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Rays Designate Blalock For Assignment

The Rays designated Hank Blalock for assignment after Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

The move was made to make room for Gabe Kapler, who will return from the disabled list on Wednesday night.

Blalock batted .254 in 63 at-bats with a homer and seven RBIs.

"The at-bats were not going to be there," manager Joe Maddon said. "The opportunity was not going to be there."

Via The Tampa Tribune


Longoria-Upton Have Heated Spat

The Rays had a frustrating weekend against the Diamondbacks and it culminated in Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton engaging in a heated spat on Sunday.

Upton pointed a finger in Longoria's face after the third baseman questioned the center fielder's effort in the fifth inning of Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to Arizona.

"It's a byproduct of a frustrated team," Longoria said. "We're trying to win games and guys are going to have differences of opinion. I just wanted to know what was going through his head. The bottom line, we've talked about it and it goes no further than today."

Via ESPN


D-Backs Jackson No-Hits Rays

Edwin Jackson settled down after a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter of the season of the pitcher, leading the Diamondbacks to a 1-0 win over the Rays on Friday night, according to an Associated Press report.

Jackson walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, and threw a season-high 149 pitches in the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks? history.

Via AP


Rays Option Navarro To Triple-A Durham

The Rays optioned former All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro to Triple-A Durham on Thursday.

Tampa Bay recalled outfielder Matt Joyce as insurance because Carl Crawford is dealing with a sore shoulder.

Navarro declined to comment on the decision, while manager Joe Maddon admitted the catcher's past success made it difficult.

Via St. Petersburg Times


Crawford Leaves Game With Sore Shoulder

Carl Crawford left Thursday afternoon's game between the Rays and Padres with a sore left shoulder.

He started the game in left field and grounded out to second base in the first inning. Crawford didn't do anything to the shoulder during the game that appeared to irritate it.

Crawford was hitting .306 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs.

Via MLB.com


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