Moore feels 'normal' in return to mound

In first outing since April 2014, Rays lefty starts strong, then tails off

Moore feels 'normal' in return to mound

ST. PETERSBURG -- As he prepared to make his first start for the Rays since April 7, 2014, Matt Moore reflected on the 451-day process it took to get him back on a Major League mound.

"Just certain feelings that you get throughout the day when it's your turn to pitch," Moore said after the Rays' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field. "You don't get those on any other day. I would say that at some point this morning, putting my shoes on and just heading to the field, understand this is my turn, a little over 14 months [after the injury], it felt good."

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Rays rally, but lose finale on late HR

Rays rally, but lose finale on late HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Moore made his first start for the Rays since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, but a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning Thursday spoiled the left-hander's return and gave the Indians a 5-4 victory to complete a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

"We needed it," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You can't come into a series getting ahead of yourself, but we needed to get greedy today. You win three and it's easy to go, 'Well, three out of four.' But, we needed to win today and that was a hard one to win. We've got to keep going. This can't be, we take a deep breath, we've played a good series. We've got to get after it."

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Offense perks up after no-hit scares

Rays plate early runs off Kluber, but can't solve Tribe's bullpen in finale

Offense perks up after no-hit scares

ST. PETERSBURG -- After thwarting three consecutive no-hit bids in the late innings, the Rays' offense showed signs of life Thursday in their 5-4 loss to the Indians at Tropicana Field.

For the first time in the four-game series, the Rays grabbed a hit in their first trip through the order when Joey Butler delivered a one-out single in the opening frame off reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Evan Longoria and Grady Sizemore tacked on to make it three straight singles, the latter staking the Rays to an early 1-0 lead.

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Archer leads Rays against Tanaka, Yankees

Archer leads Rays against Tanaka, Yankees

As one of the brightest pitching stars to come out of Japan, Masahiro Tanaka has not experienced many stretches in which he's had problems to figure out. The Yankees' right-hander is in one of those situations right now.

Having permitted a career-high three homers in each of his previous two starts, Tanaka will attempt to correct his issues as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium, opposed by Tampa Bay ace right-hander Chris Archer. In four starts this season at home, Tanaka is 2-2 with a 5.57 ERA. Meanwhile, in six road starts this season, Archer is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA, which is the lowest road ERA in the Major Leagues.

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Cash happy to get Loney back in lineup

Rays first baseman returns from broken finger

Cash happy to get Loney back in lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays first baseman James Loney will make his return to the lineup this weekend after he was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list following the Rays' 5-4 loss to the Indians on Thursday.

Loney had been sidelined since May 25 after he fractured his left middle finger sliding as he attempted to steal third.

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

Be careful where you park when Terry Francona's around. Before the Indians finished sweeping the Rays during a four-game series on Thursday, Francona and another unidentified "uniformed" Cleveland player and/or coach stole into the parking lot and wrote "Zep says hi" on Kevin Cash's car. Which likely stands for Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski.

It certainly makes sense that Rzepczynski and Francona would be behind the prank -- after all, Cash was the Indians bullpen coach for the last two years before moving to Tampa. 

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Rays fall as Butler breaks up no-no in 9th

Rays fall as Butler breaks up no-no in 9th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a slider to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.

Carrasco was unable to complete a no-hitter, but the pitcher settled for an overpowering one-hitter that led Cleveland to an 8-1 victory on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Butler erased Carrasco's perfect game with a walk in the seventh inning and then dashed the righty's bid for a no-no with an RBI single to right-center field with two outs -- and an 0-2 count -- in the ninth.

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Cash played role in Carrasco's development

Rays manager helped right-hander turn '14 season around as Indians bullpen coach

Cash played role in Carrasco's development

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.

Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay's young manager, swallowed hard. He felt good and bad at the same time. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, with an overpowering pitching performance, came within one strike of no-hitting the slumping Rays in Wednesday night's 8-1 loss before Butler's two-out hit in the ninth inning.

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Home remedy: Rays medical staff helps Moore return

Home remedy: Rays medical staff helps Moore return

After his April 2014 Tommy John surgery, Matt Moore spent 42 of the following 45 weeks leading into Spring Training rehabbing a minimum of five days a week at Tropicana Field under the direction of Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and his staff.

April 7, 2014. Matt Moore knew it was going to take a special effort to win his second start of the season. He was sick, requiring a dose of Dayquil earlier and a teaspoon every other inning to help him through his outing on that windswept night in Kansas City. But as the game entered the fifth inning, it wasn't a chest cold that ended his outing.

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The Butler did it! 9th-inning hit denies history

Slayer of Carrasco's no-no says knock is a confidence-builder for Rays

The Butler did it! 9th-inning hit denies history

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 8-1 Rays loss to the Indians earmarked as the final out of a no-hitter by Tribe right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

"Well, obviously, I had nothing to lose with him being the one with the no-hitter," Butler said. "I'm pretty sure he was a lot more nervous than I was, but at the same time, we had a battle and I got a good pitch."

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Odorizzi 'encouraged' by first rehab outing

Odorizzi 'encouraged' by first rehab outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi made his first rehab start on Wednesday at Class A Advanced Charlotte, tossing 57 pitches over four innings while allowing one run, walking one and striking out two. Odorizzi has been on the disabled list since June 9 (retroactive to June 6) with a left oblique strain.
 
"This is my first time doing a rehab assignment, so it probably went about as well as it could," Odorizzi said. "My arm felt really good, the breaking pitches were really good -- I was surprised with the sharpness after not pitching for three weeks, and it felt like I hadn't skipped a beat. So it was a great sign."
 
Odorizzi reported no pain from the outing and said that it would not take more than one more rehab start -- if that -- before he'll be able to return to the Rays' rotation.
 
"I feel like the stuff I had today, I could have taken into today's [Rays] game and been perfectly fine and out there doing normal things," Odorizzi said. "I was really encouraged with how everything went."
 
The Stone Crabs -- or "Port Charlotte Rays," as Odorizzi called them -- also had John Jaso and James Loney in the starting lineup. Loney (fractured left middle finger) went 2-for-3 before being pulled in the middle of the fifth, and Jaso (left wrist contusion) went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three strikeouts in Charlotte's 5-2 victory over Bradenton.

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Rays sign first-round Draft pick Whitley

18-year-old outfielder gets full slot value of $2,962,100 as No. 13 selection

Rays sign first-round Draft pick Whitley

ST. PETERSBURG -- Garrett Whitley's life has been a whirlwind since the Rays selected him with the No. 13 pick overall, in the 2015 Draft.

Whitley, 18, first had to graduate from Niskayuna (N.Y.) High School. Next came the physical with the Rays. Then he signed on the dotted line Tuesday for $2,962,100, which is the full slot value for the No. 13 pick. And, finally, the five-tool outfielder put on a uniform and took batting practice at Tropicana Field.

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Rays fall despite Ramirez's strong outing

Rays fall despite Ramirez's strong outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar silenced the Rays' bats and his Indians teammates clubbed three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Salazar started for the Indians and was perfect through five innings before walking Asdrubal Cabrera to start the sixth. Two outs later, Curt Casali broke up the no-hit bid with a double to left-center. Cabrera also struck for an RBI double against the Indians right-hander in the eighth inning.

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Ramirez sharp in return from groin injury

Right-hander fans seven over 5 2/3 innings in loss to Indians

Ramirez sharp in return from groin injury

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez made a healthy return to the mound Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Rays, the right-hander's work went for naught in the Rays' 6-2 loss to the Indians at Tropicana Field.

"I thought Erasmo was outstanding for having the nine, 10 days off, whatever he had," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He was really sharp. He probably ran out of gas, but he got us the length, kind of what we needed."

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Rays option Yates, DFA Belisario

Pitchers Riefenhauser, Guilmet recalled from Triple-A

Rays option Yates, DFA Belisario

ST. PETERSBURG -- Following Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Indians, the Rays optioned right-hander Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham and designated right-hander Ronald Belisario for assignment.

The Rays also recalled left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser and right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A. Riefenhauser is 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in five appearances for the Rays this season and Guilmet is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two appearances.

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Rays' Loney rehabs as DH in Class A

First baseman returns to the batter's box on Tuesday with Port Charlotte

Rays' Loney rehabs as DH in Class A

ST. PETERSBURG -- First baseman James Loney, who has been sidelined since May 25 with a fractured left middle finger, continued his road back to the Rays' lineup Tuesday as he began a rehab assignment with Class A Port Charlotte.

Loney got the start at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 in the Stone Crabs' 12-2 loss to Clearwater.

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Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

Former All-Star with Cleveland homers in 7th for Rays' first hit in loss to Tribe

Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- The three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger that Grady Sizemore amassed over his eight-year career with the Indians has made him a beloved figure in Cleveland.

City icon or not, though, Indians manager Terry Francona could have gone without the solo home run the outfielder hit in the seventh inning of the Indians' 7-1 victory over the Rays to break up Cody Anderson's perfect game bid.

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Rays shut down again by Anderson, Tribe

Rays shut down again by Anderson, Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie right-hander Cody Anderson handcuffed the Rays, while the Indians' offense had 13 hits in a 7-1 win on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Making his second career Major League start, Anderson retired the first 19 batters he faced before Grady Sizemore homered on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh to spoil his perfect-game bid.

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Karns battles way through quality start

Right-hander fans seven and allows two runs over six innings Monday vs. Tribe

Karns battles way through quality start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Nathan Karns battled Monday night and deserved better than a loss for his effort.

"I thought Karnsy, for not having really good stuff, or his best stuff, he really battled," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Sizemore has three hits in Rays' debut

Batting second as DH, veteran delivers RBI single; Andriese optioned to Triple-A to open roster spot

Sizemore has three hits in Rays' debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- Grady Sizemore got his first start for the Rays and banged out three hits in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox after being selected from Class A Charlotte.

To make room on the active roster, the Rays optioned right-hander Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham. Desmond Jennings was moved to the 60-day disabled list to get Sizemore on the 40-man roster.

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Archer hurt by HRs in loss to Red Sox

Archer hurt by HRs in loss to Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox used three home runs and a solid start from Justin Masterson to earn a 5-3 win over the Rays in Sunday afternoon's rubber game at Tropicana Field.

Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza hit solo home runs off Rays starter Chris Archer in the second and David Ortiz added a two-run homer in the fourth. Archer allowed five earned runs, the most he's given up since May 7 against the Rangers.

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Once again, Archer can't corral Red Sox

Rays ace allows three HRs, falls to 1-6 against Boston

Once again, Archer can't corral Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox continue to be Chris Archer's No. 1 nemesis.

Boston clubbed three home runs off Tampa Bay's ace right-hander in the Rays' 5-3 loss Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

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Rays ride homers, Andriese to defeat Red Sox

Rays ride homers, Andriese to defeat Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays belted three homers and got a stellar start from rookie Matt Andriese to snap a two-game losing streak in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Andriese retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced over six scoreless innings to pick up the win. The right-hander was backed up by the bullpen effort of Jake McGee, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger, who combined to pitch the final three innings.

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Elmore's homer lands in hallowed grounds

Elmore's homer lands in hallowed grounds

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Elmore went to the shrine on Saturday afternoon and came away with a two-run homer that paved the way for a 4-1 Rays win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

"He seems to get some really big hits at important times," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Andriese turns in dazzling start vs. Red Sox

Andriese turns in dazzling start vs. Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Flexibility has been critical for Matt Andriese this season. He's been a starter and reliever at Triple-A Durham and the big league level.

On Saturday afternoon, Andriese had his finest moment of the season when he started and got the decision in the Rays' 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

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Beckham activated, optioned to Triple-A

Beckham activated, optioned to Triple-A

ST. PETERSBURG -- Infielder Tim Beckham was reinstated off the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Beckham, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 Draft, suffered a strained right hamstring while running out a ground ball in a 3-0 win over the Orioles on May 30. He was placed on the disabled list the next day.

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