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Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games

Aug 29, 2016 8:18 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays won't allow Chris Archer to lose 20 games this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Archer leads the Major Leagues with 17 losses through Sunday's action.

The right-hander was expected to be among the game's best pitchers this season, but has been a little unlucky. He has a 4.10 ERA, but leads baseball in strikeouts (202) and K/9 (10.8) Archer's FIP is 3.72.

The Rays don't want him to be forever known as having lost 20 games.

Mike Maroth of the Detroit Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Stats

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Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin Both Homer In First MLB At-Bats

Aug 13, 2016 2:20 PM

A day after Alex Rodriguez played his final game for the Yankees, the team called up top prospect Aaron Judge, who will make his major league debut Saturday afternoon against the Rays.

The Yankees officially released Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon, ending his 12 years in pinstripes and perhaps his big league career after 22 seasons.

Prospect Tyler Austin was also called up from Triple-A and will make his MLB debut. Austin will hit seventh and play first base.

Austin and Judge launched their Yankees careers with back-to-back home runs in their first major league at-bats Saturday, hitting solo shots off Matt Andriese in the second inning.



Tags: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Ends Yankees Career Going 1-For-4 In Win

Aug 13, 2016 1:33 AM

Alex Rodriguez's Yankees career ended the way it began a dozen years ago, with a game against the Rays in which he went 1-for-4 with a double.

The evening began with a thunderstorm that descended upon the Bronx just as a ceremony commemorating A-Rod's years was about to begin. The storm forced the participants, who included Reggie Jackson, Mariano Rivera and Hal Steinbrenner, to scramble for cover from the lightning and torrential rains barely five minutes after it had begun.

Friday night's 6-3 Yankees win ended with the most unlikely sight: Rodriguez heading out for the ninth inning with a fielder's glove on his left hand, sent out to play one final inning at third base, a position he had not started at in a game since April 27, 2015.



Tags: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Miguel Sano Hits Baseball Off Tropicana Field Roof

Aug 8, 2016 8:10 AM

Miguel Sano did something no one had ever done at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon.

Sano hit a ball so high that it scraped off the roof, some 210 feet above the playing surface.

Evan Longoria kept with the ball and caught it to retire Sano despite it being the first incident of its kind.

"I think it would've hit the roof if it was 30 feet higher. It didn't just graze it. He got the catwalk last year, he got the roof this year," Paul Molitor said.

Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.

Adrian Garro/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays

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Brad Miller Upset Over Reduced Role

Aug 8, 2016 7:58 AM

Brad Miller was not happy last week when the Tampa Bay Rays informed him that he would no longer be the team's starting shortstop when Matt Duffy came off the disabled list.

The Rays acquired Duffy from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline.

"I'm not going to change my perception on that whatsoever," Miller said.

Miller has 20 home runs, more than any member of the club other than Evan Longoria.

The 26-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the first time next season and won't be a free agent until 2020.

"I think I've shown them all year how valuable I am," Miller said. "But at the end of the day I've got to go out and play, and that's all that matters."

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays

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Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players

Aug 2, 2016 7:39 AM

There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

The trades involved 49 players. Monday began with 18 teams within 5.5 games of a Wild Card berth and trip to the postseason.

Richard Justice/MLB

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

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Giants Get Matt Moore From Rays

Aug 1, 2016 4:30 PM

The San Francisco Giants will acquire Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays will reportedly receive Matt Duffy, some prospects and cash in the deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Official Trade

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Indians Land Brandon Guyer In Trade With Rays

Aug 1, 2016 3:00 PM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire Brandon Guyer in a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay will reportedly get outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas in the trade.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumor

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Giants Showing Interest In Rays' Matt Moore

Aug 1, 2016 1:09 AM

The Giants are searching for pitching as the trade deadline nears and are reportedly going after Rays lefty Matt Moore.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Giants are pursuing Moore and view him as a controllable southpaw to complement Madison Bumgarner. He notes that the Giants might not have the prospects to deal for the 27-year-old.

Moore is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA and 109 strikeouts.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Interested In Erasmo Ramirez

Jul 29, 2016 1:49 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have had talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about a trade for Erasmo Ramirez.

The Orioles would use Ramirez as a starter. They had been linked to Andrew Cashner.

Ramirez, 26, has made 63 starts and 58 relief appearances in his Major League career.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumor

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Indians Among Those Interested In Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce, 33, will be a free agent after the season and is owed just $4.75 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rangers Getting 'Tons Of Calls' On Jurickson Profar
The Rays are among the interested teams.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Dodgers, Rays Involved In Trade Discussions
It is not clear if Evan Longoria is involved in the talks and it seems more likely that utility man Logan Forsythe is L.A.'s target.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Rays Telling Teams Chris Archer Isn't Available
The Rays have told inquiring teams that Chris Archer isn't available in a trade this month, barring an offer that "overwhelms them."

Buster Olney/ESPN

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Trade Interest In Matt Moore Is Building
The Rays may be willing to trade Matt Moore and interest in the pitcher is believed to be building.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Marlins Targeting Trade For Jake Odorizzi Or Drew Pomeranz
The Marlins are looking for pitching and have held preliminary talks about trading for Jake Odorizzi of the Rays and Drew Pomeranz of the Padres, according to a source.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

Rays Dedicating Pride Night To Orlando Victims
The Rays are dedicating their annual Pride Night to the victims of Sunday's shooting in Orlando.

Associated Press

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Kiermaier Fractures Left Hand
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will be re-evaluated on Monday in St. Petersburg.


Chris Archer Not Concerned Over Dip In Velocity
Chris Archer has seen a dip in velocity in his first two starts this season, but told the Tampa Bay Times that there is nothing wrong.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

John Gibbons Discusses Tuesday's 'Dresses' Remark
John Gibbons caused a bit of a stir when he suggested his Blue Jays should wear "dresses" after a tough loss on Tuesday night that came in part as a result of the application of Major League Basebal

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Utley Rule Overturns Call To Give Rays Win
Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley rule" loomed large in the Rays' win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Associated Press

Rays Release Janes Loney
First baseman James Loney has a guaranteed $8M salary.


Rays Experience Delayed Return From Cuba
The Rays experienced a delayed return home from Tuesday's historic trip to Cuba.

Bill Chastain/MLB

Rays Lose Brad Boxberger For At Least 8 Weeks
Brad Boxberger will miss at least eight weeks after having abdominal muscle surgery, according to the Rays.

Associated Press

Rays Sign Dan Johnson As Knuckleball Pitcher
Dan Johnson, who played first base for the Rays during parts of the 2008, 2010 and 2011 seasons, is now attempting a career as a knuckleball pitcher.

Bill Chastain/MLB

Rays Nearing Deal With Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb, 30, pitched more than 50 innings for the Indians last season with a 3.20 ERA. He had a 59.2% ground ball rate.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Rays In 'Advanced Talks' With Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter is still in talks with other teams, perhaps in search of a multi-year guarantee.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Smyly Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays
Drew Smyly asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a Wednesday hearing.

Associated Press