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  1. Rays place Jose Molina on release waivers

    Nov 24, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

    jose molina getty

    39-year-old catcher Jose Molina could be officially released on Wednesday.

  2. Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

    Jose Molina

    The Rays are expected to eschew Jose Molina from their 40-man roster ahead of the midnight deadline.

  3. Ryan Hanigan rejoins Rays after six weeks on disabled list

    Aug 26, 2014, 2:44 PM EST

    Ryan Hanigan Rays

    Acquired from the Reds this offseason after posting a .360 on-base percentage through his first seven seasons in the majors, Hanigan hit just .212 with a .309 on-base percentage in 61 games before the injury.

  4. Rays place Ryan Hanigan on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

    Ryan Hanigan Rays

    Ryan Hanigan’s strained oblique muscle didn’t get any better during the All-Star break, so the Rays have placed the catcher on the disabled list retroactive to July 9.

  5. 2014 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:25 AM EST

    Evan Longoria

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Is this a championship offense? The Rays have led the American League in ERA…

  6. Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:45 PM EST

    Jose Lobaton

    With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an…

  7. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  8. Rays get Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from Diamondbacks in three-team deal

    Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    Ryan Hanigan Getty

    UPDATE: Not only are the Rays getting Hanigan from the Reds as their new starting catcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re also getting reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Bell has become sort of a punchline in recent years, but he was quietly fairly effective…

  9. Rays bring back Jose Molina for two years, $4.5 million

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

    jose molina getty

    Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point. He hit .228/.288/.318…

  10. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  11. Rays working to re-sign Jose Molina

    Nov 21, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

    jose molina getty

    Tampa Bay signed Jose Molina in 2012, at age 37, and gave him the most playing time of his career. He didn’t hit much, posting a .616 OPS in two seasons to more or less match his career norms, but the Rays love his defense behind the plate. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports…

  12. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  13. ALDS, Game 4: Red Sox-Rays lineups

    Oct 8, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to keep their season alive … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Jake Peavy Red Sox manager John Farrell declined to make any lineup or batting…

  14. Red Sox extend lead over Rays in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:26 PM EST

    Ellsbury Getty

    Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury continues to be a pain in the neck for the Rays. After Clay Buchholz worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Rays off the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ellsbury led off the top of the fifth with a liner which deflected off James…

  15. ALDS, Game 3: Red Sox-Rays lineup

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to avoid a sweep … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Clay Buchholz After facing left-handers in the first two games of the series the Red…

  16. Behind David Ortiz’s two-homer night, Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:52 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The Red Sox will head down to Tampa Bay happy campers. After a thorough 12-2 dismantling of the Rays in Game 1, the Sox scored seven runs against 2012 AL Cy Young award winner David Price in seven-plus innings, just enough run support for John Lackey. The scoring started early, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off…

  17. Legs of Ellsbury, bat of Ortiz put Red Sox ahead early in ALDS Game 2

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    David Price may have pitched the Rays past a treacherous Game 163 to get into the Wild Card playoff, but the Red Sox clearly aren’t impressed. The Rays’ lefty, who led the league with a 5.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and four complete games, was tagged for two runs in the first inning due to two of…

  18. ALDS Game 2: Rays-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 5, 2013, 4:02 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET … Rays: LF David DeJesus RF Wil Myers 1B James Loney 3B Evan Longoria 2B Ben Zobrist CF Desmond Jennings DH Delmon Young SS Yunel Escobar C Jose Molina SP David Price Joe Maddon’s…

  19. Looking ahead to ALDS Game 2: Rays-Red Sox

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:41 AM EST

    David Price Getty

    Behind a solid start from Jon Lester and a whole lot of offense, the Red Sox blew out the Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS yesterday by the score of 12-2. The two teams will meet again today at Fenway Park at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on TBS. Here’s a…

  20. ALDS, Game 1: Rays-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park … Rays: CF Desmond Jennings 2B Ben Zobrist RF Wil Myers 3B Evan Longoria DH Delmon Young LF Sean Rodriguez SS Yunel Escobar 1B James Loney C Jose Lobaton SP Matt Moore Rays manager Joe Maddon has made some changes compared…

  21. Delmon Young slugs solo shot as Rays take early lead in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

    delmon young getty

    Indians right-hander Danny Salazar was dominant in his first two innings of this American League Wild Card Game, racking up three strikeouts against the six Tampa Bay batters that he faced. But the script was flipped in the top of the third inning when Rays designated hitter Delmon Young crushed a first-pitch solo homer to…

  22. American League Wild Card Game: Rays-Indians lineups

    Oct 2, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe Maddon

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s American League Wild Card Game between the Rays and Indians, in Cleveland: Rays: LF David DeJesus RF Wil Myers 1B James Loney 3B Evan Longoria 2B Ben Zobrist CF Desmond Jennings DH Delmon Young SS Yunel Escobar C Jose Molina SP Alex Cobb Wil Myers only batted second 11…

  23. The lineups for Game 163 have been posted

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis

    Rays vs. Rangers for the right to play on. Here are the lineups: RANGERS 2B Ian Kinsler SS Elvis Andrus RF Alex Rios 3B Adrian Beltre C A.J. Pierzynski DH Nelson Cruz 1B Mitch Moreland LF Craig Gentry CF Leonys Martin P Martin Perez Cruz in the lineup will cause some moralists to get the vapors, but maybe they can fan themselves with the CBA…

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

    Aug 28, 2013, 7:09 AM EST

    1995 World Series

    Braves 2, Indians 0: Tom Glavine with eight shutout innings and David Justice with a big homer. Wait, sorry. Having flashbacks. The real amazing thing here is that if you would have told me before the season that the Braves would have a game in late August where Elliot Johnson got a start and tripled…

  25. Jose Molina used “Matrix moves” to score from second base on a single

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Jose Molina, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jose Molina is one of the slowest runners in baseball history, so when the 38-year-old Rays catcher scored the go-ahead run from second base on a single to center field yesterday it led to some amusing quotes in the clubhouse afterward. First, here’s Molina: I just said that as soon as he hit the ball…

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