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Top Rays News

  • Rays' Ben Rortvedt: Sitting versus lefty

    Rortvedt isn't in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Left-hander Nestor Cortes will start on the mound for New York, forcing the lefty-hitting Rortvedt to step out of the lineup. Rene Pinto will take his place behind the dish and bat ninth.

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  • Rays' Richie Palacios: Slugs second homer

    Palacios went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees.

    The 26-year-old took Clarke Schmidt deep in the sixth inning for the game's first run, giving Palacios his second long ball of the year. He has been on a tear of late in his strong-side platoon role, collecting multiple hits in four of his last six starts while batting .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles and a homer. Palacios' performance could have the Rays re-thinking their outfield alignment, as Josh Lowe (oblique) began his rehab assignment Friday playing center field instead of right field -- suggesting it's Jose Siri who might lose his spot when Lowe returns, and not the Palacios-Amed Rosario tandem.

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  • Rays' Tyler Alexander: Strong start wasted Friday

    Alexander came away with a no-decision Friday in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees, scattering two hits and a walk over 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out four.

    The left-hander didn't allow a Yankee to get past second base and left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Rays' struggling bullpen made a mess once again. Alexander tossed 52 of 79 pitches for strikes, and after two straight strong performances, he appears to be locking down a regular turn in the Tampa Bay rotation either as a traditional starter or a bulk reliever -- he's made two appearances this season in each role so far. Alexander will take a 4.79 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 16:6 K:BB through 20.2 innings into his next outing, which lines up to come at home next week against the Tigers.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Moves to 60-day IL

    The Rays transferred Walls (hip) to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Manager Kevin Cash said last weekend that Walls has not been recovering as quickly as the Rays had hoped for, and the infielder's move to the 60-day IL is further indication that he is not nearing a return soon. Walls is now eligible to return from the IL beginning May 26, though it remains unclear whether he'll be ready to go by then or not. Erasmo Ramirez was selected from Triple-A Durham to fill the open spot on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster.

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  • Rays' Jacob Lopez: Back in minors

    The Rays optioned Lopez to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Lopez threw a scoreless inning during his first MLB appearance of the season Friday, but he'll now return to the minors just two days after being recalled from Triple-A. Erasmo Ramirez was selected from Durham to take Lopez's spot in the Rays' bullpen.

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  • Rays' Erasmo Ramirez: Selected to majors

    The Rays selected Ramirez's contract from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Ramirez has allowed two earned runs and struck out 13 batters across 8.1 innings at Triple-A, and his hot start has now earned him a spot in the Rays' bullpen. The 33-year-old righty will likely pitch primarily in low-leverage situations after turning in a 6.41 ERA in the majors last season, and he'll take the place of Jacob Lopez, who was optioned to Durham in a corresponding move. Taylor Walls (hip) was moved to the 60-day IL to free up a spot on the 40-man roster.

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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Plays nine innings in rehab game

    Lowe (oblique) played nine innings in center field and went 0-for-3 with a walk during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Friday.

    Lowe was originally set to begin his rehab assignment Thursday, but the game was rained out. Perhaps most notable about his initial appearance was his defensive position, as he's primarily played in right field in the majors. However, with Jose Siri struggling early, the team could opt to replace him with Lowe and rely on a combination of Richie Palacios and Amed Rosario in right field.

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  • Rays' Tyler Alexander: Starting Friday

    Alexander will start Friday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Alexander has shifted between a bulk relief and a traditional starting role. It appears he's in line for the latter Friday, and he should have no limitations after working six innings in his last appearance, which came against San Francisco on Sunday.

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  • Rays' Colin Poche: Earns second save

    Poche earned the save in Thursday's 2-1 win over Anaheim, working around a pair of hits while striking out one in the ninth inning.

    After Pete Fairbanks threw 28 pitches Wednesday, the Rays turned to Poche in the ninth Thursday. The left-hander allowed a pair of base hits but ultimately coaxed a game-ending groundout from Brandon Drury, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs on base. It's the fifth-straight scoreless outing for Poche after he allowed four runs in his first three appearances this year. While Fairbanks and Jason Adam likely remain ahead of Poche in the ninth-inning pecking order, the 30-year-old southpaw could be in the mix for the occasional save going forward depending on matchups.

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  • Rays' Ryan Pepiot: Sharp in second win

    Pepiot (2-2) earned the win against the Angels on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out seven.

    It was a strong bounce-back effort from Pepiot after he allowed five runs in a loss to San Francisco in his last start. The right-hander blanked the Angels through five innings Thursday, ultimately allowing a lone run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. It's been a mixed bag for Pepiot through four starts this year, though his underlying metrics are impressive. He lowered his ERA to 4.37 with an encouraging 1.01 WHIP and 27:8 K:BB across 22.2 innings this season.

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  • Rays' Ben Rortvedt: Sits against righty

    Rortvedt is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels, Steve Carney of reports.

    Rortvedt has started in just one of the Rays' last five games. The first three of those absences came against left-handed starting pitchers, but the lefty-hitting Rortvedt will give way to the right-handed-hitting Rene Pinto on Thursday even while right-hander Griffin Canning takes the hill for the Angels.

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  • Rays' Randy Arozarena: Rare day off Thursday

    Arozarena is absent from the lineup for Thursday's contest versus the Angels.

    Arozarena will get just his second day off this season while he's stuck in a 2-for-23 rut at the plate that has dropped his slash line to .174/.240/.275 for the season. While Arozarena rests, Harold Ramirez will pick up a start in left field.

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  • Rays' Isaac Paredes: Getting breather Thursday

    Paredes is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.

    Paredes will get his second day off of the season after starting in 18 of the Rays' first 19 contests. With Paredes on the bench Thursday, Curtis Mead will pick up a start at third base.

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  • Rays' Jacob Lopez: Summoned to big leagues

    Tampa Bay recalled Lopez from Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Lopez has been starting at Durham, posting a 7.59 ERA and 9:2 K:BB over 10.2 innings. The Rays need him for relief help, though, as the left-hander will offer them some potential length in the bullpen for Thursday's series finale versus the Angels.

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  • Rays' Kevin Kelly: Headed to minors

    The Rays optioned Kelly to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Tampa Bay will swap Kelly out of its bullpen for a left-handed option, as Jacob Lopez was called up from Durham in a corresponding move. Kelly has made four appearances for the Rays this season, giving up four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.2 innings.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .249


Player Injury
J. Lowe RF Joshua Lowe RF Oblique
B. Lowe 2B Brandon Lowe 2B Oblique
S. Baz SP Shane Baz SP Elbow
T. Bradley SP Taj Bradley SP Pectoral
S. McClanahan SP Shane McClanahan SP Elbow

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