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

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:46 AM EST

    Ed Hickox, weather

    White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” Carl Sandburg said that about fog. “It was worse than when it rains. With the lights, it made it really really bright. It was weird.” Adam Dunn said that about fog. Which may…

  2. Benches clear in Red Sox-Rays game

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:44 PM EST

    John Lackey AP

    Benches cleared in the bottom of the sixth inning in tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Rays after John Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the back with a pitch. Joyce, who homered off Lackey in the first inning, immediately suspected intent and began gesturing toward the mound. As Evan Drellich of MassLive.com notes, the…

  3. Rays are not yet planning a Wil Myers promotion

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

    wil myers getty

    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch tweeted Saturday that the Rays “are getting closer to recalling” top outfield prospect Wil Myers and that it “should happen” within the “next 10 days.” But nobody else is corroborating Bowden’s report. In fact, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays have not taken…

  4. Joe Maddon shows us why limited instant replay and manager challenges are bad ideas

    May 20, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    In yesterday’s Rays-Orioles game, Matt Joyce hit a ball that maybe was a homer or maybe a double or maybe a foul ball. Hard to say on live viewing! It was initially ruled in play and Joyce made it to second for a double. Buck Showalter came out of the dugout and argued that the…

  5. Umpires use replay on controversial Matt Joyce home run

    May 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Matt Joyce

    In the top of the sixth inning of today’s series finale in Baltimore, Rays right fielder Matt Joyce blasted a 3-2 fastball down the right field line, initially ruled a double by the umpires. Watching it live, it seemed to go foul, but when reviewed in slow motion, it was clear that the ball caromed…

  6. “The Rays Way” also involves some awful, awful celebrating

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Pitbull

    From Marc Topkin’s story about how the Rays celebrated Matt Joyce‘s walkoff homer last night: And once Joyce got done with his onfield interview with Todd Kalas and made it back into the clubhouse, things got even crazier, as the newcomers got to see how the Rays celebrate a win. The disco ball was spinning,…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  8. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM 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 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  9. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  10. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. Felix Hernandez is about as perfect as any pitcher ever

    Aug 15, 2012, 6:17 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    There wasn’t even a near-miss in this one. Felix Hernandez dominated the Rays from top to bottom on Wednesday, striking out 12 in a perfect game to beat Tampa Bay 1-0. It was his first career no-hitter and the first perfect game in Mariners history. As for the Rays, this is becoming old hat for…

  13. 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…

  14. Matt Joyce rejoins Rays after month-long oblique injury

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Matt Joyce

    Tampa Bay’s struggling offense gets a boost tonight, as Matt Joyce returns from the disabled list after missing the past month with an oblique injury. Joyce went 2-for-8 with a double in two games at Single-A and his return as the Rays’ primary right fielder means that Ben Zobrist will shift from the outfield to…

  15. Matt Joyce again close to returning from DL after setback

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    matt joyce getty

    Matt Joyce has been out since mid-June with a strained oblique muscle and suffered a setback last week that canceled his plans to be off the disabled list by now, but the Rays outfielder said yesterday that he’s aiming to return within two weeks. Joyce told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he’s…

  16. Matt Joyce has setback on minor league rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    matt joyce getty

    Matt Joyce was slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Rays’ lineup this weekend, but had to leave yesterday’s minor-league rehab game at Triple-A after tweaking his lower back. Joyce is on the DL because of a strained oblique muscle and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that lower back soreness…

  17. Matt Joyce likely to be activated this weekend

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    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…

  18. Rays lose All-Star candidate Matt Joyce to DL

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Matt Joyce

    The Rays have been without their best hitter in Evan Longoria for almost two months now. Now they’re going to be without their second-best for at least two weeks. Matt Joyce, who leads the team in average, homers and RBI this season, was placed on the disabled list due to his back injury. He last…

  19. Johan Santana is struggling since his no-hitter

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Johan Santana

    Did the 134 pitches take a toll? After getting lit up by the Yankees last week, Johan Santana gave up four runs in five-plus innings Thursday versus the Rays in his second start since his no-hitter. The 134 pitches Santana threw in shutting down the Cardinals were a career high for the left-hander, who was…

  20. Desmond Jennings begins rehab assignment for knee injury

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Desmond Jennings Reuters

    Out since May 11 with a sprained left knee, Desmond Jennings began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday at Single-A by going 1-for-3 with a double. He also tested his knee by playing left field and is expected to move his rehab stint to Triple-A, with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reporting that Jennings…

  21. Desmond Jennings lands on disabled list with left knee sprain

    May 14, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

    Desmond Jennings Reuters

    The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list before tonight’s game with a left knee sprain and recalled utility man Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham. Jennings hasn’t started since last Sunday due to the injury, but since he made a pinch-hit appearance on Friday, he will not be eligible to return until…

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

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  23. Evan Longoria’s injury a crushing blow to Rays

    May 1, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    Rays' Longoria holds his left knee and grimaces after he was tagged out byMariners shortstop Ryan trying to steal second base, during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Evan Longoria might be the American League’s most indispensable player. We’re certainly about to find out now that he’s due to miss 6-8 weeks with a hamstring tear. Longoria, the owner of a .329/.433/.561 line and 19 RBI in 23 games to start the season, was injured on a steal attempt during Monday’s game against the…

  24. Rays announce minor-league deal with Hideki Matsui

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    Tampa Bay has finally made official what was reported last week, announcing a minor-league contract with Hideki Matsui. Why the signing was delayed for a week is unclear, but Matsui was never going to immediately join the Rays anyway. Instead he’ll head to Triple-A, where the Rays will evaluate whether the 38-year-old has anything left…

  25. Rays activate B.J. Upton from the disabled list

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    As expected the Rays have activated B.J. Upton from the disabled list and the center fielder will make his season debut tonight after sitting out the first 13 games with a back injury. Upton, who suffered the injury in a March 14 collision with Desmond Jennings, went just 3-for-21 (.143) during a seven game minor-league…

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