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  1. Evan Longoria to have an MRI today

    May 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan, Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria’s knee injury is scary for the Rays, but Joe Maddon is calling it a day-to-day thing.  Nevertheless, the Rays are taking no chances with it, so he’ll have an MRI in Tampa today. Longoria has started the year strong, hitting .325/.432/.563 with four homers and 19 RBI.  If he’s lost for any significant…

  2. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  3. Evan Longoria exits with left knee soreness

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    It might be time for this All-Star to stop fancying himself a basestealer. Evan Longoria left Monday’s game in the third inning with a sore left knee following an awkward slide into second base on a steal attempt. He was caught stealing on the play, leaving him just 2-for-5 in his steal attempts this season. A…

  4. Francisco Liriano could be bullpen bound after latest loss

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    While the Twins weren’t ready to reveal their exact plans, they said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays that they’d “take a step back” with Francisco Liriano after he gave up five runs and fell to 0-3 on the season. Liriano, who had an outstanding spring after tuning up in winter ball, is 0-3 with…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

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

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    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…

  10. Jeff Keppinger is batting cleanup for the Rays

    Apr 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    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…

  12. Rays demote former No. 1 picks Matt Bush and Tim Beckham

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tim Beckham, Joe Benson

    It’s not every day a team sends down two former No. 1 draft picks. Reliever Matt Bush, the first overall selection in the 2004 draft, and shortstop Tim Beckham, the first pick in 2008, were both demoted as part of the Rays’ roster cuts on Sunday. Both moves were expected. The more surprising demotion was…

  13. Joe Maddon and 70 other Rays shave their heads for charity

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe maddon haircut

    Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity. Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising…

  14. Injured Evan Longoria “won’t join the lineup anytime soon”

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria‘s bruised right hand has not healed as quickly as hoped and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he “won’t join the lineup anytime soon.” Longoria had hoped to play today, but swelling in his hand kept him from getting through a batting practice session yesterday and now the Rays third baseman…

  15. Evan Longoria not ready to return from bruised hand

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Evan Longoria had been hoping to rejoin the Rays’ lineup tomorrow after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his hand Thursday, but it looks like the bruise will keep him sidelined longer. Longoria told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he had to cut today’s batting practice session short and “shut it down” after…

  16. Evan Longoria aiming to return from bruised hand Monday

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria went for X-rays yesterday after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his right hand, but he was diagnosed with merely a bruise and is now hoping to resume playing Monday. Longoria told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that as soon as the swelling goes down and he’s able to pick up a bat he’ll…

  17. Evan Longoria is day-to-day with a bruised right hand

    Mar 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare this morning. Or, more accurately, Matt Bush gave them the scare by plunking Longoria in the hand with a fastball. Longoria immediately left the game and later went for X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a bruised hand. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.…

  18. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  19. Evan Longoria had minor foot surgery in November

    Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a minor surgical procedure in early November to help relieve “the occasionally painful Morton’s neuroma condition in his left foot.” Longoria was able to resume workouts shortly after the surgery and is expected to be at…

  20. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 third basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    My top 10 third basemen, by OPS: .943 – Evan Longoria (Rays) – 566 AB – .850 in 2011 .901 – Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 523 AB – .823 in 2011 .885 – Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – 571 AB – .798 in 2011 .871 – David Wright (Mets) – 597 AB – .771 in 2011…

  21. Why doesn’t anyone go year to year anymore?

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    kershaw getty wide

    Baseball owners got a good thing going on. Sporting a pretty impeccable record after three seasons, Clayton Kershaw was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Coming off a season that saw him take the NL Cy Young Award and the pitcher’s triple crown, he had a chance to set a new salary record…

  22. Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

    Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button…

  23. The Rays have “said almost nothing” about their stadium situation? Really?

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Here’s MLB.com’s Richard Justice in an article about the Tampa Bay Rays, just published a few minutes ago: It’s impossible not to admire how the Tampa Bay Rays are handling their stadium situation. They’ve said almost nothing publicly, taking the high road and letting the politicians do the talking. Yes, the Rays have said almost nothing…

  24. The Rays lock up Matt Moore for five years, $14 million with multiple team options

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Not counting the playoffs, Matt Moore has a grand total of three games and nine and one-third innings of major league experience. But as first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, he is now locked up on a five-year, $14 million deal. That part of it takes him through arbitration. Marc Topkin adds that the Rays hold options…

  25. UPDATE: Rays negotiating with free agent Josh Willingham

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics batter Josh Willingham hits a two-run home run during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    4:10 p.m. EDT update: Crasnick is still on the Willingham beat; he reports that the Rays are making a “serious run” at the free agent. He’d presumably replace Johnny Damon as their primary designated hitter, though they could try turning him into a first baseman, and he’d likely bat cleanup behind Evan Longoria in the…

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