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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, in another tough test

UPDATE, 3:37: Cash said one reason for Andriese's improvement has been doing a good job of following the game plan. ... Dickerson's improvement has been one of the bright spots of the final month, Cash said. ... Franklin said his previously strained left hamstring has improved enough to run the bases, and even to steal bases, but he will be limited to DH duty for now.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Miller 1b
Dickerson lf
Franklin dh
Mahtook rf
Ramirez ss
Casali c
Andriese p

Red Sox lineup
Pedroia 2b
Bogaerts ss
Ortiz dh
Betts rf
Ramirez 1b
Holt 3b
Young lf
Bradley cf
Leon c
Porcello p

DEVELOPING: After losing a tough 2-1 game on Friday, the Rays take on the AL East-leading Red Sox again tonight, and have to face 21-game winner Rick Porcello.

The Rays are starting RHP Matt Andriese, who seems to have rebounded after a long skid following his return from the bullpen to the rotation.

The Rays were beat last night by David Ortiz, who hit a two-run homer to continue what has been a remarkable farewell season. The Rays have a pre-game ceremony planned for Sunday.

Lineups when available.

 

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For starters: Rays and Red Sox in finale home series of season

The Rays begin their final home series tonight against the first place Red Sox, winners of eight straight.

Chris Archer faces lefty Drew Pomeranz, who is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA since coming over the Red Sox from the Padres in a July trade.

Archer is trying to avoid a franchise-high 19th loss this season. He’s currently tied with Tanyon Sturtze for 18. He’s also looking to snap his 10-game losing streak to the Red Sox.

This is the last time Rays fans will get to see David Ortiz play. The retiring slugger will be honored before Sunday’s game.

Here are the lineups:

 

RED SOX

Pedroia 2B

Bogaerts SS

Ortiz DH

Betts RF

Ramirez 1B

Shaw 3B

Bradley CF

Holaday C

Holt LF

Pomeranz LHP (8-7, 2.47)

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Kiermaier CF

Longoria 3B

Miller 1B

Mahtook RF

Dickerson LF

Ramirez SS

Wilson C

Maile DH

 

Archer RHP (8-18, 4.05)

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Longoria wins Rays MVP, Champion award; Snell top rookie

Rays 3B Evan Longoria was named winner of the 2016 Don Zimmer MVP Award and the Paul C. Smith Champion Award today based on voting by members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

LHP Blake Snell was voted the outstanding rookie.

The winners were announced at the Clutch Hitters luncheon, and will be introduced before tonight's game at the Trop.

The champion award is given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field. Longoria finished ahead of Chris Archer, who won in 2015.

Snell got seven of the eight first-place votes for the rookie award, with C Luke Maile second.

Longoria was a unanimous choice for his second team MVP award, finishing well ahead of RHP Alex Colome and and 2B Logan Forsythe.

The Rays also announced their minor-league award winners, with RHP Brent Honeywell named their top pitcher and 1B Casey Gillaspie their top player.

 

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, with Querecuto starting at 3B

Juniel Querecuto will make his major-league debut starting at third base.

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Juniel Querecuto will make his major-league debut starting at third base.

UPDATE, 5:09: Cash said LHP Xavier Cedeno's season is over, as it doesn't make sense to get him into games now as he remains bothered by neck tightness that has sidelined him since Aug. 29. ... Querecuto was all smiles in the clubhouse, recounting how his dad woke him Tuesday with news that he was going to the major leagues and how excited he was.

Yankees lineup:
Gardner lf
Ellsbury cf
Sanchez c
Butler dh
Teixeira 1b
Headley 3b
Gregorius ss
Hicks rf
Solano 2b
Cessa p

DEVELOPING:  The Rays are looking to avoid a sweep by the Yankees, and they will have their newest player in the lineup, as Juniel Querecuto will make his major-league debut starting at 3B.

Evan Longoria, who hit his 36th homer on Wednesday, is in the lineup but as the DH, and Brad Miller is at SS.

Rookie LHP Blake Snell is starting for the Rays, seeking to put a good finish on what has been an up and down first season. The Yankees, battling to stay in the AL wild-card race, will start Luis Cessa.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria dh,
Miller ss,
Dickerson lf,
Casali c,
Querecuto 3b,
Shaffer 1b,
Mahtook rf,
Snell p

 

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For starters: Rays call-up INF Querecuto, lineups vs. Yankees

Juniel Querecuto adds a backup infielder, which the Rays were missing once Nick Franklin went down last week with a hamstring injury.

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Juniel Querecuto adds a backup infielder, which the Rays were missing once Nick Franklin went down last week with a hamstring injury.

The Rays are digging deep into the organization to find a middle infielder to flush out the bench. He is Juniel Querecuto, who played 96 games between Montgomery and Durham.

Querecuto was in his native Venezuela when he received his first call to the big leagues. He is expected to join the team Thursday.

This adds a backup infielder, which the Rays were missing once Nick Franklin went down last week with a hamstring injury.

Once again the Rays passed over Tim Beckham and Taylor Motter, who both finished the season at Durham and did not receive September call-ups, and Daniel Robertson, who played the entire year with the Bulls.

Not bringing up Beckham and Motter appears to be a punitive decision.

As for tonight’s game, Alex Cobb makes his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Steven Souza Jr., underwent surgery today on his left hip. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Querecuto.

Logan Morrison’s surgery on his left wrist was postponed due to a conflict with the surgeon.

 

Here are the lineups:

 

YANKEES

Gardner LF

Ellsbury CF

Sanchez C

McCann DH

Teixeira 1B

Gregorius SS

Torreyes 3B

Williams RF

Solano 2B

Tanaka RHP (13-4, 2.97)

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Kiermaier CF  …

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For starters: Updates on Souza, Morrison, Franklin and lineups vs Yankees

The Rays' Drew Smyly, pictured, faces Michael Pineda.

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The Rays' Drew Smyly, pictured, faces Michael Pineda.

UPDATEd 5:30

RF Steve Souza (left hip) and 1B/Dh Logan Morrison (left wrist) are bot scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow to correct their respective issues.

Souza is opting for the surgery now so he will be ready for spring training in February.

Morrison will be a free agent after the season.

An MRI on UTL Nick Franklin’s left hamstring revealed a moderate strain. Franklin will rehab the injury during this homestand. He said he hopes to be able to play during the final week of the season and end his year on a positive and healthy note.

 

 

The Rays return home tonight after a long and somewhat encouraging road trip where they went 5-6 against three AL East teams who are or were in playoff contention at the time they met.

They open the final six-game homestand of the season with three against the fading Yankees, who have lost five straight.

Drew Smyly faces Michael Pineda tonight.

Rays fans get their first look at Alexi Ramirez, the shortstop acquired when they were on the road.

 

Here are the lineups:

 

YANKEES

Gardner LF

Hicks RF

Sanchez C

Butler DH

Teixeira 1B

Gregorious SS

Torreyes 2B

Solano 3B

Williams CF

Pineda RHP (6-11, 4.94)

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Kiermaier CF

Longoria 3B

Miller 1B

Dickerson LF

Mahtook RF  …

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Ted Williams museum inductions/dinner to feature Pete Rose

Pete Rose, who piled up an MLB record 4,256 hits, is confirmed to attend and will sign autographs during the pre-dinner reception.

AP photo (1978)

Pete Rose, who piled up an MLB record 4,256 hits, is confirmed to attend and will sign autographs during the pre-dinner reception.

The 2017 Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame Induction dinner will feature the Hit King, Pete Rose.

The event, known as Dinner with Chris Archer & Friends, is slated for Feb. 18 at Tropicana Field.

Rose, who piled up an MLB record 4,256 hits, is confirmed to attend and will sign autographs during the pre-dinner reception. Though Rose remains banned from baseball due to gambling, he has participated in several events, including the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Other inductees and guests are still being finalized, but Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Luis Tiant are among the honorees, with Rays Archer, Kevin Kiermaier and Jake Odorizzi also confirmed. Proceeds from the event benefit several charities, including Archer's Archway Foundation.

Tickets are $125 and available by calling 727-534-5354, emailing TPenna@TedWilliamsMuseum.com, or picking up an application at the museum during Rays games this week.

 

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Rays Steven Souza Jr. to have season-ending hip surgery

Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Wednesday.

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Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Wednesday.

Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Wednesday.

Souza told the Tampa Bay Times the "minor arthroscopic" procedure will alleviate an impingement that has bothered him much of the year, and that it won't impact his preparations for next season.

"I'll be ready to go for spring training,'' he said.

The surgery will be performed in Nashville by specialist Dr. Thomas Byrd to "clean out the joint" and to reduce "pinching in the labrum,'' Souza said. He will be on crutches for about four weeks but expects to be able to start running by early December.

Souza finishes his season on a hot streak, hitting .247 with 17 homers, 49 RBIs and 159 strikeouts.

Also, Rays 1B/DH Logan Morrison will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn sheath in his left wrist. Morrison, a free agent after the season, faces a 12-week rehab.

 

 

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Rays Steven Souza Jr. headed to see hip specialist, surgery possible

Steven Souza Jr. has been bothered since June by hip issues, missing 17 games then.

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Steven Souza Jr. has been bothered since June by hip issues, missing 17 games then.

Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. is headed to have his left hip examined by a specialist on Monday in Nashville with the potential for season-ending surgery.

Souza has been bothered since June by hip issues, missing 17 games then. He was examined then by Dr. Thomas Byrd and will see him again to decide on a course of action with several outcomes possible.

"I don't know what I'm going to hear,'' Souza said. "We're trying to figure out what the timetable is , if there is a need for some type procedure, on when to get it, whether to wait, whether to get it now or not get it at all.''

Souza has been able to play on the hip, though with occasional discomfort. He has been limited in weightlifting and other activities, and is concerned it may get worse. …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, seeeking a winning road trip

Jake Odorizzi, who has been sharp since the All-Star break, will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Jake Odorizzi, who has been sharp since the All-Star break, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 12:08: 2B Logan Forsythe is getting a day off, so Alexei Ramirez is at 2B, for the first time since 2008. .... OF Steven Souza Jr. is going to see a specialist on Monday to have his left hip checked, with a potential wide range of outcomes, including potential season-ending surgery. ... LHP Enny Romero has not pitched since throwing the errant intentional walk pitch in New York on Saturday; Romero said his arm is fine. ... As reported in Sunday's Times, C Bobby Wilson is not with the team due to a death in the family. ... 2B Nick Franklin is scheduled for an MRI on Monday on his strained hamstring.

Rays lineup:
Mahtook lf
Kiermiaer cf
Longoria 3b
Miller ss
Souza rf
Dickerson dh
Shaffer 1b
Ramirez 2b
Maile c
Odorizzi p

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

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, after a tough loss

UPDATE, 5:42: Cash said want to get Brad Miller in LF again but it will be tougher with Nick Franklin hurt since they will use Miller at short more now.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Miller ss
Dickerson dh
Souza rf
Shaffer 1b
Mahtook lf
Casali c
Andriese p

And the Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Kim lf
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Schoop 2b
Alvarez dh
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Bourn rf
Tillman p …

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Rays may make a bigger deal of Ortiz farewell after all

The Rays may end up making a bigger deal of saying goodbye to etiring Red Sox star David Ortiz during next week's final Trop visit after all. …

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Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta decides to retire

Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta was in the clubhouse today and said he has thrown his last big-league pitch, retiring after pitching for parts of 12 seasons in the majors.

"I'm not going to play anymore,'' he said.

Peralta, 40, first made it to the majors with the Angels at age 29, then pitched for the Royals, Rockies and Nationals before finding a home with the Rays, working in 296 games over four seasons.

He was traded to the Dodgers before the 2015 season, and started this year wiith the Mariners and finished, briefly, with the Cubs, appearing last July 5.

Peralta siad he was most proud of getting 10 full years of service time in the majors, a threshold he reached this summer in Seattle.

"It was never easy for me,'' he said. "I had to fight every year.''

Peralta said he plans to pitch in a few game during winter ball season in his native Dominican Republic as a way to thank the fans for their support.

He finished with a 20-35-15 record and 4.03 ERA, working in 620 big-league games.

 

 

 

 

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, with Miller in LF

UPDATE, 5:50: #Rays Cash said having Miller able to play LF increases '17 roster options but he still considers him their primary 1B. That could change if they were to find another 1B. ... Franklin said hamstring was more sore than he expected but still hopes to return this year. Cash said they'll take it, yep, day to day. .. Franklin said hamstring was more sore than he expected but still hopes to return this year. Cash said they'll take it, yep, day to day. ... Decker had flight issues, should be here by gametime. Provides LH bat off bench with Franklin out. ... Morrison has not made decision to have surgery on wrist, will get second opinion on Monday. Morrison was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Decker.

Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Kim lf
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Schoop 2b
Alvarez dh
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Bourn rf
Jimenez p

UPDATE, 4:45: The Rays have Brad Miller in LF tonight, which is an interesting development as far as his 2017 role. He had played OF with Mariners.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Miller lf,
Dickerson dh,
Souza rf,
Shaffer 1b,
Ramirez ss,
Wilson c,
Archer p

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking for more

Blake Snell will be on the mound, seeking to snap out of a extended skid.

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Blake Snell will be on the mound, seeking to snap out of a extended skid.

UPDATE, 5:33: Morrison had MRI on his left wrist which showed torn sheath, which would require surgery. He is getting a second opinion. Tough break for free agent to be. ... RHP Chris Archer joined Orioles CF Adam Jones to meet with kids from the area Boys & Girls Club before the game. ... Cash said they want Snell to simplify his approach and his repertoire. ... The Rays were told the Orioles would be done early with batting practice so they moved up their schedule by about 20 minutes, only to end waiting for the normal time slot.

Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Schoop 2b
Machado 3b
Trumbo dh
Davis 1b
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Stubb rf
Reimold lf
Gallardo p

UPDATE, 3:32: The Rays have Miller at SS tonight and Franklin at 1B, part of Cash's plan to rotate playing time.

Here is the lineup:
Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Miller ss,
Franklin 1b,
Dickerson dh,
Souza rf,
Mahtook lf,
Maile c,
Snell p …

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