Video: David Price throws complete game

David Price talks about throwing a complete game, striking out 12, in the Rays' 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

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Fuld says it's "strange" facing Rays

Former Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said it was definitely "strange" returning to Tropicana Field Tuesday for the first time as a visitor.

Fuld, claimed off waivers by the Twins Sunday, said he had to fight himself from turning left early into the home clubhouse. Fuld, a Ray from 2011-2013, joined Minnesota after a long week of being in limbo after being designated for assignment by Oakland, saying he laughed when he found out his first game would be against Tampa Bay.

 

"It feels feels strange and great," Fuld said. "It' kind of a crazy day, because it happens to be first day I'm with the Twins, so I'm meeting whole new set of teammates and at same time, seeing lot of old familiar faces too. It's really weird, first time back in any other former team's ballpark. it's strange. But I'm enjoying it."

Fuld said he was disappointed to get non-tendered by the Rays in the offseason, but strongly considered coming back before deciding to join Oakland.

"I have nothing but great memories here and really value the relationships I've made over there on that side over those three years," Fuld said.

 

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Twins

Rays ace lefty David Price will be on the mound tonight opposite Twins Kyle Gibson.

KENT NISHIMURA | Times

Rays ace lefty David Price will be on the mound tonight opposite Twins Kyle Gibson.

Update 5:15 p.m. The Rays say LHP Matt Moore's Tommy John surgery was successful, finished up late this afternoon by team medical director Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola. He should be back in Rays clubhouse in the next couple days, with a 12-15 month recovery period.

*RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo is excited to be back, having to wait not only through a Tommy John rehab but starting out the season on the DL due to a delayed visa in spring training. Oviedo says his arm feels "great," was throwing 91-92 mph in his rehab assignment, and hopes to get into his first big-league game since 2011 season.

Manager Joe Maddon said Oviedo will be a really "influential" part of the bullpen, but they're going to ease him into it, though noting he'll be able to pitch high leverage innings eventually.

*Ex-Rays OF Sam Fuld said it was "strange" and "crazy" to be facing the Rays, though it was ironic it'll be the first team he plays since getting claimed off waivers by the Twins Sunday. Fuld said he had to fight himself not to turn left early into the home clubhouse, admitting he had no idea where he was going. …

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Today at 12:30: Rescheduled video chat with Evan Longoria

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will take your questions during a live video chat today, from 12:30-1 p.m. Marc Topkin, inset, will serve as host.

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will take your questions during a live video chat today, from 12:30-1 p.m. Marc Topkin, inset, will serve as host.

Don't be left out when Evan Longoria answers readers' questions during a live video chat today at 12:30 p.m., exclusive to Times digital subscribers. Want to know how Longoria is coping as a new father? What it's like to be engaged to model Jaime Edmondson? How the Rays third baseman wound up interviewing the cast of Anchorman 2? Sign up for a Times digital subscription, and you'll be able to ask Longoria himself. The Rays' biggest stars take your questions in our monthly live video chat series, "Lunchtime Live with the Rays''.

Want a taste of what you missed last month? Click on the video link to view a sample of our chat with Rays manager Joe Maddon.

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Video report and photo gallery from Sunday's game

Our video report and photo gallery from the Rays 5-1, 12-inning Easter Sunday loss to the Yankees. Video by Will Vragovic.

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Riefenhauser sent down, Oviedo to be activated

Rookie LHP C.J. Riefenhauser was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after Sunday's game, as the Rays plan to activate RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo from the DL on Tuesday.

 

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Rays lose 5-1 in 12 innings to Yankees

A long Easter Sunday for the Rays ended in a 5-1 12-inning loss to the Yankees.

    The Yankees turned when Rays rookie reliever C.J. Riefenhauser, the 24-year-old New Yorker called up Saturday to make his major-league debut against the team he grew up cheering for, walked in the go-ahead run.

    The loss resulted in a split of the series with the Yankees and dropped the Rays to 9-10 overall.

  The Yankees rally started when Heath Bell walked Yangervis Solarte. Rays manager Joe Maddon then turned to Riefenhauser, who ot one out when Brett Gardner tapped back to the mound, but beat the relay to first, and another on a line out to short.

  But with two outs, Brian McCann singled up the middle, Gardner racing to third - and considering trying to score before being held.

   Maddon then made the decision to have Riefenhauser walk Ellsbury, loading the bases, to instead face the less threatening Dean Anna. That strategy looked good as Riefenhauser got ahead in the count 1-and-2, not so much when it became full, and not at all when home-plate ump Clint Fagan ruled Anna checked his swing, and third-base ump Marty Foster concurred, forcing in the go-ahead run. …

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Former Rays OF Sam Fuld claimed by Twins

Former Rays OF Sam Fuld will be back at the Trop this week.

Fuld, though, will be in the visiting dugout, claimed on waivers Sunday by the Twins, who open a three-game series at the Trop on Tuesday.

Fuld signed a minor-league deal with the A's late in the off-season and opened the season with Oakland, but was designated for assignment last week.

He hit .200 in seven games for the A's, with a homer, four RBIs and several highlight-reel plays.

 

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For starters, Rays at Yankees, looking for more

UPDATE, 11:40: Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson said the setback in his recovery from arthroscopic elbow surgery was not significant, as he took a week off after feeling soreness when throwing curveballs in Kansas City.

Hellickson said he played catch today at a distance of 90 feet - though no curveballs - and felt good, and the setback shouldn't be much of a delay in his projected early June return.

RHP Alex Cobb said his recovery from an oblique strain is going well, but he still has a hard time grasping that he will be out for such an extended period, looking at a late May/early June return.

It was a busy day for the Yankees this morning, as they put RHP Ivan Nova on the DL with a UCL tear and activated 1B Mark Teixeira among several transactions.

Also, they recalled RHPs Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell recalled, sent INF Scott Sizemore to Triple-A and designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment.

Meanwhile, here is the Yankees lineup, with Derek Jeter back in:

Ellsbury CF,
Jeter SS,
Beltran RF,
Soriano DH,
Teixeira 1B,
Solarte 3B,
Gardner LF,
Roberts 2B,
Murphy C,
Nuno P

UPDATE, 11:38: Rays lineup has no Jennings again, though he says he is feeling better and Tuesday is realistic. …

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, with no Jennings again

UPDATE, 5:52: The Rays will tweak the rotation coming out of Monday's off-day, with LHP David Price moving ahead of RHP Jake Odorizzi and pitching Tuesday. That is designed to keep Price on his regular five-day schedule.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson had some light soreness during his rehab from arthroscopic right elbow surgery and is taking three days off, with a plan to play catch on Sunday. Hellickson had hoped to throw off the mound for the first time last Tuesday in Baltimore, so this would seem to push him back at least a week, and push his return to the rotation into June.

Maddon said he used Rodriguez in LF tonight because of his past success vs. Nova 5-for-14.

The Yankees lineup does not include Derek Jeter, who is getting a break after playing the first two nights on the turf.

Yankees lineup:

Ellsbury cf
Gardner lf
Beltran dh
McCann c
Soriano rf
Solarte 3b
Johnson 1b
Roberts 2b
Anna ss
Nova p

UPDATE, 5:49: Jennings is dealing with groin soreness, manager Joe Maddon, and Tuesday is the soonest he could return to the lineup. So for tonight and Sunday, he likely will be limited to pinch-hitting - and then would be pinch-run for. …

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UPDATE: Riefenhauser to join Rays today

UPDATE, 2:56: The Rays have announced that Riefenhauser has been called up.

DEVELOPING: The latest turn of the bullpen shuffle is expected to result in LHP C.J. Rienfenhauser joining the Rays tonight, the Times has learned.

Riefenhauser, 24, will be making his big-league debut. He was a 20th round pick in the 2010 draft, and has risen steadily through the organization. He pitched in the All-Star Futures Game last July in New York during a season split between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham as he was converted exclusively to relief work.

Riefenhauser was added to the 40-man roster this winter and participated in spring training with the Rays. In five games at Durham, he worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run, walking four and striking out 11.

Without explaining why, he posted on his Twitter account last night: "Speechless."

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Rays bats come alive in 11-5 win over Yankees

At some point, Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeroes on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.

It happened Friday as the Rays not only snapped out of their collective batting slump,  it was enough to break their four-game losing streak with an 11-5 come-from-behind win over the New York Yankees before 26,079 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays banged out 16 hits and scored all their runs with two out Friday in their biggest offensive explosion since Opening Day.

First baseman James Loney, who had only 5 RBI all season, drove in four runs, including a two-out single in the seventh that gave the Rays their first lead in 42 innings. Sean Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the eighth, his third of the year.

“I’d like to believe this is a definite re-boot kind of game,’’ Maddon said. “Offensively, we’ve been talking about it for a long time. We even had a lot of hard-hit balls caught tonight.

“Finally, we got a couple balls to find some grass or between the defenders. I’m really proud of the guys for not caving in.’’ …

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees

Rays veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes his first start of the season vs Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Rays veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes his first start of the season vs Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda.

The Rays (7-9) try to snap a four-game losing steak and even their series against the Yankees tonight at Tropicana Field. Rays veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes his first start of the season vs Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86).

Centerfielder Desmond Jennings, who was used as a DH Thursday, is still experiencing soreness in his legs and is not in the lineup. He is day to day, manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays will play David DeJesus in centerfield, Wil Myers in right and Matt Joyce in left.

Rays lineup

David DeJesus, CF

Ben Zobrist 2B

Matt Joyce LF

Evan Longoria 3B

James Loney 1B

Wil Myers, RF

Logan Forsythe, DH

Yunel Escobar, SS

Ryan Hanigan, C

 

LH Erik Bedard (0-0) P

Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner, LF

Derek Jeter, SS

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Alfonso Soriano, DH

Brian McCann, C

Yangervis Solarte, 2B

Kelly Johnson, 1B

Scott Sizemore, 3B

Ichiro Suzuki, RF

 

RH Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86) P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rescheduled: Video chat with Evan Longoria on Tuesday, April 22

Evan Longoria takes readers' questions during a live video chat today at 12:30 p.m. Times beat reporter Marc Topkin, inset, acts as host.

Times Staff

Evan Longoria takes readers' questions during a live video chat today at 12:30 p.m. Times beat reporter Marc Topkin, inset, acts as host.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an unexpected personal matter, Evan Longoria was unable to join us for today's video chat. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Don't be left out when Evan Longoria answers readers' questions during a live video chat today at 12:30 p.m., exclusive to Times digital subscribers. Want to know how Longoria is coping as a new father? What it's like to be engaged to model Jaime Edmondson? How the Rays third baseman wound up interviewing the cast of Anchorman 2? Sign up for a Times digital subscription, and you'll be able to ask Longoria himself. The Rays' biggest stars take your questions in our monthly live video chat series, "Lunchtime Live with the Rays''.

Want a taste of what you missed last month? Click on the video link to view a sample of our chat with Rays manager Joe Maddon.

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Rays hit into triple play, Price battered in loss to Yankees

Say this for the Tampa Bay Rays batters – and maybe for the entire ball club at this early part of the season – they finally hit something Thursday night against the Yankees.

Rock bottom.

After watching their ace David Price get ambushed for four runs and three extra base hits by the first 11 batters he faced, the Rays then did something that crystallized their recent struggles, hitting into a triple play.

The around-the-horn, triple play on one swing by Sean Rodriguez in the second inning seemed to be the lowlight in the Rays 10-2 loss to the Yankees in the series opener before 28,085 at Tropicana Field. The fourth straight defeat dropped the Rays’ record to 7-9.

Needing their ace to continue to anchor a Rays staff that has lost three starting pitchers to the disabled list, Price lasted only five innings and was battered for six runs and 10 hits – six of them for extra bases – including back-to-back home runs by the Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann.

Of course, the Rays lumber slumber has been as much a story as their pitching woes. Heading into Thursday’s meeting against Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (2-2), the Rays had scored only 14 runs in their previous nine games. …

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