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Tampa Bay Rays collaborate with NormaTec on world-class athlete recovery room

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

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Tampa Bay Rays collaborate with NormaTec on world-class athlete recovery room

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

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Rays celebrate Roberto Clemente Day on Saturday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This Saturday, September 15, the Rays will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day at Tropicana Field in recognition of Major League Baseball's Hispanic Heritage Month, when the team faces the Oakland Athletics at 6:10 p.m. The official, league-wide Roberto Clemente Day took place during the team's road trip on September 5 in Toronto. The annual Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the life and legacy of the Hall of Famer and to officially acknowledge club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Rays outfielder Mallex Smith will be honored in a pregame ceremony as the Rays nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. As a result of his nomination, Mallex selected Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as the charity of his choice to receive a $7,500 donation.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This Saturday, September 15, the Rays will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day at Tropicana Field in recognition of Major League Baseball's Hispanic Heritage Month, when the team faces the Oakland Athletics at 6:10 p.m. The official, league-wide Roberto Clemente Day took place during the team's road trip on September 5 in Toronto. The annual Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the life and legacy of the Hall of Famer and to officially acknowledge club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Rays outfielder Mallex Smith will be honored in a pregame ceremony as the Rays nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. As a result of his nomination, Mallex selected Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as the charity of his choice to receive a $7,500 donation.

The Rays will also honor several Hispanic community leaders, including those who helped with the Rays efforts to aid Ponce, Puerto Rico following last year's hurricanes. The Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., Hispanic Woman and Man of the Year and Feeding Tampa Bay organizations will each be recognized and Sol Caribe, a local Latino band will perform the national anthem. In collaboration with the National Puerto Rican Leadership Council Education Fund, the team will host 200 individuals and families displaced to central Florida following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

To continue Clemente's legacy of care and compassion, the Rays will be hosting the Feeding Tampa Bay Food Drive at Gate 1 and 4. All fans who donate unopened cans and non-perishable food items will receive a complimentary ticket voucher for a 2019 home game. One voucher per person will be issued (some restrictions apply).

Other elements to the celebration, include flags representing the home countries of the Rays Hispanic and Latino players hanging inside Tropicana Field and Rays players, coaches and staff wearing specially-designed T-shirts depicting Clemente's No. 21 and his Puerto Rican heritage during batting practice.

As a special offer for this game, fans can purchase Press Level tickets for $21 online at raysbaseball.com/Clemente.

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Duke Energy's third annual Victories For Veterans program to recognize 13 nonprofits with $85,000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- For the third consecutive season, the Duke Energy Foundation committed $1,000 for every Rays win this season to charities that support veterans in the community through the Victories for Veterans program, a unique partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays.

A total of $85,000 will be invested in 13 organizations to provide services to more than 2,500 veterans in Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- For the third consecutive season, the Duke Energy Foundation committed $1,000 for every Rays win this season to charities that support veterans in the community through the Victories for Veterans program, a unique partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays.

A total of $85,000 will be invested in 13 organizations to provide services to more than 2,500 veterans in Florida.

"The Tampa Bay Rays successful season has translated into phenomenal wins for our veterans organizations," said Duke Energy Florida president Catherine Stempien. "Our partnership with the Rays has provided invaluable services to nearly 3,700 local veterans and we are proud to continue this investment and assist other worthwhile organizations. It is one of the many ways Duke Energy supports the men and women who have served our country."

The 13 recipient organizations will be recognized on Sunday, September 16 with an on-field check presentation by Duke Energy and Tampa Bay Rays representatives.

"The military community is a significant and vital piece of the Tampa Bay region," said Rays President Brian Auld. "We are grateful that this unique partnership with Duke Energy allows us to award grants to so many worthy organizations supporting veterans. It is with great pride that we recognize the Victories for Veterans recipients at Tropicana Field."

Recipient organizations and their veteran-focused programs include:

Tampa Bay area:
• Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (Pinellas County): to provide affordable housing that was designed specifically for the brave men and women returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, enabling them the opportunity to heal in a safe and secure setting while allowing access to on-site services designed to help guide the way to self-sufficiency.

• Imagine Museum (Pinellas County): to support the Veterans Reality pilot program that shares Florida veterans' inspiring stories and art through short films, which are exhibited for community enrichment.

• K9 Partners for Patriots (Hernando County): to certify 100 veterans along with their fully-trained service dogs through its program that supports canine experiences for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries.

• Operation Healing Forces (Pinellas County): to conduct retreats that assist more than 200 special operators and their spouses with reintegration, rehabilitation and resiliency.

• SPCA Tampa Bay (Pinellas County): to subsidize veterinary care for approximately 60 veterans through the Caldwell Keeping Families Together Fund.

• Wheels of Success, Inc. (Pinellas County): to repair and restore vehicles donated through the Vehicles for Veterans program, which provides veterans with safe, reliable transportation to transition into the civilian workforce.

Greater Orlando area:
• Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (Orange County): to promote the importance of permanent housing for chronically homeless veterans through its Welcome Home Veterans Program that collaborates with four regional organizations.

• Matthew's Hope Ministries, Inc. (Orange County): to assist with job opportunities and transitional housing for homeless veterans in west Orange County who are aiming to become self-sufficient. • The Travis Hunt, Inc. (Volusia County): to help sponsor and provide a service animal for a veteran who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; these animals provide therapeutic benefits and contribute to quality of life.

• United Way of Lake County (Lake County): to connect veterans and their families with the needed services, such as rental, utility and workforce development assistance through the Mission United program.

• Wekiva Wilderness Trust (Orange County): to construct the Serenity Garden at Wekiwa State Park, including specially-designed wheelchair accessible boardwalks, which will enable access and therapeutic opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs who would not be able to enjoy the park experience otherwise.

North Central Florida area:
• Rebuilding Together North Central Florida, Inc. (Alachua County): to conduct critical home repairs for veterans that will eliminate health and safety hazards at no cost to the owner.

• Veterans Helping Veterans (Alachua, Marion and Levy counties): to assist with veterans' unmet household needs, such as utility payments, food, clothing and vehicle expenses, in addition to counseling services.

About Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $5 million annually in charitable gifts throughout its Florida service territory.

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Rays host Childhood Cancer Awareneses day tomorrow

Events include the sixth annual Cut for a Cure and a Tuesday's Champion Reunion

Tomorrow, September 8, the Rays will host Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Tropicana Field, in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles at 6:10 p.m. League-wide participation of the event took place during the team's road trip on September 1 in Cleveland, with major league players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew wearing gold ribbon decals and wristbands. This is the third consecutive season Major League Baseball has recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.

From the time gates open at 4:10 p.m. until the end of the 7th inning, fans are invited to participate in the sixth annual Cut for a Cure event at the RumFish Grill Deck in center field inside Tropicana Field. For a donation of any amount, fans can have their hair cut or temporarily colored. If fans donate $20 or more, they will receive a ticket voucher for (2) two tickets to a future 2018 Rays home game. All proceeds benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), which aims to end pediatric cancer through research, with over $60,000 raised from the event in the last five years. Fans interested in participating in Cut for a Cure must have a ticket to that day's game in order to enter Tropicana Field. 

Tomorrow, September 8, the Rays will host Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Tropicana Field, in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles at 6:10 p.m. League-wide participation of the event took place during the team's road trip on September 1 in Cleveland, with major league players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew wearing gold ribbon decals and wristbands. This is the third consecutive season Major League Baseball has recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.

From the time gates open at 4:10 p.m. until the end of the 7th inning, fans are invited to participate in the sixth annual Cut for a Cure event at the RumFish Grill Deck in center field inside Tropicana Field. For a donation of any amount, fans can have their hair cut or temporarily colored. If fans donate $20 or more, they will receive a ticket voucher for (2) two tickets to a future 2018 Rays home game. All proceeds benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), which aims to end pediatric cancer through research, with over $60,000 raised from the event in the last five years. Fans interested in participating in Cut for a Cure must have a ticket to that day's game in order to enter Tropicana Field. 

In addition, the Rays will welcome back and honor 35 children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Children's Dream Fund as part of a Tuesday's Champion reunion on the field prior to the game. Each child has suffered from a life-threatening illness and has been the Rays "Tuesday's Champion" for one Tuesday home game, which includes attending batting practice, meeting Rays players and coaches and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Each child will receive a customized Rays jersey with the number on the back indicating what year they were a Tuesday's Champion. Prior to the game, they will each be introduced on the field and will line up with Rays players and coaches during a moment of silence and the national anthem, which will be performed by former Tuesday's Champion, 8-year-old Olivia Minutolo. 

During the game, Rays and Orioles players and coaches will once again wear gold wristbands to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Every season, Rays players and coaches make a total of seven visits to the Children's Medical Center at Tampa General Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, spending time with pediatric patients and their families. 

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Rays open three-team, nine-game homestand tomorrow

Highlights include 20th anniversary photo viewer and Snack N' Drink Cup

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field tomorrow for a three-team, nine-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles (September 7-9), Cleveland Indians (September 10-12) and the Oakland Athletics (September 14-16). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital. 

The homestand begins tomorrow, September 7 with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch and continues on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's game, all fans will receive a 20th Anniversary Photo Viewer, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance. The Rays-Orioles series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 p.m. start. Prior to Sunday's game, all kids 14 years and under will receive a Snack N' Drink Cup, presented by Match-Up Promotions. All promotional items are available while supplies last.

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field tomorrow for a three-team, nine-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles (September 7-9), Cleveland Indians (September 10-12) and the Oakland Athletics (September 14-16). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital. 

The homestand begins tomorrow, September 7 with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch and continues on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's game, all fans will receive a 20th Anniversary Photo Viewer, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance. The Rays-Orioles series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 p.m. start. Prior to Sunday's game, all kids 14 years and under will receive a Snack N' Drink Cup, presented by Match-Up Promotions. All promotional items are available while supplies last.

The Rays take on the Indians beginning on Monday, September 10, with the first of two consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts. The series concludes on Wednesday, September 12 at 1:10 p.m. 

Following an off-day on Thursday, September 13, the Rays host the Athletics starting on Friday, September 14, with a 7:10 p.m. start. When gates open prior to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. game, all fans will receive a Tote Bag, presented by MLB Network, while supplies last. Upon entry to the homestand finale on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., kids 14 years and under will receive a Toy Truck, presented by W.B. Mason, while supplies last.

Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the fifth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under. In addition, every Sunday home game, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field line from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

The Rays are also offering weekday specials throughout the season including: 

• Monday -- Salute to Service Monday presented by Suncoast Credit Union: Military, Teachers and First Responders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets to select Monday home games, additional bonus dates and special ticket offers throughout the season. Some exclusions apply. Military, Teachers and First Responders are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/specials to sign up. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB-approved verification service. Tickets will be made available one week prior to each scheduled game date.

• Tuesday -- $2 Kids Tuesdays presented by Morgan Auto Group: For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 years and under are $2 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. $2 Hot Dogs, presented by Kayem Franks, will be available for all fans for all Tuesday home dates.

• Wednesday -- Senior Special Wednesdays presented by Duke Energy: For all Wednesday home games, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years and older are only $15.

• Thursday -- $19.98 Ticket Combo presented by Coca-Cola: For all Thursday home games, fans can purchase Press Level tickets that include chips and a 20-ounce bottled Coca-Cola beverage for $19.98.

• Friday -- $7.11 Tickets presented by 7-Eleven: For all Friday home games, fans may purchase Upper Level tickets for only $7.11. To take advantage of this special price, fans should visit a participating local 7-Eleven store and pick up the Rays Friday night discount coupon. The coupon code will be redeemable online at raysbaseball.com/specials or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field. Each coupon will be good for up to four (4) tickets. Fans will be able to upgrade to the lower level for an additional $7. Budweiser and Bud Light will be available to purchase for fans 21 years and older for $5 at the Budweiser Porch in Center Field. Please drink responsibly.

• 7Rewards members can show their app at Gate 3 Guest Services on Friday home games and receive one benefit, one time during the season, in addition to a free small slurpee coupon. Items available include one (1) voucher for a 20-ounce bottled soft drink or bottled water at Tropicana Field concession stands, free parking for a future Rays home game, 'Buy One, Get One' ticket offer or a Rays promotional item. All items are subject to availability. • Rays Season Ticket Holders can receive a one-time bonus of 711 Free Rays Rewards points by showing the 7Rewards app at Membership Services at Tropicana Field. All Season Ticket Holders who receive points also will receive a free small slurpee coupon.

2019 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- 2019 Season Tickets benefits include great savings, the best seat locations, concession and merchandise discounts and access to exclusive events. Through the Double Play Season Ticket opportunity, fans can select from their choice of a premium gift or experience including a complimentary catered suite to a 2019 Rays home game, an experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and an all-expense paid spring training experience. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com/seasontickets for more information.

BATS N' BREWS -- The Rays and iHeartMedia Tampa Bay's "Bats N' Brews" radio show, presented by Budweiser, airs live on Friday, September 7 from the Budweiser Porch in center field. This week's show features DJ Shizm from 95.7 The Beat.

SALUTE TO SERVICE $10 TICKETS -- The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $10 tickets for the game on Saturday, September 8. This special offer is available online only through raysbaseball.com/specials and expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN BATTING PRACTICE -- Tampa Bay Lightning players Braydon Coburn, Louis Domingue, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller will attend and take part in Rays batting practice on Monday, September 10 at approximately 4 p.m.

ROBERTO CLEMENTE DAY -- The Rays will hold their Roberto Clemente Day celebration to honor the life and career of the Hall of Famer as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 15. Rays outfielder Mallex Smith will be honored in a pregame ceremony as the club's Roberto Clemente Award nominee. As a special offer for this game, fans can purchase Press Level tickets for $21 online at raysbaseball.com/Clemente.

DOG DAY AT THE RAYS -- The series finale with the Athletics on Sunday, September 16 is Dog Day at the Rays, presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka-Vodka for Dog People. For just $30 ($40 value), the specially-priced ticket package includes a seat for a fan and their dog in the tbt* Party Deck. Dog Day tickets can be purchased at raysbaseball.com/dogday. In con¬junction with Dog Day, the Rays Wives will host their sixth annual pet food and supply drive, benefiting Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Pet food and supply donations will be collected inside Gate 1 and outside Gate 6. Fans who donate pet food or supplies will receive a ticket voucher for a 2019 Rays game. In addition, the Rays Wives will have a charity raffle on the tbt* Party Deck, featuring exclusive Rays experiences, autographed items and Rays Wives dogs' favorite things baskets. All raffle proceeds will benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter and SPCA Tampa Bay.

GATES OPEN -- Sunday-Thursday, 1½ hours prior to first pitch; Friday-Saturday, 2 hours prior to first pitch.

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Mallex Smith selected as Rays nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Major League Baseball today announced that Mallex Smith was selected as the Tampa Bay Rays 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Major League Baseball today announced that Mallex Smith was selected as the Tampa Bay Rays 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

 

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

 

Each club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5 marks the 17th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

 

In his second season with the Rays, Mallex has distinguished himself as a leader in the community. He has committed countless hours in the greater Tampa Bay area by utilizing his platform as a major league player to impact local youth through his positive and engaging personality.

 

Mallex participated in the first Reading with the Rays event, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, this season by reading children's books to more than 40 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County in March at Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays spring training home.

 

On Jackie Robinson Day, Mallex met and talked with 30 students from the Poynter Institute's Write Field program during a pregame event at Tropicana Field. Write Field is a dynamic program designed to improve the academic performance and life of African-American and Hispanic boys by teaching them writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills. The students participated in a Q&A session with Mallex, interviewing him on his childhood, family and friends and experience playing professional baseball. The students then turned their research notes into full stories on their experience meeting Mallex and watching the Rays game.

 

In June, Mallex took part in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser that raises over $200,000 annually for children in need across Tampa Bay. The money raised through the event allow more "Bigs" and "Littles" to be paired up, leading to improved outlooks on life for the children. Mallex met with each team competing, taking pictures and signing autographs with the top fundraisers.

 

For the second straight year, Mallex participated in the Rays on the Runway fashion show, a charity event hosted by the Children's Dream Fund and Rays Wives, by walking down the runway with 10-year-old dream child Jhorden. The event raised more than $115,000 for the Children's Dream Fund, which aims to make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

 

In addition, Mallex not only aims to impact local youth, but takes his inspiration to the offseason when he works with high school and college players in Gainesville, Florida to develop baseball skills and self-confidence.

 

The Rays will have an on-field, pregame ceremony to present Mallex with the award on Saturday, September 15 during the club's annual Roberto Clemente Day.

 

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website from Wednesday, September 5 through Tuesday, September 18. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting mlb.com/clemente21.

 

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

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Rays announce 2019 Spring Training schedule

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays today released their spring training schedule for 2019, the team's 11th Grapefruit League season at Charlotte Sports Park. The schedule features 33 official Grapefruit League games, including 16 home games at Charlotte Sports Park and one home game at Tropicana Field. The Rays open the Grapefruit League schedule at Charlotte Sports Park on Friday, February 22 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rays schedule is subject to change, and game times will be announced at a later date.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays today released their spring training schedule for 2019, the team's 11th Grapefruit League season at Charlotte Sports Park. The schedule features 33 official Grapefruit League games, including 16 home games at Charlotte Sports Park and one home game at Tropicana Field. The Rays open the Grapefruit League schedule at Charlotte Sports Park on Friday, February 22 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rays schedule is subject to change, and game times will be announced at a later date.

 

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Monday, February 18.

 

In addition to the official Grapefruit League slate, the Rays will host the University of South Florida baseball team on Tuesday, March 5, for the only the second time, following March 1, 2000. On Sunday, March 24, the Rays will travel to North Port to help the Atlanta Braves open their new spring training facility, which will be Atlanta's full-time spring home beginning in 2020. For the second straight year, the Rays complete the spring training schedule against the Detroit Tigers in an exhibition game at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, March 26.

 

Fans can place a deposit to become a 2019 Rays Spring Training Season Ticket Holder or renew their Spring Training Season Tickets and receive complimentary tickets to a 2018 Rays regular season home game as well as a Rays promotional item. For more information, call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com/spring.

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Rays announce 2019 regular-season schedule

Rays to Host Astros in 10th Straight Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have released their 2019 regular-season schedule, and for the 10th consecutive season will play at home on Opening Day as the Houston Astros visit for a four-game series beginning on Thursday, March 28. All 30 major league clubs released their 2019 schedules today. The Rays schedule is subject to change, and game times will be announced at a later date. The 2019 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have released their 2019 regular-season schedule, and for the 10th consecutive season will play at home on Opening Day as the Houston Astros visit for a four-game series beginning on Thursday, March 28. All 30 major league clubs released their 2019 schedules today. The Rays schedule is subject to change, and game times will be announced at a later date. The 2019 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

 

This will be the first time the Rays have faced an AL West opponent on Opening Day, and only the fourth time they have faced a club outside of the AL East, following March 31, 1998 vs. DET (a 11-6 loss), April 3, 2000 at MIN (a 7-0 win) and April 2, 2002 vs. DET (a 9-5 win). March 28 will mark the earliest Opening Day in Rays history, topping March 29, 2018 when they hosted the Boston Red Sox (a 6-4 win). They will open the season on a Thursday for a second consecutive year, after never having done so prior to 2017.

 

For the seventh straight season, Tampa Bay will play 20 interleague games, and they will oppose all five teams from the NL West and continue their annual home-and-home series with the Miami Marlins. The Rays play in the San Francisco Giants home opener on Friday, April 5, only the club's second trip to San Francisco, following June 18-20, 2002. The Rays are scheduled to host the Colorado Rockies (April 1-3), Arizona Diamondbacks (May 6-8), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 21-22) and Marlins (August 3-4). The Rockies will be making only their second appearance at Tropicana Field, first since the Rays swept them in a three-game series from June 11-13, 2004. They will play interleague road series at San Francisco (April 5-7), Miami (May 14-15), San Diego (August 12-14) and Los Angeles (September 17-18).

 

The Rays will play 19 games against each of their AL East rivals, the Baltimore Orioles (9 home, 10 away), Red Sox (10 home, 9 away), New York Yankees (9 home, 10 away) and Toronto Blue Jays (10 home, 9 away). The schedule features two weekend series against both the Red Sox (April 19-21, September 20-23) and Yankees (May 10-12, July 4-7) at Tropicana Field.

 

The Rays will play seven games against the Cleveland Indians, Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics. The Rays will have six games apiece vs. the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

 

For information on season tickets and group tickets for 2019, fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS to speak with a Rays representative.

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Rays host Royals and Red Sox during seven-game homestand

Highlights include Wade Boggs bobblehead and ceremonial first pitch on Saturday

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Monday for a seven-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals (Aug 20-23) and Boston Red Sox (Aug 24-26). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

The homestand begins Monday, with the first of four consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts against the Royals.

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Monday for a seven-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals (Aug 20-23) and Boston Red Sox (Aug 24-26). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

The homestand begins Monday, with the first of four consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts against the Royals.

For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will hold Players' Weekend from August 24-26 when the Rays host the Red Sox. Players' Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of Major League players by allowing them to select a nickname for the back of their jersey as well as wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment. Each player will have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. In addition, each player will have the option to wear a T-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

The Rays take on the Red Sox beginning on Friday, August 24, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. game, all fans in attendance will receive a Wade Boggs Bobblehead, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, while supplies last. The Tampa native and Hall of Famer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday's game. The homestand concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 p.m. start. Prior to Sunday's game, all kids 14 years and under will receive DJ Kitty Slippers, presented by Crown Automotive Group, while supplies last.

Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the fifth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under. Activities include Power Alley Batting Cage, Speed Pitch, Virtual Reality Home Run Derby, Raymond's Treehouse, Topps Make Your Own Baseball Card and the Grand Slam Alley, courtesy of GameTime. In addition, every Sunday home game, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field line from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

The Rays are also offering weekday specials throughout the season including:

• Monday -- Salute to Service Monday presented by Suncoast Credit Union: Military, Teachers and First Responders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets to select Monday home games, additional bonus dates and special ticket offers throughout the season. Some exclusions apply. Military, Teachers and First Responders are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/specials to sign up. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB-approved verification service. Tickets will be made available one week prior to each scheduled game date.

• Tuesday -- $2 Kids Tuesdays presented by Morgan Auto Group: For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 years and under are $2 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. $2 Hot Dogs, presented by Kayem Franks, will be available for all fans for all Tuesday home dates.

• Wednesday -- Senior Special Wednesdays presented by Duke Energy: For all Wednesday home games, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years and older are only $15.

• Thursday -- $19.98 Ticket Combo presented by Coca-Cola: For all Thursday home games, fans can purchase Press Level tickets that include chips and a 20-ounce bottled Coca-Cola beverage for $19.98.

• Friday -- $7.11 Tickets presented by 7-Eleven: For all Friday home games, fans may purchase Upper Level tickets for only $7.11. To take advantage of this special price, fans should visit a participating local 7-Eleven store and pick up the Rays Friday night discount coupon. The coupon code will be redeemable online at raysbaseball.com/specials or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field. Each coupon will be good for up to four (4) tickets. Fans will be able to upgrade to the lower level for an additional $7. Budweiser and Bud Lights will be available to purchase for fans 21 years and older for $5 at the Budweiser Porch in Center Field. Please drink responsibly.

     • 7Rewards members can show their app at Gate 3 Guest Services on Friday home games and receive one benefit, one time during the season, in addition to a free small slurpee coupon. Items available include one (1) voucher for a 20-ounce bottled soft drink or bottled water at Tropicana Field concession stands, free parking for a future Rays home game, 'Buy One, Get One' ticket offer or a Rays promotional item. All items are subject to availability.

     • Rays Season Ticket Holders can receive a one-time bonus of 711 Free Rays Rewards points by showing the 7Rewards app at Membership Services at Tropicana Field. All Season Ticket Holders who receive points also will receive a free small slurpee coupon.

PLAYERS' WEEKEND MERCHANDISE -- Rays Players' Weekend merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the homestand from the Rays Republic Team Store. In addition, authentic blank Players' Weekend jerseys and an original Blake Snell "Snellzilla" T-shirt will be available for sale.

SALUTE TO SERVICE $20 TICKETS -- The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $20 tickets for the game on Saturday, August 25. This special offer is available online only through raysbaseball.com/specials and expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB approved verification service.

USF DAY-- USF Day returns to Tropicana Field on Sunday, August 26 with a $38 ticket package that includes a seat in the lower level and an exclusive Rays/USF co-branded hat. USF head football coach Charlie Strong will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. To purchase the USF ticket special, visit raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m.

PLEDGE PACKS -- With a $150 donation to the Rays Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and the official charity of the Rays, fans can receive a Pledge Pack, valued at $250. Pledge Packs contain the Rays 20th anniversary coffee table book, a mystery autographed baseball grab bag, one (1) ticket voucher valid for four (4) Lower Corner tickets, a Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez Double Bobblehead and a Kevin Kiermaier STAR WARS® Pop Vinyl. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. For more information or to purchase a pledge pack, visit raysbaseball.com/pledgepacks.

GATES OPEN -- Sunday-Thursday, 1 1/2 hours prior to first pitch; Friday-Saturday, two hours prior to first pitch.

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Rays acquire Shane Baz to complete trade with Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baz, 19, will join Rookie-level Princeton. He went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (45.1-IP, 20-ER) and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season with Rookie-level Bristol, and ranks among Appalachian League leaders in ERA (seventh), strikeouts (third), innings pitched (fifth) and opponents' batting avg. (.250, fourth). Over his last four starts, he was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (17.2-IP, 4-ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12, his first career weekly honor, making a pair of scoreless starts spanning 9.2 innings.

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baz, 19, will join Rookie-level Princeton. He went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (45.1-IP, 20-ER) and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season with Rookie-level Bristol, and ranks among Appalachian League leaders in ERA (seventh), strikeouts (third), innings pitched (fifth) and opponents' batting avg. (.250, fourth). Over his last four starts, he was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (17.2-IP, 4-ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12, his first career weekly honor, making a pair of scoreless starts spanning 9.2 innings.

Baz was selected by the Pirates in the first round (12th overall) of the 2017 June Draft out of Concordia Lutheran (Texas) High School and is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 95 overall prospect in the minor leagues. He was ranked by both Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 4 prospect in the Pirates organization. In his first professional season, he went 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA (23.2-IP, 10-ER) in 10 starts for the GCL Pirates. Following the season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Gulf Coast League. He committed to Texas Christian University before signing with the Pirates. 

On July 31, the Rays traded right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named. Glasnow has pitched to a 2.25 ERA (12-IP, 3-ER) in three starts with the Rays, and leads the majors with a 15.00 strikeouts per nine innings ratio in August (min. 10 IP). Meadows is batting .333/.372/.718 (13-for-39) with six doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games for Triple-A Durham.

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Rays trade Adeiny Hechavarria to Pirates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger, who will join Class-A Bowling Green.

Hechavarria, 29, was designated for assignment on August 1. He appeared in 61 games and made 57 starts, all at shortstop, for the Rays this season, batting .258/.289/.332 (56-for-217) with seven doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI. Among shortstops with at least 200 innings, his .990 fielding pct. is fourth in the majors and second in the AL. On June 30 against the Houston Astros, he snapped errorless streaks spanning two seasons at 94 games and 319 total chances-both the longest streaks in franchise history for a shortstop. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins on June 26, 2017, and hit .257/.289/.376 (124-for-482) over parts of two seasons with the Rays. He hit 10 home runs in 482 at-bats with the Rays, compared to 13 home runs in 2,122 at-bats over five seasons (2013-17) with the Marlins. He debuted with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger, who will join Class-A Bowling Green.

Hechavarria, 29, was designated for assignment on August 1. He appeared in 61 games and made 57 starts, all at shortstop, for the Rays this season, batting .258/.289/.332 (56-for-217) with seven doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI. Among shortstops with at least 200 innings, his .990 fielding pct. is fourth in the majors and second in the AL. On June 30 against the Houston Astros, he snapped errorless streaks spanning two seasons at 94 games and 319 total chances-both the longest streaks in franchise history for a shortstop. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins on June 26, 2017, and hit .257/.289/.376 (124-for-482) over parts of two seasons with the Rays. He hit 10 home runs in 482 at-bats with the Rays, compared to 13 home runs in 2,122 at-bats over five seasons (2013-17) with the Marlins. He debuted with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.

Seelinger, 23, is 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA (32.2-IP, 11-ER) and 52 strikeouts in 28 appearances this season for Class-A West Virginia. He has converted all seven of his save opportunities this season and leads the South Atlantic League with 25 games finished, while his 14.33 strikeouts per nine innings ratio would rank second among the league's relievers if he pitched enough innings to qualify. He was selected by the Pirates in the 28th round of the 2017 June Draft out of Farmingdale State College, and was the sixth of 12 Division III players drafted that year. He was the first Farmingdale State player to ever be drafted. Over his collegiate career, he was named All-Conference and All-Region twice, and was the Skyline Pitcher of the Year in 2016. He began his professional career with Short-A West Virginia in the New York-Penn League in 2017, pitching to a 1.80 ERA (30-IP, 6-ER) in 20 appearances. Over parts of two minor league seasons, he is 1-4 with a 2.44 ERA (62.2-IP, 17-ER) and 12.78 strikeouts per nine innings ratio, with 11 saves in 12 opportunities.

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Rays acquire Tommy Pham from Cardinals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and international slot money from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Justin Williams, minor league left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and minor league right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez. A corresponding move to the 25-man roster will be made later.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and international slot money from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Justin Williams, minor league left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and minor league right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez. A corresponding move to the 25-man roster will be made later.

 

Pham, 30, is batting .248/.311/.399 (87-for-396) with 14 home runs, 41 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 98 games (90 starts) this season with the Cardinals. He is tied for 6th in the National League with 67 runs scored, and is one of nine NL players with double-digit homers and steals so far this season. Last season, Pham finished 11th in overall balloting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award, batting .306/.411/.520 (136-for-444) with 23 home runs, 73 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 128 games (116 starts). He became the first Cardinals player with at least 20 homers and 20 steals in a single season since Reggie Sanders in 2004, and is the only player in franchise history to do that with a .300 avg. or better. Last season, he ranked among NL leaders in batting avg. (11th), on-base pct. (third), runs (95, tied for 10th) and stolen bases (fourth).

 

Pham was selected by the Cardinals in the 16th round of the 2006 June Draft out of Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nev. He spent parts of nine seasons in the minor leagues before making his major league debut on September 9, 2014. Over parts of five seasons in the majors, he is batting .271/.365/.463 (300-for-1,109) with 51 home runs and 149 RBI.

 

Williams, 22, has spent the entire season with Triple-A Durham aside from a one-day stint with the Rays, making his major league debut as a pinch-hitter on July 21 against the Miami Marlins. He is batting .258/.313/.376 (92-for-356) with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 94 games for the Bulls and was named to the International League midseason All-Star Team. Last season, he was named by the Rays Baseball Operations department as the Most Valuable Player for Montgomery, batting .301/.364/.489 (110-for-366) with 21 doubles, 14 home runs and 72 RBI in 96 games. Williams was originally acquired by the Rays from the Arizona Diamondbacks in November 2014 and is batting .299/.342/.433 (608-for-2,033) with 44 home runs and 308 RBI over six minor league seasons. He is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 14 prospect in the organization.

 

Cabrera, is 7-6 with a 4.12 ERA (113.2-IP, 52-ER) and 124 strikeouts in 21 appearances (20 starts) for Double-A Montgomery and was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team. He ranks among Southern League leaders in strikeouts (second), innings (fourth) and opponents' batting avg. (fifth), and leads Rays minor leaguers in strikeouts. He was signed by the Rays as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic on November 1, 2013 and is 29-21 with a 3.60 ERA (410.1-IP, 164-ER) in 88 apps (69 starts) over five minor league seasons. He is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 25 prospect in the organization.

 

Ramirez, is 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA (53.1-IP, 15-ER) in 34 apps (1 start) between Class-A Charlotte and Montgomery. He did not allow a run in eight apps spanning 12.2 IP with the Stone Crabs, and was promoted to the Double-A level on May 2. He was selected by the Rays in the eighth round of the 2013 June Draft out of United South High School in Laredo, Texas. Over six minor league seasons, he is 26-21 with a 3.85 ERA (376.1-IP, 161-ER) in 124 apps (45 starts).

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Rays trade Chris Archer to Pirates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named.

Archer, 29, departs the Rays after seven seasons, going 54-68 with a 3.69 ERA (1,063-IP, 436-ER) in 179 appearances (177 starts). He was the first pitcher in Rays history to make four consecutive Opening Day starts (2015-18), and tied James Shields (2008-10, 2012) for the most Opening Day starts in club history. Archer ranks second in club history with 1,146 strikeouts, behind Shields (1,250), and ranks second in starts, third in innings pitched and fourth in wins.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named.

Archer, 29, departs the Rays after seven seasons, going 54-68 with a 3.69 ERA (1,063-IP, 436-ER) in 179 appearances (177 starts). He was the first pitcher in Rays history to make four consecutive Opening Day starts (2015-18), and tied James Shields (2008-10, 2012) for the most Opening Day starts in club history. Archer ranks second in club history with 1,146 strikeouts, behind Shields (1,250), and ranks second in starts, third in innings pitched and fourth in wins.

Archer has made at least 30 starts in four straight seasons (2014-17), joining Shields (2007-12) as the only two Rays pitchers ever to do so. He is one of five major league pitchers to throw at least 200 innings in each of the previous three seasons. Since June 1, 2013-the date he was recalled to the majors for good-his 173 starts rank second in the majors, just one start shy of Max Scherzer (174). His 1,110 strikeouts over that span rank fifth in the majors, trailing Scherzer (1,429), Chris Sale (1,395), Corey Kluber (1,235) and Clayton Kershaw (1,155). He struck out a club-record 252 batters in 2015.

He is a two-time American League All-Star (2015, 2017) and pitched for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He was honored twice as the Rays nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award (2015, 2016) and by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America as the Paul C. Smith Champion Award (2015), given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field.

This season, Archer is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA (96-IP, 46-ER) in 17 starts and spent 32 games on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain-the first DL stint of his career. He turns 30 on September 26.
Glasnow, 24, is 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA (56-IP, 27-ER) and 72 strikeouts in 34 appearances, all in relief, for the Pirates this season. He ranks third among National League relievers in strikeouts, behind Milwaukee's Josh Hader (99) and Colorado's Adam Ottavino (77). He has made 19 relief apps of 2 IP or more, most in the majors. He has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season after making 22 apps (17 starts) with the Pirates over the 2016-17 seasons.

Glasnow was ranked by Baseball America as a Top 50 prospect in the minors for four consecutive seasons (2014-17), including No. 16 entering the 2015 season and No. 14 entering the 2016 season. Over parts of six minor league seasons, he is 45-21 with a 2.02 ERA (593.1-IP, 133-ER) and 785 strikeouts in 118 apps (117 starts). He recorded 140 strikeouts in 93.1 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2017, third in the International League behind Triple-A Durham's Ryan Yarbrough (159) and Brent Honeywell (152). He was selected by the Pirates in the fifth round of the 2011 June Draft out of William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.-the same school that produced former Rays right-handed pitcher James Shields.

Meadows, 23, has appeared in 49 games (35 starts) over two stints with the Pirates this season, his first career major league action. He is batting .292/.327/.468 (45-for-154) with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 13 RBI and four stolen bases. Among National League rookies with at least 100 at-bats, he ranks third in batting avg. and slugging pct. He produced seven multi-hit games within his first 10 starts, batting .439 (18-for-41) with four home runs over that span. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fifth player to debut in the expansion era (since 1961) to hit .400 with at least four home runs within his first 40 at-bats, joining Albert Pujols, Jeff Francoeur, Brian Giles and Yasiel Puig.

Meadows was ranked by Baseball America as a Top 50 prospect in the minors for five consecutive seasons (2014-18), including No. 6 entering the 2017 season. He entered this season ranked by the publication as the Best Athlete and Best Strike-Zone Judgment in the Pirates organization. Over parts of six minor league seasons, he is batting .291/.355/.453 (484-for-1,665) with 110 doubles, 26 triples, 36 home runs, 207 RBI and 65 stolen bases. He was selected by the Pirates in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2013 June Draft out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

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Rays trade Wilson Ramos to Phillies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have traded catcher Wilson Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Ramos, 30, has spent the last 10 games on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, sustained on July 14 in Minnesota. He was elected to the American League All-Star Team but was unable to play due to the injury. It was the second selection of his career and first fan election, and he joined Dioner Navarro in 2008 as the only Rays catchers to ever make the AL All-Star Team. He is batting .297/.346/.488 (87-for-293) with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 78 games (74 starts) and leads AL catchers with 87 hits despite his stint on the disabled list. He is tied for 2nd among AL catchers in home runs, tied for 1st in RBI and tied for 3rd with 28 extra-base hits. His 14 HR this season matched John Flaherty (14) in 1999 for the franchise's single-season record among catchers.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have traded catcher Wilson Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Ramos, 30, has spent the last 10 games on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, sustained on July 14 in Minnesota. He was elected to the American League All-Star Team but was unable to play due to the injury. It was the second selection of his career and first fan election, and he joined Dioner Navarro in 2008 as the only Rays catchers to ever make the AL All-Star Team. He is batting .297/.346/.488 (87-for-293) with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 78 games (74 starts) and leads AL catchers with 87 hits despite his stint on the disabled list. He is tied for 2nd among AL catchers in home runs, tied for 1st in RBI and tied for 3rd with 28 extra-base hits. His 14 HR this season matched John Flaherty (14) in 1999 for the franchise's single-season record among catchers.

Ramos compiled an 18-game hitting streak from April 14-May 12, which tied for the second-longest in franchise history and remains the second-longest in the majors this season. He hit cleanup as the starting catcher in 42 games this season. Prior to this year, the Rays started a catcher at cleanup only 16 times in franchise history.

Ramos was signed by the Rays to a two-year contract on December 12, 2016. He made his Rays debut on June 24, 2017, returning from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Over parts of nine seasons in the majors, he is batting .271/.315/.438 (715-for-2,637) with 108 home runs and 409 RBI. In 2016, he was a National League All-Star, won the NL's Silver Slugger Award among catchers and tied for 17th in the overall balloting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

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