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For starters: Rays vs. A's, bouncing back

After Friday's 13-inning 1-0 loss, the Rays are looking to bounce back tonight against the A's.

LHP Drew Smyly, who is winless over his last 10 starts, is on the mound for the Rays, RHP Kendall Graveman for the A's.

OF Oswaldo Arcia is in the Rays lineup, Steven Souza Jr. is not, though it has nothing to do with what looked to be a hand injury on Friday, Cash said.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Miller ss
Longoria 3b
Dickerson dh
Pearce 1b
Arcia rf
Guyer lf
Kiermaier cf
Casali c
Smyly p

The A's made a late change to their lineup, scratching RF Josh Reddick. Also, they are without ex-Rays C Stephen Vogt, who was placed on the family leave list.

 

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For starters: Rays at A's, looking for 4 straight

Jake Odorizzi, coming off a win over the Orioles, will be on the mound.

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Jake Odorizzi, coming off a win over the Orioles, will be on the mound.

UPDATE, 8:13: Morrison said the diagnosis on his forearm was tendinitis and he got a cortisone shot. Cash said they hope he will be available to at least pinch hit by Saturday. ... Cash said Beckham earned playing time with his recent hot hitting, worked out today since they are facing a LHP.

Here is the A's lineup:

Crisp lf
Reddick rf
Davis dh
Vogt c
Lowrie 2b
Smolinski cf
Alonso 1b
Healy 3b
Alcantara ss
Manaea p

 

UPDATE, 6:49: Pearce is back in the Rays lineup, and Beckham gets another start as well.

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Guyer lf,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 1b,
Souza RF,
Dickerson DH,
Beckham SS,
Kiermaier cf,
Maile c,
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: After scoring a 7-3 win late Thursday, the Rays are looking to run their winning streak to four tonight when they take on the A's again.

RHP Jake Odorizzi, coming off a win over the Orioles, will be on the mound, opposed by A's rookie LHP Sean Manaea.

Steve Pearce is expected to be back in the Rays lineup tonight at 1B after sitting out Thursday to rest the right hamstring that had landed him on the DL for a month previously.

Lineups when available.

 

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Rays Logan Morrison sidelined due to forearm inflammation

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison in the dugout after scoring on the single by Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. in the fourth inning of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on July 15.

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison in the dugout after scoring on the single by Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. in the fourth inning of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on July 15.

Rays 1B Logan Morrison is out of the lineup tonight and headed to see a doctor in Oakland due to inflammation in the right forearm and wrist area.

Morrison the area has been an issue since the All-Star break and has not gotten better with rest and treatment.

Manager Kevin Cash said they are anticipating improvement with a different course of treatment, either anti-inflammatory medicine or a shot, and that he won't need to go on the disabled list.

With Steve Pearce getting the day off as a precaution due to his previously strained hamstring, the Rays turned to Tim Beckham at first base, his first time playing there at any level.

Another option would have been to move 2B Logan Forsythe, but Cash said they did not want to weaken their up-the-middle defense. Related, Forsythe did not enjoy playing first when he had to in the past.

 

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For starters: Rays at A's, with Beckham at 1B

The Rays lineup has a curious and interesting look, with Tim Beckham, who had five hits on Wednesday, starting at 1B.

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The Rays lineup has a curious and interesting look, with Tim Beckham, who had five hits on Wednesday, starting at 1B.

UPDATE, 8:13: Beckham is at first because Morrison has inflammation in the right wrist/forearm area and is headed to the doctor tonight, and that Pearce is getting a day off as a precaution after "feeling" a little fatigue in the right hamstring that previously sidelined him for a month. ... RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) will throw a live batting batting practice on Saturday in Port Charlotte and if all goes well could then get back to another rehab start. ... OF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) will hit against Cobb. ... Cash said the trade rumors are something the Rays are doing to have to deal over the next week or so.


A's lineup:
Semien ss
Lowrie 2b
Reddick rf
Valencia 1b
Davis lf
Butler dh
Vogt c
Smolinski cf
Healy 3b
Gray p

DEVELOPING: Fresh off their first road series win since early June and their first back-to-back victories in more than a month, the Rays will look to make it three straight tonight when they take on the A's in Oakland.

The Rays lineup has a curious and interesting look, with Tim Beckham, who had five hits on Wednesday, starting at 1B. Beckham was doing pre-game work with infield/bench coach Tom Foley. …

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For starters: Rays at Rockies, seeking a series win

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off an improved outing and a renewed commitment to strike-throwing in response to a challenge from manager Kevin Cash.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off an improved outing and a renewed commitment to strike-throwing in response to a challenge from manager Kevin Cash.

UPDATE, 1:55: Cash said just a day off for Kiermaier, who played five straight following his long DL stint. ... No updates yet on Cobb, who was to throw a bullpen today. ... Cash said he was most pleased Tuesday with how Snell threw his fastball to set up his off-speed pitches. ... Snell became the second rookie to throw six or more scoreless innings with one or fewer hits in Coors Field history. ... Rays PR determined they went 41 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes between road wins, the last before Tuesday on June 8 in Arizona. ... Also, that Snell is the third Blake to win at Coors Field, which is on Blake Street, joining Blake Beavan (Mariners) and Blake Wood (Reds).

Rockies lineup:
Blackmon cf
LeMahieu 2b
Arenado 3b
Gonzalez rf
Story ss
Descalso lf
Reynolds 1b
Wolters c
De La Rosa p

 

UPDATE, 12:16: No Kiermaier for Rays today as Cash is going with one lefty vs. De La Rosa, ex-Rockie Corey Dickerson.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Guyer cf
Longoria 3b
Pearce 1b
Souza rf
Dickerson lf
Beckham ss
Casali c
Archer p

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Video: Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz on what's 'wrong' with Chris Archer

Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz offer their thoughts and suggestions on what's "wrong" with Rays starter Chris Archer during an MLB Network segment.

 

 

 

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UPDATED: Rays-Rockies slated for 10:40 first pitch

UPDATE, 9:59: The Rays and Rockies are tentatively slated to start play at 10:40 Tampa Bay time.

DEVELOPING: The start of the Rays and Rockies game will be delayed due to expected rain in Denver.

It is the second straight night this has happened. Monday's game started 32 minutes late.

Updates when available.

 

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

Blake Snell plans to stay away from his usually effective curveball as a concession to the altitude.

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Blake Snell plans to stay away from his usually effective curveball as a concession to the altitude.

UPDATE, 6:58: The Rays have taken RHP Alex Cobb off his rehab assignment, meaning he won't make another rehab start until July 25 at the earliest, with the idea being he will have more time to work on his mechanics in the bullpen. By doing it this way, the Rays can resume the 30-day clock when ready. ... Cash said there was no talk or plans to pull struggling LHP Drew Smyly from the rotation, and that they talked today and all are optimistic about his next start.

Here is the Rockies lineup:

Blackmon cf
LeMahieu 2b
Arenado 3b
Story ss
Raburn lf
Reynolds 1b
Hundley c
Barnes rf
Chatwood p

UPDATE, 4:50: Pearce is not only active, but back in the Rays lineup, playing 1B and hitting fifth. Dickerson, as expected, is playing; Souza is not

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Dickerson lf,
Pearce 1b,
Kiermaier cf,
Maile c,
Arcia rf,
Snell p


DEVELOPING: After letting another game get away on Monday night, the Rays take on the Rockies tonight with rookie LHP Blake Snell on the mound. …

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Logan Forsythe is Rays winner of Heart and Hustle award

Logan Forsythe has been chosen the Rays winner of the 2016 Heart and Hustle award.

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Logan Forsythe has been chosen the Rays winner of the 2016 Heart and Hustle award.

2B Logan Forsythe has been chosen the Rays winner of the 2016 Heart and Hustle award.

The award, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, honors players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.'' A panel of major-league alums vote a winner for each franchise annually.

"Logan has an admirable work ethic and consistently gives his all on the field," MLBPAA chief executive officer Dan Foster said in a statement. "He inspires young players and is a role model to his community.''

Toward the end of the season, active players and alums will vote an overall winner from the 30 team winners, with the presentation made in November at the 17th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner.

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Rays and Rockies delayed until 9:10

The start of the Rays and Rockies game will be delayed until 9:10 Tampa Bay time due to rain storms that blew through the Coors Field area. 

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Rays plan to activate Steve Pearce on Tuesday

Steve Pearce has been out since June 20 when he strained his right hamstring in Cleveland.

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Steve Pearce has been out since June 20 when he strained his right hamstring in Cleveland.

INF/DH Steve Pearce is expected to be activated off the DL by the Rays on Tuesday.

Pearce has been out since June 20 when he strained his right hamstring in Cleveland.

He played in two rehab games for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs, going 3-for-7 and joined the team on Monday in Denver.

In addition to providing a boost to the Rays lineup, Pearce is expected to be a popular subject of discussion in trade talks as contenders seek to add a bat.

 

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For starters: Rays at Rockies, looking to make it two straight

The Rays are in Denver tonight to take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

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The Rays are in Denver tonight to take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

UPDATE, 7:19: Cash said the Rays likely will activate INF/DH Steve Pearce (hamstring) on Tuesday.

UPDATE, 6:46:  Cash said they had no update yet on the next rehab start for RHP Alex Cobb, who threw a bullpen session on Sunday to work on mechanics rather than pitch in a minor-league game. ... RHPs Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (oblique) both made rehab appearances on Monday for the Stone Crabs. ... Cash said Kiermaier moved up to second in the order only because they were without SS Brad Miller (getting a day off) and the DH.
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For starters: Rays trying to avoid getting swept for 10th time this season

The Rays will try to avoid their 10th series sweep of the season today when they face the Orioles and rookie RHP Dylan Bundy in the finale of this three-game series.

The numbers:

8 straight losses.

12 losses in their last 13 games.

24 losses in their last 27 games.

Jake Odorizzi, who has struggled to finish six innings this season, is on the mound for the Rays.

In injury news: RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) will begin their rehab assignments Monday for Class A Charlotte at Dunedin. DH Steve Pearce (hamstring) will play first base today for the Stone Crabs.

Here are the lineups

 

O’s

Jones CF

Schoop 2B

Machado 3B

Davis 1B

Trumbo RF

Alvarez DH

Hardy SS

Rickard LF

Joseph C

Bundy RHP (2-1, 3.08).

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Miller SS

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Souza RF

Dickerson DH

Kiermaier CF

Arcia LF

Casali C

 

Odorizzi RHP (3-5, 4.47)

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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, trying to start over

UPDATE, 5:29: Baseball ops president Matt Silverman addressed reporters, saying the organization is disappointed in the team's play to this point and putting the chances for a return to contention primarily on the starting pitching. ... Silverman also said they will not charecterize themselves as "sellers" leading up to the trade deadline despite their poor record and that any trades will be driven by the market.

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


 UPDATE, 4:37:
It sounds like Maile will be the primary catcher for now, as Cash said, "you'll see a lot of him.'' Maile is better defensively than Casali, so the key will be how he hits.
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Kevin Kiermaier back with Rays

Kiermaier has been sidelined since breaking his left hand attempting a catch May 21 in Detroit, and the Rays have missed him.

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Kiermaier has been sidelined since breaking his left hand attempting a catch May 21 in Detroit, and the Rays have missed him.

UPDATE, 4;33: Kiermaier said he was determined to return tonight which was why he stuck around for some extra at-bats in the DH last night in Port Charlotte. His excitement was obvious in the clubhouse pre-game, as he said, "It feels like another opening day to me.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays got a big boost before they even took the field Friday with news that CF Kevin Kiermaier was activated off the DL and back in the lineup.

Kiermaier has been sidelined since breaking his left hand attempting a catch May 21 in Detroit, and the Rays have missed him.

Kiermaier played both games of a doubleheader on Thursday for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs to get ready for his return.

Manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Kiermaier's return will help them address the problems with their defense.

"We're going to fix it real soon when Kevin Kiermaier gets back because when he's back he's going to clear up a lot of things,'' Cash said. "He makes everybody around him a little bit better because of the ground he can cover and we can shade different sides in the outfield.''

The Rays have to make room on the roster for Kiermaier, with a relief pitcher expected to be sent down.

 

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