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  1. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  2. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  3. Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    chris perez getty

    Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…

  4. Indians closer Chris Perez is a mess right now

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    chris perez getty

    I wrote yesterday afternoon about how the Indians were sticking with Chris Perez as closer despite his struggles over the past two months. And then last night I went to the Twins-Indians game at Target Field and watched as Cleveland manager Terry Francona brought Perez into a 6-1 game in the ninth inning to get…

  5. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  6. Indians top Astros to maintain lead as the AL’s second Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians entered tonight’s action with a half-game lead over the Rangers for the second Wild Card in the American League. The two teams have been trending in opposite directions, with the Rangers having lost nine of their last ten contests, while the Indians have won seven of their last nine. The Tribe sent lefty…

  7. Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in effort against the Mets

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    As if the Mets hadn’t already worn enough egg on their face for having dealt Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano at the July 2004 deadline, their former lefty took them behind the shed tonight as a member of the Indians. Kazmir struck out 12 Mets hitters over six shutout innings, allowing just…

  8. Matt Moore plays catch, reports feeling “great”

    Aug 18, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    matt moore getty

    Rays left-hander Matt Moore has been on the disabled list for three weeks with inflammation in his throwing elbow and hasn’t recovered as quickly as hoped. But it’s not like he is completely idle. Moore made 55 throws from a distance of 75 feet on Sunday morning at Tropicana Field and later told Joe Smith…

  9. Alex Cobb faces hitters for first time since concussion

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    alex cobb getty

    Alex Cobb hasn’t pitched in a game since taking an Eric Hosmer line drive off the side of his head back on June 15. But his return is probably nearing. According to beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, the right-hander threw live batting practice on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field without a…

  10. Evan Longoria back in Rays’ starting lineup Tuesday night after flareup of plantar fasciitis

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    longoria, zimmer getty

    As first reported by beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Evan Longoria is back in the Rays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros after sitting out all weekend following a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Longoria is batting cleanup and will serve as the Rays’ designated…

  11. Alex Cobb placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 16, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    alex cobb stretcher getty

    Alex Cobb never lost consciousness after taking an Eric Hosmer line drive off the right side of his head on Saturday night, but he was diagnosed at Bayfront Medical Center with a mild concussion and is going to miss at least one turn in the Rays’ rotation. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports…

  12. David Price plays catch for second consecutive day

    May 28, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    david price dog getty

    David Price is suddenly making steady progress. According to beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, the ace left-hander played catch for a second straight day this afternoon at Tropicana Field. He made 35 throws Monday morning from 60 feet and then threw another 35 from 65-75 feet on Tuesday, reporting no problems…

  13. The Indians place Chris Perez on the disabled list

    May 27, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

    chris perez fist ap

    Chris Perez left yesterday’s Indians-Red Sox game in the ninth after feeling shoulder discomfort. Now he’s gonna miss some time. The Indians just announced that he’s hitting the 15-day DL. Perez is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 17 relief appearances spanning 16.2 inning. He’s walked 10 and struck out 18. He’ll have an MRI…

  14. Indians closer Chris Perez dealing with shoulder pain

    May 26, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    chris perez gray getty

    Indians closer Chris Perez left today’s game against the Red Sox due to shoulder pain. The right-hander recorded only two outs but was on the hook for the four runs the Red Sox scored in the bottom half of the ninth inning for the walk-off 6-5 victory. Perez allowed two hits (a David Ortiz double…

  15. Catching up with the man Matt Bush almost killed

    May 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    Former Rays prospect Matt Bush is in jail for almost killing a man in a drunken hit-and-run accident last year. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times catches up with Bush’s victim, Tony Tufano: Tufano, speaking publicly for the first time, said Wednesday that while he doesn’t remember the crash, the pain he feels is…

  16. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  17. Rays avoid arbitration with 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner David Price

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    david price getty

    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rays and left-hander David Price avoided salary arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year deal. The exact financial details haven’t been disclosed. Price, a Super Two qualifier who’s arbitration-eligible for the second time, turned in a dominant 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 in 31 starts last season…

  18. Former No. 1 pick Matt Bush will be in prison until 2016

    Dec 19, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    Matt Bush pleaded no contest to driving under the influence with serious bodily injury following a spring training DUI arrest for hitting a 72-year-old motorcyclist in Florida and when it came time for sentencing yesterday the former No. 1 overall pick opted for extra prison time. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that…

  19. Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to accept plea deal in DUI hit-and-run case

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush will accept a plea deal next week for his DUI hit-and-run case in Florida. Bush has been in a Charlotte County jail since March on charges that he hit 72-year-old motorcyclist Tony Tufano with a vehicle while under the…

  20. Rays call up Triple-A strikeout leader Chris Archer

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Archer

    Chris Archer made two starts filling in for an injured Jeremy Hellickson earlier this season and the 23-year-old right-hander is back with the Rays for the stretch run. Archer, who ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both 2011 and 2012, led the Triple-A International League in strikeouts this season with 139 in 128…

  21. Matt Joyce likely to be activated this weekend

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    matt joyce getty

    From beat man Joe Srnith of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is scheduled to participate in minor league rehab games Wednesday and Thursday at Triple-A Durham, and could return to the majors on Friday if all goes smoothly in those back-to-back outings. Joyce has been on the 15-day disabled list…

  22. Jose Lobaton got married at the ballpark before catching Monday’s game

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    Jose Lobaton had a busy Monday, as the Rays backup catcher got married in a morning ceremony at Tropicana Field and then was starting behind the plate against the Yankees. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times describes the scene: Jose and Nina walked up a red carpet to the plate, as teammate Carlos Peña…

  23. David Price leaves start with lower back tightness

    Jun 30, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    David Price Getty

    David Price gave the Rays a bit of a scare last night, as he made an early exit from his start against the Tigers due to lower back tightness. Price allowed two runs over his first seven innings and was throwing his warm-up pitches for the eighth before leaving the game. The good news for…

  24. Evan Longoria pulled off rehab assignment following setback with hamstring

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    The Rays were hoping that Evan Longoria would be ready to return at some point this week, but his rehab is now on hold following a setback with his partially torn left hamstring. Longoria, who began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the third inning…

  25. Evan Longoria nearing minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    evan longoria getty

    Good news for the (currently) first-place Rays. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, third baseman Evan Longoria “was encouraged after running the bases” on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field and is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of next week. “I felt good,” Longoria told the Times…

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