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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.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

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.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

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

Like most young pitchers, the key for Blake Snell is commanding his fastball.

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Like most young pitchers, the key for Blake Snell is commanding his fastball.

The Rays are looking to snap a five-game losing streak tonight, and will have hot prospect LHP Blake Snell on the mound and a reconfigured lineup.

With OF Mikie Mahtook on the DL after breaking his hand Monday and DH Steve Pearce expecetd to be out for at least a few days due to a hamstring issue, the Rays will move Taylor Motter to the outfield, startting tonight in left. INF Nick Franklin was called up from Triple-A to take Mahtook's spot on the roster.

Snell has made two big-league starts, more impressive on April 23 vs. the Yankees than last Thursday against his hometown Mariners at the Trop. Like most young pitchers, the key for Snell is commanding his fastball.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Dickerson DH,
Motter lf,
Decker rf,
Conger c,
Snell p

And here is the Indians lineup:

Santana DH
Kipnis 2B
Lindor SS
Napoli 1B
Ramirez LF
Uribe 3B
Chisenhall RF
Gomes C
Naquin CF
Kluber P

 

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Rays call up Nick Franklin to replace Mahtook

Nick Franklin was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

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Nick Franklin was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays made the first of several potential roster moves on Tuesday, calling up INF Nick Franklin to replace injured OF MIkie Mahtook.

By calling up Franklin from Triple-A Durham, the Rays will use Taylor Motter in the outfield.

Mahtook fractured his left hand Monday when hit by a pitch.

The Rays still have to decide on the status of Steve Pearce, who injured his right hamstring on Monday. Also in question is whether struggling RHP Erasmo Ramirez will get an extended rest.

 

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Rays Mahtook sustains fractured left hand

The Rays lost another outfielder to injury on Monday, as Mikie Mahtook sustained a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch.

Mahtook initially stayed in the game after being hit by Josh Tomlin in the second inning, but was placed in the bottom of the third by Taylor Motter.

Though Mahtook had been struggling, hitting only .154, the Rays were confident he was going to start hitting soon. And he helped the team with his speed and defense, especially a strong arm.

Mahtook becomes the fourth outfielder to go on the disabled list, joining Kevin Kiermaier (broken left hand), Brandon Guyer (left hamstring strain) and Steven Souza Jr. (left hip strain).

The Rays are hoping for Guyer and Souza to make it back on the next homestand; Kiermaier is expected to be out until late July or early August.

If Mahtook is on a similar schedule as Kiermaier, he could return in late August or September.

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Indians Francona to buddy Cash: Take that

The video board sign recounting Cash's big-league career.

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The video board sign recounting Cash's big-league career.

Indians manager Terry Francona couldn't resist the urge to again poke fun at good buddy, former coach and former Red Sox player Kevin Cash, with this video board message as the Rays took the fiel for batting practice.

Both has good laughs - and nothing to say, at least that could be repeated.

Last year, Francona arranged for a video "tribute" to Cash, who spent the previous two seasons on the Indians staff before being hired as the Rays manager for the 2015 season.

 

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For starters: Rays at Indians, in a Cavs world

Drew Smyly, who made an impressive showing in his last outing after skipping a start, will be on the mound for the Rays tonight.

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Drew Smyly, who made an impressive showing in his last outing after skipping a start, will be on the mound for the Rays tonight.

UPDATE, 6:10: Acknowledging the Rays are struggling as they face a difficult stretch of their schedule, Cash said the onus is on all to do better:

"Look, we didn't play very well the last 3-4 ballgames for sure, at home. We're going to be challenged, tested, all of that. We've got to do a better job of coaching better, we've got to do a better job of hitting, pitching, fielding, all of it. But we have every bit of confidence that we can kind of get through this and be tested and come out on top.''

UPDATE, 6:08: OF Steven Souza Jr. was in Nashville today for a cortisone injection and follow-up MRI on his hip and Cash said they are optimistic he will return during the upcoming homestand. ... LHP Dana Eveland, who was DFA'd last week, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Durham. ... RHP Ryan Webb (pec strain) will make another rehab appearance tonight for Durham.

Indians lineup:
Davis cf
Kipnis 2b
Lindor ss
Napoli dh
Santana 1b
Ramirez lf
Uribe 3b
Gomes c
Martinez rf
Tomlin p

UPDATE, 6:04: Rays lineup, with Mahtook getting additional opportunuity despite hitting .154: …

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For starters: Lineups vs Giants and a strange home run stat

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays wrap up the longest homestand of the season to date this afternoon against the Giants. A win and they clinch their first winning homestand of the season, which is hard to believe since today is Father’s Day.

The Rays are also trying to snap a three-game losing streak and trying to avoid being swept since the ill-fated three games in Kansas City from May 30-June 1.

The stat of the day: On Saturday, according to SABR’s home run expert David Vincent, the Rays infield of Logan Morrison, Logan Forsythe, Brad Miller and Evan Longoria not only occupied the first four spots in the lineup, each of them homered. That is the first time in major league history that combo has happened.

It was also the first time in history the Rays received home runs in the same game by the four infielders.

Here are the lineups:

 

GIANTS

Span CF

Panik 2B

Belt 1B

Posey DH

Crawford SS

Duffy 3B

Pagan LF

Brown C

Blanco RF

Peavy RHP (3-6, 5.83)

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Miler SS

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Pearce DH

Dickerson LF

Jennings CF

Conger C

Mahtook RF

 

Odorizzi RHP (3-3, 3.79)

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Rays Alex Cobb "very happy" after throwing to hitters for 1st time

Rays RHP Alex Cobb throwing to Tim Beckham at the Trop today.

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Rays RHP Alex Cobb throwing to Tim Beckham at the Trop today.

Rays RHP Alex Cobb was "very happy" with how his arm felt and his first session of facing live hitters since May 2015 Tommy John surgery went.

After a 35-pitch bullpen session from the Trop mound, Cobb threw seven pitches to Tim Beckham and eight to Brandon Guyer - all fastballs - without giving up a hit.

"I'm very happy with how my arm felt,'' Cobb said.  "I'll be interested to see what the velocity was but I'm absolutely excited about the command of my fastball today, and my curveball and off-speed (pitches) before live hitters got in there.''

Cobb will throw two or three more batting practice sessions, with an increased workload, on a five-day schedule and then advance to a rehab start program, with the goal of returning to the Rays rotation by late July or early August.

One key factor is building up endurance, as he was admittedly fatigued by Saturday's session, which he threw, by the way, in full uniform.

"You can run all you want, you can lift as many weights as you want but you can't get that endurance built up until you start pitching,'' Cobb said.

"Definitely got tired. That's why we do 'em. That's why it takes so long. That's why I probably won't be pitching for a while still, because I still have to build up endurance, but I'm very happy with how my body felt overall compared to times in the past when I've been building up.''

 

 

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For starters: Rays vs. Giants, on Moore's birthday

UPDATE, 2:34: Cash said he has seen signs of the rotation coming around but is still waiting for a run of quality, if not dominating, starts. .... With three starting OFs on the DL (Guyer, Kiermaier, Souza), Cash said he is trying to piece the lineup together, hoping someone will get hot, singling out Mahtook as a candidate. He also said he has been impressed with Decker's at-bats. ... The Rays game notes list TBA for Indians series, but they are set to stayi in order, with LHP Drew Smyly on Monday, LHP Blake Snell on Tuesday, RHP Chris Archer on Wednesday. …

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