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Rays to activate Brandon Guyer, DFA Jaff Decker

The Rays will activate OF Brandon Guyer from the DL for Wednesday's matinee against the Red Sox, with OF Jaff Decker designated for assigment to make room.

Guyer last played on June 3, sidelined with a left hamstring strain. He played three rehab games for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs, the last on Tuesday night.

Decker, signed to a minor-league deal during the winter, got called up June 15 when OF Steven Souza Jr. got hurt, but didn't do much with his opportunity, hitting .138 (with four singles) in 10 games.

Guyer had taken over as a starter early in the season and was playing well, hitting .271 with 6 homers and 14 RBI in 40 games at the time of his injury.

 

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Rays place reliever Alex Colome on disabled list

Alex Colome was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

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Alex Colome was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

UPDATE, 6:03: With Colome out, the Rays re-added LHP Dana Eveland to the 40-man roster and called up him up to provide some length to the bullpen. .. Cash said they will mix and match in the late innings based on matchups, and mentioned LHP Xavier Cedeno and RHPs Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez as the most likely candidates.

Colome said he was confident the issues, technically medial (nearer the body) biceps tendinitis, was relatively minor and he is targeting a Monday return. Cash seemed a bit more cautious in setting a return date.

"It's nothing serious,'' Colome said. "I dont want to push too much and be sore, I want to help the team and be ready as soon as I can. But I don't want to push and lose the whole season.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays lost another key player to injury as closer RHP Alex Colome was placed on the DL Tueday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

The DL move is retroactive to June 19, and Colome said he hopes to be ready to pitch again when eligible on Monday.

Colome has been the Rays top late-inning reliever.

He said he was sick for several days in Cleveland and didn't do much, and when he threw a bullpen session in Baltimore he felt something in his bicep. …

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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for two in a row

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, with the challenge of getting through what have been problematic first innings.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, with the challenge of getting through what have been problematic first innings.

UPDATE, 5:55: OF/DH Corey Dickerson is out again due to a sore left thumb but could be used off the  bench. ... With RHP Alex Colome now on the DL, the Rays will mix and match at the back end of games, Cash said. ... LHP Enny Romero's sore left hand is better and he is available tonight. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) is playing another rehab game for the Stone Crabs but doesn't seem likely to be activated for Wednesday's matinee. .. OF Steven Souza Jr. (hamstring) took batting practice and ran, but is not yet scheduled to start a rehab assignment. He could hit on Thursday when RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) throws his third and potentially final live batting practice. 

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Motter lf,
Franklin DH,
Conger DH,
Archer p

Red Sox lineup:
Betts rf
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Ramirez 1b
Bradley Jr. cf
Shaw 3b
Brentz lf
Vazquez c
Hernandez ss
Porcello p


UPDATE, 3:16: Three Rays prospects, all currently with AA Montgomery, were named to the All-Star Futures Game, RHP Ryne Stanek to the U.S. team, SS Willy Adame and RHP Chi-Wei Hu to the World team. Also selected was athletic trainer Joe Benge. …

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For starters: Matt Silverman on security of Kevin Cash and state of Rays; lineups for tonight vs BoSox

Rays president of baseball ops Matt Silverman addressed the media this afternoon and talked about the state of the team, which after 11 straight losses, isn’t very good.

Among the things Silverman said were:

--Manager Kevin Cash’s job is not in jeopardy. Instead, the blame falls on the entire organization, Silverman included.

--He is disappointed with the performance of the rotation, adding he knows they are better than how they’ve performed.

--He said the players are disappointed in their recent performance, adding he still believes in their abilities and expects them to turn the season around.

--Silverman also said the injury to Kevin Kiermaier (fractured left hand) has really hurt the team. The injuries to Brandon Guyer (hamstring) and Steve Souza Jr. (hip) tested and depleted the outfield depth within the organization.

Both Guyer, who makes a rehab start tonight with Class A Charlotte, and Souza, who began running today for the first time since his injury, are expected back this homestand. Guyer could rejoin the team during this series with Boston.  …

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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.

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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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