3/11/2014 | Price fans eight in five strong against Twins
The Rays snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Twins on Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park. David Price made his second official start of the spring and posted eight strikeouts in five strong innings.
3/11/2014 | Zobrist is 'Father of Utility' in Rays' organization
Ben Zobrist is the "Father of Utility" for the way he popularized playing many different positions, a role that has become a key component of the Rays' organization.
3/11/2014 | Maddon praises Escobar's infectious energy
Yunel Escobar's first season as the Rays' shortstop proved to be a big hit, as the native of Cuba played above-average defense while hitting .256 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs. Joe Maddon is the shortstop's biggest fan.
3/11/2014 | Hellickson ready to start playing catch
Jeremy Hellickson has been in camp all spring rehabilitating from right elbow surgery in January. Thursday will be a significant day for him, as he'll actually throw a baseball for the first time since his surgery.
3/11/2014 | Oviedo still in Dominican Republic with visa issues
Juan Carlos Oviedo still has not reported to camp due to visa problems. Despite the delayed arrival by the veteran right-hander, Rays manager Joe Maddon does not see a problem, since Oviedo continues to work out in the Dominican Republic.
3/11/2014 | Rays donate game proceeds to community partners
Proceeds from the sale of Tuesday's single-game tickets are being donated to four Rays community partners in Charlotte County: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Charlotte County Family YMCA, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and Charlotte County Homeless Coalition.
3/11/2014 | Zobrist rests stiff neck; DeJesus back in lineup
Ben Zobrist has not played since Wednesday due to a stiff neck, but he expects to be back in action soon. Meanwhile, David DeJesus (side soreness) was back in Tuesday's lineup and Joel Peralta (stiff neck) was ready for action after an early exit Saturday for precautionary reasons.
3/10/2014 | Bedard no stranger to overcoming obstacles
The path to success keeps getting longer and harder for Erik Bedard, but he's doggedly staying on it as long as he can. Bedard, in camp with the Rays, is attempting to overcome a litany of shoulder injuries and reestablish himself as a starting pitcher.
3/10/2014 | Seeking last rotation spot, Odorizzi makes first start
Jake Odorizzi doesn't care what you call his new offspeed pitch. He just hopes it helps him get outs. Odorizzi, who's firmly in the competition for Tampa Bay's fifth slot in the rotation, is working on a split-finger pitch this spring that he and Alex Cobb jokingly call "The Thing."
3/10/2014 | Longoria launches homer in loss to Red Sox
Jake Odorizzi, competing for the Rays' No. 5 starter's job, gave up two hits and a run over 2 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox on Monday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Erik Bedard, also in the running for that role, served up a mammoth blast to Mike Napoli over the Green Monster in left-center in the sixth.
3/10/2014 | Hanigan, Molina may evenly split playing time
Tampa Bay has elected to go with two catchers with largely the same skill set. Both Ryan Hanigan and Jose Molina are regarded as plus defensive catchers with offensive question marks. Hanigan, with a career .359 on-base percentage, may have a higher upside at the plate.
3/10/2014 | Maddon challenges Myers to win Gold Glove
Outfielder Wil Myers is in the business of producing runs, but the Rays would like to see him increase his skill in preventing them. Manager Joe Maddon said Monday that he has challenged Myers, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, to try to win a Gold Glove this season.
3/9/2014 | Rays' fifth-starter competition down to four
When Enny Romero and Alex Colome were optioned to Minor League camp on Saturday, the Rays could have made the announcement that the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation is now down to four. Still standing are right-handers Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns and left-handers Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos.
3/9/2014 | Zobrist, Peralta, DeJesus dealing with minor soreness
Two stiff necks and a sore side have sidelined Ben Zobrist, Joel Peralta, and David DeJesus. The good news is, none of the maladies are serious.
3/9/2014 | Hanigan glad to put injury-plagued '13 behind him
Ryan Hanigan's 2013 season is one he'd like to forget given the number of injuries he incurred. Those injuries limited the Rays' new catcher to 75 games and 66 starts for the Reds. Twice he spent time on the disabled list.
3/9/2014 | Rays relievers confident 'pen can be best in baseball
Joel Peralta didn't hold back when asked what he thought about the Rays' bullpen. "On paper, it's got to be the best bullpen in the league," he said. "If everybody performs the way that we should, we have a lot of arms that can do good here, that can pitch against anybody. ... It's a great bullpen."
3/8/2014 | Rays make cuts, send eight to Minors camp
Eight players were sent to Rays Minor League camp on Saturday. Three of the players -- left-handers Enny Romero and Mike Montgomery and right-hander Alex Colome -- are all on the 40-man roster, so they were optioned.
3/8/2014 | Archer eagerly awaits matchup with Yankees
Chris Archer is excited about starting against the Yankees on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., since facing a division rival is a good litmus test for how he's progressing this spring.
3/8/2014 | Seitzer could join Rays again in Dunedin
One of the feel-good moments of the spring took place Friday in Dunedin, Fla., when Rays Minor League prospect Cameron Seitzer homered in front of his father, Kevin, the former Major Leaguer who now serves as Blue Jays hitting coach.
3/8/2014 | Rotation hopeful Odorizzi to make first start Monday
Jake Odorizzi is scheduled to start for the Rays against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. The 23-year-old right-hander is one of several candidates trying to nail down the fifth spot in the Rays' rotation while Jeremy Hellickson rehabs following right-elbow surgery.
3/7/2014 | Call upheld in ninth of Rays-Blue Jays contest
A close play at first base was upheld by the new instant replay system Friday in the Rays' 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays in Dunedin.
3/7/2014 | Kiermaier, Seitzer homer as Rays top Jays
Kevin Kiermaier and Cameron Seitzer homered, and Kiermaier scored two runs to lead the Rays to a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
3/7/2014 | Rays staying motivated amid smooth start
The Rays' early excellence prompted a question to Joe Maddon regarding whether he was worried his team was looking too good entering Friday's game. From his response, the manager clearly has no problem with his team playing well.
3/7/2014 | Maddon says Myers in mix to be regular DH
The Rays have opted to go with a DH rotation this season, and manager Joe Maddon said Wil Myers could be counted on to be used regularly at the position.
3/7/2014 | Maddon views replay as evolving process
Joe Maddon is still sizing up instant replay. Friday marked the first game the Rays had played with the new system, and the club's manager indicated a belief that much was yet to unfold.
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