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For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to end a long skid

UPDATE, 12:18: It's a DH for Evan Longoria, with Tim Beckham getting a start at 3B for the Rays today. ... Cash said he plans to give Webb the opportunity to work in some key situations to get ground ball outs. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) did fine in his first rehab game with the Stone Crabs and will play again for them on Monday.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria DH,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Beckham 3b,
Conger c,
Decker lf,
Smyly p

And here is the Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Rickard rf
Machado 3b
Davis dh
Trumbo 1b
Schoop 2b
Hardy ss
Reimold lf
Pena c
Wilson p

DEVELOPING: After being swept in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday to run their losing streak to 10 games, the Rays will try again today to put an end to things with a 1:35 p.m. game against the Orioles. …

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Rays activate Webb from DL, demote Sturdevant

The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Saturday's game, activaing RHP Ryan Webb from the DL and sending RHP Tyler Sturdevant back to Triple-A Durham.

They also returned RHP Danny Farquhar to Durham after his served his one-day promotion as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

Webb has been out since May 27 due to a right pec strain. He made his fourth rehab appearance on Friday night for Durham.

Sturdevant, who worked two innings in Saturday's matinee, was 0-1, 4.80 in 13 appearances overall in his first big-league action.

After Friday's game, the Rays had sent down RHP Steve Geltz to make room for OF Oswaldo Arcia.

 

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Rays Romero sustains only bruised hand after deflecting line drive

Rays LHP Enny Romero came through a scary incident in the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee with just a bruised left hand.

A line drive off the bat of Manny Machado was headed right at Romero's head but he got his bare hand up just in time to deflect it.

"I just saw the ball coming to my face and the only way was to put up my hand to my face,'' Romero said. "If it hit my face it would take a long time to come back to pitch.''

Though Romero looked to be in considerable pain at the time, x-rays were negative and he said the only issues were inflammation. He expects to be able to pitch on Sunday.

"He's lucky he got his hand up,'' 3B Evan Longoria said. "It would have been really bad. I think we escaped a serious, serious injury.''

 

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, on a long day

Matt Andriese, who was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen a few weeks ago, will start the matinee.

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Matt Andriese, who was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen a few weeks ago, will start the matinee.

UPDATE, 4:40: After losing the opener 5-0, here is the Rays lineup for tonight's game, with Oswaldo Arcia making his first start:

Forsythe 2b,
Dickerson DH,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Miller SS,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Conger c,
Decker lf,
Odorizzi p

UPDATE, 11:45: Arcia said he was excited for the new opportunity, and expected the Twins to do something with him since he wasn't playing much. ... Since being DFA'd June 16 he spent the interim time in Minnesota working out. ... He isn't in the lineup for the day game basically because he hasn't played in 12 days and the Rays need to be a bit cautious. ... Farquhar said he has been pitching better at Durham, with his velocity up from 90 to 94. He also said it's a bit weird to know he is only up for the day.

Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Kim lf
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Trumbo rf
Schoop 2b
Alvarez dh
Hardy ss
Pena c
Gausman p

UPDATE, 10:36: With two games today and four in a 45-hour span, manager Kevin Cash figured to get a bit creative with his lineup, and he did a bit for the matinee, with Tim Beckham at SS and batting sixth and Jaff Decker in CF. Also, of note, Arcia, idle since June 14 with the Twins, is not playing.

Rays lineup: …

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Geltz sent back to Durham after givng up another homer

Struggling RHP Steve Geltz was sent back to Triple-A Durham after Friday's game in which he allowed his 10th homer of the season.

Geltz has worked 20 innings over 21 games and allowed 18 hits, 10 of which have been home runs.

"It's like every time I make a mistake this year, it's hit out,'' Geltz said. "I don't know what exactly to pinpoint it on.''

After rejoining the Rays on Friday, he had two relatively clean outings then allowed two homers on Wednesday and one Friday in the eighth inning to Manny Machado.

"He's staying positive,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a little unexplainable what's going on right now. We continue to support him and have to get him right.''

The Rays used the roster spot to make room for newly acquired OF Oswaldo Arcia.

 

 

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:44: Cash said the change in the batting order was two-fold, to thicken the middle and add protection for Morrison by dropping Miller to 5th and to try to get Dickerson going at No. 2. ... The Rays haven't said yet who the 26th man will be for the Saturday doubleheader but if they opt for a reliever RHP Danny Farquhar is the likely choice. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) took BP and ran the bases in Port Charlotte and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, with an eye on returning by early next week.

Orioles lineup:

Jones cf
Schoop 2b
Machado 3b
Trumbo dh
Davis 1b
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Reimold lf
Rickard lf
Gallardo p

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak tonight as the take on the Orioles on what thus far has been a rainy Friday.

LHP Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays, facing Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo.

The Rays added some help for their outfield earlier Friday, acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins, though he isn't expected to join them until Saturday at the earliest. …

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Rays acquire OF Oswaldo Arcia from Twins

Oswaldo Arcia was hitting .214 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games for the Twins this season.

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Oswaldo Arcia was hitting .214 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games for the Twins this season.

UPDATE, 5:37: Cash said Arcia is liklely to get time at DH and RF, and will be in the lineup on Saturday. Cash wasn't sure what he had been doing since being DFA'd by the Twins on June 16. ... Arcia will wear No. 9.

UPDATE, 2:18: Arcia won't be with the Rays for tonight's game, but could join them for Saturday's doubleheader. They also get to call up a 26th man for that, which seems likely to be a pitcher. Arcia is out of options.

DEVELOPING: The Rays made a move to get outfield help at the big-league level after all, acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins on Friday for either a player to be named or cash.

Arcia is expected to join the Rays in Baltimore, with a corresponding roster move at the time. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Andrew Bellati was designated for assignment.

Arcia was hitting .214 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games for the Twins this season.

Over parts of four seasons with the Twins, Arcia, 25, has a .240 average, plus a .303 on-base percentage and .429 slugging percentage, with 37 doubles, five triples, 40 homers and 120 RBI in 251 games. He was in their opening day lineup in 2014 and 2015, and hit a career-high 20 homers in 2014. …

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Rays add OF Eury Perez to Durham roster

The Rays acquired OF Eury Perez from the Astros for cash on Thursday and assigned him to Triple-A Durham.

Perez, 26, has big-league time with the Nationals (2012-13), Yankees (2014) and Braves (2015). He was hitting .267 with a .683 OPS and nine steals for Houston's Triple-A team.

Though likely acquired to provide depth at Triple-A, he could be an option for the Rays as they have four outfielders on the big-league DL. He does have some speed as well.

Perez is out of options.

 

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Scenes from a long-awaited Cleveland parade

The parade was a colorful event.

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The parade was a colorful event.

With the serendipity of being in Cleveland for the celebration of their first major sports championship since 1964, here are a few photos and words from my view of the Cavs championship parade.

It was historic, obviously, and that was obvious based on the age mix of the fans who came out to watch, some talking about seeing the '64 Browns winning the NFL championship, others talking about the near-misses over the ensuing years, and some young enough to not know of just how special thi was.

It was good-natured, with a general sense of camaradie among the crowd estimated in excess of 1-million that packed into the downtown streets, with fans high-fiving each other and being friendly (with little pushing and shoving, at least at my outpost on E. 9th Street and Superior), and the police being patient and accomodating. (Also good planning by keeping places like the public libary open for restroom access.) …

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For starters: Rays at Indians, on a parade day

The Rays have top starter Chris Archer on the mound.

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The Rays have top starter Chris Archer on the mound.

UPDATE, 6:15: The Rays set the pitching for Saturday's DH, with Matt Andriese workign the matinee and Jake Odorizzi the night game. ... Cash said testing on Steve Pearce's hamstring showed he had a similar injury to OF Brandon Guyer, which would mean an absence of 3-4 weeks. ... Here is the Indians lineup:

Santana dh
Kipnis 2b
Lindor ss
Napoli 1b
Ramirez lf
Uribe 3b
Chisenhall rf
Giminez c
Naquin cf
Bauer p


UPDATE, 3:55: The Rays announced the signing of two more draft picks, Nos. 6 RHP Zack Trageton and 8 LHP Kenny Rosenberg. ... Rays also announce that RHP Jacob Faria was promoted from AA Montgomery to AAA Durham, was 1-6, 4.21 with Biscuits.

DEVELOPING: As the city of Cleveland spends the day celebrating the Cavaliers championship with a massive day-long parade, the Rays will try to break a season-long six-game losing streak tonight as they take on the Indians.

The Rays have top starter Chris Archer on the mound as the Indians start Trevor Bauer.

INF Nick Franklin, called up Tuesday, will make his first start, stepping in at second base as Logan Forsythe gets a DH day. …

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Rays place Steve Pearce on disabled list, call-up Garton

Steve Pearce has been the Rays' most consistent hitter.

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Steve Pearce has been the Rays' most consistent hitter.

UPDATE, 6:06: Pearce said it is frustrating to be out for a while but he understands the decision: "We're going to go to the DL let it get better and come back ready to go. I don't want it to linger, if we can just take two weeks off and get it right then I think that's the right thing to do.''

UPDATE, 5:55: Pearce will go back to St. Pete on Wednesday for an MRI and possibly an injection. He is hopeful of returning in the minimum two weeks but a three-week absence seems more likely. Cash noted the significance of his absence and said it is time for others to step up. ... Cash said Franklin will get a chance to play as he wants to rest a few players on either side of the Thursday off-day in advance of the Saturday DH.

DEVELOPING: There was more bad news for the Rays this afternoon as they put Steve Pearce, who has been their most consistent hitter, on the DL with a right hamstring strain. …

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For starters: Rays at Indians, with Snell on the mound

Like most young pitchers, the key for Blake Snell is commanding his fastball.

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Like most young pitchers, the key for Blake Snell is commanding his fastball.

The Rays are looking to snap a five-game losing streak tonight, and will have hot prospect LHP Blake Snell on the mound and a reconfigured lineup.

With OF Mikie Mahtook on the DL after breaking his hand Monday and DH Steve Pearce expecetd to be out for at least a few days due to a hamstring issue, the Rays will move Taylor Motter to the outfield, startting tonight in left. INF Nick Franklin was called up from Triple-A to take Mahtook's spot on the roster.

Snell has made two big-league starts, more impressive on April 23 vs. the Yankees than last Thursday against his hometown Mariners at the Trop. Like most young pitchers, the key for Snell is commanding his fastball.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Dickerson DH,
Motter lf,
Decker rf,
Conger c,
Snell p

And here is the Indians lineup:

Santana DH
Kipnis 2B
Lindor SS
Napoli 1B
Ramirez LF
Uribe 3B
Chisenhall RF
Gomes C
Naquin CF
Kluber P

 

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Rays call up Nick Franklin to replace Mahtook

Nick Franklin was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

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Nick Franklin was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays made the first of several potential roster moves on Tuesday, calling up INF Nick Franklin to replace injured OF MIkie Mahtook.

By calling up Franklin from Triple-A Durham, the Rays will use Taylor Motter in the outfield.

Mahtook fractured his left hand Monday when hit by a pitch.

The Rays still have to decide on the status of Steve Pearce, who injured his right hamstring on Monday. Also in question is whether struggling RHP Erasmo Ramirez will get an extended rest.

 

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Rays Mahtook sustains fractured left hand

The Rays lost another outfielder to injury on Monday, as Mikie Mahtook sustained a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch.

Mahtook initially stayed in the game after being hit by Josh Tomlin in the second inning, but was placed in the bottom of the third by Taylor Motter.

Though Mahtook had been struggling, hitting only .154, the Rays were confident he was going to start hitting soon. And he helped the team with his speed and defense, especially a strong arm.

Mahtook becomes the fourth outfielder to go on the disabled list, joining Kevin Kiermaier (broken left hand), Brandon Guyer (left hamstring strain) and Steven Souza Jr. (left hip strain).

The Rays are hoping for Guyer and Souza to make it back on the next homestand; Kiermaier is expected to be out until late July or early August.

If Mahtook is on a similar schedule as Kiermaier, he could return in late August or September.

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Indians Francona to buddy Cash: Take that

The video board sign recounting Cash's big-league career.

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The video board sign recounting Cash's big-league career.

Indians manager Terry Francona couldn't resist the urge to again poke fun at good buddy, former coach and former Red Sox player Kevin Cash, with this video board message as the Rays took the fiel for batting practice.

Both has good laughs - and nothing to say, at least that could be repeated.

Last year, Francona arranged for a video "tribute" to Cash, who spent the previous two seasons on the Indians staff before being hired as the Rays manager for the 2015 season.

 

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