4/28/2016 | Inbox: Will Rays seek more offense?
Offense is on the minds of Rays fans, with many wondering if changes will come at shortstop, catcher and first base. Bill Chastain gives his take in the latest Inbox.
4/27/2016 | Souza makes spectacular snag on Davis' drive
Steven Souza Jr. pulled a Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth to flag down a Chris Davis drive with a diving catch at the wall Wednesday night in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
4/27/2016 | Rays encouraged by Boxberger's bullpen session
Brad Boxberger threw from a mound on Wednesday, and the results were encouraging. "I did not actually see it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But I know leading up to the bullpen, everybody was really thrilled with his progress and the way the ball was coming out of his hand playing catch."
4/27/2016 | Rays proud of 'good chemistry' in clubhouse
Prior to Wednesday night's game, Evan Longoria remembered an observation he made in February. "This group has good chemistry," Longoria said. "I said that back in Spring Training. Everybody gets along well, and guys know their roles."
4/27/2016 | Smyly, Rays open series vs. Blue Jays
The Rays open their fourth consecutive series against American League East opponents on Friday, when they welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town for a three-game set.
4/27/2016 | Kiermaier keen on delivering 'quality' swings
Kevin Kiermaier got the job done for the Rays on a night when he and the team were scuffling, delivering a two-run homer that paved the way for a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
4/26/2016 | Longoria makes 'difficult plays look easy'
Rays fans have seen the highlight reel so many times in the past in which Evan Longoria flashes the leather to save runs. Tuesday night, in the Rays' 3-1 win over the Orioles, Longoria came up big in the field and made what likely turned out to be the play of the game.
4/26/2016 | Cash encouraging pitchers to 'lean on' catchers
Kevin Cash liked the idea of his catchers, Curt Casali and Hank Conger, taking charge behind the plate.
4/26/2016 | Cobb, Boxberger making progress in rehab
Alex Cobb and Brad Boxberger are valuable pitchers on the Rays' staff. While each is in a different stage of their comebacks, both appear to be making progress at this juncture.
4/26/2016 | Moore, Rays seek sweep at home vs. Tillman, O's
When Matt Moore is good against the Orioles, he's really good. The left-hander has held Baltimore to two or fewer runs in seven of his nine career starts against the O's. But when he's not on, it's not quite the same -- the other outings have resulted in five and a career-high eight earned runs. He'll get another chance against Baltimore at home on Wednesday, as Moore squares off against Orioles righty Chris Tillman.
4/25/2016 | Archer gets 'positive results' by mixing pitches
Chris Archer's swagger returned. So did the strikeouts. And, ultimately, so did the elusive W that has dodged him for so long.
4/25/2016 | Romero's cutter retires record number of batters
Joe Maddon constantly stayed after David Price to quit using his cutter when he pitched for the Rays. Like Price, Enny Romero is left-handed and equipped with the big fastball. He, too, uses the cutter from time to time.
4/25/2016 | Jimenez, O's square off against Odorizzi, Rays
The Orioles and Rays will square off again on Tuesday, with Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi tasked with stopping an impressive Baltimore lineup.
4/24/2016 | Smyly continues stretch of strong starts
Coming off an eight-inning, one-hit, 11-strikeout performance against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Drew Smyly was sharp yet again in Sunday's 8-1 Rays win against the Yankees, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, striking out six and allowing six hits.
4/24/2016 | Birthday bash: Souza celebrates with 2 HRs
Steven Souza Jr. went deep twice on his 27th birthday, one in the first inning and another in the fifth, helping lead the Rays to an 8-1 victory over the Yankees. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the season, and Sunday was his second two-homer game of 2016 -- and his career.
4/24/2016 | Tough O's lineup on tap for Archer at the Trop
When the best power-hitting team in the American League faces the pitcher who has allowed the most home runs in the Majors, it's normally time for that offense to start licking its lips. But when the Rays and Orioles open their three-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday, long-term reputation might trump early season statistics.
4/24/2016 | Rays fans can send Longoria back to ASG
The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot launched on Sunday and the Rays have several players who are worthy of consideration.
4/24/2016 | Snell optioned day after big league debut
After he allowed one run over five innings in his impressive big league debut Saturday against the Yankees, the Rays optioned Blake Snell, their No. 1 prospect, back to Triple-A Durham on Sunday.
4/23/2016 | Erasmo laments doing only 'part of' his job
Erasmo Ramirez took the loss as the Rays fell, 3-2, to the Yankees on Saturday after he allowed a walk-off home run to Brett Gardner just one out shy of extra innings. The solo shot erased a solid day of work for Ramirez, who turned in two innings, striking out one and allowing one run while also working out of a bases-loaded jam he inherited in the seventh.
4/23/2016 | Efficient to start 2016, Smyly takes on Yanks
Two pitchers who have had opposite starts to their 2016 campaigns will toe the rubber when the Rays and Yankees match up Sunday for the finale of their three-game weekend series at Yankee Stadium. New York is going for the sweep.
4/23/2016 | Blast from Gardy gives Yanks 1st walk-off win
Brett Gardner homered in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees celebrated their first walk-off victory of the season, posting a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday and spoiling the Major League debut of touted prospect Blake Snell.
4/23/2016 | Snell settles in after 1st in impressive debut
Blake Snell's Major League debut didn't start out so hot, but it sure ended strong.
4/23/2016 | Snell's debut comes on Yankee Stadium stage
The day many Rays fans have been waiting for has arrived. Blake Snell, the No. 1 prospect in Tampa Bay's organization and the No. 12 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com, will make his Major League debut against the Yankees on Saturday in New York, stepping in against Masahiro Tanaka to make a spot start for a team in need of pitching.
4/23/2016 | Rodgers, Bell, Keller among top prospect performers Friday
Brendan Rodgers added another chapter to his torrid start in his first full season on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and a career-high five RBIs to pace Class A Asheville in an 11-3 win over Rome.
4/23/2016 | Caught off guard by steal, Moore unravels
As pitchers often do, Matt Moore saw his night unravel on ball four. But, unlike nearly every similar situation, the runner who took first base proved inconsequential. He didn't move a runner over, nor did he get to second base. No, it was Moore's approach on that seemingly run-of-the-mill, full-count pitch that led to his lead and control over the game evaporating in the Rays' 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
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