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Rays' bats stir; Brosseau joins fun in MLB debut

June 23, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Rays took rookie third baseman Michael Brosseau into the showers after their 8-2 win over the A's on Sunday afternoon. And he got drenched. “They took me into the shower, and I don’t know what they dumped on me,” Brosseau said after the traditional dunking to celebrate

AL outfield All-Star finalists for Starters Election

June 22, 2019

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Castillo to IL with shoulder issue; Wood returns

June 23, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Rays put right-hander Diego Castillo on the injured list Sunday and sent him back home after he complained about right shoulder discomfort following one inning of work Saturday against Oakland. The A’s scored twice and handed Castillo the loss in a 4-2 game. “It’s not something he’s

New club takes over Power Rankings' top spot

@alysonfooter
12:15 AM EDT

Fifteen teams will enter the upcoming week with winning records, but few have established themselves as a cut above the rest of the Major Leagues. There aren't any surprises there -- with just a few games left until we reach the true halfway point of the season, most of the

Sunday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @MannyOnMLB
June 23, 2019

Here's a look at Sunday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, SS (No. 1, No. 8 in MLB) -- 4-for-5, 2B, RBI (Triple-A Buffalo) Bichette has multiple hits in three of his past four games and is hitting

Robertson (sore right knee) heads to IL

June 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Rays placed infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day injured list Saturday and sent him back to the Tampa Bay area to have his right knee examined. Robertson last played on Wednesday, when he was 0-for-2 with a walk during a 12-1 loss to the Yankees. That was

Chirinos' effort can't stop Rays' slide

Tampa Bay loses for ninth time in 12 games despite quality start
June 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Yonny Chirinos did his part to end a recent skid that has seen the Rays fall further behind the first-place New York Yankees than they have been all season. But the offense struggled again, and reliever Diego Castillo had his second bad outing in a row. The

Alvarado nears return, may avoid rehab games 

@goodforball
June 20, 2019

OAKLAND -- Hoping to accelerate the return of reliever Jose Alvarado, Rays manager Kevin Cash said on Thursday that the club hopes to avoid including Minor League injury rehab games on the left-hander’s schedule as he strives to regain pitching shape. Alvarado hasn’t pitched competitively since June 1. One day

Rays' pitching delivers in win vs. A's

@goodforball
June 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- Upon being told of Kevin Cash’s suggestion that Emilio Pagan could be considered the most valuable member of the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen so far this season, the right-hander himself modestly but firmly contradicted his manager. “I appreciate that,” Pagan said. “But it’s not possible with just one

Rays hoping Castillo can pitch through slump

@goodforball
June 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- The best way for Diego Castillo to cure whatever’s ailing his pitching is to continue pitching, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “There’s not a ton that you can do when you’re in a non-game setting,” Cash said Friday, less than 24 hours after Castillo blew his first save

Rays' skid continues with loss on walk-off HR

@goodforball
June 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- Through it all, Rays closer Diego Castillo felt fine. Castillo was OK when he entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and began missing the strike zone. He stayed calm when the potential tying run reached scoring position. And he felt equal to

Here are some future All-Stars from AL East

@Sportsgal25
June 20, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- As the influx of young super-talent mingles with its veteran counterpart across the country, many teams this season have developed exciting storylines regardless of win/loss record. In the American League East, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. burst on the scene in Toronto and Nate Lowe has helped the Rays

Rays to explore idea of TB-Montreal split season

@feinsand
June 20, 2019

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball’s executive council has granted the Rays permission to explore the possibility of playing a split-season schedule between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, a move which Commissioner Rob Manfred said would aim to “preserve baseball in Tampa, but improve the economics of the club

Most intriguing prospects in short season

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 20, 2019

While the majority of the full-season leagues throughout the Minors have already reached the midseason mark, another batch of leagues, commonly referred to as short-season leagues, are just beginning and contain many of the game’s top up-and-coming prospects. The New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues (Class A Short Season) as well

Snell pulled in 1st as Rays drop finale

@juanctoribio
June 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- Blake Snell has struggled in 2019, but his start during the Rays’ 12-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday was among the worst of his career. Snell allowed six runs against the Yankees during the series finale and retired just one hitter, marking the shortest start of

Diaz heads to IL; Rays recall Robertson

@juanctoribio
June 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- After missing the last couple of games with a hamstring injury, the Rays decided to place Yandy Díaz on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring discomfort, retroactive to Monday. Daniel Robertson was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill his spot on the active roster. Diaz left

Why no love? 9 who deserve more ASG votes

@castrovince
June 20, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. The people are speaking. And thus far, it’s hard to disagree with much of what they have to say. Earlier this

Glasnow 'really sharp' in first bullpen session

@juanctoribio
June 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- Regardless of how active the Rays are in the market ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline, their biggest acquisition could be getting a healthy Tyler Glasnow back in the rotation. Glasnow, who has been sidelined since May 10 with a right forearm strain, completed his first

Struggles show Rays need Roe back in top form

@juanctoribio
June 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Rays have talked about the importance of having Chaz Roe return to his 2018 form, but the right-hander’s struggles continued on Tuesday in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. After Ryne Stanek allowed one run in his 1 1/3 innings to open the

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Rays' quiet bats waste Yonny's quality start

@juanctoribio
June 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- Despite winning Sunday’s game against the Angels, the Rays said they needed to play much better in order to have a successful road trip to New York, Oakland and Minnesota. Tampa Bay has struggled in every aspect of the game over its last eight contests, posting a

3 positives, 3 negatives after Rays' homestand

@juanctoribio
June 16, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Performing better at Tropicana Field is something the Rays know they have to do moving forward, but Tampa Bay ended the current seven-game homestand on a positive note, beating the Angels, 6-5, on Sunday. The club finished the homestand with a 3-4 record. “It’s always good to