularly Moore, Wednesday afternoon's start, a 3-1 win, quite possibly could have been the lefty's last for the team that drafted him more than nine years ago.

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Versatile slugger Pearce is a valuable trade chip

.564 slugging percentage against lefties since 2014 is among game's best

Versatile slugger Pearce is a valuable trade chip

At 39-61 after a 3-1 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, the Rays could do everything at the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, or nearly nothing. They could move Chris Archer, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome or even Evan Longoria and explode the industry. Or with only three impending free agents, two of whom are unlikely trade targets, they could simply sit tight and hope for better luck with the same core in 2017.

The one thing we know for nearly certain: Steve Pearce is going somewhere, since his one-year contract is nearly up. And since he's a fit for just about every single contender in baseball, the Rays might actually get a nice return for the relatively small $4.75 million they gave Pearce in January.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Odorizzi faces Yankees in last pre-Deadline start

Odorizzi faces Yankees in last pre-Deadline start

Jake Odorizzi is really looking forward to Monday, when he'll no longer have to answer questions about his spot on the trade block ahead of the non-waiver Deadline.

But before that, he's scheduled to start for the Rays on Friday when they host Ivan Nova and the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

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Pipeline preview: Honeywell is pitcher to watch

Pipeline preview: Honeywell is pitcher to watch

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

Hitter to watch: Dustin Fowler (Yankees' No. 10) Trenton vs. Altoona (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Rays seek answers as 1-run losses mount

Rays seek answers as 1-run losses mount

LOS ANGELES -- Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers marked the first time in franchise history that the Rays lost four straight games by just one run apiece. Six of the seven losses following the All-Star break have been by one run, leading to a mounting frustration by the team and manager Kevin Cash.

"I view it as a team that's not good enough," Cash said. "We're not good enough right now. We've got to figure out a way to win those ballgames. ... It seems like when those big moments in the game are coming, we're not getting it done."

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Archer turns in strong outing amid trade talk

Rays righty strikes out eight in loss to Dodgers

Archer turns in strong outing amid trade talk

LOS ANGELES -- If the Rays do decide to trade Chris Archer, the right-hander went out on a strong -- albeit, losing -- note, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Archer, who is in the middle of many trade rumors, made his 22nd start of the season and 115th of his Rays career in the 3-2 loss. Like many recent losses by Rays starters, he deserved a better fate.

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Archer thwarted by costly errors as rally falls short

Archer thwarted by costly errors as rally falls short

LOS ANGELES -- Scouts sent to watch Chris Archer on Tuesday night saw him outdueled by Bud Norris, as the Dodgers kept the heat on the first-place Giants with a 3-2 Interleague win over Tampa Bay.

Archer (5-14), whose rumored Trade Deadline destinations include Los Angeles, allowed three runs (two unearned) on four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. But Norris (5-9 overall and 3-2 with LA) allowed only two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and surpassed 1,000 career strikeouts, three nights after relieving in St. Louis and allowing a walk-off home run to Matt Adams in the 16th inning.

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Maile making most of chance behind plate

Catcher remains a position in flux for Rays

Maile making most of chance behind plate

LOS ANGELES -- Catching has been one of the most difficult positions for the Rays to fill, dating back to Devil Rays days.

The position remains in flux. Even Rays manager Kevin Cash, when asked about positions that are locked down for the present and immediate future, allowed "that specific one isn't." 

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Jennings could return for series vs. Royals

Rays outfielder goes 1-for-4 in first rehab assignment

Jennings could return for series vs. Royals

LOS ANGELES -- Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings played in his first rehab game Tuesday, as he works his way back from a hamstring strain sustained on June 30.

Jennings batted leadoff as the DH for Class A Advanced Charlotte and finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout against Jupiter. Barring any setbacks, Rays manager Kevin Cash hopes to have Jennings back early next week when Tampa Bay hosts Kansas City.

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Williams among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Williams among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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Rays lose fourth straight one-run game

Club leaves six men on base in last three innings vs. Dodgers

Rays lose fourth straight one-run game

LOS ANGELES -- The Rays had every chance to reverse a trend of close losses that has defined their struggles following the All-Star break. Tampa Bay had just two hits in the first six innings in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. When they finally found a way to hit, they couldn't figure out how to score.

Six men were left on base in the last three innings. In the seventh, two pinch-hitters stranded runners after a pair of one-out walks. In the eighth, after the first three batters got hits, the next three combined for two strikeouts and a popup. And in the ninth, with the tying run on second base and one out, the Rays struck out twice.

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Inbox: Will the Rays move Archer?

Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers questions from Tampa Bay fans

Inbox: Will the Rays move Archer?

Will the fact that Chris Sale now seems to be on the market affect what the Rays do in regards to trades? He's got to be considered the top pitcher on the market now.
-- Paul K., Brandon, Fla.

Rumors concerning Rays players have swirled throughout the Major Leagues this trade season, primarily because Tampa Bay is lower in the standings than the club has been in recent years. Prominent among the rumors are Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.

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Snell keeps Rays' rotation on stellar roll

Rookie hurls staff's 6th straight quality start

Snell keeps Rays' rotation on stellar roll

OAKLAND -- Some Rays fans might say it's about time. Others might suffice it to say it's nice to see the team's starters finally start to live up to lofty expectations.

Rookie southpaw Blake Snell added to the roll the Rays starters have enjoyed when he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the A's at the Oakland Colisieum.

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Whitley, Cobb continue to progress in rehabs

Rays pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgeries

Whitley, Cobb continue to progress in rehabs

OAKLAND -- Chase Whitley continued his rehab from Tommy John surgery on Sunday, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out one in two innings for Class A Advanced Charlotte against Brevard County.

Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked if Whitley, claimed off waivers from the Yankees in the offseason, had moved ahead of Alex Cobb in their progression toward a return to the Rays.

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Rays can't hold off A's, drop 3rd straight

Rays can't hold off A's, drop 3rd straight

OAKLAND -- Billy Butler's solo home run in the eighth proved to be the difference in the A's 3-2 win over the Rays Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

After losing the first game of the four-game series, the A's (45-54) won the final three over the Rays (38-60), taking the lead in the eighth inning or later of each win. They've won three consecutive series for the first time since 2014, and are 7-3 since the All-Star break.

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Williams among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Williams among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Colome stung by homers in first blown save

Colome stung by homers in first blown save

OAKLAND -- What wasn't supposed to happen did on Saturday night, as dependable closer Alex Colome was handed his first blown save in the Rays' 4-3 loss to the A's at the Oakland Coliseum.

"Just one of those outings," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "A little bit of a head-scratcher."

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Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

Rays closer recovering from left oblique strain

Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

OAKLAND -- Brad Boxberger made his third rehab appearance Saturday night for Class A Charlotte vs. Brevard County.

Boxberger, recovering from a left oblique injury, started the game and allowed a run on two hits, striking out one and throwing 14 strikes in 22 pitches.

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Rays stunned as A's homer twice off Colome

Rays stunned as A's homer twice off Colome

OAKLAND -- Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy homered in the ninth to hand Alex Colome his first blown save of the season as the A's stunned the Rays with a 4-3 win Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the A's third walk-off win in five games. 

"I don't think there's anything more fun than walk-off wins in baseball," said Healy, who was called up last Friday. "The fact we've been able to have so many in my short eight-day career just makes winning that much better." 

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Odorizzi 'outstanding,' but bad luck persists

Rays starter gets 12th no-decision after 8 shutout innings

Odorizzi 'outstanding,' but bad luck persists

OAKLAND -- Another no-decision for Jake Odorizzi on Friday night. Boy, did he deserve better.

"Odo was outstanding," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Archer makes special RBI visit in Oakland

Archer makes special RBI visit in Oakland

OAKLAND -- Chris Archer continued his work away from the field on Friday morning with another of his RBI visits.

This time he spoke to a group of about 50 youngsters from the Richmond YMCA Junior Giants in Oakland, along with other children who are involved with RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) in nearby Contra Costa County.

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Beckham ties Rays mark with 8-AB hit streak

Beckham ties Rays mark with 8-AB hit streak

OAKLAND -- Tim Beckham had an interesting day at the ballpark Thursday before and during the Rays' 7-3 win over the Athletics.

For starters, he played first base and trumping that unique event, he extended his hit streak to a team record-tying eight consecutive at-bats.

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Odorizzi spins gem, but Rays fall to A's in 13th

Odorizzi spins gem, but Rays fall to A's in 13th

OAKLAND -- Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea were at their best Friday night. And the pair did what Major League starters do when they're at the top of their game, they posted zeroes, lots of zeroes.

Ultimately, each came away with a no-decision despite matching up with eight scoreless innings and not a walk between them in the A's 1-0 win in 13 innings at the Oakland Coliseum. The loss snapped the Rays' three-game winning streak.

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Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Archer, Rays stay centered as rumors swirl

Archer, Rays stay centered as rumors swirl

OAKLAND -- Thursday proved to be Chris Archer's day to be front and center with regard to the trade rumor mill.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that the Dodgers were the favorite to acquire Archer via a trade before Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. According to Stark, a source told him there's a "70 percent" chance Archer goes to the Dodgers.

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Rays rock A's Gray, roll to 3rd straight win

Rays rock A's Gray, roll to 3rd straight win

OAKLAND -- The hot-hitting Rays took batting practice off of Sonny Gray, tagging the struggling A's starter for nine hits in a 7-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

Gray was responsible for all seven runs in just five innings, surrendering solo home runs to Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson ahead of a four-run attack in the fifth -- featuring five consecutive hits to open the frame -- that put the Rays ahead for good. They've plated 28 runs in their last three games.

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