Manager Joe Maddon said he does not expect ace LHP David Price to be traded before Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline for non-waiver deals, suggesting the Rays have not found a team willing to meet their demands for the Cy Young award winner.
"It takes two to dance, boys,'' Maddon said after the 5-0 loss to the Brewers.
Price also said he does not expect to be traded.
The market has been and is likely to continue to evolve by the deadline, with plenty of rumors expected.
The Cardinals, who had been considered among the teams most interested in Price, made a deal for Indians RHP Justin Masterson. What the Red Sox do with starters Jon Lester and John Lackey may have an impact as well.
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This could be ace David Price's last game before being traded, with the nonwaiver deadline at 4 p.m. Thursday.
UPDATE, 10:37: Price is here at the Trop, dressed for action.
Here is the Rays lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to take on the Brewers at noon today with several significant storylines.
The biggest of course is the potential that this could be ace David Price's last game before being traded, with the nonwaiver deadline at 4 p.m. Thursday.
After dealing with the rumors for more than a month, Price enters today apparently in a good mood, posting a tweet at 7:39 this morning:
This is my last start for the Rays....IN JULY!!! ������ been up and been ready!!!
The other main angle is that the Rays - who have won 11 of their last 12 - with a win can get back to .500, a remarkable accomplishment since they were 18 games under after play on June 10 at 24-42. The Rays would be the fourth team to do so, joining the 2006 Florida Marlins, 2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays and 1899 Louisville Colonels.
While the Rays have Price on the mound as they go for the sweep, the Brewers are starting RHP Yovani Gallardo.
Rays lineup when available.
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Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76) will start for the Rays, against Milwaukee's Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87).
UPDATE, 5:23: OF Wil Myers (wrist) said the Rays will likely figure out the schedule for his return Friday and that he'll take batting practice the next day. Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, has been out with a right wrist fracture since late May.
C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) felt sore after taking batting practice today. Manager Joe Maddon said he'll take a few days off. Hanigan had been penciled in for a rehab assignment Wednesday for Class A Charlotte.
OF David DeJesus is no longer wearing the brace to protect his broken left hand and said he needs to strengthen it before taking swings again.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are vying for their 11th win in their last 12 games when they take the field tonight in the second game of a three-game series against Milwaukee at Tropicana Field.
RHP Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76) will start for the Rays. RHP Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87) will start for the Brewers in his second game at Tropicana Field since leaving the Rays. He lost his previous outing, for Texas last year. …Full Story
Rays 3B Evan Longoria had some funny answers for the guys on MLB Network's Intentional Talk, especially about Wil Myers. Full Story
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:
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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. …Full Story
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.”
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.
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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:
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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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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.
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). …Full Story
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.
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.) …Full Story
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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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:
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. …Full Story