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.

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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.

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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.

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Moore makes long-awaited return to face Indians

Moore makes long-awaited return to face Indians

For the first time in 451 days, the Rays will send left-hander Matt Moore to the mound, as he closes out a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Moore will make his first start since April 7, 2014, after working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent back on April 22, 2014 -- one of 26 pitchers to have the procedure in 2014.

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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.

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"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 to activate Moore, option Krauss

Left-hander set to make first start in 14 months on Thursday vs. Indians

Rays to activate Moore, option Krauss

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will activate Matt Moore from the 60-day disabled list before Thursday's series finale against the Indians, and option first baseman Marc Krauss to Triple-A Durham.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moore returns to Rays' rotation Thursday

Left-hander set for first start in 14 months after Tommy John surgery

Moore returns to Rays' rotation Thursday

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays left-hander Matt Moore cleared the last hurdle on his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent on April 22, 2014, and will make his first start of the season on Thursday against the Indians.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Forsythe, Rays need big ASG ballot push

Forsythe, Rays need big ASG ballot push

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball released the final update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Monday and no Rays players could be found among the leaders, including Logan Forsythe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After forcing extras, Rays fall to Red Sox

After forcing extras, Rays fall to Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Brock Holt delivered a clutch single in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

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Colome struggles with walks in no-decision

Colome struggles with walks in no-decision

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Colome was hardly overpowering in the Rays' 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night, as his line score (six innings pitched, four hits, five walks, two strikeouts) will clearly attest.

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Krauss notches RBI in debut with Rays

Krauss notches RBI in debut with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- New first baseman Marc Krauss went 1-for-2 with an RBI double during his debut with the Rays in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.

"He got a big hit. Impacted us, got us on the board early," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "It's not an easy thing to do to get on a plane and fly cross-country, and then come in here with nobody you know and get plugged in the lineup. I thought he handled it really well."

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Metzler to step in as Rays' scouting director

Harrison to move from that position to senior advisor, scouting/baseball ops

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rob Metzler will take over from R.J. Harrison as the Rays scouting director.

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Butler's simple approach difficult on pitchers

Rays rookie establishing himself on and off the field

Butler's simple approach difficult on pitchers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler? Rays manager Kevin Cash has fielded that question many times this season, so he chuckled before answering. "Joey can hit. Write it."

Yes, the 29-year-old rookie continues to reaffirm what Cash has been saying since early in Spring Training. Butler takes a team-leading .327 average with six home runs and 20 RBIs into Thursday's off-day. Despite his age and baseball pedigree, Butler has inserted himself into the American League Rookie of the Year Award race.

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