Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

Outfielder out four to six weeks with fractured left hand after HBP

Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

BOSTON -- Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after suffering a fractured left hand in Tampa Bay's 11-7 loss to Boston on Saturday. Outfielder Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

"Certainly wasn't [the best news on Saturday]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We got a phone call [after Souza's hand was X-rayed] that it is a fractured hand. Four to six weeks. Obviously not an ideal thing for us or him, because his at-bats are crucial right now. But he's going to go back to Tampa, probably get re-evaluated there in two or three weeks and we'll go from there."

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Rays hope Moore can find form in Triple-A

Club going with four-man rotation while working to get left-hander back on track

Rays hope Moore can find form in Triple-A

BOSTON -- Matt Moore will be optioned on Monday to Triple-A Durham, where the Rays hope the talented left-hander can get on track to resume his Major League career.

Moore won't be optioned until Monday due to a procedural matter, but he had already departed the Rays on Sunday. The team will go to a four-man rotation for the time being.

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Moore struggles early as Rays fall in Boston

Moore struggles early as Rays fall in Boston

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw celebrated his fifth callup this season from Triple-A Pawtucket with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and five runs scored to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts notched four hits in a game for the fifth time this season and drove in three. Rusney Castillo added three hits and three RBIs on a day the Red Sox had 16 hits.

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Rays recall veteran outfielder Sizemore

Rays recall veteran outfielder Sizemore

BOSTON -- The Rays recalled outfielder Grady Sizemore on Saturday after optioning Mikie Mahtook following Friday night's loss to the Red Sox.

"Grady Sizemore, brought him back up," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Mikie, he was optioned as we talked about yesterday. Mikie did a good job. But excited to have Grady back. That was a tough decision a couple of weeks ago to send him down. We just like the veteran presence, and when he's hitting, he seems to always give good at-bats. We're excited to have him back."

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Smyly, Jennings move closer to returns

Rays lefty allows five runs in second rehab start; outfielder begins rehab assignment

Smyly, Jennings move closer to returns

BOSTON -- Drew Smyly and Desmond Jennings continued to make progress Friday night in their bids to return to the Rays from the disabled list.

Smyly (torn left labrum) made his second start on his rehab assignment, earning a no-decision in Class A Advanced Charlotte's 9-7 loss at Lakeland. The left-hander allowed five runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and surrendering a home run.

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Rays drop back-and-forth opener in Boston

Rays drop back-and-forth opener in Boston

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli clocked a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that just cleared the Green Monster to lift the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Rays on Friday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were down, 5-4, when Napoli belted Jake McGee's 96-mph fastball on a 2-2 count.

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Rays deal Jepsen to Twins for 2 pitching prospects

Rays deal Jepsen to Twins for 2 pitching prospects

BOSTON -- The Rays traded Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Minor League pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We added two young pitchers to our system," said Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman. "Two arms that we like. We always like to have pitching depth and pitching talent. And that was a key motivator in this deal."

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No big moves, but Rays optimistic going forward

President of baseball ops Silverman likes makeup of club, looking forward to returns of Jennings, Smyly

No big moves, but Rays optimistic going forward

BOSTON -- No Major League talent joined the Rays by the time the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The final tally saw the Rays ship David DeJesus to the Angels for Minor League pitcher Eduar Lopez on Tuesday before sending Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Minor League right-handers Alexis Tapia and Chih-Wei Hu on Friday.

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McGee's rare hiccup costs Rays vs. Red Sox

McGee's rare hiccup costs Rays vs. Red Sox

BOSTON -- Jake McGee and David Ortiz have had many battles. Overpowering left-hander vs. a left-handed slugger, a timeless baseball classic.

The percentages fall heavily in favor of the left-hander who throws 97 mph. But that's not how their battle turned out Friday night. Though epic, Ortiz came away the winner, and his triumph in a protracted at-bat came back to bite McGee in the Rays' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox.

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Mahtook optioned to Triple-A after two-hit night

Outfielder summoned for one game; catcher Wilson claimed off waivers by Rangers

Mahtook optioned to Triple-A after two-hit night

BOSTON -- The Rays' roster saw a lot of activity on Friday, the day that also saw Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline pass. Bobby Wilson, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, was designated for assignment on Thursday. The Rangers then claimed the veteran catcher off waivers.

To replace Wilson's spot on the roster, the Rays recalled outfielder Mikie Mahtook from Durham. And Mahtook's fourth stint with the team proved to be a brief one. He played left field Friday night, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a double and two runs, then got optioned back to Durham after the Rays' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox. The Rays will make a corresponding move prior to Saturday afternoon's game.

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Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

Right-hander confident in stuff, retires first 19 batters he faces

Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer was overpowering Wednesday afternoon in his 22nd start of the season, bringing the kind of stuff one needs to pitch a perfect game.

Unfortunately for Archer and the Rays, he came up short by eight batters in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Archer flirts with perfecto, but Rays fall

Archer flirts with perfecto, but Rays fall

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.

Trailing 1-0 and facing the prospect of an Archer perfect game, the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the seventh after Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera booted what appeared to be a sure double-play ball with one out in the inning. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos followed with RBI singles to put Detroit up, 2-1.

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Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

Center fielder makes impressive catch to temporarily keep ace's perfect game alive

Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier has always been able to cover a lot of ground, but in the sixth inning of the Rays' 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay's center fielder used his speed in the field in an effort to maintain perfection.

When Detroit catcher James McCann stepped to the plate in the sixth, Chris Archer had retired the first 16 batters he faced. But on a 3-2 slider, McCann jolted one to deep center, and Kiermaier responded by making a beeline toward the wall.

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Goeddel smashes three solo shots for Biscuits

Rays No. 25 prospect records his second career multi-homer game in Double-A Montgomery's win

Goeddel smashes three solo shots for Biscuits

Tyler Goeddel had his second career multi-homer game by the sixth inning of Double-A Montgomery's 4-3 win over Tennessee on Thursday, but he wasn't done.

The Rays' No. 25 prospect on the newly updated Top 30 list smacked his third home run of the night in the eighth inning, giving the Biscuits a one-run lead they would not relinquish. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

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Rays call up catcher Wilson from Triple-A Durham

Rays call up catcher Wilson from Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have called up catcher Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Durham to fill the vacant roster spot left behind after outfielder David DeJesus was traded to the Angels on Tuesday.

The move places a third catcher on Tampa Bay's roster to give the club "some options" with Rene Rivera starting at catcher for the first time since Friday, and Curt Casali remaining in the lineup as the designated hitter.

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Smyly continues progressing toward return

Smyly continues progressing toward return

ST. PETERSBURG -- Drew Smyly will continue his rehab Friday with a yet-to-be-determined Rays Minor League affiliate.

"Smyly's pitching, I just don't know where," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "They're going to factor in weather and all that stuff."

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Encore: Casali on historic homer tear for Rays

Encore: Casali on historic homer tear for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali's stats line for the Rays' 10-2 victory over the Tigers Tuesday matched his Monday stats line to a tee.

But Casali's most recent 3-for-4, two-homer game proved to be the most memorable of the two for both sentimental and historical reasons.

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Casali's 2nd straight multi-HR game leads Rays

Casali's 2nd straight multi-HR game leads Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali homered twice for the Rays again Tuesday to propel Tampa Bay to a 10-2 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Casali's first home run of the night was a two-run shot in the fourth that extended the Rays' lead to 4-1 after an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double broke a 1-1 tie the at-bat before. Two innings later, the catcher accomplished a rare feat by smacking a solo home run to give him back-to-back multi-home run games. Evan Longoria added a home run of his own in the eighth to spark a five-run inning.

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Silverman gains flexibility with DeJesus deal

Trade not indicating Rays are sellers at Deadline

Silverman gains flexibility with DeJesus deal

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman took a proactive approach to an approaching logjam by trading David DeJesus to the Angels before Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Tigers for Eduar Lopez, a 20-year-old Minor League right-hander.

"Given our team's improving health, the opportunity for David was a little more limited," Silverman said. "We were challenged to find at-bats for him. Especially given [Desmond] Jennings' potential return in a couple of weeks."

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Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

Outfielder heads to Angels while Tampa Bay gets 20-year-old righty

Rays swap DeJesus for Minor Leaguer Lopez

ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus went to Spring Training in February thinking he would be traded before the start of the regular season. Before Tuesday's 10-2 Rays win, the inevitable finally came to fruition when they traded the veteran outfielder to the Angels for Minor League right-hander Eduar Lopez.

"Totally [surprised]," DeJesus said. "I was just eating with [Joey] Butler, getting some hummus in, and then [bench coach Tom] Foley came over. I was like, it's one of those 'he gone.'"

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Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

Rays outfielder to start assignment with Triple-A on Friday

Jennings hits, runs in advance of rehab stint

ST. PETERSBURG -- Since June the Rays have been talking about players returning from the disabled list giving the team a feeling like they acquired a key piece in a Trade Deadline deal.

Count Desmond Jennings in that category. The Rays' outfielder played in just 18 games before going on the DL on May 3 with left knee bursitis, which eventually mandated a clean-up surgery. When he's healthy and playing well, Jennings can be a force on offense.

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Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

Catcher starts third straight game, gives Rays key insurance runs

Casali delivers with 2 jacks from No. 9 spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali doubled down Monday night.

Starting his third consecutive game, the Rays' reserve catcher homered twice from the ninth spot in the order to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

Battery sparks Rays as Casali homers twice

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

Rays activate Asdrubal, option Elmore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the 15-day disabled list following 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Cabrera has missed 11 games since sustaining a right hamstring strain on July 11 and he was slated to begin a rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Port Charlotte, but the game was rained out.

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Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

Rays center fielder plays despite pregame injury, hits RBI double

Kiermaier exits with minor eye abrasion

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's 5-2 win over the Tigers in the sixth inning due to a minor abrasion of the left eye.

Kiermaier, who is listed as day to day, sustained the injury prior to the game when a resistance band he was using to stretch snapped back and hit him in the eye.

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Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

Jepsen, Boxberger and McGee all involved in rumors before Deadline

Rays relievers discuss trade possibilities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, meaning a lot of names are being tossed around the rumor mill. The idea of getting traded can be unsettling, but several Rays players who have been mentioned in trade rumors did not seem to be fazed by the situation.

Reliever Kevin Jepsen said he'd never experienced rumors about being involved in a trade until right before he was dealt to Tampa Bay this past offseason.

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Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

Lefty throws 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings in first outing for Triple-A Durham

Rays, Smyly 'encouraged' by rehab start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly made his first rehab start at Triple-A Durham on Sunday as he tries to return to the Rays rotation after landing on the disabled list May 9 with a torn labrum.

On paper, Smyly's return to the mound did not show much promise, as he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings. For Tampa Bay, though, the 26-year-old's 51 pitches were encouraging.

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Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

Souza Jr. laments lost chances vs. Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays dropped Sunday's contest to the Orioles, 5-2, marking their 21st loss in their last 30 games and their eighth series loss in their last nine, it was not due to lack of opportunities.

After Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe slugged back-to-back home runs for the team's first hits of the game in the fourth inning, the Rays managed to consistently put runners on base.

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