Rays players, Price go big for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Matt Joyce shared this Instagram video to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon in the latest version of athletes, celebrities and ordinary people helping out the charity that supports research and outreach for Lou Gehrig's disease. Here's what the caption said: Dalton Martinez challenged his dad, Dave Martinez, David Price & Chris Archer to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Yuni, Drew Smyly and Matt Joyce were also challenged, separately. They decided they'd take on the challenge together in support of ALS Association.

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Tigers, seeking to snap a skid

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:17: Ben Zobrist said he wondered at the time if there was something to Max Scherzer hitting him with a pitch in the first inning on Tuesday but after see Scherzer have control issues decided there was not; Maddon said pretty much the same. ... RHP Chris Archer said he was done in by the five walks as much as anything last night in letting a 4-0 lead get away, and he was more concerned about the one run he allowed in the sixth after getting the first two Tigers out than the three that scored in the fifth after 1B James Loney's error.

UPDATE, 5:10: Myers said he is ready to go, that both wrists and his legs feel good and he has his confidence back. Maddon said they are glad to have him, tho he likely will DH only the first few days as Rays think he is more comfortable at the plate than in the field. ... LHP Jake McGee won't be available tonight after throwing a season-high 35 pitches (tho 4 on an intentional walk) last night night. ... OF David DeJesus (left hand) is playing for Class A Charlotte tonight as part of his rehab; C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is scheduled to join them on Friday. …

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Rays activate Myers, send down Belnome

The Rays activated outfielder Wil Myers from the disabled list today.

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The Rays activated outfielder Wil Myers from the disabled list today.

The Rays activated OF Wil Myers from the disabled list today and sent INF Vince Belnome back to Triple-A.

Myers has been out since May 30 with a broken right wrist. He has been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham where in seven games he hit .250 (6-for-24) with two homers, six RBIs, seven walks and three steals.

Belnome got his first major-league and RBI on Tuesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Myers (who had been on the 60-day DL), Jerry Sands was moved from the 15- to the 60-day DL. Sands is out for the season after surgery.

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Video: David Price returns to Trop

Former Rays ace David Price returned to the Trop Tuesday for the first time since the July 31 trade; he will pitch against the Rays on Thursday,

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Tigers, with Price in the house

David Price throwing a bullpen session today at the Trop

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David Price throwing a bullpen session today at the Trop

UPDATE, 5:08: OF Wil Myers is continuing his rehab assignment tonight in Triple-A Durham, but manager Joe Maddon said he could rejoin the Rays soon.

OF David DeJesus and C Ryan Hanigan both took batting practice before the game. DeJesus said his left hand feels better after a few days off. He is expected to rejoin the Class A Stone Crabs tomorrow to resume his rehab work. Hanigan said he feels like he's finally "over the hump" and could begin playing rehab games in the next few days.

Former Rays ace David Price spoke to reporters in the Tigers' dugout - we'll have more on that later.

Lineups

Tigers

Kinsler 2B

Hunter RF

Cabrera 1B

Martinez DH

Castellanos 3B

Avila C

Romine SS

Davis CF

Scherzer RHP

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist 2B

Joyce LF

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Belnome DH

Casali C

Kiermaier RF

Archer RHP

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back at the Trop today to open a three-game series with the Tigers tonight, with David Price the featured attraction.

Price was traded from the Rays to the Tigers on July 31, and makes his first trip back to the Trop, speaking to the media this afternoon and then pitching on Thursday.

The Rays lost two of three to the Yankees over the weekend. …

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Rays right-hander Brad Boxberger has earned his spot

Since the Rays recalled Brad Boxberger in May, he has solidified his spot in the bullpen with some of the best statistics in the league. Read our indepth look at his rise in the Rays bullpen.

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees and the quest for .500 (again)

Today's lineups:

Yankees

Gardner  LF

Jeter DH

Ellsbury CF

Teixeira 1B

Beltran RF

McCann C

Headley 3B

Drew SS

Prado 2B

Kuroda RHP

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist 2B

Joyce LF

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Belnome DH

Molina C

Kiermaier RF

Hellickson RHP

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back under .500 again and have another shot at evening their record. They host the Yankees at 1:40 in the final game of the three-game series.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03) will go for a third consecutive solid outing after a slow start in his return from the DL. The Yankees will start RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 4.03).

Lineups and more when available.

 

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Rays call up Vince Belnome

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays recalled INF Vince Belnome before today's game against the Yankees. He takes the roster spot of RHP Brandon Gomes, who was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday night. 

Belnome was 0-for-3 in his only game with the Rays earlier this year, against the Tigers in July.

Belnome, who will bat seventh as the designated hitter today, was hitting .241 with 41 RBIs in Durham this season but hit .313 for the Bulls last month.

He's coming off of a rough schedule in the minors. Durham played four doubleheaders in a span of seven days. He didn't go to sleep until 2 a.m. after last night's 11-inning game, and he was up at 6 to catch a flight here.

"It doesn't get much better than that," Belnome said. "You can always find some energy if you're coming up to the big leagues."

 

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees and the quest for a winning record

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: After optioning RHP Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham last night, the Rays recalled INF Vince Belnome. You can read a little more on that here.

Today's lineups:

Yankees

Gardner LF

Jeter DH

Ellsbury CF

Teixeira 1B

Beltran RF

Headley 3B

Prado 2B

Cervelli C

Ryan SS

Greene RHP

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist 2B

Joyce LF

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Belnome DH

Casali C

Kiermaier RF

Smyly LHP

 

DEVELOPING: For the first time in almost four months, the Rays begin today with a .500 record.

They'll try to take the next step - getting a winning record - at 4:10 with the second game of a three-game series against the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

LHP Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73) will make his home debut as a Ray after two road starts. The Yankees will start RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89).

The Rays earned a 5-0 victory last night, but don't expect another shutout: The Yankees haven't been shut out in back-ti-baclk games since May 1999, a major league record 2,515 consecutive games (per the Elias Sports Bureau).

Lineups and more when available.

 

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Gomes sent down, position player on way

With their bullpen stabilized after playing three extra-inning games in a five-day span, the Rays sent extra reliever RHP Brandon Gomes back to Triple-A Durham after Friday's game.

A corresponding move, most likely to restore a fourth posiiton player to the bench, will be announced Saturday. INF Vince Belnome; newcomer INF Nick Franklin, acquired in the David Price trade; and Tim Beckham, recently activated off the DL would be among the possibilities.

For what it's worth Belnome was removed from Durham's game after nine innings, with the score 0-0.

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees and the quest for .500

Alex Cobb will try to help the Rays become the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being at leaset 18 games under.

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Alex Cobb will try to help the Rays become the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being at leaset 18 games under.

Yankees

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Teixeira 1B

Beltran DH

Headley 3B

Drew 2B

Prado RF

Cervelli C

McCarthy RHP

Rays

Jennings CF

Zobrist LF

Joyce DH

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Forsythe 2B

Escobar SS

Casali C

Kiermaier RF

Cobb RHP

 

DEVELOPING: After a three-city, 11-day road trip, the Rays are back at Tropicana Field for the first of a three-game series with the Yankees.

RHP Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.41) will try to help the Rays make history. With a win tonight, the Rays would become the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being at leaset 18 games under. The Yankees will start RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 2.21).

Lineups and more when available.

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Rays pleased with Manfred election as commissioner

The election of Rob Manfred, the continuity candidate, as baseball's next commissioner seemed like good news for the Rays, especially given the alternative of Tom Werner and his big-market, Red-Sox tinged background.

And that seemed to be pretty much how Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg took it.

The Rays had been considered Manfred supporters, and Sternberg told the Tampa Bay Times they were pleased with his election.

"We have been fortunate to work closely with Rob and his tremendous staff,'' Sternberg said. "His appointment as commissioner provides an exciting opportunity for us to do exciting things together which will grow the sport of baseball.''

Per the New York Times, Sternberg was one of the owners to directly question Werner about his plans for tthe revenue-sharing program, which funnels money from the large- to small-market clubs.

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Rays Maddon challenged by Bud Black to join ice bucket effort

Rays manager Joe Maddon was challenged by Padres manager Bud Black - a former colleague in Anaheim - to join the latest program zipping around the sports world, the ice bucket challenge to help raise awareness for ALS.

 

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For starters, Rays at Rangers, at the end of the road

The Rays will have Jake Odorizzi on the mound, and caught something of a break when Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start, instead went on the DL with elbow inflammation.

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The Rays will have Jake Odorizzi on the mound, and caught something of a break when Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start, instead went on the DL with elbow inflammation.

UPDATE, 5:59: CF Desmond Jennings said his left shoulder is still sore from his Tuesday night collision with the outfield wall but there are no major concerns - "I'm straight'' - and he expects to be back in the lineup Friday. ... 3B Evan Longoria said there are no health/injury issues behind him leaving Wednesday's game early and being the DH today, that both were Maddon's calls and happened to line up well in terms of a fly ball pitcher on the mound tonight in Odorizzi.

DEVELOPING: The Rays wrap up their 10-game, 11-day cross-country roadtrip tonight in Texas, seeking to finish with a 6-4 record.

The Rays will have RHP Jake Odorizzi on the mound, and caught something of a break when Rangers ace RHP Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start, instead went on the DL with elbow inflammation. LH Robbie Ross Jr. will start instead.

The Rays, already limited to a three-man bench as they added an eighth reliever on Wednesday, are again without CF Desmond Jennings, who had a sore shoulder after colliding with the outfield wall making a spectacular catch on Tuesday.

Also, 3B Evan Longoria, who left Wednesday's game after 7 innings, is at DH today.

The Rays lineup: …

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For starters, Rays at Rangers after a long night

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on the Rangers' Miles Mikolas.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on the Rangers' Miles Mikolas.

UPDATE, 7:01: The Rays did indeed call up RHP Brandon Gomes to join the bullpen, sending down INF Cole Figueroa to make room and leaving themselves with only a 3-man bench tonight. That actually is further reduced because CF Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup, his left shoulder "a little bit sore" Maddon said from crashing into the wall last night. Given that Maddon rarely would use C Jose Molina off the bench, they really only one have healthy reserve tonight in Logan Forsythe.

Rays lineup:
Guyer lf
Zobrist rf
Joyce dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Rodriguez 2b
Escobar ss
Casali c
Kiermaier rf
Archer p

Rangers lineup:
Choo rf
Andrus ss
Carp 1b
Beltre 3b
Rios dh
Martin cf
Chirinos c
Adduci lf
Odor 2b
Mikolas p

DEVELOPING: After playing nearly five hours and 14 innings on Tuesday night before losing 3-2 on a walkoff walk, the Rays are facing the Rangers again tonight for the third game of a four-game series.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on Rangers RHP Miles Mikolas. …

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