Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Report: PED bans looming

Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to try to suspend up to 20 players, including stars Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, after next week's All-Star break for their connection to a defunct Miami-area clinic that is alleged to have supplied them with performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported.

Braun, the Brewers slugger, declined to answer questions during a June 29 meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic Bosch founded, ESPN reported. Rodriguez, who is rehabbing with the Yankees' Class A Tampa affiliate, is expected to be interviewed Friday, according the New York Daily News.

According to ESPN, the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB's drug policy. The argument would be that they committed multiple offenses by receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and lying about it.

Bosch's attorneys have met repeatedly with MLB officials over the past month and turned over numerous documents detailing his connection to major-leaguers.

HOME RUN DERBY: A's OF Yoenis Cespedes joined AL captain and Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, Orioles 1B Chris Davis and Tigers 1B Prince Fielder to round out the squad for Monday's derby. NL captain David Wright of the hometown Mets tabbed Nationals RF Bryce Harper and Rockies OFs Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

GIANTS: OF Jeff Francoeur, who was released by the Royals on Friday, signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Fresno.

INDIANS: The marijuana possession case against closer Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie, is set to resume Sept. 3 in Rocky River Municipal Court in suburban Cleveland.

METS: RHP Matt Harvey, a candidate to start the All-Star Game, has blisters on his pitching hand and may miss his scheduled start Sunday. … RHP Shaun Marcum is scheduled for season-ending shoulder surgery next week after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that involves compression of nerves near the neck.

PADRES: Team president and CEO Tom Garfinkel, who assumed the duties of CEO after predecessor Jeff Moorad stepped aside early last year, resigned. The team said executive chairman Ron Fowler will assume Garfinkel's duties until a replacement is hired. … C Yasmani Grandal, who went on the 60-day disabled list Sunday a day after injuring his right knee, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and is expected to miss 9-12 months.

PIRATES: 2B Neil Walker went on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right side. INF Josh Harrison was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

RED SOX: OF Jackie Bradley Jr., one of the team's top prospects, and RHP Brandon Workman were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley started in center with OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino dealing with nagging injuries.

TIGERS: 2B Omar Infante, who had sat out five games with a sprained left ankle, went on the 15-day disabled list.

TWINS: LH reliever Caleb Thielbar will go on the bereavement list Thursday after the death of his grandmother.

Comments
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Whew. Alex Colome gets the job done

Rays journal: Whew. Alex Colome gets the job done

ST. PETERSBURG — In the end, Alex Colome got the three outs to save the game, the day and the stomach linings of his bosses from further deterioration, so in theory that should be what mattered most Wednesday.And the fact that he was smiling in...
Published: 04/18/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 4-2 Wednesday win

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 4-2 Wednesday win

Alex Colome's ninth-inning dramatics took the focus, but the work of newly corn-rowed RHP Chaz Roe in the seventh (three Ks) and LHP Jose Alvarado (one K, two infield outs) was textbook, and showed how the bullpen can work.RELATED: Whew. Alex Colome ...
Published: 04/18/18
Anonymous Rays rally to beat Rangers 4-2, win series

Anonymous Rays rally to beat Rangers 4-2, win series

ST. PETERSBURG — Even before they lost several of the hitters they were relying most on to injuries, the Rays did not exactly have a lineup built on intimidation.Their own owner said opening day that he expected them to rank among the least pro...
Published: 04/18/18
Rays Baldelli makes a key catch

Rays Baldelli makes a key catch

Rays coach Rocco Baldelli was all smiles Wednesday morning, happy to play a role through social media in reuniting a lost dog and its owner."I feel really good about how this worked out," Baldelli said.REUNITED! Thank you everyone for spreading the w...
Published: 04/18/18
For starters: Rays vs. Rangers, with Faria on the hill

For starters: Rays vs. Rangers, with Faria on the hill

UPDATE, 12:01: Cash said Brad Miller (groin) got through his rehab game with the Stone Crabs well last night playing first and will play second tonight, with the likely plan to be off Thursday and rejoin the Rays Friday. … With 3B Matt Duffy on...
Published: 04/18/18
Rays, Chirinos fall to Rangers, 7-2

Rays, Chirinos fall to Rangers, 7-2

ST. PETERSBURG — For three outings, rookie Yonny Chirinos had been stellar in making a case to join the Rays' starting rotation, not allowing a single run in the first 141/3 innings of his major-league career.That perfection came to an inevitab...
Published: 04/17/18
Updated: 04/18/18
Rays journal: Rays play it safe, put Matt Duffy on DL with hamstring injury

Rays journal: Rays play it safe, put Matt Duffy on DL with hamstring injury

ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Duffy is back on the disabled list.The Rays third baseman, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday after leaving Monday's game in the first inning with t...
Published: 04/17/18
Rays takeaways: Just one bad outing, a rangey outfield, a sharp ex-Ray

Rays takeaways: Just one bad outing, a rangey outfield, a sharp ex-Ray

Yonny Chirinos may still be an answer as the Rays look to fill out their rotation. He probably stayed in a little too long Tuesday, trailing 2-1 entering the fifth but giving up four runs the rest of the way. Bad starts caught up to him in the first,...
Published: 04/17/18
Rays-Rangers lineup: Matt Duffy to DL, Brandon Snyder up

Rays-Rangers lineup: Matt Duffy to DL, Brandon Snyder up

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where another day brings another round of injury-related transactions for the Rays.Third baseman Matt Duffy, who left Monday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, ta...
Published: 04/17/18