For starters, Rays vs. Brewers

RHP Joel Peralta said he feels about 90 percent healthy. He's back from the DL today, with the Rays desginating LHP Erik Bedard for assignment to clear room for him.

Manager Joe Maddon said Bedard is a starter, so it wasn't going to work out with him in the bullpen.

Today's Rays lineup:

Jennings CF

Zobrist LF

Joyce DH

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Forsythe 2B

Escobar SS

Molina C

Kiermaier RF

Odorizzi RHP

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Chris Archer: I'm not mad about David Ortiz's celebration

Chris Archer said he didn’t see David Ortiz’s celebration during the game. He was too busy watching the flight of Ortiz’s 25th home run of the year and hoping Kevin Kiermaier would somehow track it down.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer said he didn’t see David Ortiz’s celebration during the game. He was too busy watching the flight of Ortiz’s 25th home run of the year and hoping Kevin Kiermaier would somehow track it down.

ST. PETERSBURG – As Rays RHP Chris Archer dressed before Monday’s game, he saw the ticker on a clubhouse TV scroll by, calling him agitated about David Ortiz flipping his bat and trotting around the bases Sunday.

“Agitated’s not the right word,” Archer said before Monday’s game against the Brewers. “Angry’s not the right word. He pimped a home run off me.”

Archer clarified his comments Monday, a day after he said Ortiz showboated and that he feels “like he’s bigger than the game.” Ortiz responded, suggesting that Archer hadn’t been in the game long enough to complain about it.

“It’s funny because I would have never mentioned it if I didn’t get asked about it (after the game),” Archer said. “To me, I wasn’t (griping). I was just saying how it reiterated what’s already been said and how I didn’t understand why you feel like you have to do that.”

Archer said he didn’t even see Ortiz’s celebration during the game. He was too busy watching the flight of Ortiz’s 25th home run of the year and hoping RF Kevin Kiermaier would somehow track it down. …

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Erik Bedard designated for assignment

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays designated LHP Erik Bedard for assignment before Monday's game against Milwaukee. The club has 10 days to trade or release the veteran – a move made necessary to bring back RHP Joel Peralta (illness) from the disabled list.

Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) this season.. The 35-year-old was a starter for most of the season but moved to the bullpen when RHP Jeremy Hellickson returned from offseason elbow surgery.

Bedard made only one appearance after that, throwing one scoreless inning against the Blue Jays on July 12.

He’s the second veteran pitcher the Rays have designated for assignment in the last three days. The club parted ways with RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo on Saturday.

Manager Joe Maddon said then that Bedard had a challenging role as a long reliever and emergency starter, but he said Bedard had handled it “about as well as it can possibly be handled.”

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

Today's lineup:

Red Sox

Holt 3B

Nava LF

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Victorino RF

Carp 1B

Drew SS

Vazquez C

Bradley CF

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist LF

Joyce DH

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Figueroa 2B

Casali C

Kiermaier RF

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back at Tropicana Field today and looking for their 10th consecutive victory – plus a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.

RHP Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31) will try to last at least six innings for the 10th time in his last 12 starts. Boston will start RHP Allen Webster, who’s making his 2014 debut with the Red Sox.

This is the Rays’ longest winning streak since they won 12 in a row in 2004, and they’ve climbed to within 3.5 games of the second Wild Card spot.

Lineups and more when available.

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

DEVELOPING: The Rays will vie for their ninth consecutive victory tonight when they host the Red Sox in the second game of their three-game series.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08) will make his return to the rotation after being recalled earlier today. The Rays designated reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment to make room for Hellickson on the roster.

Boston will start RHP John Lackey (11-6, 3.66).

Here’s the Rays’ lineup:

Jennings CF

Zobrist 2B

Joyce DH
Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Guyer LF

Escobar SS

Molina C

Kiermaier RF

Hellickson RHP

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Rays designate Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays designated RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

The roster move was necessary to create an opening for RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08), who will start tonight.

Oviedo, 32, had a 3.69 ERA this season in 32 appearances. He had given up six runs over his last 3 2/3 innings and had surrendered at least one run in eight of his last 16 outings. Oviedo had allowed 27 hits while walking 17 batters in 31 2/3 innings.

He missed all of last season while he recovered from Tommy John surgery in September 2012.

"It was not an easy choice, actually," manager Joe Maddon said before the game. "But one thing we do have is bullpen arms, whether it's here or in the minor leagues. Just looking at the whole thing and trying to evaluate what you have and what you look like going forward, it was him."

 

 

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Hall of Fame changes voting policy

Here is the release from the Hall of Fame on changes to the voting procedure: …

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For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

David Price (10-7, 3.07) is vying for his sixth consecutive victory.

DIRK SHADD | Times

David Price (10-7, 3.07) is vying for his sixth consecutive victory.

UPDATE, 5:12: OF Wil Myers took swings off of a batting tee today for the first time. That's the latest step in his recovery from a right wrist injury. He could return by mid-August.

RHP Joel Peralta said he feels much better from his illness. Doctors still weren't sure what the bug was, but he will likely make a rehab appearance this weekend and could rejoin the club Monday.

Manager Joe Maddon says he doesn't expect fireworks between the Red Sox and Rays tonight - they're outlawed under the dome at the Trop, after all.

Lineups:

Red Sox

Holt SS

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Napoli 1B

Gomes LF

Victorino RF

Bogaerts 3B

Bradley CF

Ross C

Lester LHP

 

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist RF

Guyer LF

Longoria 3B

Rodriguez DH

Escobar SS

Loney 1B

Molina C

Forsythe 2B

Price LHP

DEVELOPING: The Rays begin a nine-game homestand tonight with a 7:10 matchup against the Red Sox.

LHP David Price (10-7, 3.07) is vying for his sixth consecutive victory. He hasn’t allowed a run in the last two games and will be making his latest possibly last start at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox will start LHP Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50). …

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For starters, Rays at Cardinals, seeking another sweep

Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the pitcher bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into that spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier into the ninth position.

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Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the pitcher bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into that spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier into the ninth position.

UPDATE, 6:11: Maddon said RHP Jeremy Hellickson will rejoin the rotation on Saturday, with RHP Chris Archer making his next start on Sunday. ... The Rays will have to make a roster move to accomodate Hellickson's return, with LHP Erik Bedard seemingly most likely to go. ... With a win tonight the Rays would have their first undefeated multi-city road trip in team history.

Cardinals lineup:
Carpenter 3b
Wong 2b
Holliday lf
Adams 1b
Peralta ss
Taveras rf
Jay cf
Cruz c
Lynn p

UPDATE, 3:46: The Rays were shutout in MLB's Competitive Balance Lottery, which is designed to help smaller-market/lower revenue teams by giving them extra draft picks. The Cardinals, Rockies and Orioles were among the teams that did get extra picks for 2015.

UPDATE, 3:19: Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the hitter bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into the 8th spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier 9th. Since the start of interleague play in 1997 there have been six pitchers hit higher than ninth in an AL lineup (by design) and four have been Rays. (Maddon also had Andy Sonnanstine hit third due to a lineup card mixup in 2009.) …

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Peralta to DL, Beliveau recalled

UPDATE, 5:57: Peralta was sent back to St. Petersburg to be seen by team physician Dr. Michael Reilly, and to have bloodwork done to confirm that he has the chikungunya virus. Governmental health departments and the CDC are tracking such cases. The virus is not contagious nor treatable, with the symptoms - fever, tiredness, achiness and rash - lasting 7-10 days.

DEVELOPING: The Rays placed RHP Joel Peralta on the disabled list as he deals with the tiredness and achiness from the chikungunya virus, which he believes he contracted when bitten by a mosquito during the All-Star break in the Dominican Republic.

LHP Jeff Beliveau was called up from Triple-A for the fifth time this season. Beliveau has a 1.50 ERA for the Bulls with 11 saves, striking out 51 in 36 innings.

 

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For starters, Rays at Cardinals, seeking six, with Odorizzi eighth

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, pitching before what is likely to be hundreds of relatives and friends making the 30-some mile drive him his hometown of Highland, Ill.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, pitching before what is likely to be hundreds of relatives and friends making the 30-some mile drive him his hometown of Highland, Ill.

UPDATE, 7:47: Maddon said he had several reasons to bat Odorizzi eighth, primarily because it allowed for the the possibility of pinch-hitting sooner and to keep Kiermaier hitting in front of leadoff man Desmond Jennings. ... The Rays announced David Price will start Friday against Boston but have not set the rest of the weekend rotation, with Jeremy Hellickson expected to come back from the minors and start one of the two games. 

UPDATE, 5:52: Manager Joe Maddon got creative with his lineup under NL rules tonight, batting RHP Jake Odorizzi - who hasn't hit in a game since high school -  eighth so he could keep OF Kevin Kiermaier ninth.

"I'm protecting him,'' Kiermaier joked.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Molina c
Odorizzi p
Kiermaier rf

Cardinals lineup:
Carpenter 3b
Wong 4
Holliday lf
Adams 1b
Peralta ss
Craig rf
Jay cf
Cruz c
Wainwright p

 

UPDATE, 4:03: The Rays did indeed put Peralta on the DL and recalled Beliveau.

DEVELOPING: After having Monday off, the Rays are back at it tonight, seeking  to extend their winning streak to six games as they take on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. …

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Rays hang on for 5-3 win, three-game sweep

MINNEAPOLIS - The Rays hung on - barely - to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins on Sunday with a 5-3 win that included third baseman Evan Longoria reaching two milestones on one swing.

Longoria broke Carl Crawford's franchise record with his 216th double, and as Matt Joyce scored on the sixth inning shot down the leftfield line, Longoria also tied Crawford's franchise record of 592 RBIs. …

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For starters, Rays at Twins, seeking a sweep

UPDATE, 1:06: Maddon said he played Casali based on how well he did Friday and liking the idea of giving Jose Molina the day off after catching a night game. ... Sam Fuld is again in the Twins lineup. ... Rays pitchers are taking BP and David Price hit a bomb into the second deck of rightfield, then another that just over the wall.

Twins lineup:
Dozier 2b
Nunez 3b
Plouffe dh
Morales 1b
Arcia rf
Willingham lf
Escobar ss
Fryer c
Fuld cf
Correia p

UPDATE, 11:36: Rookie Curt Casali will be behind the plate for his second big-league start today.

Rays lineup:

Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Guyer dh
Escobar ss
Casali c
Kiermaier rf
Archer p

DEVELOPING: Manager Joe Maddon has been stressing to his Rays - and anyone else who will listen - that the key to getting back into contention this season is winning series.

But with the Rays winning the first two games of their post-All-Star break opening series with the Twins, Maddon is getting a little greedy as they push for a sweep today.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, with veteran RHP Kevin Correia starting for the Twins.

Lineups when available.

 

 

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For starters, Rays at Twins, on David Price day

Santana cf
Dozier 2b
Plouffe 3b
Morales dh
Suzuki c
Colabello 1b
Parmalee rf
Escobar ss
Nunez lf
Hughes p     The Rays have LHP David Price on the mound tonight as they take on the Twins, and that means two things: They are likely to get a well-pitched game, and it could be the last time he pitches in their uniform.
   Price has been and will continue to be the subject of rampant trade speculation leading up to the July 31 deadline, though it certainy has not affected his performance as he has won four straight.
   The Twins are starting veteran RHP Phil Hughes, the former Yankee.
    Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday he planned to use the weekend to make sure everyone gets some playing time, and he meant is as today's lineup does not include one of their hottest hitters, in Kevin Keirmaier, nor Matt Joyce, who is 7-for-15 with two homers against Hughes. Further, both are lefties. But Maddon said Hughes has been doing better against lefties so he is used more right-handers.
    Here is the lineup:
   Jennings cf
    Zobrist rf
   Guyer lf
    Longoria 3b
    Loney 1b
   Forsythe 2b
    Escobar ss
    Molina c
    S-Rod DH
   Price p

And here is the Twins lineup: …

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For starters, Rays at Twins, back in action

The Rays are hoping to continue their winning ways as they resume play after the All-Star break tonight in Minneapolis against the Twins.

C Curt Casali, called up Thursday to replace injured Ryan Hanigan, will get the chance to make his major-league debut right away, as he is in the lineup. So too is rookie 2B Cole Figueroa, as manager Joe Maddon said he liked the matchup best tonight to get the lefty swinger out there.

The Twins are starting RHP Kyle Gibson, the Rays are starting RHP Alex Cobb.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist lf
Joyce dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Figueroa 2b
Casali c
Kiermaier rf
Cobb p

And the Twins lineup, which includes ex-Ray Sam Fuld:

Santana cf
Dozier 2b
Morales 1b
Plouffe 3b
Arcia rf
Willingham dh
Suzuki c
Escobar ss
Fuld lf
Gibson p

 

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