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For starters: Rays back home against Marlins

This will be the fourth start for Matt Andriese, who made his season debut on Mother’s Day. He leads the rotation in wins (3) and ERA (2.11).

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This will be the fourth start for Matt Andriese, who made his season debut on Mother’s Day. He leads the rotation in wins (3) and ERA (2.11).

Needing help for an overworked bullpen, the Rays selected RHP Ryan Garton from Triple A Durham and added him to the roster this afternoon. To make room, they optioned INF Tim Beckham to Durham.

Garton, 26, a Mitchell High product, was 1-0 with a 2.38 in 22.2 IP (14 appearances) with the Bulls. He has pitched as many as four innings in one game this season, meaning he is capable of giving the Rays bullpen some length. This could be important tonight since RHP Erasmo Ramirez is still unavailable after throwing 54 pitches in Monday’s loss.

Garton is the second reliever to join the team this week. RHP Tyler Sturdevant was recalled Monday and made his big league debut in Tuesday’s win.

Beckham was the odd man out now that UTL Taylor Motter is on the club. Motter, who starts tonight at shortstop against the Marlins, is a more versatile player.

Manager Kevin Cash said Beckham needs to get consistent at-bats, something he couldn’t do as the 25th man on the team. Cash said his status will be looked at again in a couple of weeks. Still, being sent down at this point of his career is not a good sign for Beckham, who was the first overall pick in the 2008 draft. …

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UPDATE: Rays call up RHP Ryan Garton, send Beckham to Durham

Ryan Garton pitches for the Rays during an exhibition in March against the Pirates in Bradenton.

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Ryan Garton pitches for the Rays during an exhibition in March against the Pirates in Bradenton.

UPDATE. 3:31: To make room for Garton the Rays made a surprising move, sending INF Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster for Garton, the Rays DFA'd OF Jake Goebbert.


DEVELOPING
: The Rays are calling up RHP Ryan Garton to add an arm to the bullpen, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Garton, 26, is a local product, having been born in Clearwater and attending New Port Richey's Mitchell High.

It is not clear yet what move the Rays are making to create room for Garton, who has to be added to the 25- and 40-man rosters.

Garton, a 34th-round pick in the 2012 draft, has been pitching well in his first season at the Triple-A level, going 1-0, 2.38 with two saves in 14 apperances, logging 29 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.

Garton is the second new arm added to the bullpen in the the last three days, as RHP Tyler Sturdevant was summoned Monday and made his MLB debut in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

 

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For starters: Rays at Marlins, in a 12:10 matinee

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, who have lost three straight.

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Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, who have lost three straight.

UPDATE, 11:29: RHP Erasmo Ramirez said he felt the "normal soreness" this morning after throwing 54 pitches in 2-plus innings on Monday and expects to be available again on Thursday. But he also said he made a mistake when the Rays asked him about going back out to start a third inning after throwing 45 pitches and needs to "be smarter" to protect himself from injury. ... RHP Brad Boxberger will make at least a fifth rehab outing, on Wednesday for Double-A Montgomery. ...

Here is the Marlins lineup:
Ichiro LF
Prado 3b
Bour 1b
Stanton rf
Ozuna cf
Dietrich 2b
Realmuto c
Hechavarria ss
Koehler p

UPDATE, 11:18: The Rays have Brandon Guyer in CF today, with slumping Corey Dickerson in LF.

Rays lineup:
Guyer cf,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 2b,
Souza RF,
Morrison 1b,
Dickerson lf,
Conger c,
Odorizzi p


DEVELOPING: After a long, late and frustrating loss to the Marlins last night, the Rays are back at it early this morning, prepping for a 12:10 matinee.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, who have lost three straight. RHP Tom Koehler is starting for the Marlins. …

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Kiermaier to have surgery, likely out 8-10 weeks

Kevin Kiermaier is helped off the field after getting injured diving for a single by the Detroit Tigers' James McCann during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday in Detroit. [AP photo]

Kevin Kiermaier is helped off the field after getting injured diving for a single by the Detroit Tigers' James McCann during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday in Detroit. [AP photo]

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier will have surgery on Tuesday on his broken left hand and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.

Kiermaier broke two metacarpal bones in his left hand attempting a diving catch on Saturday.

A re-evaluation on Monday in St. Petersburg by specialist Dr. Doug Carlan showed mild displacement, making surgery more necessary.

 

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For starters: Rays at Marlins, with Mahtook in CF

Matt Moore, who has been struggling in his last five starts, will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Matt Moore, who has been struggling in his last five starts, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 6:25: Cash said again they will use a mix and match apporach in replacing Kiermaier, with Mahtook and Jennings primarily, but also Guyer. ... Even though Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is struggling, 5-for-his-last-52, Cash said they consider him very dangerous. .. RHP Brad Boxberger was sharp in his last rehab outing on Sunday but will make at least one more before rejoining Rays. ... RHP Tyler Sturdevant was emotional in talking about making it to the majors for the first time after eight seasons in the minors. Cash said they are happy for him and excited to see what he can do.

DEVELOPING: After their rough weekend in Detroit, where they lost two games and CF Kevin Kiermaier to a broken left hand, the Rays are in Miami tonight to open a two-game series with the Marlins here, then head home to play them two more at the Trop.

Mikie Mahtook, called up on Sunday to take Kiermaier's place on the roster, will get his first chance to replace him in the field, starting tonight in CF. Taylor Motter, who grew up Palm Beach Gardens, will start at shortstop tonight. …

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Struggling reliever Geltz optioned to minors by Rays

UPDATE, 7:10: Here is some of what Geltz had to say:

"I'm not going to lose any faith It's a demotion, but it's for a cause. There's a reason for it. It's just performance. I haven't been playing good. I haven't been helping the team.''

Cash said it would be good for Geltz to go back to Triple-A, have some success and feel good about himself again.

"We know he's a pitcher who can help us out simply because of last year,'' he said/


UPDATE, 5:24:
Sturdevant got the call. He is 30, was an Indians draft pick, served a 50-game PED suspension last year, and pitched with Triple-A Columbus. He was at Durham this year, going 1-0, 1.56 with 2 saves and 21 SO in 14 games.

DEVELOPING: The Rays optioned struggling reliever RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham after Sunday's game.

Geltz gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning, the seventh he has allowed in 17 games this season, and fifth in the last two weeks.

No corresponding move was announced. With RHP Andrew Bellatti on the DL and RHP Danny Farquhar ineligible to be recalled, the Rays may have  to look at one of their non-roster relievers, such as Dylan Floro, Ryan Garton or Tyler Sturdevant.

 

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For starters, Rays at Tigers, with Jennings replacing Kiermaier

UPDATE, 12:05: Jennings is in there today, but Cash said they will mix and match, with Mahtook also getting ample opportunity, and Guyer potentially as well. Also a factor the Rays play the next 18 days in a row. ... Kiermaier headed home for a Monday appointment with Dr. Doug Carlan, which will lead to a decision on suergery and a better timetable, though he seems likely to miss at least two months.

Tigers lineup:
Kinsler 2b,
J Martinez RF,
Cabrera 1b,
V Martinez DH,
Castellanos 3b,
Moya lf,
Maybin cf,
Saltalamacchia c,
Romine ss,
Zimmermann p

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UPDATE: Rays Kiermaier breaks 2 bones in left hand

UPDATE, 8:01:  Mikie Mahtook was just removed from the Triple-A game so it would seem that means he is headed to Detroit to join Rays as Kiermaier's replacement.

UPDATE, 7:43
: The Rays said any decision on surgery and a timetable for Kiermaier's return will come after his Monday doctor visit. Kiermaier Kiermaier emotional in talking about the injury and more so not being able to play for "quite a while" and help the team.

Manager Kevin Cash said they Rays would find a way to get through his absence, but several players acknowledged the obvious. "It's a big loss,'' Evan Longoria said.

UPDATE, 6:22
: The Rays say it is two broken metacarpal bones in Kiermaier's left hand, not the wrist. He will fly home on Sunday and be seen Monday by team hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan in St. Petersburg, OF Mikie Mahtook would seem like the obvious call-up from Triple-A to take Kiermaier's place.

DEVELOPING:
Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier left Saturday's game with a left wrist injury that appeared severe.

Kiermaier was racing in to try to make a diving catch on a sinking line drive, and his left wrist bent back as he hit the ground.

Kiermaier immediately grabbed his wrist and writhed in paid, then got up and started running off the field even before the Rays assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker could get to him.

Kiermaier, who won Gold and Platinum gloves last season for his defensive prowess, is one of the key players in the Rays lineup based on his speed and athleticism.

Desmond Jennings replaced Kiermaier in centerfield. …

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For starters: Rays at Tigers, looking for five in a row

UPDATE, 2:48: Cash said Smyly did some work on refining his mechanics since his last start and they expect to see him sharper today. ... Souza is fine after being hit on the wrist last night. ... Cash said he was honored to get to 100 wins quicker than the other managers. .. The Rays are looking to break a team record if they can score six or more runs for a seventh straight game.

Tigers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
J.D. Martinez rf
Cabrera 1b
V. Martinez dh
Castellanos 3b
Upton lf
Maybin cf
McCann c
Iglesias ss
Fulmer p

 

DEVELOPING: After running their winning streak to four on Friday night, the Rays take on the Tigers again today at 4:08.

The game marks a return to Detroit for Rays starter LHP Drew Smyly, who started his career with the Tigers until being traded in July 2014 in the David Price deal. It also will be the first game in Detroit for C Curt Casali, a Tigers draftee in 2011.

Detroit is starting rookie RHP Michael Fulmer, a top prospect called up at the end of the April.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Guyer lf,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 2b,
Dickerson DH,
Souza RF,
Morrison 1b,
Kiermaier cf,
Casali c,
Smyly p

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For starters: Rays at Tigers, with Souza on top

Matt Andriese, riding 15-inning scoreless streak after two strong starts following his call-up, will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Matt Andriese, riding 15-inning scoreless streak after two strong starts following his call-up, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 4:44: RHP Brad Boxberger will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, his third outing in his return from core muscle surgery. ... Souza said he won't chneg his approach hitting in the leadoff slot, having done so twice last year and often in the minors.

Tigers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
J.D. Martinez rf
Cabrera 1b
V. Martinez dh
Castellanos 3b
Upton lf
Maybin cf
McCann c
Iglesias ss
Sanchez p

DEVELOPING:
After an impressive three-game sweep of the Blue Jays, in which they racked up a series-record 44 hits, the Rays are in Detroit tonight to open a series with the Tigers.

Their lineup has a slightly different look, with Steven Souza Jr. batitng leadoff, for the third time in his big-league career.

RHP Matt Andriese, riding 15-inning scoreless streak after two strong starts following his call-up, will be on the mound for the Rays. RHP Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Souza rf,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 2b,
Dickerson dh,
Jennngs lf,
Morrison 1b,
Kiermaier cf,
Conger c,
Andriese p

 

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UPDATE: Rays sign catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor-league deal

J.P. Arencibia hit .310 with six homers, 17 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging percentage in 24 games for the Rays late last season.

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J.P. Arencibia hit .310 with six homers, 17 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging percentage in 24 games for the Rays late last season.

UPDATED, 6:02: Cash said Arencibia made good impressions at the Triple-A and big-league level last year, and that he was signed to provide "added depth" but it doesn't sound like there are plans to call him up anytime soon.

UPDATE, 3:03: The move is now official, Arencibia signed a minor-league deal and was assigned to Durham; Carlos Corporan was released.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to sign C J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Arencibia, 30, is expected to report initially to Triple-A Durham, but could provide an alternative if there was an injury at the big-league level of if Hank Conger were to continue to struggle.

Arencibia hit .310 with six homers, 17 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging percentage in 24 games for the Rays late last season after spending most of the year with the Bulls.

He had hoped to stay with the Rays, but was released and signed with the Phillies, who sent him to Triple-A, from where he was released Monday at his request.

The Rays currently have Luke Maile and Carlos Corporan catching at Durham, and Conger in the majors with Curt Casali, who has gotten most of the playing time.

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Rays, Giants to go '70s retro for June 18 Turn Back the Clock game

The retro uniforms to be worn by the Rays and Giants on June 18.

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The retro uniforms to be worn by the Rays and Giants on June 18.

The Rays and Giants will wear 1970s style retro uniforms for a June 18 Turn Back the Clock Game at the Trop.

The Rays will offer ticket specials - $19.76 for four seats - along with a poster giveaway, special in-game activities and a post-game concert by The Fray, a rock band that was formed in 2002 and had its first hit in 2005.

Here is the team release on the promotion:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-On Saturday, June 18, the Tampa Bay Rays will turn back the clock to the 1970s when they host the San Francisco Giants at Tropicana Field at 4:10 p.m. Vintage uniforms, a 1970s-themed poster and a postgame concert by The Fray will highlight the evening.

For the fifth straight year, the Rays will wear a retro-style uniform from the 1970s that celebrates the style of the era while keeping the Rays modern colors. The Rays have won three straight games and hold an overall record of 3-1 when wearing these uniforms. In addition, the Giants will wear their 1978 road uniforms. …

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Rays Charlie Montoyo excited about International League Hall honor

Rays 3B coach Charlie Montoyo is headed to Durham, N.C., on Thursday's off day to be inducted into the Triple-A International League Hall of Fame.

Montoyo, in his second season with the big-league staff, spent 2007-14 managing in Durham, winning two championships and a franchise-record 663 games.

"When they called to tell me the news, my first thought was that I was going to have the chance to go back to Durham and thank everybody, all the great people and the fans and everyone," Montoyo said. "That's what I'm excited about, thanking people."

Montoyo will be honored before Durham's game with Rochester and joined by his wife, Samantha, and sons Tyson and Alex, whom the Bulls are flying in from their Arizona home.

 

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For starters, Rays at Jays, looking for a sweep

Jake Odorizzi, who has yet to win a game in eight starts despite a decent 3.83 ERA, will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Jake Odorizzi, who has yet to win a game in eight starts despite a decent 3.83 ERA, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 6:04: Cash said he wanted to give Pearce the benefit of two days off since he has been playing 2B so much, and otherwise the lineup was a combination of trying to get some others in and match up best they can with Dickey. ... Webb said he is fine, albeit a little sore, and availake if needed.

Here is the Jays lineup, without Josh Donaldson, who is 3-for-14 with 3 homers off Odorizzi:
Saunders lf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Smoak 1b
Tulowitzki ss
Paredes 3b
Pillar cf
Goins 2b
Thole c
Dickey p

UPDATE, 3:23: The Rays have rookie Taylor Motter in the lineup again today as they face Dickey, and Steve Pearce on the bench.

Rays lineup:
Guyer dh
Motter ss
Longoria 3b
Souza rf
Morrison 1b
Jennings lf
Kiermaier cf
Conger c
Beckham 2b
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: After a second straight big win over the Jays, the Rays are looking to make it a clean sweep tonight when they wrap the series at the Rogers Centre at 7:07.

RHP Jake Odorizzi, who has yet to win a game in eight starts despite a decent 3.83 ERA, will be on the mound for the Rays. Knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey, who at times has confounded the Rays, will start for the Blue Jays. …

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For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, on Archer day

Chris Archer said he plans to be aggressive from the first pitch tonight, having struggled through a 33-pitch, 3-walk first inning in his last start Wednesday in Seattle.

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Chris Archer said he plans to be aggressive from the first pitch tonight, having struggled through a 33-pitch, 3-walk first inning in his last start Wednesday in Seattle.

UPDATE, 6:12: LHP Matt Moore's next start is being pushed back to Monday, allowing the Rays to split up their two lefties as he had been preceding LHP Drew Smyly, and also giving Moore extra rest as he has been struggling. RHP Chris Archer will start Sunday's series finale in Detroit, and Moore the series opener in Miami on Monday. ... Jays manager John Gibbons will start a three-game suspension tonight as a result of Sunday's brawl in Texas, and RHP Jesse Chavez will decide whether to start serving his or appeal. OF Jose Bautista is appealing a one-game suspension so he will play vs. the Rays.

Jays lineup:
Saunders lf
Donaldson 3b
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Smoak 1b
Tulowitzki ss
Pillar cf
Martin c
Goins 2b
Stroman p


UPDATE, 6:04:
As much as Rays Cash prefers R-L-R-L batting order, he said he switched based on clumping hot hitters, thus slotting Pearce 4th and dropping Dickerson down to 6. ... Cash also said it was tough call to sit Jennings tonight after 3-hit Monday, will have him in Weds lineup.
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