Guyer homers, Smyly settles down in loss

Guyer homers, Smyly settles down in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Fernandez's struggles in the ballpark he came to as a high schooler are a thing of the past. Fernandez struck out 12 batters and allowed only one run in Miami's 9-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

The Rays' offense was stagnant all afternoon. A Brandon Guyer homer to left in the third was the only run that Tampa Bay scored. It was also the team's only extra-base hit.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Rays on Thursday.

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Rays squander chance vs. Jose, get chippy

Rays squander chance vs. Jose, get chippy

ST. PETERSBURG -- Few, if anybody, in the ballpark felt like the Marlins could be caught with a four-run lead in the fourth inning and dominating Jose Fernandez on the mound.

Alas, baseball can be unpredictable. The Rays gave themselves an early shot against the Marlins' ace. Ultimately, they didn't get it done in Thursday's 9-1 loss, but one moment led to a chippy exchange between Fernandez and Curt Casali.

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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.

Forsythe eyeing return first week of June

Second baseman on DL with hairline fracture of left scapula

Forsythe eyeing return first week of June

ST. PETERSBURG -- Logan Forsythe is feeling good and is optimistically looking toward the first week in June for his return to the Rays.

The Rays' second baseman, who sustained a hairline fracture of his left scapula and has been on the disabled list since May 14 (retroactive to May 10), told reporters on Thursday morning that he was feeling "much better."

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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.

Amidst rough patch, Archer faces rival Yanks

Amidst rough patch, Archer faces rival Yanks

Chris Archer looks to break out of his season-long slump when the Rays host Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday at Tropicana Field.

Archer is coming off the worst start of his career last Sunday against the Tigers, when he surrendered eight hits and six earned runs in just three innings. His ERA sits at 5.16. In the All-Star's career against the Yankees, Archer has a 5-2 record with a 2.25 ERA in 10 starts. With Tampa Bay's starting staff struggling to go deep in games, he knows it's time for him to get his season on track.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Supported during slump, LoMo rewards Rays' faith

Supported during slump, LoMo rewards Rays' faith

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays started their eight-game, three-city road trip on May 16, Logan Morrison was hitting .119. He didn't have any home runs. He didn't have a single RBI in 85 at-bats.

Since then, Morrison has figured it out. He's gone 15 for his last 27 at the plate, and connected on three home runs. The latest came in Tampa Bay's 4-3 loss to Miami at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite LoMo's heroics, Rays can't keep Fish down

Despite LoMo's heroics, Rays can't keep Fish down

ST. PETERSBURG -- Cole Gillespie's RBI single in the eighth drove home the go-ahead run to lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

J.T. Realmuto singled off Tyler Sturdevant to lead off the Marlins' eighth and moved to second on Chris Johnson's sacrifice bunt. Gillespie, who made his first start of the season with fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich out, then laced a single to right that scored Realmuto.

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Garton gets surprise callup; Beckham down

Rays add another arm to taxed 'pen; struggling shortstop optioned, Goebbert designated

Garton gets surprise callup; Beckham down

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Garton didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when Durham pitching coach Kyle Snyder called the righty into his office following Tuesday's game in Toledo. He had been planning to go over some of his pitches anyway.

He was oblivious when the Triple-A manager and pitching coach peppered him with questions about his role and his season. They told Garton that he'd been doing well, and then offered him a beer. At first, he was reluctant to accept it, because they'd lost 5-0 to the Mud Hens.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ciuffo among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ciuffo among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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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.

Odorizzi on batting: 'This is what we dream of'

Starter fans seven, drives in one with first Major League hit

Odorizzi on batting: 'This is what we dream of'

MIAMI -- Holding the opposition in check has proven to be the easy part for Jake Odorizzi more times than not. Picking up a win from it is another story.

The Rays starter threw five innings of shutout ball on Tuesday afternoon in a 4-3 win over the Marlins to gain a split of the two-game series at Marlins Park. Odorizzi allowed just two hits, one in each of the first two innings, walked three and struck out seven.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sturdevant records K in Major League debut

At 30, reliever is oldest Rays player to make first appearance since Childers in 2006

Sturdevant records K in Major League debut

MIAMI -- Rays reliever Tyler Sturdevant waited a long time for his opportunity, longer than most, but he finally made his Major League debut on Tuesday after parts of seven seasons in the Minors.

The 30-year-old Sturdevant put out a sixth-inning fire in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Marlins as the two Florida teams split the Miami half of the Citrus Series.

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Unlikely offense recharges Rays in win

Unlikely offense recharges Rays in win

MIAMI -- Logan Morrison remained hot against his former club, as the left-handed-hitting first baseman had three hits, a walk and scored twice on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Morrison made his Major League debut with the Florida Marlins in 2010 and spent four seasons with the club. He came into the game ninth in the American League with a .436 on-base percentage for May (minimum 50 plate appearances) after a .156 April -- last in the league. Over the past 13 games, Morrison has reached base 23 times in 42 plate appearances, and he has 12 walks in 17 games.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Rays raking homers, setting records

Rays raking homers, setting records

MIAMI -- Though they are certainly capable, it's still been something of a surprise to look up 42 games into the season and see that the Rays are leading the Major Leagues in home runs with 65.

It's the first time in club history that Tampa Bay has paced the Majors in home runs at this point in the season -- and the Rays have hit the most homers through 42 games since the 2011 Yankees also hit 65.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guyer, Souza Jr. have 3 hits in loss to Marlins

Guyer, Souza Jr. have 3 hits in loss to Marlins

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki, going strong at age 42, is energizing the Marlins. The veteran outfielder had four singles, one RBI and a run scored on Monday night, and he was in the heart of the club's eighth-inning rally that lifted Miami to a 7-6 win over the Rays at Marlins Park.

Trailing by a run in the eighth, Cole Gillespie lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly, and Martin Prado's RBI groundout brought in the go-ahead run. The Marlins claimed the first of their four-game, two-city Citrus Series with Tampa Bay.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Rays on Monday.

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Motter impresses in front of family, friends

Local product homers, drives in three against Marlins in loss

Motter impresses in front of family, friends

MIAMI -- It was nearly the perfect homecoming for Taylor Motter. With family and friends at Marlins Park to watch the pride of Palm Beach Gardens play in a Major League game, Motter was able to face the team he grew up watching.

That was when the Marlins played their home games at what is now Sun Life Stadium. He hadn't been back since the team moved to Marlins Park. Motter was on the other side of the diamond from the Marlins, though, in the Rays' dugout, for Monday's 7-6 loss in the first of a quick two-game set at Marlins Park, which concludes Tuesday afternoon.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moore's struggles continue in loss to Marlins

Left-hander allowed five runs and 10 hits as Rays drop opener

Moore's struggles continue in loss to Marlins

MIAMI -- Matt Moore's struggles continued on Monday against the Marlins. The Rays' left-hander lasted five innings, allowing five runs and 10 hits, as the Rays fell to the Marlins, 7-6.

Moore was trying to turn things around after starting the season with a 2.95 ERA over his first three starts, but he's only produced one quality start over his last four outings.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Kiermaier injured, Rays recall Mahtook

Outfielder had a big September on offense as a rookie last season

With Kiermaier injured, Rays recall Mahtook

DETROIT -- Mikie Mahtook might not be Kevin Kiermaier on defense, but the athletic outfielder -- recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace the Rays' standout center fielder -- might be a better contributor on offense.

Mahtook, 26, had six stints with the Rays and started 24 games at the three outfield spots in 2015. His final callup to the team came on Sept. 1, and from that point on, the Louisiana native showed the skills that enticed the Rays to select him in the first round of the 2011 Draft.

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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.

Archer struggles as Rays drop series finale

Archer struggles as Rays drop series finale

DETROIT -- The Tigers took the rubber match of their three-game series against the Rays on Sunday, winning for the sixth time in seven games, but it came at a price. Miguel Cabrera and Jordan Zimmermann both left the game with injuries, but not until after an early outburst off Rays ace Chris Archer provided all the necessary run support in a 9-4 win at Comerica Park.

The pitching duel between Archer and Zimmermann didn't last long. RBI hits from J.D. Martinez and Cabrera plated two runs before Archer recorded an out. Andrew Romine's RBI triple in the second continued the scoring before Cabrera's solo homer and Cameron Maybin's two-run single completed the damage in the third.

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

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Sonnanstine, Wieben to represent Rays at Draft

Sonnanstine, Wieben to represent Rays at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adames, Faria on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Adames, Faria on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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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.

Stuff is there for Archer, but results aren't

Rays righty allows six runs to Tigers in shortest outing since 2014

Stuff is there for Archer, but results aren't

DETROIT -- Chris Archer's enigmatic season continued on Sunday when he took his fifth loss of the year as the Rays fell, 9-4, to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Archer has shown great stuff throughout the current season. The results just haven't followed.

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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 to mix and match while Kiermaier is out

Center fielder broke two bones in his left hand

Rays to mix and match while Kiermaier is out

DETROIT -- Life must go on for the Rays without arguably the best defensive player in baseball, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

The Platinum and Gold Glove winner suffered two metacarpal fractures in his left hand on Saturday while diving for a ball in the Rays' 5-4 loss to the Tigers. Now the Rays must find the best outfield combinations to compensate for his loss.

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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 option reliever Geltz to Triple-A

Right-hander has allowed seven home runs in 17 appearances

Rays option reliever Geltz to Triple-A

DETROIT -- The Rays have optioned reliever Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham.

They announced the move after Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park. In a corresponding move, Tyler Sturdevant has been selected. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA and two saves in 14 appearances at Durham.

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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.

Kiermaier breaks 2 bones in left hand on dive

Rays' CF to be re-evaluated Monday in St. Petersburg; Mahtook to be recalled

Kiermaier breaks 2 bones in left hand on dive

DETROIT -- Kevin Kiermaier broke for the ball, thought he had a chance, and dove. What happened next could severely impact the Rays' season.

"I think my glove just caught the ground and my momentum kept going with it," Kiermaier said. "I heard a crack right away."

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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.

Faria among top prospect performers Saturday

Cubs' prospect has career-high seven RBIs in win

Faria among top prospect performers Saturday

Double-A Tennessee pulled off a dramatic comeback win Saturday night as they scored nine times in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Biloxi, 10-9.

At the center of the Smokies' late-inning rallies was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth en route to driving in a career-high seven runs.

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Rallying Rays lose game, Kiermaier in Detroit

Rallying Rays lose game, Kiermaier in Detroit

DETROIT -- James McCann beat his old college teammate, Drew Smyly, for a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning, sending his current Tigers teammate, Michael Fulmer, to a victory in Detroit's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday at Comerica Park.

For the Rays, the game wasn't the only loss, as Kevin Kiermaier left with a fractured left hand after diving for a bloop single in center field.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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100-win dash: Cash honored after milestone

Manager reaches triple digits in victories faster than any skipper in Rays history

100-win dash: Cash honored after milestone

DETROIT -- Kevin Cash achieved his 100th career managerial win Friday night as the Rays defeated the Tigers, 7-5, at Comerica Park.

Cash, 38, reached the milestone in his 201st game as manager of the team, reaching triple digits faster than any skipper in club history.

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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 biding time, look forward to hitting stride

Club 'not comfortable' hovering around .500, but confident all pieces will come together

Rays biding time, look forward to hitting stride

DETROIT -- Hovering around the .500 mark isn't where the Rays want to be. On the other hand, given their situation, it's not a bad place to be, either.

"It's encouraging," Chris Archer said. "And the reason why is if you play .500 baseball for five months of the season and then one month you go off, say you win 17 out of 27, I think that's where the separator is really going to be."

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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.