9/13/2014 | Shaky 'pen, faulty defense hurt in loss to Jays
A lock-down reliever -- Brad Boxberger -- couldn't lock it down, and a Gold Glove Award-winning pitcher -- Jeremy Hellickson -- couldn't field his position Saturday afternoon, which added up to a 6-3 Rays loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
9/13/2014 | Rays see glimpse of future in Karns' scoreless debut
Friday night, Nathan Karns became the first Rays rookie pitcher to throw seven shutout innings and allow two hits or fewer in his Rays debut. He also tied Steve Trachsel for the longest scoreless outing in a Rays debut.
9/13/2014 | Blue Jays aim to keep Wild hopes alive in finale
The Blue Jays, who have won 10 of their last 13 games, still have their sights set on an American League Wild Card spot. On Sunday, they'll call on Mark Buehrle, who owns a 2.08 ERA in five starts against the Rays this year, to face Tampa Bay's Chris Archer in the rubber match at Rogers Centre.
9/12/2014 | Rays successfully challenge Reyes HBP
The Rays challenged a call in the eighth inning of Friday night's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays, and it was overturned. With one out in the inning, Jose Reyes appeared to get hit by a pitch thrown by Rays reliever Jake McGee, but replay showed that the ball hit the end of Reyes' bat.
9/12/2014 | Karns fans eight in dazzling debut for Rays
Nathan Karns got an early lift then brought the heat Friday night, giving Rays fans some hope for the future in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
9/12/2014 | Maddon: Escobar's strong finish important for offseason
Yunel Escobar hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career during Thurday night's 5-4 loss to the Yankees. He became the second shortstop in Rays history to do so, joining Julio Lugo, who did it three times. Joe Maddon believes that a strong finish by Escobar could be beneficial to Escobar and the team.
9/12/2014 | Maddon stresses professionalism after elimination
Tampa Bay officially got eliminated from the American League East race Thursday night after taking a 5-4 loss to the Yankees. Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't like his team's situation, but he stressed the importance of remaining professional under difficult circumstances.
9/12/2014 | Blue Jays, Dickey look to gain AL Wild Card ground
The Blue Jays, who can ill afford to lose a game as they try to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race, will turn to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to even their set against the Rays Saturday at Rogers Centre. Tampa Bay will call on Jeremy Hellickson.
9/11/2014 | Cobb's flirtation with history not enough vs. Yanks
Alex Cobb dominated the Yankees while flirting with a no-hitter, but 7 1/3 hitless innings and a four-run lead weren't enough as the Yankees claimed a 5-4 walk-off win over the Rays on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
9/11/2014 | Karns set for Rays debut facing Blue Jays
Nathan Karns will join the Rays from Triple-A Durham in Toronto after Thursday night's game vs. the Yankees and start Friday against the Blue Jays.
9/11/2014 | Maddon, Rays reflect on events of 9/11
Remembering the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, was on the minds of many inside the visiting clubhouse Thursday as the Rays prepared to play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
9/11/2014 | Pineda looks to step up, help Yanks gain in Wild Card
With every series important to the Yankees' playoff chances, there will be some pressure on Michael Pineda when he takes the mound in Thursday's series finale against the Rays at Yankee Stadium -- especially following Chris Capuano's short outing on Wednesday. The Yankees are 4 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot. Alex Cobb will get the call for the Rays.
9/10/2014 | Odorizzi lets four-run lead get away in loss to Yanks
A four-run first inning didn't provide enough of a cushion for the Rays to avoid taking an 8-5 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Jake Odorizzi was unable to protect the early lead, allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings.
9/10/2014 | Zobrist collects 1,000th career hit with single
Before Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Rays manager Joe Maddon talked about Ben Zobrist's strong career. A few hours later, he watched his versatile player add a milestone to it when Zobrist collected his 1,000th Major League hit leading off the first inning.
9/10/2014 | Moore feels fine after second throwing session
Rays left-hander Matt Moore threw on Wednesday, marking the second time he has thrown a baseball since having season-ending Tommy John surgery in April.
9/10/2014 | Rule 7.13 as clear as day to Hanigan
An illustrated memorandum from Major League Baseball arrived to all 30 teams this week attempting to clear up potential confusion about the rule governing collisions at home plate. It was quickly put to the test in Ryan Hanigan and the Rays' 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.
9/10/2014 | Sternberg: Rays' payroll likely to go down
Stu Sternberg spoke to reporters prior to Wednesday night's game at Yankee Stadium, and the Rays' principal owner made it clear that he expects a payroll reduction for 2015.
9/9/2014 | Yanks look to solve milestone-seeking Odorizzi
The final days of Derek Jeter's Major League career offer fans a chance to get a glimpse at history. But when Jeter and New York face Rays hurler Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, they may see some extra history. Odorizzi is closing in on the Rays' single-season record for most strikeouts by a rookie, and the Yankees will counter with left-hander Chris Capuano.
9/9/2014 | Maddon still a critic of Rule 7.13 after MLB's clarification
Major League Baseball made an effort on Tuesday to clarify the rule involving home-plate collisions, but Rays manager Joe Maddon still has some concerns. An email went out to every team on Tuesday that shed more light on where catchers could position themselves for plays at the plate. Specifically, the memo stressed that the strict interpretation of the rule should not supersede common sense.
9/9/2014 | Archer makes early lead stand up as Rays top Yanks
The Rays took an early lead and hung on to beat the Yankees, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Chris Archer hurled 6 1/3 solid innings of three-run ball, while James Loney homered a drove in two runs to pace the offense.
9/9/2014 | Umpires confirm out call at home on Drew
The umpires confirmed an out call at home plate in Tuesday's game between the Rays and the Yankees after initiating a crew-chief review, as New York's Stephen Drew was tagged out by Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan in the fifth inning.
9/9/2014 | Rays decide to shut down Smyly
Drew Smyly will not make any more starts for the Rays this season. The Rays announced the news that they were shutting him down for the season prior to Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Yankees.
9/8/2014 | Rays' 2015 slate unveiled; opener at home vs. O's
Major League Baseball released next season's schedule on Monday afternoon, so Rays fans can mark the date on their calendars: Monday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. ET, Rays vs. Orioles at Tropicana Field.
9/8/2014 | Unpredictable Smyly baffling hitters with four pitches
In seven starts since arriving at Tropicana Field with a Tigers baseball bag slung over his shoulder, Drew Smyly has pitched like an ace. The 25-year-old left-hander has a 1.70 ERA and has held opposing hitters to an AL-low .155 batting average.
9/7/2014 | Confusion, arguments follow final play of game
The final out of Tampa Bay's 11-inning, 7-5 loss was a dead-ball strikeout, as Logan Forsythe swung and missed at a third strike from Baltimore reliever Andrew Miller that hit him in the thigh. When a batter swings at a pitch that hits him, the ball is dead, the pitch is a strike and no runner is allowed to advance.
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