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  1. Evan Longoria starts at third for first time since April 30

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria had been limited to DH duties since returning from his hamstring tear two weeks ago, but he’s back at third base tonight for the first time since getting hurt on April 30. “I’m excited to say the least. A little bit nervous,” he told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. Longoria has started…

  2. King Felix pitches perfect game against the Rays

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    6:02 p.m EDT update: Hernandez is perfect, getting a called third strike on Sean Rodriguez to end the ninth. It’s the first perfect game in Mariners history, and the Rays became the first team ever to be on the losing end of three perfect games. Hernandez ended up striking out five of the final six…

  3. Charlie Manuel is not particularly interested in hearing you second guess him

    Jun 25, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    The Phillies had a rough day yesterday. So you can understand that Charlie Manuel was not particularly interested in answering questions about his crappy bullpen. Specifically the bullpen that gave up the 1-0 lead when Antonio Bastardo walked two dudes and gave up a three-run bomb to Carlos Pena. Someone asked Manuel why Bastardo came…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Derek Norris

    I’m back after a week’s vacation. I wrote up a long sappy version of it last week, but here’s the short version: San Diego for five days, during which I took Mookie and Carlo to their first ever major league game to see the Rangers vs. the Padres last Monday night. It was a doubly…

  5. Carlos Pena — Mr. Fantastic — is batting leadoff again

    May 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Rays logo

    It was noted yesterday that a first baseman batting leadoff is unusual. But it worked for Carlos Pena and the Rays last night — dude hit a homer — so Joe Maddon is going to put Pena in the leadoff spot again. Crazy, I know.  But not nearly as crazy as (a) Drew Sutton batting…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  7. Carlos Pena is going to hit leadoff tonight

    May 22, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    Carlos Pena, Bartolo Colon

    It’s always cute when managers put fast guys with poor on base skills in the leadoff spot. Cute but dumb because, as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base.  Joe Maddon realizes that because he’s putting Carlos Pena in the leadoff spot tonight: Hitting Los leadoff. We’ve tried it with a few other guys…

  8. Bobby Valentine is really not having a stellar 24 hours

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    Daniel Bard

    First that dustup with Kevin Youkilis and now some bad in-game managing is making for a pretty crappy day for Bobby V. Daniel Bard and James Shields were locked in a 0-0 pitchers’ duel. Bard had been effective all day, but effectively wild too, walking several. In the seventh inning Bard, already over 100 pitches…

  9. Josh Beckett bounces back as Red Sox crush Rays 12-2

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:57 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett struck out just one batter Friday, but he went eight innings and limited the Rays to one run as part of a 12-2 Red Sox victory in the home opener at Fenway Parl. Beckett, at 94 pitches, appeared set to go for the complete game before the Red Sox scored eight times off Joel…

  10. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  11. Rays shut out Yankees to complete three-game sweep

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings Sunday as the Rays beat the Yankees 3-0 to complete a three-game sweep to start the season. Hellickson was removed after walking Nick Swisher with his 118th pitch of the afternoon. Fernando Rodney took over and got a one-out save for the second straight day. The…

  12. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  13. Great Moments in over-managing: Joe Girardi Edition

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:39 PM EST

    Joe Girardi

    I’m listening to the Yankees-Rays game. First inning, two men on, two men out for the Rays, first base open. Sean Rodriguez at bat. Joe Girardi decides to intentionally walk Rodriguez to get to Carlos Pena. Carlos Pena works the count full and then hits a grand slam. Just before that happened the Rays’ radio…

  14. Jeff Keppinger is batting cleanup for the Rays

    Apr 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Jeff Keppinger

    There’s a whole lot of people picking the Rays over the Red Sox in the AL East. I wonder how many of them have taken a gander at Tampa Bay’s Opening Day lineup against the Yankees’ CC Sabathia: CF Desmond Jennings RF Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria DH Jeff Keppinger SS Sean Rodriguez 2B Elliot…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Do the Tampa Bay Rays have the best rotation in baseball?

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Matt Moore

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Do the Rays have the best rotation in baseball? The Phillies and the…

  16. Rays quick to demote Alex Cobb, Juan Miranda

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Alex Cobb

    While the first-round of spring cuts is usually reserved for guys with no major league experience, the Rays demoted some bigger names Monday, sending down pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer, as well as first baseman Juan Miranda. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays…

  17. Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    russ canzler rays

    Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations. For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then…

  18. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  19. Jeff Keppinger a smart pickup for thrifty Rays

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    Jeff Keppinger

    Counting on Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce and Luke Scott to fill key roles this year, the Rays had set themselves up to have huge problems against lefties in the bottom half of the order. That was alleviated somewhat today with the signing of Jeff Keppinger. Of course, Keppinger doesn’t play the same position as any…

  20. Rays make room for Jeff Keppinger by dropping Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    keppinger giants getty

    This hasn’t been a good couple weeks for Russ Canzler. Last season he won the International League MVP award after hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS for Durham, made his big-league debut in September with a handful of at-bats, and for a while at least it looked like the 25-year-old…

  21. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  22. UPDATE: Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays pursuing Francisco Cordero

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays are pursuing Cordero. Those are likely our four finalists. 6:40 PM ET: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that free agent Francisco Cordero is down to four teams and expects to make a decision by the end of the week.…

  23. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    carlos pena ap

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  24. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  25. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

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