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Rays drop O's opener as WC chances take hit

A day after sitting out with an illness, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made everyone at Camden Yards feel better on Thursday. Machado snapped Baltimore's 26-inning scoreless stretch with a two-run first-inning homer. The blast, coupled with eight solid frames from righty Gabriel Ynoa, was enough for Baltimore to hang on for a 3-1 series-opening win over Tampa Bay.

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LIVE Color Feed: Rays vs. Orioles

Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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The New What Next: Rays Vs. Orioles — the penultimate series preview

The Tampa Bay Rays split the season series with the reigning World Series champs after they beat the Cubs 8-1 on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex) After beating the reigning World Series champs Wednesday night, 8-1, the Tampa Bay Rays will duel it out with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Baltimore. The Rays have won two of the last three, but just four of the last 10. The Orioles have lost three straight and six of the last seven. The season...

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Series Preview: Get ready for the TBex Reunion

Rays take on Orioles in Charm City

The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles in seven of their last ten games, starting tonight with four games in Baltimore. The Orioles have struggled in September, losing 12 of their last 14 games, including two recent shutouts their last two times out against the Boston Red Sox.

The Matchups:

Thursday 7:05 PM: Matt Andriese vs Gabriel Ynoa
Friday 7:05 PM: Alex Cobb vs Jeremy Hellickson
Saturday 7:05 PM: Jake Odorizzi vs Ubaldo Jimenez
Sunday 1:35 PM:...

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Rays Trade Rumors: Which pitchers will be dealt?

Rays likely to turn surplus arms into prospects The Rays have nine candidates for the 2018 rotation: Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, Blake Snell, Jake Odorizzi, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Austin Pruitt, Brent Honeywell, and Jose De Leon. I will assume (more on these assumptions later) the Rays rotation in 2018 has Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, and Blake Snell set in stone but beyond that the Rays will be making a move with one or two of their starting pitching candidates. This begs the question:...

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Rays Trade Rumors: Which pitchers will be dealt?

Rays likely to turn surplus arms into prospects

The Rays have nine candidates for the 2018 rotation: Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, Blake Snell, Jake Odorizzi, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Austin Pruitt, Brent Honeywell, and Jose De Leon. I will assume (more on these assumptions later) the Rays rotation in 2018 has Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, and Blake Snell set in stone but beyond that the Rays will be making a move with one or two of their starting pitching candidates.

This begs the question:...

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Here is how the Rays can still make the playoffs

And it may or may not involve a six-way tie for the second Wild Card spot... The Tampa Bay Rays are currently have a record of 74-78 in 2017. They have played 152 games, which means they have 10 games left to go. Currently, the Rays are four games back in the race for the second Wild Card with five teams ahead of them. Fangraphs and MLB.com both peg the Rays with less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs... but that means there is still a chance. The Minnesota Twins are currently in...

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Here is how the Rays can still make the playoffs

And it may or may not involve a six-way tie for the second Wild Card spot...

The Tampa Bay Rays are currently have a record of 74-78 in 2017. They have played 152 games, which means they have 10 games left to go.

Currently, the Rays are four games back in the race for the second Wild Card with five teams ahead of them. Fangraphs and MLB.com both peg the Rays with less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs... but that means there is still a chance.

The Minnesota Twins are currently in...

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Ian Malinowski

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The Souza game

The Souza season?

Steven Souza went a bit crazy on the base paths against John Lester. He took giant leads, got almost picked off twice, but in the end exploited Lester’s troubles throwing to steal two bases, and seemed to unsettle Lester in the process. After the game, he explained his plan.

Just trying to get a big lead and go.

There’s more interview in the link above. Souza also hit his 30th home run, and talked about how thankful he is for a healthy season.

There’s also audio from...

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Rays score in variety of ways to down Cubs

With the number of remaining games dwindling, the Rays no longer have the luxury of waiting for home runs to start flying out of the park. The time has come to create runs by any means necessary, and the Rays did just that in an 8-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

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Rays Outright Danny Espinosa

The Rays have outrighted infielder Danny Espinosa, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). His 40-man roster spot will go to lefty Xavier Cedeno, who is set to be activated from the 60-day DL. Espinosa, 30, saw limited action in Tampa Bay late in the season after a brief stop with the Mariners. He spent the first half of the year receiving regular time with the Angels — who acquired him from the Nationals over the offseason — but never came around at the plate....

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Rays 8 Cubs 1: 5788 seems to be the Rays year

Hitting, pitching and defense all show up. On the same night.

The Rays and Blake Snell figured out how to neutralize the many Cubs fans who were among the 24,000 at Tropicana Field tonight: don’t give them anything to cheer about.

There was certainly a day when a Blake Snell-Jon Lester pitching match up would seem to have heavily favored the Cubs. But today, there’s a new dominant lefty in town. Lester struggled with command and left without completing five innings.

Snell meanwhile...

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Steven Souza Jr becomes 8th Rays player to reach 30 HR in single season

Souza goes deep for the first time in the month of September During the first inning of tonight’s contest with the Chicago Cubs, Steven Souza launched his 30th home run of the 2017 season, becoming the 8th player in Rays history to reach that mark. Souza’s 30th home run was a long time coming as he had been sitting with 29 since the start of the month with his last home run coming on August 30th in Kansas City. Logan Morrison was the 7th player in franchise history to homer 30 times in a...

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Adam Sanford

Steven Souza Jr becomes 8th Rays player to reach 30 HR in single season

Souza goes deep for the first time in the month of September

During the first inning of tonight’s contest with the Chicago Cubs, Steven Souza launched his 30th home run of the 2017 season, becoming the 8th player in Rays history to reach that mark.

Souza’s 30th home run was a long time coming as he had been sitting with 29 since the start of the month with his last home run coming on August 30th in Kansas City. Logan Morrison was the 7th player in franchise history to homer 30 times in a...

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John Farrell may use David Price as temporary closer

The Boston Red Sox are willing to trust David Price out of the bullpen in pretty big situations. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that, with Craig Kimbrel and Addison Reed unavailable due to high usage, Price could serve as the team’s closer on a fill-in basis. Recurring elbow issues have relegated Price to bullpen duty for the remainder of the season as well as the playoffs. He made his first relief appearance on Sunday, where he pitched two scoreless innings against the Tampa...

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Rays praise Durham's Triple-A championship

The Bulls defeated the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) on Tuesday night in the Triple-A National Championship Game. The 5-3 win gave the Bulls their second win in the Triple-A Championship Game (also 2009) since it began in 2006.

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Players’ View: Role-Model Advice for Angels Prospect Jo Adell

As this year’s June amateur draft was about to get underway, The Sporting News published an article called Jo Adell Embraces Opportunity to Be Role Model for African-American Youth. The title was soon amended to include the word “Angels”: Anaheim selected the 18-year-old outfielder from Louisville, Kentucky, with the 10th-overall pick. Adell’s intentions are admirable. Good role models are an asset to society, and as the son of an educator, the Ballard High School product understands...

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Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cubs skipper managed the Rays from 2006 to 2014 Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays in controversial fashion following the 2014 season. Maddon had been the manager of the Rays from 2006 to 2014 and he helped guide the team from perennial basement dwellers in the beastly American Leagues East to perennial contenders. Along the way, he led the team to a World Series appearance in 2008, two division titles, and two Wild Card...

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Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cubs skipper managed the Rays from 2006 to 2014

Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays in controversial fashion following the 2014 season. Maddon had been the manager of the Rays from 2006 to 2014 and he helped guide the team from perennial basement dwellers in the beastly American Leagues East to perennial contenders.

Along the way, he led the team to a World Series appearance in 2008, two division titles, and two Wild Card...

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Tampa Bay Rays Recall INF Daniel Robertson, RHP Chih-Wei Hu, and Activate LHP Xavier Cedeno

The Rays make three more roster additions as the end of the regular season approaches Following the Durham Bulls winning the Triple-A Championship, ending their season, the Tampa Bay Rays made three roster additions as they selected the contracts of INF Daniel Robertson and RHP Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham, and they also activated LHP Xavier Cedeno from the 60-day disabled list. A corresponding move to clear a 40-man roster spot has not been announced. Daniel Robertson made his first...

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