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For starters: Logan Morrison, Arcia to DL, Boxy, Franklin return

When asked if he was ready to return to his closer role, Brad Boxberger said he first needed to show the team he is healthy.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

When asked if he was ready to return to his closer role, Brad Boxberger said he first needed to show the team he is healthy.

All quiet on the trade front for now, but that could change if Matt Silverman fields the right call from the right team offering the right package.

And the understanding is he is taking calls from teams looking for pitching and, perhaps, a utility fielder who can play first, second and the corner outfields. Someone like Steve Pearce, who is playing first base tonight against the visiting Yankees because ...

... Logan Morrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. The injury forced him out of the starting lineup in the Rays last eight games. Manager Kevin Cash said it's the same injury. The team hoped the cortisone shot Morrison received last week in Oakland would do the trick, but it did not.

The Rays also placed OF Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain suffered when swinging at a pitch in Wednesday's game.

As expected, the Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from the DL. Boxberger missed the first 49 games of the season after having adductor surgery in spring training. He returned May 31 at Kansas City, threw 17 pitches and was back on the DL with an oblique strain that forced him to miss 50 games. …

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Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:

"My view is a team that's not good enough. We're not good enough right now.

"We've got to figure out a way to win those ballgames, The one-run losses, the amount that has taken place here since the break, we just keep continuing to come up short.

"Something, we've got to change. We've got to get the big hit, make the big pitch, whatever, the big play. "it seems like when those big moments of the game are coming we're not getting it done.''

Cash said he was not singling out any one player or segment (starters, relievers, position players, etc.) of the team:

"I think it's a team thing. It's not finger pointing at one specific individual. It's totally on the team, on myself, on the staff. We're just not good enough right now and we've got to make adjustments to overcome that.''

Asked if it was a matter of the players having the talent but needing to do dig deeper and do better, Cash said that may not necessarily be the case: …

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For starters: Rays at Dodgers, at end of the road

Matt Moore, the subject of trade speculation like the rest of the Rays starters, is slated to be on the mound.

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Matt Moore, the subject of trade speculation like the rest of the Rays starters, is slated to be on the mound.

UPDATE, 1:36: Rays lineup has Morrison as well as Souza, who was not in lineup for three of last seven:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria 3b,
Dickerson lf,
Souza RF,
Morrison 1b,
Maile c,
Kiermaier cf,
Moore p

And here is the Dodgers lineup:
Kendrick lf
Seager ss
Turner 3b
Van Slyke rf
Gonzalez 1b
Taylor 2b
Pederson cf
Ellis c
McCarthy p

DEVELOPING: After another late one-run loss, the Rays wrap up their three-city, nine-game, 10-day road trip, with a matinee against the Dodgers.

LHP Matt Moore, the subject of trade speculation like the rest of the Rays starters, is slated to be on the mound. RHP Brandon McCarthy will start for the Dodgers.

The Rays are 3-5 on the trip thus far.

1B Logan Morrison, who pinch-hit Tuesday in his first action since July 18, is expected to be back in the lineup.

Lineups when available.

 

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For starters: Rays at Dodgers, with Archer on the mound

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 8:21: All the Rays mentioned in trade rumors were present and accounted for the in the clubhouse. ... Morrison said his forearm is feeling better and Cash said he expects him to play on Wednesday. ... Former Rays / current Dodgers baseball chief Andrew Friedman visited with some of the Rays early Tueday afternoon.

Here is the Dodgers lineup:
Utley 2b
Seager ss
Turner 3b
Gonzalez 1b
Kendrick lf
Grandal c
Toles rf
Pederson cf
Norris p

DEVELOPING: Following three straight losses to the A's and a day off, the Rays take the field - the historic field - at Dodger Stadium tonight to face the surging home team.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays - at least as of this writing - as trade rumors have been swirling all week about him along with fellow sttarters LHP Matt Moore and RHP Jake Odorizzi.

Adding to the intrigue, one of the teams mentioned most prominently has been the Dodgers, who are now run by former Rays baseball operations chief Andrew Friedman. …

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For starters: Rays at A's, trying to get even

UPDATE, 3:19: RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make at least two more rehab appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Stone Crabs before rejoining the Rays. ... RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) wiill throw a bullpen on Tuesday and then the team will decide if he is ready to get back to minor-league games. ... 1B Logan Morrison (forearm tendinitis) is feeling better but Cash said they likely will wait until after Monday's off-day to get him back in the lineup.

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

And here is the A's lineup, with former Rays prospect Jesse Hahn on the mound:
Lowrie 2b
Smolinski cf
Valencia rf
Davis lf
Butler dh
Healy 3b
Semien ss
Alonso 1b
Maxwell c
Hahn p …

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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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