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More gory details from the Rays' Thursday night meltdown

Some more details from Thursday's game, when the Rays went into the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead and came out with a 10-7 loss:

• It matched the largest blown ninth inning lead in a defeat in franchise history; on June 5, 2007 at Toronto they led 11-6 in the ninth and lost 12-11.

• It was the largest ninth-inning lead they'd ever blown in a home game.

• It was largest overall lead they'd blown since Aug. 9, 2013 at the Dodgers, when they led 6-0 and lost 7-6.

• It was their largest overall blown lead at home since May 6, 2013 against the Blue Jays, when they led 7-0 and lost 8-7.

• They lost for only the second time in 30 games this season when leading after eight innings.

• The eight runs allowed were the second most in franchise history for a ninth inning; on June 2, 2006 against Toronto they allowed nine in a 13-4 loss.

• It was the most runs they allowed in any inning since June 13, 2013, against the Royals, when they allowed eigth in the sixth.

• The seven hits allowed were the most in any inning since Aug 23, 2015 at Oakland (eight in the seventh) and the most at home since June 13, 2013 against the Royals (eight in the sixth).

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Updates on Alex Cobb, Steven Souza Jr. Brad Boxberger, Chase Whitley

Lots of news today on the Rays injury front …

RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John) threw 35 pitches in two innings during live BP, pitching to RF Steven Souza Jr. (hip) and INF Nick Franklin.

Cobb said it went well.

He threw 20 pitches during the first inning, rested, returned to the mound and threw 15 more. The long, 20-pitch first inning was exactly what he needed, he said, because it enabled him to pitch through some fatigue.

Cobb will throw a bullpen Sunday. He might throw another round of live BP or he might begin his minor league rehab assignment next week.

RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John) threw 25 pitches during his live BP session. He is about a week behind Cobb in his rehab program.

Souza, who homered off Cobb and Whitley, is scheduled to begin his minor league rehab Friday at Class A Charlotte.

“I feel great,” Souza said. “Just a big indication that I can really explode with my lower half.”

Souza said he doesn’t feel he will need many games to get his timing back. But he said he does need to play defense so he can see how his hip responds to starting and stopping and cutting as he fields balls hit down the line and to the gap.  …

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For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, seeking two straight

Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays.

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Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:41: Cash said Souza, who looked good in the live batting practice session, will stat a rehab assignment on Friday with the Stone Crabs in Bradenton. ... Cobb and Whitley both threw well; Cash said they will meet soon to discuss the next steps as Cobb is hoping to advance to a rehab start program.

Tigers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Maybin cf
Cabrera 1b
V. Martinez dh
Castellanos 3b
J. Upton lf
Moya rf
Saltalamacchia c
Iglesias ss
Zimmermann p

UPDATE, 2:53;
Dickerson is back in the Rays lineup, as is Owaldo Arcia, who was a late scratch Wednesday due to flu like symptoms:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Guyer rf,
Dickerson lf,
Jennings cf,
Arcia dh,
Conger c,
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: After beating the Red Sox on Wednesday to take two of three, the Rays take on the Tigers tonight seeking their first back-to-back wins since mid-June.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays, RHP Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers.

OF/DH Corey Dickerson, who has missed the last four games with a sore left thumb, said he expects to be back in the lineup tonight.

Lineups when available.

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Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.

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Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.

The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the stage.

 

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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, facing an old friend

Rays starter Matt Moore has been pitching better of late.

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Rays starter Matt Moore has been pitching better of late.

UPDATE, 10:51: Cash said they plan to play Guyer a lot, as much as he can handle coming off the hamstring injury. Guyer said he was ready and eager to get back in there. ... Cash said if Decker gets claimed elsewhere that is good for him but if not the Rays would like to have him at Triple-A. ... Cash said it was somewhat shocking that the Rays pitching staff had allowed five-plus runs in 13 straight games. ... OF/DH Corey Dickerson said his sore left thumb is feeling better and he hopes to return to the lineup on Thursday. ... Motter said playing 1B is not a big deal, that he had 5-10 games there in the Dominican Republic this winter and isn't too concerned.

UPDATE, 10:46: The Rays had to change their original lineup as Oswaldo Arcia was scratched because he was ill.

Here is the revised lineup that, somewhat unexpectedly, has Nick Franklin now in LF and Taylor Motter at 1B:

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria 3b,
Jennings cf,
Guyer RF
Franklin LF
Casali c,
Beckham DH,
Motter 1b,
Moore p

Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Betts RF,
Pedroia 2B,
Bogaerts SS,
Ortiz DH,
Ramirez 1B,
Bradley Jr. CF,
Shaw 3B,
Brentz LF,
Vazquez C,
Price P …

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Rays to activate Brandon Guyer, DFA Jaff Decker

The Rays will activate OF Brandon Guyer from the DL for Wednesday's matinee against the Red Sox, with OF Jaff Decker designated for assigment to make room.

Guyer last played on June 3, sidelined with a left hamstring strain. He played three rehab games for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs, the last on Tuesday night.

Decker, signed to a minor-league deal during the winter, got called up June 15 when OF Steven Souza Jr. got hurt, but didn't do much with his opportunity, hitting .138 (with four singles) in 10 games.

Guyer had taken over as a starter early in the season and was playing well, hitting .271 with 6 homers and 14 RBI in 40 games at the time of his injury.

 

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Rays place reliever Alex Colome on disabled list

Alex Colome was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

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Alex Colome was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

UPDATE, 6:03: With Colome out, the Rays re-added LHP Dana Eveland to the 40-man roster and called up him up to provide some length to the bullpen. .. Cash said they will mix and match in the late innings based on matchups, and mentioned LHP Xavier Cedeno and RHPs Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez as the most likely candidates.

Colome said he was confident the issues, technically medial (nearer the body) biceps tendinitis, was relatively minor and he is targeting a Monday return. Cash seemed a bit more cautious in setting a return date.

"It's nothing serious,'' Colome said. "I dont want to push too much and be sore, I want to help the team and be ready as soon as I can. But I don't want to push and lose the whole season.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays lost another key player to injury as closer RHP Alex Colome was placed on the DL Tueday due to right medial biceps tendinitis.

The DL move is retroactive to June 19, and Colome said he hopes to be ready to pitch again when eligible on Monday.

Colome has been the Rays top late-inning reliever.

He said he was sick for several days in Cleveland and didn't do much, and when he threw a bullpen session in Baltimore he felt something in his bicep. …

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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for two in a row

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, with the challenge of getting through what have been problematic first innings.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, with the challenge of getting through what have been problematic first innings.

UPDATE, 5:55: OF/DH Corey Dickerson is out again due to a sore left thumb but could be used off the  bench. ... With RHP Alex Colome now on the DL, the Rays will mix and match at the back end of games, Cash said. ... LHP Enny Romero's sore left hand is better and he is available tonight. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) is playing another rehab game for the Stone Crabs but doesn't seem likely to be activated for Wednesday's matinee. .. OF Steven Souza Jr. (hamstring) took batting practice and ran, but is not yet scheduled to start a rehab assignment. He could hit on Thursday when RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) throws his third and potentially final live batting practice. 

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Motter lf,
Franklin DH,
Conger DH,
Archer p

Red Sox lineup:
Betts rf
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Ramirez 1b
Bradley Jr. cf
Shaw 3b
Brentz lf
Vazquez c
Hernandez ss
Porcello p


UPDATE, 3:16: Three Rays prospects, all currently with AA Montgomery, were named to the All-Star Futures Game, RHP Ryne Stanek to the U.S. team, SS Willy Adame and RHP Chi-Wei Hu to the World team. Also selected was athletic trainer Joe Benge. …

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For starters: Matt Silverman on security of Kevin Cash and state of Rays; lineups for tonight vs BoSox

Rays president of baseball ops Matt Silverman addressed the media this afternoon and talked about the state of the team, which after 11 straight losses, isn’t very good.

Among the things Silverman said were:

--Manager Kevin Cash’s job is not in jeopardy. Instead, the blame falls on the entire organization, Silverman included.

--He is disappointed with the performance of the rotation, adding he knows they are better than how they’ve performed.

--He said the players are disappointed in their recent performance, adding he still believes in their abilities and expects them to turn the season around.

--Silverman also said the injury to Kevin Kiermaier (fractured left hand) has really hurt the team. The injuries to Brandon Guyer (hamstring) and Steve Souza Jr. (hip) tested and depleted the outfield depth within the organization.

Both Guyer, who makes a rehab start tonight with Class A Charlotte, and Souza, who began running today for the first time since his injury, are expected back this homestand. Guyer could rejoin the team during this series with Boston.  …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to end a long skid

UPDATE, 12:18: It's a DH for Evan Longoria, with Tim Beckham getting a start at 3B for the Rays today. ... Cash said he plans to give Webb the opportunity to work in some key situations to get ground ball outs. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) did fine in his first rehab game with the Stone Crabs and will play again for them on Monday.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria DH,
Morrison 1b,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Beckham 3b,
Conger c,
Decker lf,
Smyly p

And here is the Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Rickard rf
Machado 3b
Davis dh
Trumbo 1b
Schoop 2b
Hardy ss
Reimold lf
Pena c
Wilson p

DEVELOPING: After being swept in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday to run their losing streak to 10 games, the Rays will try again today to put an end to things with a 1:35 p.m. game against the Orioles. …

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Rays activate Webb from DL, demote Sturdevant

The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Saturday's game, activaing RHP Ryan Webb from the DL and sending RHP Tyler Sturdevant back to Triple-A Durham.

They also returned RHP Danny Farquhar to Durham after his served his one-day promotion as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

Webb has been out since May 27 due to a right pec strain. He made his fourth rehab appearance on Friday night for Durham.

Sturdevant, who worked two innings in Saturday's matinee, was 0-1, 4.80 in 13 appearances overall in his first big-league action.

After Friday's game, the Rays had sent down RHP Steve Geltz to make room for OF Oswaldo Arcia.

 

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Rays Romero sustains only bruised hand after deflecting line drive

Rays LHP Enny Romero came through a scary incident in the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee with just a bruised left hand.

A line drive off the bat of Manny Machado was headed right at Romero's head but he got his bare hand up just in time to deflect it.

"I just saw the ball coming to my face and the only way was to put up my hand to my face,'' Romero said. "If it hit my face it would take a long time to come back to pitch.''

Though Romero looked to be in considerable pain at the time, x-rays were negative and he said the only issues were inflammation. He expects to be able to pitch on Sunday.

"He's lucky he got his hand up,'' 3B Evan Longoria said. "It would have been really bad. I think we escaped a serious, serious injury.''

 

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, on a long day

Matt Andriese, who was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen a few weeks ago, will start the matinee.

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Matt Andriese, who was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen a few weeks ago, will start the matinee.

UPDATE, 4:40: After losing the opener 5-0, here is the Rays lineup for tonight's game, with Oswaldo Arcia making his first start:

Forsythe 2b,
Dickerson DH,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Miller SS,
Jennings cf,
Arcia RF,
Conger c,
Decker lf,
Odorizzi p

UPDATE, 11:45: Arcia said he was excited for the new opportunity, and expected the Twins to do something with him since he wasn't playing much. ... Since being DFA'd June 16 he spent the interim time in Minnesota working out. ... He isn't in the lineup for the day game basically because he hasn't played in 12 days and the Rays need to be a bit cautious. ... Farquhar said he has been pitching better at Durham, with his velocity up from 90 to 94. He also said it's a bit weird to know he is only up for the day.

Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Kim lf
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Trumbo rf
Schoop 2b
Alvarez dh
Hardy ss
Pena c
Gausman p

UPDATE, 10:36: With two games today and four in a 45-hour span, manager Kevin Cash figured to get a bit creative with his lineup, and he did a bit for the matinee, with Tim Beckham at SS and batting sixth and Jaff Decker in CF. Also, of note, Arcia, idle since June 14 with the Twins, is not playing.

Rays lineup: …

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Geltz sent back to Durham after givng up another homer

Struggling RHP Steve Geltz was sent back to Triple-A Durham after Friday's game in which he allowed his 10th homer of the season.

Geltz has worked 20 innings over 21 games and allowed 18 hits, 10 of which have been home runs.

"It's like every time I make a mistake this year, it's hit out,'' Geltz said. "I don't know what exactly to pinpoint it on.''

After rejoining the Rays on Friday, he had two relatively clean outings then allowed two homers on Wednesday and one Friday in the eighth inning to Manny Machado.

"He's staying positive,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a little unexplainable what's going on right now. We continue to support him and have to get him right.''

The Rays used the roster spot to make room for newly acquired OF Oswaldo Arcia.

 

 

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:44: Cash said the change in the batting order was two-fold, to thicken the middle and add protection for Morrison by dropping Miller to 5th and to try to get Dickerson going at No. 2. ... The Rays haven't said yet who the 26th man will be for the Saturday doubleheader but if they opt for a reliever RHP Danny Farquhar is the likely choice. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) took BP and ran the bases in Port Charlotte and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, with an eye on returning by early next week.

Orioles lineup:

Jones cf
Schoop 2b
Machado 3b
Trumbo dh
Davis 1b
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Reimold lf
Rickard lf
Gallardo p

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak tonight as the take on the Orioles on what thus far has been a rainy Friday.

LHP Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays, facing Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo.

The Rays added some help for their outfield earlier Friday, acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins, though he isn't expected to join them until Saturday at the earliest. …

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