After scoring two combined runs in a pair of losing efforts in Tuesday's doubleheader, manager Joe Maddon joked that the Rays needed a pair of shutouts to have any chance at winning. They didn't get that Wednesday, but they submitted an in-sync offensive performance equally as impressive as the six innings of two-run ball spun by right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Manager Joe Maddon said James Loney's incredible production has been one of the nice surprises for the Rays this season. But 10 months ago, Loney's future appeared much different.
Matt Joyce has been too good to bench, and even with the addition of Wil Myers, Joyce will continue to see the majority of the at-bats, though those will now come in left field as opposed to right field, where Joyce has primarily played this season.
With 18 1/3 scoreless innings this season, Alex Torres has been so good that the Rays will leave him in the bullpen for the time being, rather than attempt to convert him back to a starter, as he was for most of his Minor League career.
David Price was just trying too hard. The Rays left-hander learned his lesson, manager Joe Maddon said, and will take it a little bit slower as he begins a rehab assignment Friday.
The Yankees faced a pair of left-handers in their doubleheader against the Dodgers on Wednesday, and they'll oppose another on Thursday night when they open a four-game set against the American League East-rival Rays at Yankee Stadium, starting Andy Pettitte against Matt Moore.
The Rays got a rare gem from a starting pitcher and they hit a game-tying homer off the opponent's closer, but a dormant offense and an untimely pitching lapse from typically-steady reliever Joel Peralta left the Rays empty-handed as they fell to the Red Sox, 3-1, on a walk-off homer by former teammate Jonny Gomes.
Three days after reporting soreness during a bullpen session, David Price threw another one on Tuesday and this one went much better, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Wil Myers went 0-for-4 in his big league debut as the Rays lost, 5-1, to the Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Evan Longoria was back to playing his customary third base for the Rays during Tuesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Wil Myers was aggressive and confident at the plate during his first day in the Major Leagues on Tuesday, but he finished with just one hit in seven at-bats.
Alex Cobb, who was struck on the right ear by a line drive on Saturday, is out of the hospital and feeling better, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said the road to recovery will likely be a long one.
It was a nondescript, not to mention damp, Major League debut for Wil Myers, the No. 1 prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays. But MLB.com's No. 4 overall prospect did record his first hit and learn a good deal in the process.
Wil Myers sounded eager to get his Major League career started as he talked to reporters on a conference call Monday night.
The news Rays fans had been waiting for all season finally arrived Sunday afternoon: Wil Myers is coming to The Show. Because of the excitement generated by Myers' arrival, many Rays fans have sent in questions and comments concerning him.
The Rays announced on Sunday that they will call up outfielder Wil Myers, their No. 1 prospect, from Triple-A Durham in advance of Tuesday's doubleheader at Fenway Park. To make room on the active roster, second baseman Ryan Roberts was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Relievers Brandon Gomes and Juan Carlos Oviedo took a big step forward on Sunday morning, throwing their first bullpen sessions since going on the disabled list.
Manager Joe Maddon will spend the Rays' off-day on Monday attending the grand opening of the Hazleton (Pa.) Integration Project's Hazleton One Community Center.
Rays ace David Price wouldn't classify the soreness he felt on Saturday as a setback, but it did at least delay the schedule that manager Joe Maddon had been discussing for his Minor League rehab assignment.
The Rays placed Alex Cobb on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday morning, a day after he sustained a mild concussion when he was struck in the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Right-hander Roberto Hernandez exited amid a decisive two-run sixth inning as the Rays dropped a 5-3 decision to the Royals on Sunday in the series finale at Tropicana Field.
Rays starter Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive on Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher during the fifth inning against the Royals at Tropicana Field. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
On April 26, Rays manager Joe Maddon moved Matt Joyce to the leadoff spot in an attempt to get him going at the plate. Looking back, the skipper's tactic appears to have worked. And it's still working now.
The Rays switched up their lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Royals, giving Luke Scott his first start of the season in left field and bumping him up to the third spot in the order. Evan Longoria was back at DH, with Kelly Johnson starting at third base.
Right-hander Alex Cobb was forced to leave after being struck in the head with a line drive, but homers by Luke Scott, Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria carried the Rays to a 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Evan Longoria is picking up some ground in the All-Star voting, but he still needs a lot of help from Rays fans if he's going to contend for the American League's starting third-base position in the Midsummer Classic.
Rays slugger Evan Longoria started at designated hitter for the second consecutive game on Friday night and could be there for the rest of the weekend against the Royals due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
After Thursday night's game, which saw Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson allow eight runs in the sixth inning, Rays manager Joe Maddon spoke about the urgency to have the team's starters right the ship.
Crooked numbers continued to haunt Rays starters, as the Royals hung a four-spot on left-hander Matt Moore in the fifth inning en route to a 7-2 win at Tropicana Field. Matt Joyce hit his 13th homer for Tampa Bay.
Father's Day is almost here and Rays players are thankful for the role their fathers played in helping them to become Major Leaguers.