Cash's early move to bullpen looms in loss

Rays' usually reliable relief corps hits rough patch against Orioles

Cash's early move to bullpen looms in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash's blueprint for victory in Friday night's win against the Orioles proved to be a recipe for defeat on Sunday afternoon, as the Rays dropped a 4-2 decision to the O's in the series finale at Tropicana Field.

In a nearly identical performance to the one submitted by starter Alex Colome on Friday, Nathan Karns threw five scoreless innings against a powerful Baltimore lineup on Sunday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four.

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Karns solid, but bullpen falters in finale

Karns solid, but bullpen falters in finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by a two-out, two-run single by Adam Jones, the Orioles used a three-run seventh inning to take the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Jones -- who tied a career high with four hits to raise his average to .402-- helped take Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen off the hook after a quality six-inning outing.

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Ailing knee forces Jennings to disabled list

Rays select outfielder Butler from Triple-A Durham

Ailing knee forces Jennings to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Sunday morning that Desmond Jennings has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

To take Jennings' place on the roster, the Rays selected outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

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Odorizzi leads Rays into series opener in Boston

Odorizzi leads Rays into series opener in Boston

Jake Odorizzi will oppose Clay Buchholz for the second time this season when the Rays and Red Sox begin a three-game series at Fenway Park on Monday night at 7:10 ET.

Odorizzi (2-2, 2.41 ERA) pitched effectively in his prior start against Boston, throwing 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball, allowing one earned run and striking out three in a game the Rays would go on to win, 2-1. On the season, the 25-year-old right-hander has produced four quality starts in five trips to the hill, allowing 21 hits in 33 2/3 innings, with 26 strikeouts, eight walks and a 0.86 WHIP.

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Archer has rare rough outing vs. O's

Despite struggles, righty maintains strong sense of perspective

Archer has rare rough outing vs. O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer came into Saturday night's matchup with the Baltimore Orioles riding a four-start stretch of brilliance in which the 26-year-old right-hander had thrown 26 2/3 consecutive innings with no earned runs, with 32 strikeouts and only five walks.

The pinpoint control that helped fuel Archer's run of dominance escaped him against the powerful Orioles, however, as the Rays dropped a 4-0 decision at Tropicana Field.

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Archer, Rays struggle as O's even series

Archer, Rays struggle as O's even series

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez fired a season-high 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore tied its "home" series with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Gonzalez held the Rays to four hits and one walk, striking out six to pick up his third win in four starts. The O's scored a trio of runs in the third inning, including a two-run double from Lakeland native Steve Pearce, and Caleb Joseph homered in the sixth.

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Colome sets tone as Rays take opener in 'away' game

Colome sets tone as Rays take opener in 'away' game

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays were technically the road team, but they looked right at home Friday night.

Tampa Bay used a solid return from starter Alex Colome and a pair of fourth-inning runs to top the Orioles, 2-0, in the series opener that was shifted from Camden Yards due to unrest in Baltimore.

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Colome throws five scoreless innings in 2015 debut

Righty strikes out six Orioles in first game since September

Colome throws five scoreless innings in 2015 debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- The starting rotation that the Rays envisioned when they drafted the blueprint for the 2015 season is beginning to take shape.

On the heels of two successful starts by recently activated left-hander Drew Smyly, Alex Colome provided the organization with an additional shot in the arm on Friday night against the Orioles.

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Rays donate new uniforms to local Little League squads

Club gives back to community by outfitting more than 5,500 area players, coaches

Rays donate new uniforms to local Little League squads

ST. PETERSBURG -- Supporting youth baseball is a priority for the Rays.

"Our mission is to energize our community through the magic of Rays baseball, and our support of youth baseball in Tampa Bay is just one example of creating that magic," Rays president Brian Auld said. "Youth baseball is the foundation of our growing fan base, and we want to ensure baseball thrives in Tampa Bay for generations to come."

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Aggressiveness earns Rays hard-fought win

Aggressiveness earns Rays hard-fought win

NEW YORK -- The Rays didn't hit the ball out of the infield in the 13th, but they managed to produce the winning run.

That run gave them a 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

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Loney helps Rays outlast Yankees in 13

Loney helps Rays outlast Yankees in 13

NEW YORK -- James Loney drove home Steven Souza Jr. with the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning, lifting the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium to avert a series sweep.

"The guys play hard," said Rays manager Kevin Cash after his team finished April with a 12-10 record. "They play hard for nine, they play hard for 13, 14 -- whatever is asked of them. They've done that for a month, and it's been impressive to watch."

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Series switch forces Rays to alter logistics on fly

Series switch forces Rays to alter logistics on fly

NEW YORK -- Bags resembling pockets formed under Chris Westmoreland's eyes on Wednesday morning. The Rays' traveling secretary's recent duties put them there.

"Yeah, I'm tired," Westmoreland said. "But it's part of the deal, you know."

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Rays send righty Andriese to Triple-A Durham

Rays send righty Andriese to Triple-A Durham

NEW YORK -- The Rays optioned right-hander Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. The team will make a corresponding move on Thursday.

Andriese, 25, made the team out of Spring Training. He appeared in five games, of which two were starts, and went 0-1 wiht a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings pitched.

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Rays hope to have Jennings back for weekend set vs. O's

Rays hope to have Jennings back for weekend set vs. O's

NEW YORK -- Desmond Jennings has been out of the lineup since leaving Saturday afternoon's game against Toronto with left knee soreness. Rays manager Kevin Cash is hopeful the outfielder will be back for this weekend's series against the Orioles.

The Rays have an off-day on Thursday before playing the Orioles as the road team at Tropicana Field beginning Friday in a series that had been scheduled to be played in Baltimore.

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Longoria seeking return trip to All-Star Game

Longoria seeking return trip to All-Star Game

NEW YORK -- Evan Longoria highlights the group of Rays players on the 2015 All-Star ballot.

Major League Baseball announced the players on the ballot on Wednesday morning.

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Balfour a free agent after release from Rays

Balfour a free agent after release from Rays

NEW YORK -- The Rays officially released Grant Balfour on Wednesday.

Balfour was designated for assignment on April 19 when the team selected Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham. The veteran reliever can now sign with any team that shows interest.

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MLB finds no tampering in Maddon's exit from Rays

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Cubs. The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.

In October, Maddon exercised an opt-out clause to manage the Rays in 2015, which made him a free agent to field unknown offers. Shortly thereafter, he signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cubs.

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Pectoral injury sends reliever Yates to disabled list

Pectoral injury sends reliever Yates to disabled list

NEW YORK -- The Rays placed reliever Kirby Yates on the Major League disabled list on Wednesday with a strained right pectoral muscle.

The right-hander began the season with the Rays, posting a 4.15 ERA in four appearances before being optioned to Triple-A Durham on April 17. Since then, he is 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA in three relief appearances for Durham.

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Odorizzi can't contain McCann in loss to Yankees

Odorizzi can't contain McCann in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann doubled twice and drove in three runs to help the Yankees continue their winning ways, powering a 4-2 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers' backstop slugged a run-scoring double as part of a two-run first inning, then connected for a two-run double in the fifth as he continued to pound Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 12 games, and all five meetings with the Rays.

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Cash takes blame for Odorizzi pitching to McCann in key spot

Yankees catcher hits big two-run double, continues to own Rays righty

Cash takes blame for Odorizzi pitching to McCann in key spot

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann owns Jake Odorizzi at this point in their respective careers.

Which made Rays manager Kevin Cash's decision to pitch to the Yankees catcher at a crucial juncture of Tuesday night's 4-2 loss even more perplexing, particularly after that decision backfired.

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O's to be home team at The Trop this weekend

Series against Rays relocates due to ongoing circumstances in Baltimore

O's to be home team at The Trop this weekend

NEW YORK -- The Rays will hand over the keys to Tropicana Field to the Orioles for their coming weekend series, which had to be relocated from Oriole Park due to the ongoing unrest and protests in Baltimore stemming from the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died on April 19 due to injuries allegedly suffered while in police custody.

Major League Baseball announced the change Tuesday afternoon. The Orioles will be considered, and will play as, the home team during the relocated games. Game times will be 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday, 1:35 p.m. on Sunday.

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Rays welcome Cedeno to bullpen, designate Teaford

Rays welcome Cedeno to bullpen, designate Teaford

NEW YORK -- The Rays acquired left-hander Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers for cash considerations on Monday. He joined the club Tuesday in New York, which prompted Tampa Bay to designate Everett Teaford for assignment to make room for Cedeno on the active roster.

Cedeno has experienced a whirlwind of activity the past week. On Wednesday, the Nationals traded Cedeno to the Dodgers for cash considerations. On Friday, the Dodgers designated him for assignment.

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Colome to make first start of season Friday

Colome to make first start of season Friday

NEW YORK -- Alex Colome will start for the Rays on Friday night against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Colome's first start of the season will give the rotation a much-needed blow after the way the season has started. Normally with off-days in the early going, members of the rotation get a start or two on an extra day of rest. That hasn't been the case with Tampa Bay's rotation, given its depleted numbers due to inuries.

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Gomes surrenders first runs since rejoining Rays

Right-hander walks Gardner with bases loaded, allows go-ahead homer to McCann

Gomes surrenders first runs since rejoining Rays

NEW YORK -- Brandon Gomes had been a rock until Monday night.

The Rays reliever walked in a run and gave up a solo home run to Brian McCann that turned out to be the difference in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

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Win streak snapped as bullpen falters in NY

Win streak snapped as bullpen falters in NY

NEW YORK -- The Yankees (12-8) took sole possession of first place in the American League East on Monday night with a 4-1 win over the Rays (11-9) at Yankee Stadium. It snapped Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak and pushed the Yankees' record to 4-0 against the Rays this season.

Brian McCann's solo home run off Brandon Gomes in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie. Carlos Beltran followed with a double to center and scored one out later when Stephen Drew doubled to right off Everett Teaford.

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Rays playing it safe with Jennings' ailing knee

Outfielder considered day to day; DL stint not expected

Rays playing it safe with Jennings' ailing knee

NEW YORK -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said the club intends to be careful with Desmond Jennings and his left knee.

"I think he's feeling better," Cash said. "He's a big part of what we're doing, and we need to get him healthy and back in the lineup. We don't want to rush anything right now."

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