Monday, November 12, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Former pitcher, coach Sammy Ellis, 75, dies in Temple Terrace

Former major-league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Reds in 1965, died Friday in Temple Terrace. He was 75.

The Yankees held a moment of silence for Mr. Ellis before playing the White Sox on Sunday. Mr. Ellis was a pitching coach for several teams, including the Yankees, and lived in the Tampa Bay area for years.

Mr. Ellis was 22-10 with two saves for the Reds in 1965, throwing 15 complete games. He was 63-58 with a 4.15 ERA in seven seasons, also pitching for the Angels before finishing up with the White Sox in 1969. The right-hander went on to coach and work with many clubs.

Astros: OF Preston Tucker, a former Plant High and Florida standout, was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, manager A.J. Hinch said. Tucker is hitting .185 in 81 at-bats this season.

Blue Jays: LHP Brett Cecil (muscle strain, left arm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. RHP Dustin Antolin was recalled from Triple A.

Brewers: A sore right wrist kept LF Ryan Braun out for the second straight game but a precautionary X-ray showed nothing of concern, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta (right wrist) was placed on the 15-day DL, and OF Michael Bourn was promoted from Double-A Mobile.

Mariners: RHP Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will go with the team on its upcoming road trip, but there is no set date on when he will be activated from the DL. The former Rays reliever hasn't pitched since April 22.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy was scratched from the lineup against the Marlins because of illness.

Padres: Starting 1B Wil Myers, a former Ray, was a late scratch with left forearm tightness.

Pirates: LHP Cory Luebke was activated off the 15-day DL after a minor-league rehab stint. RHP A.J. Schugel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Royals: The team used nine pitchers, tying a club record for one game, against the Braves.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco, who has just 33 at-bats over three seasons, hit his first major-league home run in the seventh.

Comments
Could Rays add a few more wins this week?

Could Rays add a few more wins this week?

Baseball's biggest award week gets underway Monday, with the four major BBWAA honors presented on consecutive nights.Rays fans will be most interested Tuesday, with Kevin Cash a finalist for AL Manager of the Year honors, and Wednesday, with Blake Sn...
Published: 11/11/18
Rays tales: Why Mike Zunino is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay

Rays tales: Why Mike Zunino is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG —There are a number of statistical reasons why Mike Zunino is a logical addition for the Rays.His 34.6 caught stealing rate ranked among the AL leaders, as did his .998 fielding percentage. He was tied for first with 12 defensive...
Published: 11/10/18
What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino

What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino

Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish took to his @RyanDivish Twitter account to post some interesting thoughts on C Mike Zunino, who was traded from the Mariners to the Rays on Thursday in a five-player deal also featuring OF Mallex Smith. Divish ha...
Published: 11/09/18
What getting Mike Zunino, dealing Mallex Smith deal means to Rays

What getting Mike Zunino, dealing Mallex Smith deal means to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — It all started, Rays general manager Erik Neander said to beat everyone else to it, "with the bromance, as you know.''He was having fun, but the funny thing is he was right, too. All those talks Neander and Mariners counterpart...
Published: 11/08/18
Rays get their catcher, acquiring Mike Zunino from Mariners for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal

Rays get their catcher, acquiring Mike Zunino from Mariners for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal

UPDATE, 2:50: Neander said Zunino checks so many boxes in what they value in a catcher as well as a teammate, and they are okay with offensive profile he has shown, obviously hoping for the high end. Also, that they view Heredia as a "top of the line...
Published: 11/08/18
5 things about the Rays’ Mike Zunino-Mallex Smith deal

5 things about the Rays’ Mike Zunino-Mallex Smith deal

Five things about the trade between the Rays and Mariners agreed to late Wednesday, with the Rays getting C Mike Zunino, OF Guillermo Heredia and 2008 draftee LHP Michael Plassmeyer, and the Mariners getting OF Mallex Smith and OF prospect Jake Frale...
Published: 11/08/18
Rays completing deal to get C Mike Zunino for OF Mallex Smith

Rays completing deal to get C Mike Zunino for OF Mallex Smith

UPDATE, 12:34 AM: The deal has been agreed to and barring any unexpected issues with final details or medical reports is likely to be announced  on Thursday.UPDATE, 12:20 AM: The basic framework of the deal is Zunino and Heredia for Smith, but t...
Published: 11/07/18
Updated: 11/08/18
Chaim Bloom: Looking forward to get Rays back to playoffs

Chaim Bloom: Looking forward to get Rays back to playoffs

After interviews that led to serious consideration for the top jobs with the Mets and Giants, senior vice president Chaim Bloom is set to stay with the Rays, at least for now.Bloom, 35, was a finalist for the Giants' head of baseball operations job t...
Published: 11/07/18
Rays Kevin Kiermaier wins Wilson top defensive centerfielder award

Rays Kevin Kiermaier wins Wilson top defensive centerfielder award

Kevin Kiermaier dealt with a lot of bad during a disappointing injury-marred 2018 season.So he was excited and honored to get some good news Wednesday, named the game's top centerfielder in the Wilson defensive player of the year awards."I'm happy as...
Published: 11/07/18
Chaim Bloom expected to stay with Rays as Giants fill job

Chaim Bloom expected to stay with Rays as Giants fill job

Senior VP Chaim Bloom is expected to stay with the Rays,  at least for now, after the Giants opted for Dodgers executive Farhan Zaidi to become head of their baseball operations.Bloom was among the finalists for the Giants job after recently fin...
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18