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8/20/2014 | Balfour, Kiermaier frustrated after extras defeat

After Tuesday night's 8-6 loss in 11 innings, Rays reliever Grant Balfour was candid with reporters about his thoughts, particularly concerning the play that right fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not make that led to a leadoff triple. Both players said everything is good between them before Wednesday's contest.


8/20/2014 | Rays' bats can't stop Tigers from slamming door

Jake Odorizzi struck out seven in 6 2/3 solid innings, but the Rays managed just three hits in a 6-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.


8/20/2014 | Tigers seeking sweep in Price's return to The Trop

David Price returns to Tropicana Field for the first time since being dealt to the Tigers, as Alex Cobb and the Rays look to halt their series skid in Thursday's finale.


8/20/2014 | Rays activate Myers from 60-day disabled list

The Rays activated reigning American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, while Vince Belnome was optioned to Triple-A Durham.


8/19/2014 | Belnome notches first MLB hit, RBI vs. Tigers

Rays' designated hitter Vince Belnome got his first Major League hit with a double off Max Scherzer in Tuesday night's 8-6 loss in 11 innings to the Tigers. Belnome later had his first home run taken away after a crew chief review, but he logged his first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.


8/19/2014 | Tigers gain, save run following replay reviews

Instant replay smiled on the Tigers in their series opener against the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. First, a crew chief review overturned a Tampa Bay home run, and later, manager Brad Ausmus' successful challenge overturned a catch that gave Miguel Cabrera an RBI single.


8/19/2014 | Price gets warm welcome back to Tropicana

The Rays honored former ace David Price with a video presentation and a standing ovation during the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers. The left-hander admitted he's not excited about facing the players he shared a clubhouse with three weeks ago.


8/19/2014 | Myers among injured Rays gearing for return

Of the Rays' walking wounded, Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) appears to be the closest to returning to action, according to manager Joe Maddon, who allowed that Myers could return before the end of the homestand.


8/19/2014 | Maddon says losing home mark out of norm

The Rays entered Tuesday night's series opener against the Tigers with a losing record at home (28-34), in deference to their road mark of 33-29. Manager Joe Maddon has scratched his head all season about his team's troubles at home.


8/19/2014 | Rays turn to Odorizzi in rematch against Tigers

Jake Odorizzi and the Rays will look to bounce back and even the series against Rick Porcello and the Tigers on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.


8/19/2014 | Rays burned by walk, missed catch in extras

James Loney belted a three-run homer in the first, but Rays starter Chris Archer labored in a tough fifth and a bases-loaded walk in the 11th led to an 8-6 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night.


8/19/2014 | Rays deserve to feel they're home when they're home

Sure, fans at Tropicana Field this past weekend were right to show Derek Jeter respect with an ovation, but the Rays need their fans to pack the park and root for the home team at the same time.


8/18/2014 | Rays keeping close eye on staff as fatigue can set in

Vince Lombardi once noted that fatigue makes cowards of us all. For starting pitchers, fatigue doesn't necessarily make them cowards, but running on empty does make pitching more difficult.


8/17/2014 | Jeter's presence turns up the noise at Tropicana

Tropicana Field was as loud as it's been all season on Saturday, and, well, the Rays weren't exactly happy about all the noise.


8/17/2014 | No matter their standing, Rays look to finish strong

After Sunday's 4-2 loss, Tampa Bay is 10 games behind in the American League East standings and 6 1/2 back for the AL's second Wild Card spot. While their situation looks dire, the Rays still have a shot at making the playoffs and regardless of whether they make the playoffs, they want to finish strong so they have some momentum heading into next season.


8/17/2014 | Archer, Scherzer set to clash amid playoff race

Chris Archer and the Rays will host Max Scherzer and the Tigers as the two clubs continue to fight for a spot in the postseason on Tuesday night.


8/17/2014 | Hellickson's rocky fifth proves costly in finale

The Yankees defeated the Rays, 4-2, on Sunday at Tropicana Field to take the rubber game of their three-game weekend series.


8/16/2014 | Importance of rubber game not lost on Rays, Yanks

The Rays and Yankees will meet Sunday afternoon in the rubber game at Tropicana Field, an all-important series win up for grabs for two teams in the middle of the pack in the American League East trying to put together a playoff push. Tampa Bay will start Jeremy Hellickson, while New York will counter with Hiroki Kuroda.


8/16/2014 | Rallying Rays unable to rise above .500 mark

The Rays reached .500 on Friday night. Saturday afternoon, they dipped back below the break-even point when they took a 3-2 loss to the Yankees in front of a sold-out crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field.


8/16/2014 | Belnome recalled, immediately placed in lineup

The Rays recalled designated hitter Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham on Saturday to take the place of reliever Brandon Gomes, who was optioned to the Bulls after Friday's 5-0 series-opening win against the Yankees. Belnome started at DH for Tampa Bay on Saturday and batting seventh. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Rays' 3-2 loss to the Yanks.


8/16/2014 | Rays option reliever Gomes to Triple-A Durham

The Rays made a roster move after Friday's 5-0 series-opening win against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, optioning reliever Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham.


8/16/2014 | Karns heads near no-no in Durham's walk-off win

Led by right-hander Nate Karns, the Rays' No. 15 prospect, Triple-A Durham took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday against Charlotte. Though Knights catcher Josh Phegley broke up the no-hit bid with a single off reliever Steve Geltz, the Bulls went on to win, 1-0, in 11 innings.


8/16/2014 | Cobb, McCarthy epitomize strength in survivors' duel

The men on the mound Friday night weren't just starting pitchers dueling it out in the Rays' 5-0 series-opening win over the Yankees. Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb and New York's Brandon McCarthy have a more interesting connection. Both Cobb and McCarthy have had to come back from being hit in the head with line drives during games. Both have had to deal with the long recovery from a serious head injury that followed.


8/15/2014 | At .500, Rays now look to draw even with Yankees

When the Detroit Tigers visited Yankee Stadium last week, they threw their newest ace, David Price, against New York in his debut with the team. Saturday afternoon, the Yankees and starter Shane Greene will face one of the returns in that three-team blockbuster trade in Drew Smyly, who will make his home debut against a team that hovers just above the Rays in the standings.


8/15/2014 | Thrill of the climb: Cobb leads Rays back to .500

With a 5-0 win in their series opener against the Yankees on Friday night, the Rays accomplished what only three other teams in Major League history -- including the 2004 Tampa Bay club -- have done: come from at least 18 games under .500 and get back even. The '04 Devil Rays were also 18 games under, joining the 1899 Louisville Colonels (22 under) and the 2006 Florida Marlins (20 under).




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