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4/29/2016 | Hard-luck Smyly closes dominant month strong

Drew Smyly has little to show for April, a month in which he has clearly been the Rays' best starter.


4/29/2016 | Cash ejected for first time this season

Kevin Cash got ejected from Friday night's Blue Jays-Rays contest at Tropicana Field.


4/29/2016 | Take your aim: Fresh off win, Archer faces Blue Jays

When right-hander Chris Archer takes the mound at 6:10 p.m. Saturday against the Blue Jays, he knows there won't be any secrets.


4/29/2016 | Jays hit 4 HRs to back Sanchez in win over Rays

The Blue Jays used four solo home runs Friday night en route to a 6-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.


4/29/2016 | Forsythe comfortable in leadoff spot

Early in Spring Training, Kevin Cash began giving serious consideration to Logan Forsythe serving as the team's leadoff man.


4/29/2016 | Pipeline preview: Top arms Giolito, Snell, Stephenson on tap

Boston's Andrew Benintendi looks to continue his hot streak, while top arms Lucas Giolito, Blake Snell and Robert Stephenson all take the hill on Friday.


4/29/2016 | Taillon, Benintendi among top prospect performers Thursday

With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13. The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk.


4/28/2016 | Inbox: Will Rays seek more offense?

Offense is on the minds of Rays fans, with many wondering if changes will come at shortstop, catcher and first base. Bill Chastain gives his take in the latest Inbox.


4/27/2016 | Souza makes spectacular snag on Davis' drive

Steven Souza Jr. pulled a Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth to flag down a Chris Davis drive with a diving catch at the wall Wednesday night in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Orioles at Tropicana Field.


4/27/2016 | Rays encouraged by Boxberger's bullpen session

Brad Boxberger threw from a mound on Wednesday, and the results were encouraging. "I did not actually see it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But I know leading up to the bullpen, everybody was really thrilled with his progress and the way the ball was coming out of his hand playing catch."


4/27/2016 | Rays proud of 'good chemistry' in clubhouse

Prior to Wednesday night's game, Evan Longoria remembered an observation he made in February. "This group has good chemistry," Longoria said. "I said that back in Spring Training. Everybody gets along well, and guys know their roles."


4/27/2016 | Smyly, Rays open series vs. Blue Jays

The Rays open their fourth consecutive series against American League East opponents on Friday, when they welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town for a three-game set.


4/27/2016 | Kiermaier keen on delivering 'quality' swings

Kevin Kiermaier got the job done for the Rays on a night when he and the team were scuffling, delivering a two-run homer that paved the way for a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.


4/26/2016 | Longoria makes 'difficult plays look easy'

Rays fans have seen the highlight reel so many times in the past in which Evan Longoria flashes the leather to save runs. Tuesday night, in the Rays' 3-1 win over the Orioles, Longoria came up big in the field and made what likely turned out to be the play of the game.


4/26/2016 | Cash encouraging pitchers to 'lean on' catchers

Kevin Cash liked the idea of his catchers, Curt Casali and Hank Conger, taking charge behind the plate.


4/26/2016 | Cobb, Boxberger making progress in rehab

Alex Cobb and Brad Boxberger are valuable pitchers on the Rays' staff. While each is in a different stage of their comebacks, both appear to be making progress at this juncture.


4/26/2016 | Moore, Rays seek sweep at home vs. Tillman, O's

When Matt Moore is good against the Orioles, he's really good. The left-hander has held Baltimore to two or fewer runs in seven of his nine career starts against the O's. But when he's not on, it's not quite the same -- the other outings have resulted in five and a career-high eight earned runs. He'll get another chance against Baltimore at home on Wednesday, as Moore squares off against Orioles righty Chris Tillman.


4/25/2016 | Archer gets 'positive results' by mixing pitches

Chris Archer's swagger returned. So did the strikeouts. And, ultimately, so did the elusive W that has dodged him for so long.


4/25/2016 | Romero's cutter retires record number of batters

Joe Maddon constantly stayed after David Price to quit using his cutter when he pitched for the Rays. Like Price, Enny Romero is left-handed and equipped with the big fastball. He, too, uses the cutter from time to time.


4/25/2016 | Jimenez, O's square off against Odorizzi, Rays

The Orioles and Rays will square off again on Tuesday, with Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi tasked with stopping an impressive Baltimore lineup.


4/24/2016 | Smyly continues stretch of strong starts

Coming off an eight-inning, one-hit, 11-strikeout performance against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Drew Smyly was sharp yet again in Sunday's 8-1 Rays win against the Yankees, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, striking out six and allowing six hits.


4/24/2016 | Birthday bash: Souza celebrates with 2 HRs

Steven Souza Jr. went deep twice on his 27th birthday, one in the first inning and another in the fifth, helping lead the Rays to an 8-1 victory over the Yankees. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the season, and Sunday was his second two-homer game of 2016 -- and his career.


4/24/2016 | Tough O's lineup on tap for Archer at the Trop

When the best power-hitting team in the American League faces the pitcher who has allowed the most home runs in the Majors, it's normally time for that offense to start licking its lips. But when the Rays and Orioles open their three-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday, long-term reputation might trump early season statistics.


4/24/2016 | Rays fans can send Longoria back to ASG

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot launched on Sunday and the Rays have several players who are worthy of consideration.


4/24/2016 | Snell optioned day after big league debut

After he allowed one run over five innings in his impressive big league debut Saturday against the Yankees, the Rays optioned Blake Snell, their No. 1 prospect, back to Triple-A Durham on Sunday.




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