UPDATE, 3:11: Mariners lineup with ex-Ray Justin Ruggiano in CF:
DEVELOPING: After losing the last two games to the A's and three players to injury (with 1B James Loney ending up on the DL), the Rays cap off the holiday weekend by hosting the Mariners tonight at 7:10.
RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, and they are hoping he can work deep into the game. The Mariners are starting LHP Roenis Elias.
Two of the players called up by the Rays Monday are in the lineup, Tim Beckham at SS (as Asdrubal Cabrera had a groin strain) and Jake Elmore in leftfield (as OF Steven Souza Jr. sprained his wrist).
Here is the Rays somewhat patched together lineup:
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UPDATE, 5:04: Loney said he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
"It was disappointing, it was unfortunate,'' Loney said. "I knew yesterday it was probably broken.''
Logan Forsythe will be the primary first baseman in his absence, with C Rene Rivera and Beckham filling in.
Souza (sprained left wrist) is considered day to day, manager Kevin Cash said, but was to undergo further medical evaluation today which could provide some clarity to his situation. Souza could be used in an emergency tonight, most likely to run if needed.
Cabrera (groin) said he was feeling better and would be totally off today with the possibility of returning to action on Tuesday.
Beckham was booked on an 11 a.m. flight today to rejoin Triple-A but got a call saying he was instead in the starting lineup.
Loney said the is confident the team can contiunue to play well without him:
"It's going to take more than one guy to win the division and we've been doing that with all our guys. Everybody's been chipping in,'' Loney said. "I don't think we're going to miss a beat.''
This is Loney's second stint on the DL this season; he missed 15 games in April with an oblique strain.
ST. PETERSBURG – Some quick injury updates from the Rays’ 7-2 loss to Oakland:
First baseman James Loney left after spraining his left middle finger on a slide. He’s scheduled to be evaluated more tomorrow and was wearing a brace in the clubhouse after the game.
“Just a little sore,” Loney said. “We’ll see.”
Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is day to day after leaving the game with a sprained left wrist. He said he injured himself colliding with catcher Stephen Vogt at home in the first inning.
“On the collision I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away,” Souza said. “Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious.”
Souza was wearing a brace in the clubhouse and said initial X-rays were negative. He plans to have an MRI tomorrow.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera also left the game with a mild groin strain. He’s considered day to day, too, after feeling a pop while trying to get back to second in the seventh inning.
“I feel a little sore, but it’s more tightness,” Cabrera said. “I think I’ll be all right in a couple days.”
ST. PETERSBURG -- For a team that entered Sunday leading the American League East, the Rays' 7-2 loss to Oakland was painful in more ways than one.
Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. left the game in the third inning with a sprained left wrist and is considered day to day. The injury happened after his foul tip - and two innings after a hard collision at the plate, in front of an announced crowd of 15,692.
Souza tried to sneak home from first after James Loney's two-out single to leftfield. Shortstop Marcus Semien wasn't fooled and threw out Souza at home, where he collided with former Rays catcher Stephen Vogt.
That inning-ending out was the best scoring chance for the Rays (24-21) against A's starter Sonny Gray. Oakland's ace allowed only four hits in his five shutout innings before leaving with a bruised right ankle.
Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez was hit around early and often in his longest start of the year. Billy Burns took Ramirez's first pitch - a thigh-high fastball over the middle - into the rightfield seats for his first career home run. …Full Story
ST. PETERSBURG - Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. left today's game against Oakland with a sprained left wrist. The Rays said he's day to day with the injury.
Souza left the game in the bottom of the third, after his foul tip on the first pitch of his at-bat. He was replaced by Joey Butler.
Souza was involved in a hard play at the plate two innings earlier, when he collided with Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt at home. Souza was thrown out on that play to end the inning.
Souza entered the season as the club's top prospect. The rookie leads the Rays with seven home runs and seven stolen bases. He also has 17 RBIs and a majors-most 65 strikeouts.
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UPDATE, 11:04: RHP Preston Guilmet wasn't in the clubhouse this morning but is expected to arrive later today.
Today's Rays lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays will finish up a four-game series against Oakland today at Tropicana Field. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-1, 6.44) will get another chance to make his case for sealing a spot in the rotation as the team's fifth starter. The Rays' bats get a tough test against Oakland RHP Sonny Gray (4-2, 1.92). Gray has allowed only five runs in his last three starts.
The latest new face in the Rays' bullpen will be RHP Preston Guilmet, who will be recalled today from Triple-A Durham. He'll take the spot of LHP Enny Romero, who threw three innings Saturday.
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After working 3 innings to save the bullpen from further use, LHP Enny Romero was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after the game.
Another pitcher will be called up for Sunday's game to add depth as the Rays have RHP Erasmo Ramirez starting.
The primary options would appear to be RHP Jose Dominguez and RHP Preston Guilmet. Two other candidates, Matt Andriese and Andrew Bellatti, are not yet eligible since it hasn't been 10 days since they were last sent down.
After working three innings to save the Rays bullpen from further work, LHP Enny Romero was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after Saturday's game.
Another pitcher will be called up to add a fresh arm to the bullpen for Sunday, with RHP Matt Andriese seemingly most likely if they want innings. RHP Andrew Bellatti isn't a candidate since it hasn't been 10 days since he was optioned down.Full Story
Even the best bullpens in the game are going to have to their off-days, and the Rays had one Saturday.Full Story
Xavier Cedeno, who had been impressive and nearly flawless since joining the Rays in late April, gave up a pair of run-scoring singles in the sixth inning, leading to a 5-0 loss to the Athletics.
The Rays offense didn't do much to help, managing only three hits in six innings against starter Kendall Graveman and six total. And the defense was sloppy, making two errors on one play and several misplays.
The result dropped the Rays to 24-20 but kept them atop the American League East by 1 1/2 games.
Rays starter Nathan Karns battled through the first five innings, giving up six hits but no runs. He ran into more trouble, however, in the sixth, allowing a leadoff single and then a one-out walk. He struck out Josh Phegley on his 99th pitch of the day, but manager Kevin Cash decided that was enough.
He opted for lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno, who has been extremely reliable, unscored on in 12 appearances since being acquired in late April from the Dodgers for cash.
But Cedeno allowed a single to Eric Sogard, scoring Josh Reddick with the game's first run. Then Cedeno walked Mark Canha to load the bases. And then he allowed a single to former Ray Sam Fuld, who had 4 hits in his previous 54 at-bats.
Two A's scored on the hit, and to make it worse, the Rays made two errors on the play, Kevin Kiermaier botching the ball and then catcher Rene Rivera dropping the throw home, resulting in a third run, and a 4-0 lead.
Trying to rest their over-worked bullpen, the Rays turned to lefty Enny Romero, just called up Saturday, to work the final three innings. He got the job done, though it wasn't pretty as he walked four straight during a 36-pitch eighth inning.
The teams wrap up their four-game series at 1:10 Sunday, with Tampa Bay's Erasmo Ramirez facing Oakland ace Sonny Gray.
UPDATE, 2:08: Cash said sending down Beckham was a very tough conversation and that he's proven he is a big league player, but the priority was adding a bullpen arm to provide some protection. Cash said they could go back to carrying an extra bench player once/if the bullpen gets some rest. ... Cash said he just wanted to get Longoria off his feet with the DH day, but that it is still a tough sell: "We play cribbage for it.'' ... Romero said he had to get up at 3 a.m. to get a flight from Scranton - where Triple-A Durham was playing - to connect in Charlotte and get to Tampa.
UPDATE, 12:22: LHP Matt Moore, completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery, made his first extended spring trainng start on Saturday, throwing 36 pitches over two innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 1.
DEVELOPING: The first-place Rays are looking to make it as easy as 1-2-3 as they face the worst-in-baseball A's today in the third game of the four-game weekend series. …Full Story
Rookie INF Tim Beckham hit his fifth homer, and a 453-foot blast at that, but he was sent down to Triple-A Durham after Friday's game so the Rays could add an arm to their bullpen.
LHP Enny Romero, who began the season on the disabled list at Durham with a back strain, will be recalled to give the Rays a long reliever after they had to use the bullpen heavily on Friday.
Beckham, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, initially made the most of his somewhat unexpected big-league opportunity, but he had just four hits over his last 38 bats, stretching back to late April, before going 2-for-4 on Friday.
Plus, the Rays made it clear when Nick Franklin came off the DL on Sunday that he would be the primary backup middle infielder, with his switch-hitting ability a significant plus as the Rays often have no lefty on the bench.
Romero, 24, made his major-league debut - and thus far lone appearance - at the end of the 2013 season, being flown back from his home in the Dominican Republic to start Game 155 for the Rays after they had played 18 innings two days before. …Full Story
This is the photo illustration on the Stone Crabs Twitter feed.
UPDATE, 5:15: The Stone have now issued an apology and a statement:Full Story
The Charlotte Stone Crabs have decided to cancel tonight's Juice Box Promotion.
The Charlotte Stone Crabs organization would like to apologize for the insensitive
nature of tonight's promotion. We in no way meant any ill-intent or to offend
anyone through this promotion.
We sincerely apologize to the New York Yankees organization, the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and anyone offended by this promotion. …
UPDATE, 5:22: Cash said the Rays were glad to see a lefty so he could get Butler and Beckham into the lineup, and Forsythe off his feet for a day. ... INF Ryan Brett and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser will start their rehab assignments for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs on Sunday. ... Cash said both OF Desmond Jennings (left knee bursitis) and DH/OF John Jaso (bruised left wrist) are doing well but nothing is scheduled for a return to action.
DEVELOPING: Sitting alone atop the American League East, the Rays take on the Oakland A's and an old friend tonight in former ace LHP Scott Kazmir.
To make it more interesting, the Rays have their current ace, RHP Chris Archer, on the mound.
The Rays lineup looks a bit different today since they are facing a left-hander, with David DeJesus and Kevin Kiermaier on the bench.
Two other ex-Rays are in the Oakland lineup: C Stephen Vogt, LF Sam Fuld.
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Drew Smyly will try to rehab his torn left labrum instead of undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, he announced today at Tropicana Field.
ST. PETERSBURG - Rays LHP Drew Smyly will try to rehab his torn left labrum instead of undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, he announced today at Tropicana Field.
"It's better than missing a year and a half to two years," Smyly said before tonight's game against Oakland. "I will take eight weeks to get better, get my shoulder right, get my body right and hopefully help this team down the stretch."
Smyly said if all goes well, he could return to the Rays' rotation as soon as late July after eight weeks of rehab.
Smyly has already started the recovery process since going on the DL on May 9. He's performed exercises with tubes and plans to begin playing catch in a few weeks. He
Manager Kevin Cash didn't want to put a timetable on Smyly's return but said he was on board with Smyly's plan.
"I don't think we're out of the woods by any means or any form," Cash said, "but if there's a chance for him to pitch this year, I think that's great."
Smyly called the tear "mild," and said he saw two doctors during the process. Smyly said other pitchers - including former college teammate and current Dodger Mike Bolsinger - have sustained similar injuries and recovered with rehab. …Full Story
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Alex Colome (2-1, 6.05) will make his fifth start of the season. Oakland will start RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.63).
DEVELOPING: The Rays are back at Tropicana Field to start a seven-game homestand, which begins with tonight's matchup against Oakland.
RHP Alex Colome (2-1, 6.05) will make his fifth start of the season. Oakland will start RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.63).
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
David DeJesus DH
Brandon Guyer LF
Nick Franklin SS
Bobby Wilson C
Alex Colome RHP
Billy Burns CF
Marcus Semien SS
Josh Reddick RF
Billy Butler DH
Stephen Vogt C
Max Muncy 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Sam Fuld LF
Eric Sogard 2B
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