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For starters: Rays at Red Sox, with the same new look

Having scored five runs Monday after shaking up the lineup, manager Kevin Cash is sticking with what worked as the Rays ta: Kiermaier cf, Souza rf, Loney 1b, Longoria 3b, DeJesus lf, Forsythe 2b, Cabrera ss, Butler dh, Wilson c, Smyly p ke on the Red Sox again tonight.

The only change in the lineup is at catcher, where Bobby Wilson, who is 0-for-his-last-15, replaces Rene Rivera, who is in an 0-for-17 skid.

The Rays will have LHP Drew Smyly on the mound, facing his former Tigers teammate and close friend, RHP Rick Porcello.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Kiermaier cf,
Souza rf,
Loney 1b,
Longoria 3b,
DeJesus lf,
Forsythe 2b,
Cabrera ss,
Butler dh,
Wilson c,
Smyly p

 

 

 

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Confirmed news on Rays' Alex Cobb: Partial tear in elbow, will try to pitch through it

Alex Cobb in the dugout during a March 19 spring training game between the Rays and Minnesota Twins at Charlotte Sports Park.

[WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

Alex Cobb in the dugout during a March 19 spring training game between the Rays and Minnesota Twins at Charlotte Sports Park.

Rays RHP Alex Cobb's season is very much in jeopardy.

The Tampa Bay Times has learned and confirmed that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament. After a program of rest and treatment Cobb will try to pitch with the injury, and if that doesn't work he faces Tommy John surgery and could miss not only the rest of this season but most and possibly all of 2016.

Cobb received PRP therapy, in where platelet rich plasma is injected to speed healing, during a visit to see noted specialist Dr. James Andrews.

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said the team was still in "a wait-and-see mode'' and it was "premature" to speculate about surgery. "He has had some tests performed and we're awaiting results,'' Silverman said.

Silverman said at this point the team and Cobb are focused on getting him back on routine and "re-starting rehab."

Cobb has also been seen by Rays orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton.

Cobb was not available for comment on Tuesday. …

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Rays Alex Cobb has setback, will be shut down for a few days

Rays RHP Alex Cobb has had a setback in his return for a forearm strain and will be shut down from throwing for at least a few days to see how he responds.

Cobb also was examined again by Dr. Koco Eaton, but the Rays say they won't know more for a couple days.

"A little bit of a setback," Cash said. "Just doesn't feel quite right.''

Cobb, the Rays top starter, has been out since leaving a March 17 spring game in Clearwater. After extended rest, he started throwing off a mound last week.

Cash had said Sunday Cobb was going to go back to throwing on flat ground to work on his breaking pitches, but that session did not happen.

"We'll have more probably in the next two or three days,'' Cash said. "He just didn't feel as good as he was hoping. Anytime you're dealing with a pitcher's arm its obviously concerning.''

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For starters, Rays at Red Sox

UPDATE, 6:05: The Rays have shaken up their lineup, dropping struggling Asdrubal Cabrera, who is 0-for-his-last-14, to seventh in the order. That makes James Loney the new No. 3 hitter, and puts OF Kevin Kiermaier at the top of the order, with OF David DeJesus now fifth. C Rene Rivera is in an 0-for-13 skid, DeJesus is 0-for-17 and Evan Longoria 0-for-7.

Also expect OF Steven Souza Jr., who is 0-for-his-last-17 with 12 strikeouts to get a day off Tuesday or Wednesday.

Here is how the lineup looks tonight:
Kiermaier cf
Souza rf
Loney 1b
Longoria 3b
DeJesus lf
Forsythe 2b
Cabrera ss
Butler dh
Rivera c
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: The Rays continue what was to be a three-city road trip tonight when they open a three-game series in Boston against the Red Sox.

RHP Jake Odorizzi, who has not had much success at Fenway Park, will be on the mound for the Rays. RHP Clay Buchholz, who usually pitches well against the Rays, is starting for the Red Sox.

Red Sox lineup:

Betts CF,
Pedroia 2B,
Ortiz DH,
Ramirez LF,
Sandoval 3B,
Napoli 1B,
Holt RF,
Bogaerts SS,
Leon C,
Buchholz P

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Matt Moore feels "really good" in facing hitters for 1st time

Matt Moore throwing to hitters Sunday at the Trop.

MARC TOPKIN / TAMPA BAY TIMES

Matt Moore throwing to hitters Sunday at the Trop.

Rays LHP Matt Moore said he "felt really good" throwing to hitters for the first time since his April 2014 Tommy John elbow surgery.

Moore threw 25 pitches to Nick Franklin, Jake Elmore and Tim Beckham, mixing in fastballs, curves and changeups. He was clocked in the 89-92 mph range on his fastball, which manager Kevin Cash said was good.

Moore acknowledged there was "a new intensity" facing hitters from the throwing he had been doing.

"I was very happy to be around the zone,'' Moore said.

Moore joked about breaking one of Elmore's bats and said it felt great to be back on the mound with a hitter in the box.

Moore will remain on a five-day schedule, with at least two more batting practice/simulated games planned, then start a rehab assignment.

Though the timetable is not set, Moore said he is now looking at a potential mid-June return to the Rays rotation.

 

 

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For starters, Rays "at" Orioles, at the Trop

UPDATE, 1:07: Cash said they are comfortable with the diagnosis of bursitis on Jennings and hope he will be back when his DL stint ends May 11 but won't put any pressure or deadline on him. ... In the interim, Cash said to expect to "see a lot" of Butler, who will DH and play LF against LHPs and some RHPs. ... Butler said he was with his Durham Bulls teammates watching the fight last night when he got word and was obviously pleased to be back in the big leagues.

Orioles lineup:

Machado 3b
Paredes DH
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Pearce 2b
Young rf
Snider lf
Joseph c
Cabrera ss
Chen p

DEVELOPING: After Saturday's 4-0 loss, the Rays wrap up their unscheduled series as the visiting hosts to the Orioles at 1:35 p.m. today.

The Rays this morning placed OF Desmond Jennings on the DL and called up OF Joey Butler, who is in the lineup at DH.

RHP Nathan Karns will be on the mound for the Rays, always tricky LHP Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Guyer lf,
Souza rf,
Forsythe 2b,
Longoria 3b,
Butler DH,
Loney 1b,
Beckham ss,
Kiermaier cf,
Rivera c,
Karns p

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Rays place Jennings on DL, call up OF Joey Butler

UPDATE, 1:09: Cash said they are comfortable with the diagnosis of bursitis on Jennings and hope he will be back when his DL stint ends May 11 but won't put any pressure or deadline on him. ... In the interim, Cash said to expect to "see a lot" of Butler, who will DH and play LF against LHPs and some RHPs. ... Butler said he was with his Durham Bulls teammates watching the fight last night when he got word and was obviously pleased to be back in the big leagues.

DEVELOPING: The Rays made the expected move this morning in placing OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day DL due to the bursitis in his left knee. What was somewhat of a surprise was that they called up OF Joey Butler to take his place.

Jennings had not played since leaving last Saturday's game, though the Rays maintained he was available to pinch hit, and he was set to return to the lineup last night, but manager Kevin Cash decided at the last minute he was not ready. He is the 14th different Rays player to go on the DL this seasson.

Butler, 29, was in spring training with the Rays. He has brief big-time with the Rangers in 2013 and the Cardinals in 2014. He played with Cash on the Rangers Triple-A team at Round Rock in 2011. …

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Rays AAA catcher Luke Maile on wrong end of odd play in Pawtucket

Rays Triple-A C Luke Maile was on the wrong end of a painful play Friday, as Red Sox Triple-A C Humberto Quintero appeared to intentionally hit Maile in the stomach with a throw.

Maile was at the plate when Mahtook stole third, and Quintero fired a sidearm throw directly into Maile's midsection.

Maile said by phone Saturday he was okay, albeit a bit sore and sporting "a pretty good-looking" bruise: "I'm lucky he didn't get me in the ribs or go a little lower. It could have been a lot worse."

Maile said he had no history with Quintero, a former big-leaguer who, after arguing that Maile should have moved, sparked a bench-clearing incident later in the game by sliding late into SS Hak-Ju Lee.

Asked if he believed Quintero hit him intentionally, Maile said, "All that I'll say about that is that at this level, guys who've played as long as we have, you're not going to miss by that much. I don't know why it happened. I don't know how it happened."

The play was the talk of the Rays clubhouse Saturday afternoon, with most players saying they had never seen it before and wondering why Quintero would do so. …

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For starters, Rays "at" Orioles (at the Trop), on Archer day

The Rays will have ace Chris Archer, who has not given up an earned run over his last four starts, on the mound.

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The Rays will have ace Chris Archer, who has not given up an earned run over his last four starts, on the mound.

UPDATE, 3:07: Desmond Jennings is back in the Rays lineup for the first time since leaving last Saturday's game, hitting sixth as the DH. As a result, David DeJesus is in leftfield tonight.

Rays lineup:
DeJesus lf,
Souza rf,
Cabrera ss,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Jennings DH,
Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Wilson c,
Archer p

Orioles lineup:
Machado 3b
Paredes dh
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Pearce 2b
Snider rf
Joseph c
Lough lf
Cabrera ss
Gonzalez p

DEVELOPING: After cruising to a crisp and quick 2-0 victory last night, the Rays are set to host the Orioles again tonight while playing as the visiting team, witch the games moved from Baltimore due to the violence and civil unrest.

The Rays will have ace RHP Chris Archer, who has not given up an earned run over his last four starts, on the mound; the Orioles will have RHP Migual Gonzalez. …

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Balfour rejoins Rays on minor-league deal

RHP Grant Balfour, released earlier this week, is signing a minor-league deal to rejoin the Rays with plans to join Triple-A Durham and work his way back to the big leagues.
"Headed back to Tampa (Bay),'' Balfour texted. "Want to be able to pitch back in the show with the Rays.''
Balfour was designated for assignment April 18, and released, with the Rays responsible for his $7-million salary.
The Cubs and Red Sox were among teams reported to have interest in signing him.
"Yeah, mate, would like to pitch with Tampa,'' he texted. "We weill see how it goes.''

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For starters, Rays "at" Orioles (at the Trop)

Alex Colome will be on the mound for the Rays, making his season debut after a DL stint due to a spring bout with pneumonia following a visa-delayed arrival to camp.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Alex Colome will be on the mound for the Rays, making his season debut after a DL stint due to a spring bout with pneumonia following a visa-delayed arrival to camp.

UPDATE, 5:53: OF Desmond Jennings got a cortisone shot in his left knee and the Rays are expecting him to play on Saturday, with a plan to mix in off days and DH days until the soreness/bursitis goes away.

LHP Jake McGee (elbow surgery) makes his second rehab appearance tonight for Class A Charlotte, but is likely to need six or seven total appearances, and not rejoin the team until the end of May.

LHP Matt Moore will throw to hitters on Sunday, his first time doing so since his Tommy John surgery last year. Based on an updated timetable, Moore could now rejoin the Rays as soon as mid-June.

INF Nick Franklin (oblique) will workout with the Rays through the weekend and expects to start a rehab assignment on Monday that is likely to last at least two weeks.

UPDATE, 5:47: Orioles manager Buck Showalter thanked the Rays for their cooperation in staging the games and accomodating them, and said he fully understood why the Rays were not interested in flipping a home series back to Baltimore.

Orioles lineup, with Steve Pearce making his first pro appearance at 2B:
De Aza lf
Paredes dh
Young rf
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Pearce 2b
Machado 3b
Cabrera ss
Joseph c
Tillman p

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Andriese optioned to make room for Colome

After Wednesday's game, the Rays optioned rookie RHP Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham, clearing a spot on the roster for RHP Alex Colome to be activated off the DL and start Friday.

Andriese, 25, showed well in his first big-league experience, making two starts and three relief appearances, compiling a save, a loss and a 5.54 ERA.

 

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Rays release Grant Balfour

The Rays officially released RHP Grant Balfour on Wednesday, making him a free agent.

Balfour was designated for assignment on April 19. The Rays are responsible for the remainder of his $7-million salary.

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MLB investigation finds 'no tampering' in Cubs' hiring of Joe Maddon from Rays

When Joe Maddon agreed to a five-year, $25-million deal with the Cubs, the Rays suspected there had been prior contact, and asked MLB to investigate potential tampering.

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When Joe Maddon agreed to a five-year, $25-million deal with the Cubs, the Rays suspected there had been prior contact, and asked MLB to investigate potential tampering.

UPDATE, 7:55: In Chicago, Maddon and Cubs officials said they were glad it was over.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg told the Times: "We make our decisions based on the facts at hand and the processes we trust. We can never be certain of the outcomes.''

DEVELOPING: Six months after Joe Maddon left the Rays and signed with the Cubs, a Major League Baseball investigation found there was "no tampering" in his hiring.

Maddon had one year remaining on his contract when he left the Rays unexpectedly in late October, taking advantage of an opt-out clause in his contract activated by the previous departure of executive VP Andrew Friedman.

Maddon agreed to a five-year, $25-million deal a few days later with the Cubs, and the Rays suspected there had been prior contact, and asked MLB to investigate potential tampering.

Initially aiming to present its finding by opening day, MLB announced Wednesday afternoon that "The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.''

As part of the process, MLB investigators checked phone and computer records, and interviewed people Maddon spoke with at the time he was making the move. …

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For starters, Rays at Yankees, then heading home

Drew Smyly will make his second start since coming off the disabled list.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Drew Smyly will make his second start since coming off the disabled list.

UPDATE, 12:07: With the Rays 0-for-5 against the Yankees, Cash said "Today would be a big win,'' but noted the challenge of facing RHP Michael Pineda. "It's kind of pick your poison - it was supposed to be (injured Masahiro) Tanaka, now it's Pineda. I don't know that that's any easier.''

UPDATE, 11:56: Desmond Jennings remains out of the lineup with bursitis in his left knee, though the Rays are hopeful he will play this weekend, although the shift to the Trop could make that tougher due to the turf.

Here is the Rays lineup:
DeJesus dh
Souza rf
Cabrera ss
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Guyer lf
Wilson c
Smyly p

And here is the Yankees lineup, with Alex Rodriguez aiming for his 660th career homer, which would tie Willie Mays for fourth all-time:
Ellsbury cf
Young lf
A-Rod dh
Teixeira 1b
Beltran rf
Headley 3b
Murphy c
Petit 2b
Gregorius ss
Pineda p

DEVELOPING: After losing to the Yankees again on Tuesday night, the Rays are back on the field for a matinee today in the Bronx.

LHP Drew Smyly will make his second start since coming off the DL, going against RHP Michael Pineda, who is stepping in for injured RHP Masahiro Tanaka. …

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